Suladi' by disciples of Dr. Uma Rama Rao steals the show
June 16, 2009
The 15th century Tirumala Music Inscription discovered in Tirumala precincts and which took 50 years to be deciphered was brought out by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam in 1999 as an outcome of arduous multi-disciplinary research undertaken by stalwarts in the fields of epigraphy, musicology, language and literature. The chiselled stone inscription was accidentally found by Vidwan AV Srinivasacharyulu and is considered as the first known inscription in India containing songs in actual svara notations. Legend has it that it may have been authored by Tallapaka poets. During the first ever Annamacharya Utsava held in 1949, celebrated researcher and scholar late Veturi Prabhakara Sastry narrated the blissful experience of unearthing this rare find of melody and rhythm.
Inspired by its content that has profound spiritual and lyrical value, a humble attempt has been successfully made by Guru Dr. Uma Rama Rao to choreograph the piece blending with intricate rhythmic patterns. The presentation included appropriate dance expression to create an aesthetic pleasure for both artistes and audience. The spectators also felt the triple aspect of the presentation, a Triveni Sangam of music, dance and lyrics. The lyrics, music, orchestration and dance were all competing with and complimenting each other. The master and the artistes deserve a lot of appreciation for the effort.
Vinjamuri opened the evening with Beejakshara Stotra and Ganapati Vandanam,
followed by Annamacharya composition Vinnapaalu Vinavale. Her expression
while surrendering to the Lord at the end of this keertana was full of
devotional ecstasy. She was graceful with crisp expressions and elegant
movements. She stole the show depicting Narasimhavatara in the Suladi item.
Other participating artistes Srilekha Kocherlakota, Sindhoora Murthy and
Charvee kept the audience enchanted in different avataras and descriptions.
Siva Chandra as Vamanavatara, Priyamvada as Prahlada and Maya as young
Krishna excelled in their roles. In a nutshell, it was an unexpectedly
beautiful program unlike many routine programs taking place in the city.
The traditional depiction of Dasavatara was appreciated by eminent, elite
and culture enthusiasts alike. The fervour and fibre with which the entire
troupe has rendered a tremendous performance was worth appreciating the
Dr. TLS Bhaskar is an independent researcher on TeluguDiaspora.com