"All children are not born talented except the gifted few, and they should be
first encouraged by parents by all means," explained the law minister, P Chandra
Shekhar, at a gathering at Thyagaraja Gana Sabha. This was a felicitation function
for the veterans, and where did children come into the picture? Well, the aim
was to capture the whole picture, not just the glorious end. So, we had some child
artistes perform on the occasion.
Organized by the Vidhya Ratna Malleswari Trust, the function was aimed at encouraging
parents and also professionals who have contributed in the field of education.
Balaraj, Suresh, Lakshmi, Satyanarayana and Pramila Reddy were among the social
workers, teachers and artistes who received awards. And there was also a cassette
release of 'Songs of Annamacharya' by R Satyanarayana. Satyanarayana also gave
a brief concert with excerpts from the cassette, along with musical accompanists,
Muralidhar (violin) and Javed (Tabla).
Select poetry of Annamacharya, illustrating the Vaishnava couple, their grandiose
abode and their omnipresence, comprised his project. One can always wonder if,
in the clutter of cassette release functions, these young and amateur artistes
will be recognized. "I would like to spend my money on buying a Balamurali, Nookala,
Bhimsen or other veterans, rather than buying songs of a novice who has yet to
prove himself," said one. Satyanarayana is hardly a novice, but the market still
favors big names. Well, it was a tough climb up for the veterans, as well, and
we wish Satyanarayana all the best.
Earlier in the evening, there was also a folk and Kuchipudi dance recital staged
by child artistes Ruchita, Poornaditya and Chaitanya. 'Brahmanjali', 'Jathiswaram',
'Ramayana Sabdham' and 'Siva Kautvam' were the numbers that the tiny dancers performed
with a pleasing grace.