Homage to Papanasam Sivan
An event was organised by Kaza Business Consultants on Sunday, the 26th of May, in Mahalaksmi temple ,London, to celebrate the life and works of Papanasam Sivan, the Tamil Tyagaraja, the pre-eminent musician, lyricist and composer of 2,000 Carnatic classical songs. He was a devotee of Lord Shiva and a great patriot.
Mr Santanam Swaminathan, a highly knowledgeable journalist, enlightened the audience with his speech on Papanasam Sivan.
Four brilliant Bharatanatyam dancers, one fabulous kuchipudi dancer, six sonorous singers and an eminent violinist participated and regaled roughly a hundred rasikas, the audience, making the event a grand success.
A renowned vocalist ‘Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham Asthana Vidwan’ Sri R K Prasanna Kumar enchanted the audience by rendering ‘Ka Va Va’ in Varali ragam along with his son,a highly talented singer, Vidwan Pramod Kumar.The duo was accompanied by an eminent violinist Dr Jyotsna Srikanth.Jyotsna who had accompanied Dr M. Bala Murali Krishna, several times. Her solo recital of Paratpara in Vachaspati ragam was spell- binding.
The programme was traditionally started with Lord Ganesha Aradhana ‘ Sri Vatapi’ in Sahana ragam by Mrs Rashmi Srinivasa in her lovely voice. This was followed by a keertana ‘Srinivasa Tiru Venkata Mudayai’ in Hamsanandi. Mrs Veena Pani Kona,who sang this song on Lord Balaji as well as ‘Madhava Maya Manavarupa’ is a melodious and highly professional musician and a skilful music teacher.
A kuchipudi dance recital was performed by Mrs Sushma Pramodh on ‘Idadu Padam Thuki’in Khamas. Four Brilliant Bharatanatyam performances in this event were a perfect homage to this great musician. Ms Sankari Mridha’s sensuous performance on Ananda Nattam Idum (kedaragowla)was brilliant. Ms Mathangi Keshavan mesmerised the audience by dancing on ‘Maa Ramanan Uma Ramanan’(Hindolam). Dr Chamu Kuppuswami’s charming poses and steps while dancing on a varnam ‘Unnai Nenaindhu’ (Devamanohari) were simply amazing. Mrs Lavanya Rao was lovely and dazzling on stage while dancing on Nanu Oru Vilayat(Navarasa Kanada).
Mrs Padmini Karamcheti ,a brilliant Carnatic classical vocalist and Veena artiste sang two keertanas – Devi Neeye Thunai in Keeravani and Samagana Lolane in Hindolam. Ms Vaishnavi Dokka, an upcoming talent in the field of Carnatic classical, sang two keertanas- Idadu Padam Thooki(Khamas) and Sri Ganesha Charanam (Thillana).All the singers were accompanied by Ms Dhivya SK on violin and Sri Vijeyarajah Mylvaganam on Mridangam . The programme was hosted by Dr Bhanu Sistla. Photographs and videos were by Aaditya Kaza( Kaza Clicks).Mrs Geetha Kaza, who conceptualised the event, thanked the performers, the team members and the audience.