The Andhra Music Academy is organising its 8th Annual Music & Dance Festival from 1st to 7th February, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. The week-long festival has some of best music vidhwans and most talented artistes of the current and the past generations performing, notably violinists Dwaram Mangatayaru and Dwaram Satyanarayana Rao, Bharatanatyam dancers Rajeshwari Sainath and Leela Samson, Carnatic vocalists Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Nityasree Mahadaven and the Malladi Brothers, and Hindustani vocalists Jayateerth Mevundi and Sangeetha Kulkarni.
Today, the 6th and penultimate day, the renowned Senior Malladi Brothers from Vijayawada will be performing a Carnatic vocal duet, the second of the day. Ramaraju Dinakar on the violin and B V S Prasad on the mridangam will provide the instrumental support.
Malladi Suri Babu and Malladi Narayana Sarma hail from a family of musicians, with both their parents Anasuya and late Malladi Sri Rama Murthy being recognised musicians. They had their initial training from their father, himself a great Carnatic musician and Harikatha exponent of Andhra Pradesh.
Suri Babu and his younger brother Narayana Sarma have been performing operas and concerts in All-India Radio, Vijayawada, from a very tender age. Sangeetha Choodamani, Vidwan Late Voleti Venkateswarulu, realizing their potential, took them under his guidance, and taught them a wide repertoire of Carnatic and Hindustani compositions.
The brothers have sincerely grasped the nuances of their legendary guru's music, and accompanied him in many of his concerts. They also took lessons from Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. Sreepada Pinakapani, and learnt compositions of the Trinity, Kshethrayya and others.
Both are A-grade vocalists of the All-India Radio and Doordarshan, and featured in the prestigious national programs of music of the All-India Radio. They have many awards and titles to his credit from the All-India Radio and other noted organizations. Suri Babu's sons Sreeram Prasad and Ravi Kumar are immensely popular as the Malladi Brothers.
The Andhra Music Academy was formed in 2001 to sponsor, support and patronise music. For 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 conducts various music festivals every year, and plans to soon organise these every month.
The entry to all the programs is free. Please contact 94401-93582/98480-59020 for further details.