Nobody really wants anything in return for singing an Annamayya keerthana. Even a prize. Everyone then is going to be happy at the end of this competition, including God.
The Annamacharya Bhaavana Vahini is organizing national level competitions in Annamayya keertanas for 6 days, 1st to 6th May. This music competition is being held as a part of Annamayya's 599th birth anniversary celebrations.
Organised under the auspices of the legendary Dr Shobha Raju, the founder of Annamacharya Bhaavana Vahini, the event this year has the vice-chancellor of Telugu University Dr A Manjulatha and music director Koti as the deciding judges of the competitions. The competition is prestigious, and participants from all over the state and from other states will participate in it.
There are two age categories - the junior Under-15 and the senior 15+ category. The winner will be awarded a gold medal, the second prize winners an electronic Tampura, and the third prize winners an electronic shruthi box. There will also be a special prize of a silver medal for consistent performers of all rounds, irrespective of age. The registration fee is Rs. 50 per participant, and the application costs Rs. 5 each.
On 2nd May, a procession will begin at Chikkadpally Venkateshwar Temple and travel to the Annamacharya statue on Tank Bund, via Ashoknagar Crossroads, Indira Park and Ramakrishna Math. At the statue, a 1-hour Annamacharya Sankeertana concert by Dr Shobha Raju and her disciples, followed by prasadam distribution, will mark the commemoration for the great saint.
For further details, please contact Annamacharya Bhavana Vahini at 2311-2299/2311-2425.