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A celebrated rendition of Tyagaraja by Malladi Brothers

October 15, 2019
A celebrated rendition of Tyagaraja by Malladi Brothers

That the celebrated legendary saint composer Tyagaraja has captured a special place in the hearts of Delhiites once again came to the fore when yet another ‘big ticket’ music organisation of the capital, the Karnataka Sangeetha Sabha recently arranged a two-day music and dance festival in Delhi in association with the government of Andhra Pradesh and the Tirumalai Tirupathi Devasthanams. The festival was titled “Dilliyil Thiruvaiyar” and was held at the Dhyanamandir auditorium of Tirupati Balaji Temple, Gole Market.

On the second day of the festival, Malladi Sreeramprasad and Malladi Ravikumar, popularly known as the “Malladi Brothers”, delighted the music lovers for close to two-and-half hours. The Vijayawada-based Malladi brothers are known for possessing a vast repertoire of Tyagaraja kritis. The choice of the artistes for the festival seemed to be a well thought out one and the vibrant manner in which the brothers sang did add glitter to the festivity in the capital.

The brothers opened their concert with the Saint’s composition “Janaki Ramana” in the raga Suddhaseemantini in a delightful manner. The information that the elder sibling, Sreeramprasad gave about this raga soon after presenting the song was informative. In particular, the information that the only song available in this raga has been composed by Tyagaraja was music to ears.

Tyagaraja’s “Raghu vara nannu” in Pantuvarali not only came in for a detailed rendition in the concert, but the brothers handled the song in a delightful manner and brought out the lyrical values of the composition to the fore. Earlier, the younger sibling Ravikumar sang a scintillating alpana of the raga. The siblings’ musical depth also came to fore when they presented the neraval (the pallavi portion itself was taken up for this purpose) and subsequent swaraprastharas.


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