SRI NARAYANA TEERTHA UTSAV HELD AT LONDON MAHALAKSHMI TEMPLE.
Sri Narayana Teertha Utsav was celebrated with much gaiety in the holy and pious ambience of the newly opened Mahalakshmi Temple in Eastham,London.The melodious compositions of Narayana Teertha(1650-1745), the saint poet ,were presented by the eminent artistes in front of a houseful audience. The event, held on 21st May constitutes the first Homage to Narayana Teertha,outside India.
The programme commenced according to the Hindu tradition by lighting the lamp and invoking Lord Ganesha with the prayer to Lord Ganesha ‘Jaya Jaya Swamin’ . A highly talented Carnatic classical singer Balakrishnan Raghavan, introduced Narayan Teertha to the audience and also his Magnum Opus Krishna Leela Tarangini, an opera in Sanskrit and left the audience with a spellbound rendition of ‘Govardhana Giridhara’ in Darbaari Kaanada ragam.
Veena Pani kona ,an extremely talented and professional singer ,sang ‘Kathaya Kathaya Madhavam’ in Kalyani and ‘Puraya Maamakam’ in Bilahari . Durga Natchiyar impressed the audience with her confident and bold presentation of AvadhAraya Maameeswaram in Poorvikalyani ragam
Euphonious voice of Padmini Karamcheti Pasumarthy mesmerised the audience when she sang ‘Parama Purusha’ in Behaag ragam and ‘Pahi Pahi Jaganmohana’ in ragam Naadanamakriya.
Kuchipudi Dance on ‘Bala Gopala Mammudhara’, a tarangam depicting childhood pranks ,activities and miracles of Lord Krishna, was presented by the graceful Kuchipudi dancer Sushma Pramodh.
Ms Dhivya Kumaramurthy,a talented violinist ,presented ‘Ayahi Vraja Yuvatibrinda’ in Hamsanandhi ragam. Smt Sashikala Tallam, a veteran singer and classical dancer, sang a couple of verses from Krishna Leela Tarangini and enacted them in pure classical style. Dr Ramakrishna Madina ,a medical professional and also a doctorate in Telugu Literature gave a brief talk on Narayana Teertha and his eminence as a poet composer of 17th century in Andhra Desam.
The last performance of the day, a lullaby in Neelambari ragam, ‘Madhava Maamava’ was sung by a budding talent Ms Vaishnavi Dokka. All the singers were accompanied on Mridangam by a senior Mridangist Mr Vijeyarajah Mylvaganam and on Violin by Ms Dhivya Kumaramurthy and Ms Kiruthika. Smt Yoga extended her speech and conveyed thanks on behalf of audience to the organisers as it was a rare step to organise an event to celebrate Narayana Teertha who is oft forgotten, whereas his Tarangams have adorned the Carnatic classical world ever since they were composed.
The event was anchored by Dr Bhanu Sistla. Photographs and Videos were taken by Mr Aaditya Kaza. The event was organised by Kaza Business consultants and sponsored by Shehnaz Herbals and State Bank of India. The Temple priests felicitated both the sponsors and Mr Prabhakar Kaza of Kaza Business Consutants,which organised the event.
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