The crafts village is gearing up this week with a violin duet. If you can hazard the traffic or live at Madhapur, here's a great getaway into Indian classical.
Shilparamam is organising its weekly classical music program, a violin duet by Sriman N C Ramanujam and P V L Bharadwaj, on 9th September. The repertoire for the evening includes compositions of Carnatic Musical Trinity, Purandaradasa and Annamacharya, and some traditional, folk and patriotic music.
Sriman Nallan Chakravartulu Ramanujam is one of the most respected, reputed and renowned Carnatic musicians. He was born on 3rd August 1939 in Vijayawada, and started learning violin when he was 12, under the guidance of Guru K N Surendran, who in turn was a disciple of the legend, Dwaram Venkataswami Naidu.
Inspite of being a Chemical Engineering graduate from Anna Malai University, Madras, Ramanujam gave utmost importance to music in his life. He always used to accompany his guru, almost in every concert, and this made him the most beloved disciple of his master. In 1993, having served as a Chemical Engineer at IDPL for 25 years, Ramanjam took voluntary retirement, and decided to dedicate rest of his life to molding and nurturing young musicians.
Ramanujam is a versatile musician - he is adept at the veena and the keyboards, and is also a profound vocalist and composer. He has widely travelled and performed across the world.
Purihella Bharadwaj hails from an illustrious family of musicians, and is a disciple of Sriman N C Ramanujam. Born and brought up in Hyderabad, Bharadwaj had his initial training in vocal music from his sister Sangeeta, who is a disciple of K S R Balakrishna Sastry, who in turn was a disciple of the living legend Dr Mangalampally Balamurali Krishna.
From a very young age, Bharadwaj had a very good grasp of music, and was a quick learner too. Taking notice of this talent, Bharadwaj’s parents encouraged him to learn the violin, which was his prime interest. And just like his master, Bharadwaj started learning the violin when he was 12 too.
Bharadwaj’s debut was as an accompanying artist in a Harikatha programme, when he was 15. He accompanied his master to various concerts as a violin support. ANd he gave his first performance on All India Radio in the 1998.
Having done a Masters Degree in Information Systems from Osmania University, Bharadwaj started his professional career as a Project Guide in an IT firm in Hyderabad, and is currently working with HSBC as a Process Associate.
Bharadwaj’s wife, Vijayavalli Priya, is a Kuchipudi dance exponent, who has been teaching dance and music with all dedication at her budding institution, Shankari Natyasthal.
Bharadwaj took part in several music concerts along with his guru across the country - a few of them being at Bellary, Jamshedpur, Bangalore, Vijayawada, Vishakapatanam, Guntur and so on. He has also performed and accompanied various artistes across UAE.
The accompanying artistes for the evening are Durga Kumar on Mridangam and B L Narasimham on Ghatam.
P V L Bharadwaj can be contact at 99482-68864, or you can contact the venue at 2310-0455 for further details.