Five-day music and dance festival begins

Sangeeta Vidhya Nidhi title conferred on Hyderabad sisters

Andhra Pradesh Official Language Commission Chairman Mandali Buddha Prasad presents a plaque to Hyderabad sisters Lalita and Haripriya conferring the Sangita Vidyanidhi award of Andhra Music Academy at its 14th annual music and dance festival at Kala Bharati Auditorium in Visakhapatnam on Friday.— Photo:C.V.SUBRAHMANYAM

Andhra Pradesh Official Language Commission Chairman Mandali Buddha Prasad presents a plaque to Hyderabad sisters Lalita and Haripriya conferring the Sangita Vidyanidhi award of Andhra Music Academy at its 14th annual music and dance festival at Kala Bharati Auditorium in Visakhapatnam on Friday.— Photo:C.V.SUBRAHMANYAM

Music has myriad dimensions and its prime purpose is to elevate the man from mundane to higher planes in life. It serves as perfect means for self realisation, spiritualist Sadguru K. Sivananda Murthy of Bheemili observed during the inaugural function of a five-day annual festival of music and dance of Andhra Music Academy here on Friday.

The academy, to mark its 14th anniversary conferred Sangeeta Vidhya Nidhi title on Hyderabad-based renowned vocalist duo Lalita and Haripriya. Sadguru Sivananda Murthy and Chairman Telugu Official Language Commission Mandali Buddha Prasad presented the award consisting of Rs. 75,000 in cash, gold medal, citation and memento and honoured the vocalists.

Noted musician Sangeetha Kalanidhi Nedunuri Krishna Murthy said that it was befitting to honour the vocalist duo with this award in recognition of their remarkable contribution in the realm of classical music and complimented the duo on this count.

Elucidating the origin of devotional and Bhajan Sampradaya genres of music in South India and particularly in our State, he emphasised the importance of music in our lives.

Principle Secretary (health) of Andhra Pradesh L.V. Subrahmanyam, former DGP and president of the academy R. Prabhakar Rao, secretary P.V. Seshayya Sastry and others participated. Later, a vocal concert of the duo enthralled the music lovers.


Training camp

Andhra Pradesh Praja Natya Mandali (AP-PNM) will organise a training camp for its members and volunteers from Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema on its premises at Hanumanpet from February 13 to 16, according to its general secretary G. Jani. He said a meeting of (AP-PNM) held on Monday passed a resolution to that effect. The meeting was presided by PNM Honorary State President P. Sambasiva Rao.



@ Miss South India.

 glitz and glamourMiss South IndiaPhotoS:K.Ananthan

A glittering evening marks Manappuram Miss South India

Music and glittering lights welcome you to Le Meridien. The fashion contest Manappuram Miss South India is about to begin. Cochin-based music band Ritu Raga performs live as the 16 models from Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh walk the ramp.

“We are playing a fusion of Carnatic music, jazz and folk according to the clothes the models are wearing,” says the lead violinist of the band Viswanath. The judges for the show are former Miss World, Parvathy Omanakuttan, film director Major Ravi, Mrs. India 2011, Mrs. Jeemole Jaibin, rotary governor, Kuriachan, actor and fashion designer Sajimon Parayil and media person, Toshma Biju.  It begins with an ethnic round where the models, clad in half-sari, walk the ramp. The white saris with zaris look pretty. The models sport bindis, tikkas, and braids. Flowing skirts with the traditional mango print define this collection.

The second sequence is the gown round. The ladies are dressed in flowing gowns and they are accompanied by soulful piano music.

Maria, a Russian belly dancer makes graceful moves and Kishore, the winner of television reality show,Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega , entertains the audience with his acrobatics. The show comes to an end as judges declare the winners. Abhishikta S Shetty, from Karnataka is crowned Manappuram Miss South India 2014. Aditi Shetty and Meghna Shetty from Karanataka bag the first runner up and second runner up titles.






Kadapa students bag medal in National Science Congress

Well done:Pushpagiri School student U. Anitha Kumari receiving a certificate from Bhanu Pratap Singh, Scientist in the Union Department of Science and Technology at the 21st National Science Congress held at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh in December.A group of five SSC students of Pushpagiri School in Kadapa bagged a medal and certificate in the 21st National Science Congress held at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh from December 27 to 31.

The students – U. Anitha Kumari (group leader), I.N. Safa Shereen, S. Sameena Banu, S. Khadirunnisa and B.R.V. Bhargavi – received participation medal and certificate from Dr. Bhanu Pratap Singh, scientist in the Union Department of Science and Technology, for their project report on the advantages of solar green house, school principal P. Harikrishna said here on Saturday.

Besides portraying the power scenario across the country, the students laid emphasis on the need to tap solar energy, particularly in Andhra Pradesh, which was reeling in a power crisis. Over one-third of rural population and about six per cent urban population in the country lacked electricity facility and on an average about one out of every six villages were yet to be electrified, their report said.

The students suggested establishment of the cost-effective solar green houses which not only collect solar energy on sunny days, but also store heat during nights in cloudy weather.

The National Science Congress provided an opportunity to interact with students of various States in the country and exchange of ideas with them, Ms. Anitha Kumari said.

School Director M. Vivekananda Reddy and principal Harikrishna and teachers congratulated the students on their return from Bhopal.


India’s tallest Hanuman statue to be ready by May

India’s tallest Hanuman statue is being constructed near Madapam in the Narasannapeta Mandal.- PHOTO: By ArrangementA devotee’ dream becomes a reality in Srikakulam district.

A devotee’s dream has become a reality within 8 years with the construction of India’s tallest Hanuman statue at Madapam, Narasannapeta mandal of Srikakulam district. The devotee Jayi Ramanamurty, a common man, dreamt in 2005 that the tallest statue for Lord Anjayaneya will be constructed on the banks of Vamasadhara river. His dream was not taken seriously initially but slowly devotees came forward with donations to make the project a reality.

In the beginning, a devotee M.S.N. Raju of Cheepurupalli contributed Rs.10 lakh and hundreds of other devotees collected around Rs.70 lakh to execute the project within the stipulated time. It is estimated that the entire project cost would be around Rs.1 crore after the construction of temple and meditation centre which are essential for devotees to spend more time after offering prayers at the statue.

The construction of the project with proposed 176 feet height began in 2005 and it is going to be completed in May 2015.

Special prayers will be offered to Lord Anjayaneya on May 23, 2014, on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti. Currently, the tallest statue with 150 feet height is located at Kurukshetra near New Delhi. Another statue with 136 feet height is situated near Paritala of Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.

Tobacco Board Foundation Day tomorrow

The 10th Foundation Day of Tobacco Board will be celebrated here on Friday.

Board Chairman Koothati Gopal will preside over the function. Several members of the board, including MPs P. Venkatesh Joshi, Magunta Sreenivasulu Reddy, MLC and board vice-chairman A. Manju and other members of the board representing farmers and traders will be present.

The board will felicitate 30 best growers from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka (one grower from each auction platform) for achieving the highest yield of FCV Tobacco during the crop season 2012-13 with a shield and a cash award of Rs.5,000 to each best grower.

The board will also felicitate 19 best traders for achieving highest performance in exports under manufacturer’s category and merchant exporters category.