How many hours a day of classical Indian music would satiate you? And how many days in a row? What would you be willing to pay? Sometimes, the answers are too meager.
The Andhra Music Academy is organising its 7th Annual Music & Dance Festival from 24th to 29th January. The 6-day festival has some of best music vidhwans and most talented artistes of the current and the past generations performing, notably O S Thiyagarajan, Dr Yella Venkateshwara Rao, Akella Mallikarjuna Sarma, Garimella Balakrishna Prasad, Dwaram Durga Prasad and Satyanarayana Rao, the Hyderabad Brothers, Poosarla Manorama, Geeta Krishnamurthy, U Nagamani, Emani Lalithakrishna and Kumar Mardur.
In addition to the music performances, lectures and demonstrations will be held. An exhibition called Andhra Vaibhavam - an exhibition of the history of dance and music, the contribution of Andhra artistes in popularising it, and many unknown facts about music and dance - will be on on all the days from 10:00am to 09:00pm. The detailed list of events at the festival is as under:
08:45am - Lighting of lamp, by Satguru Sivananda Murty, Anandavanam of Bheemunipatnam
09:00am - Carnatic vocal by NCS Ravali of Hyderabad
09:30am - Carnatic vocal by Kamala Ramani of Hyderabad
10:30am - Lecture and demonstration on Adhyatma Ramayana Kirtanas, by Pemmaraju Surya Rao of Vijayawada
11:00am - Violin solo by Kokkonda Subrahmanya Sarma Sarma of Angara
05:00pm - Nadaswaram by M Venugopal & party
06:00pm - Inauguration of the music festival by D Purandhareswari, Union Minister of State for HRD, and inauguration of the the exhibition by Justice Goda Raghuram, Judge, AP High Court. Conferring of Natya Vidyanidhi on Dr Padma Subrahmanyam.
07:30pm - Veena recital by Geetha Krishnamurthy of Chennai
09:00am - Carnatic music by students of Andhra Music Academy
09:30am - Gottu Vadyam by Emani Lalitha Krishna of Hyderabad
10:30am - Lecture and demonstations on Bharatanatyam varnas, by Dr Padma Subrahmanyam of Chennai
06:00pm - Mandolin recital by U Nagamani of Chennai
07:30pm - Carnatic vocal by Hyderabad Brothers
The chief guest for the evening is Padmabhushan P Rama Rao, Distinguished Professor of ISRO, and the guest of honour is Chitra Ramachandran, IAS, Secretary of Dept. of Tourism & Culture, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.
05:00pm - Kuchipudi by Sudheer Rao & Party
06:00pm - Patriotic & devotional songs by Sriram Kaushik
07:00pm - Carnatic vocal by O S Thiyagarajan
The chief guest for the day is Dr Prahalada, Distinguished scientist of DRDO, and the guest of honour is Veena Ish, IAS, Secretary of Dept. of Municipal Administration, Govt. of AP.
09:00am - Hindustani music by students of Andhra Music Academy
09:30am - Carnatic vocal by Vishnudasu Vamsikrishna of UK
10:30am - Lecture and demonstration on Carnatic Sangeetha Gamaka Visleshana & Aata Bhairavi Tala Varnam
06:00pm - Carnatic vocal by M S Vidya of Bangalore
07:30pm - Dance ballet Megha Sandesham by P Rajeshwari & Party of Warangal
09:00am - Flute recital by Baby Emani Sripurnima of Hyderabad
09:30am - Carnatic vocal by Saikartikeya of Hyderabad
10:30am - Carnatic vocal by G Balakrishna Prasad of Tirupati
05:00pm - Veena recital by Duddu Seetaramaiah of Hyderabad
06:00pm - Hindustani vocal by Kumar Mardur of Pune
07:30pm - Violin recital by Dwaram Durga Prasad Rao of Vizianagaram, Dwaram Satyanarayana and Poosarla Manorama of Hyderabad
The chief guest is M A Basith, IPS, Director General of Police, AP, and A Bhaskar Reddy, IRS, Commissioner of Income Tax.
09:00am - Carnatic vocal by Valluri Saraswati of Achanta
09:30am - Violin duet by O Rajasekhar and K Vinaya Rahul of Hyderabad
10:30am - Lecture and demonstration on Kathak dance by Raghav Raj Bhatt & Mangala Bhatt of Hyderabad
06:00pm - Valedictory & felicitation function
The chief guests are Justice G S Singhvi, Chief Justice of AP High Court, and Padmabhushan K I Varaprasad Reddy, Chairman of Shantha Biotech Limited. The title of Sangeeta Vidyanidhi will be conferred upon Malini Rajurkar, Hindustani vocalist, and V Kamalakara Rao, Mridangam vidhwan.
08:00pm - Dance ballet, Telugu Vaibhavam, by disciples of Avasarala Rukmaji Rao of Visakhapatnam
The Andhra Music Academy was formed in 2001 to particularly sponsor, support and patronise music. In this endeavour, the academy has roped in some very eminent musicians into its advisory panel, like Dr Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna, Dr Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana and Nedunuri Krishna Murthy. The academy organises and conducts various music festivals every year and plans to soon organise these every month.
Every year, the prestigious awards of Sangeeta Vidyanidhi and Natya Vidyanidhi are conferred upon music and dancing legends. Dr Balamurali Krishna, Nedunuri, Nookala, M S Gopalakrishna, Annavarapu Ramaswamy, Pt Jasraj and Puranam Purushottama Sastry received the Sangeeta Vidyanidhi, while Vempati Chinna Satyam, Nataraja Ramakrishna and Vendantam Satyanarayana Sarma were the Natya Vidyanidhi awardees during the previous festivals.
The concerts starts at 9:00am and will go on till 9:00pm, with a break in the afternoon. The entry to all the programs is free. For further details, please contact 94401-93582/98480-59020.