Who's the best person to learn Annamayya kritis from? Annamayya, of course. But if for some reason you need to settle for second best, here it is.
S S Music Academy is organising a workshop of Annamacharya keertanas, which will be conducted by Garimella Balakrishna Prasad. As there is no demand for any specific amount as a fee, this is a golden opportunity for Carnatic vocalists to learn Annamayya kritis from the torch-bearer of the Annamacharya Project.
Balakrishna Prasad is the Asthana Gayaka of the Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam at Tirupati for the last 25 years. He is a name synonymous with Annamayya keertanas, and is an uncrowned king in the field of devotional music. He has given innumerable performances all over India, under the TTD Annamacharya Project. He has conducted workshops on Annamacharya keertanas at various places of the country.
S S Music Academy was established in Gandhinagar, nine years ago by G V Prabhakar, a disciple of Sishtu Prabhakar Krishna Murthy of Machilipatnam and Voleti Venkatesham of Vijayawada, with the sole intention of spreading music to all aspiring students of music. The academy imparts training in Carnatic Vocals, Hindusthani Vocals, Kuchipudi Dance, Veena and Violin Recitals, Western Folk, Keyboard, etc.
The workshop will be conducted from 20th to 28th May. Please contact G V Prabhakar at 2766-4181 for registrations and further details.