of rhythms, resonances and brilliant performances
With the co-operation of Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam (TTD-India) and in association with Department of Culture, Government of Andhra Pradesh, the 600th birth anniversary of Saint Tallapaka Annamacharya was celebrated in the UK by European Telugu Association at Stourbridge Town Hall in West Midlands on 28th October 2007. European Telugu Association gets the distinction of bringing an extravaganza to the British audiences.
It was an aural and visual delight to the audience and a great tribute to the saint composer, with a marathon of cultural programs including Harikathas, songs and traditional dances based on Annamacharya Sankeerthanams. About 40 top artistes, doyens, connoisseurs, aces and aficionados in music and dance exhibited their artistic talents during these celebrations. Students of natya guru and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Dr Uma Rama Rao - also distinguished in having composed and choreographed more than 150 Annamacharya keerthanas - Dr Shobha Naidu, Usha Gayatri and stalwarts like Dr Dwaram Lakshmi, Dr Medasani Mohan and Dr Shobha Raju captivated the audience with their spell-binding performances.
Srinivasa Kalyanam, the celebrations were inaugurated by the Chairman of
TTD, B Karunakar Reddy while Executive Officer, KV Ramanachary (IAS) unveiled
the portrait of Annamacharya. Various Keerthanas were melodiously sung
by Shobha Raju, Gurajada Madhusudhan, Uma Devi, Seshulata and Ramaprabha.
The unique attractions of the day were the items rendered by whistle artiste
Siva Prasad accompanied by Srinivas on tabla.
In this composition, Annamacharya, in his sublime devotion towards the Goddess, narrates how unequalled her graceful eyes are (even lotuses have less significant beauty), how unparalleled her radiance is (even the luminous gold is less bright) and how unsurpassed her fragrance is (even the scented sandal-wood is less aromatic). Describing the beauty of the Goddess admirably, Sudha engaged the audience with this item quite well.
Rendering solo dances continued on finest Annamacharya compositions like "Inni Raasula yuniki" by Vanaja Uday, "Kaladinti Maata" by Sarvepalli Madhavimala, "Aadaro Paadaro" by Malavika - all disciples of guru Uma Rama Rao.
gave a stellar performance on "Cheri Yashoda ku" and "Oka pari oka pari"
which left the audience spell-bound. Her disciples from USA presented "Kulukuga
All the dance
artistes joined in the transcendental finale of Shobha Naiduís "Karpoora
Nirajanam" to Lord Venkateswara to the majestic Adigo Alladigo sankeertanam
in Hindola Raga, sung by Shobha Raju. This in particular left the audience
was covered entirely by Mana Telugu TV Channel in the UK.