A scientist for 16 years, Tirumala Devi has excelled at things that do not come naturally to her. Science, for example. Here's what comes naturally.
Kala Ravali is organising the Sankranthi Bhakti Sangeetotsav from 9th to 11th January, at the open auditorium of City Central Library in Chikkadpally. Today, the inaugural day, Tirumala Devi will present some of the 300 Annamacharya keertanas that will be selected by the audience.
These keertanas are rare and requires immense training from music vidhwans. A few of them are as under:
Allade Nee Ramani Ayittamai Unnadi in Vasantha ragam
Aragimpavo Ma Appa in Kamas ragam
Jeevatmudai Undu Chiluka Neevu in Mala Malava Goula ragam
Moode Matalu Moodu Mulla Tommidi in Hindola Vasantam ragam
Tirumala Devi will be supported by Satyadev on the keyboard and Vidyasagar on the mridangam.
Tirumala Devi worked as a scientist at the National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA) for a period of 16 years. Inspite of her work obligations, she gained a very good knowledge in music, be it Carnatic vocal, light music or Hindustani classical. She has learnt Carnatic music from Padmavibhushan Dr M Balamurali Krishna and D V Mohan Krishna, light music from M Chittaranjan, and Hindustani classical from Ram Subbamma. She has a P G Diploma in Light Music from the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University and is currently doing her 2nd year in Music from Madras University.
She has given over a 200 concerts at many temples in Mantralayam, Srisailam, Nandigama, TTD Hyderabad, Vargal, Chilukur, Keesara, Vemulavada, Sanghinagar, Indalvai, Satyasala and Yadagirigutta, among a few. She is a recepient of National Merit Scholarship at PG Academic Excellence and has won several prizes in light music.
Kala Ravali was started in 1997 by S Sai Kumar, who is a renowned TV and theater artiste since the last 29 years. He has worked for Yuvakalavahini since 1982, performing for various theater plays with another eminent artiste Y K Nageshwar Rao. Along with Nageswara Rao, he has acted in some very popular plays like Vivekananda, Subash Chandra Bose and Gautham Buddha.
He has the sole distinction of receiving an appreciation certificate from the Government of India for raising and donating one lakh rupees to the Southern Command, AOC Centre, towards the Kargil Martyrs Fund, by organising grand music concerts at Ravindra Bharati. The cultural association has felicitated various theater and literary personalities.
For further details, please contact Sai Kumar at 2381-5320/98669-90351.