The monsoons bring them in, or so it would seem. After a long hiatus, here's the
original festival organizers back again with what they do best. And if this is
an indicator of things to come, then the classical music fans have a lot to rejoice
Kalasagaram, the cultural organization that regularly organizes cultural programs and promises to satiate even the largest of art appetites, is hosting a two-day vocal feast. On the first day, Kota Atchibabu will present a Clarinet classic Carnatic music concert. And on the second day, Varalaxmi Anand Kumar will perform a Carnatic vocal recital.
Born at Vishakhapatnam, Atchibabu started learning music at the age of 15, and started giving stage performances since 1975. He belongs to the Vijayanagaram family, and his style denotes the same. Atchibabu was initially trained by his father K Tatalu, and later by Sheikh Madina Saheb, a vocal and nadaswara vidwan. And after that, N Krishna Murthy, vocal vidhwan of Andhra Pradesh, honed the skills.
Atchibabu has performed all over Andhra Pradesh and has attended a number of sabhas and won accolades. He is an All India Radio staff artist. On the 22nd, Atchibabu will perform with accompaniment from Surya Deepti on the violin and N Somayajulu on the mridangam.
Currently working as a lecturer at the Queen Mary's College, Chennai, Varalaxmi Anand Kumar, the second day's artist, is the disciple of the late D K Jayaraman, a Carnatic vocal vidwan. The Bombay sisters, Lalitha and Saroja, trained her later. Kumar has won several prizes for her performances, such as the D K Pattammal endowment prize from the Music Academy, Chennai (in 1994), the Best Raagalapana prize and 3 Tambura prizes at various sabhas in Chennai.
Kumar has also written notations for 50 songs and published them as a book called "Janaranjakam". She is an A-grade artist of All India Radio, and is also the editor of "Dhwani", a bimonthly newsletter of the Youth Association For Classical Music.
She will perform on the concluding day function of Kalasagaram, accompanied by Purna Vaidyanathan on the violin and K Rama Krishna on the mridangam.
Please contact Rajgopal at 773-1775 for further details.