5-day music and dance festival begins tomorrow

Carnatic exponents — Lalitha and Haripriya (popularly known as Hyderabad Sisters) — and Bharatanatyam maestro Leela Samson will be conferred ‘Sangeeta Vidyanidhi’ and ‘Natya Vidyanidhi’ titles respectively by the Andhra Music Academy at its 14th annual Music and Dance Festival.

The five-day event is scheduled to commence on Friday at Kalabharati Auditorium. On the inaugural day, the Hyderabad Sisters would be felicitated and the audience would be treated to a vocal concert by the duo.

On the other three days, there would be concerts by artistes, including D. Kartika Anagha (vocal), U.P. Raju and U. Nagamani (mandolin), Bharadwaj Raman (veena), and B. Sai Kartikeya (vocal). On Sunday, ‘Sangeeta Kalanidhi’ Nedunuri Krishna Murthy would give a demonstrative Carnatic concert, joint secretary of the academy G. Prabhakar said.

Carnatic guru Nedunuri Krishna Murthy, who is also adviser to AMA, elaborated on the programme and about different performers. A special feature during this festival is the Rajasthani folk music and dance by Bhutte Khan Manganiar troupe on Monday evening. On Tuesday evening, Leela Samson, who is also chairperson of Sangeet Natak Akademi and director of Kalakshetra, would be conferred the title.

Later, Vedantam Radheshyam and troupe of Hyderabad would present a ballet in the Gollakalapam form of Kuchipudi. The same day, patron of fine arts in the city and managing director of Vijay Nirman Company Private Limited S. Vijaya Kumar and his wife would be felicitated to mark his 60 years.

“All the 12 cultural organisations in the city are participating in the felicitation,” joint secretary P. Bala Murali Krishna said.

N. Radha Kumari of AMA and Raghavendran of Sivaganga Music Academy spoke.


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