The Sadguru Thyagaraja Sampradaya Seva Samithi is presenting the Sri Thyagaraja Music Festival from 31st January to 2nd February, at Kala Subbarao Kala Vedika, the mini-hall of Sri Thyagaraya Gana Sabha in Chikkadpally. Today, the second day, veena maestro D Srinivas will play some Thyagaraja's kritis on the veena. Providing him support is Mangalampally Suryadeepthi on the violin and P Srinivas Gopalan on the mridangam.
D Srinivas, once a child prodigy in the veena, was born in a family of musicians at Hyderabad. His mother D L Tulasi was a popular veena artiste, and having identified Srinivas' taste in and talent for the instrument, initiated and encouraged him to pursue and master the art.
Srinivas gave his maiden concert at the age of 9 for the All-India Radio, Hyderabad. He is a disciple of Vidwan N S Srinivasan, who was his guru and master architect, and who introduced him as an artiste with laudable individual traits. Srinivas was a scholarship holder from the Andhra Pradesh Sangeeta Nataka Academy for 6 years. He has participated in almost all the prestigious Gana Sabhas, and has been the recipient of many awards for his performances.
Srinivas holds the record of being the youngest A-grade veena artiste to play at the National Program of Music, relayed live all over the nation from the studios of All India Radio, Hyderabad. He has also presented many a classical symphony concert, using Indian classical instruments.
He performed for the President of India, the Prime Minister of India, the Singapore Prime Minister, the Indo-German Business Summit, Japanese business delegates, the Mauritius Prime Minister, the World Bank President and the Indo-Asean Business Summit delegates, to name a few. He also has the titles of Veena Vidwanmani, Veena Praveena and Raga Sudhakara to his credit.
The Sadguru Thyagaraja Sampradaya Seva Samithi was established about a decade ago by Puranam Purushothama Sastry. Sastry is a senior vocalist, born in 1925. He completed the Sangeeta Vidhwan Certification course from the Central College Of Carnatic Music, Chennai. In Chennai, he also trained under Sangeeta Kalanidhi Musri Subrahmanya Iyer for ten years, and in the process became the 6th generation disciple of the Saint Thyagaraja line.
Now 83 years of age, he has more than six decades of singing experience, and has toured many countries. Musicians take it as a privilege to accompany him, and legends like Lalgudi Jayaraman, Palghat Raghu, Akella Mallikarjuna Sarma, Dr M Bala Muralikrishna, Umayalpuram K Sivaraman, T V Gopalakrishnan, Dwaram Durgaprasad, Komunduri Seshadri and the like have accompanied him. He has been conferred upon many awards and titles, with the Hamsa Award by the Government of Andhra Pradesh ranking foremost.
Please contact Puranam Purushothama Sastry at 98494-19946 for further details.