She performed like a seasoned soloist at the age of 9. She's done the impossible after that - she's improved continuously. Catch her live tonite.
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 talented artistes among the present and past generation 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.
Today, the 2nd day, U Nagamani from Chennai will render a Carnatic music recital on the mandolin. K V Krishna from Tirupati on the violin, D S R Murthy of Hyderabad on the mridangam and Haribabu from Guntur on the ghatam, will provide the supporting music.
Mandolin Nagamani, as she is called, is a native of Palakol, West Godavari district, and learnt mandolin under the guidance of her uncle and mentor Mandolin U P Raju, who in turn is the brother of the legendary Mandolin Srinivas. She is a child prodigy, performing as a seasoned soloist at an age of only 9, in the hallowed portals of the grand music sabhas of Chennai. She has won many prizes and awards from various organizations.
Nagamani usually performs alongside her husband Mandolin Raju, and together they form a formidable mandolin duo. They have performed extensively around the globe in countries like South Africa, USA, Canada, Singapore, Germany, France and Switzerland. Nagamani has also achieved fame for her solo performances.
She won the first place in the All India Radio national-level competition for the category of stringed plucking instrument, and is now a B-grade artiste of All India Radio, Chennai.
The Andhra Music Academy was formed in the year 2001 particularly to sponsor, support and patronise music. For this endeavor, the academy has roped in some very eminent musicians into its advisory panel, including Dr Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna, Dr Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana and Nedunuri Krishna Murthy. The academy organises and conducts various music festivals every year and also plans to 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. This year, Dr Padma Subrahmanyam will be awarded the Natya Vidyanidhi, and Malini Rajurkar (a Hindustani vocalist) and V Kamalakara Rao (a mridangam player), the Sangeeta Vidyanidhi.
The concert starts at 6:30pm, and the entry is free. For further details, please contact 94401-93582, 98480-59020.