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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Importance of Team-work in a Carnatic Concert

Vid. Nedunuri Krishnamurthy – Ramanavami concert 1971 at Parvathi ( Excerpts )

An analysis by Shri R. Sachi

We feature this time the well known Vidwan, Sangita Kalanidhi Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, one among the many stalwarts who have come and performed in Parvathi over six decades. Endowed with a very resonant voice, and presenting a large repertoire in Telugu, Sanskrit and other languages, with chaste diction, with a pleasant, engaging, manodharma, Nedunuri has achieved success with audiences as well as accompanists for a long time.

In this concert from 1971, he is accompanied by Vid.Lalgudi Jayaraman, Vid. Umayalpuram Sivaraman, and Vid. TH Vinayakram. This is a star-studded ensemble and you can surely look forward to some wonderful music, the result of great team-work. After a very emotive Mohana and Nanu Palimpa, we have three very rakthi-filled renditions. There is also a percussion interlude between Umayalpuram and Vinayakram. The whole concert exudes a sense of balance and melody.

The following two excerpts from “An Incurable Romantic”, the authorised biography of Vid. Lalgudi Jayaraman, by Lakshmi Devnath, show what an excellent rapport Nedunuri enjoyed with Lalgudi.

Recently, when Nedunuri was conferred a title by a reputed Sabha in Bangalore, a glowing tribute was paid by Vid. Umayalpuram Sivaraman.

For the past 40-50 years, these three artistes have been shining stars on the Carnatic concert platform.

We read in the “Karnataka Sangita Vishaya Vishwakosha”, by Dr. V. S. Sampathkumaracharya, that Nedunuri was born in East Godavari district in 1927. He comes from a family of musicians. He went to Dr. Pinakapani in 1949 for advanced studies. In his long career spanning more than six decades, apart from being a very respected concert artiste, he has held many teaching positions in several established institutions all over Andhra Pradesh. His lessons on radio and television have helped thousands of music students. He has received the title of Asthana Vidwan from Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam for his great contribution to popularising Annamacharya compositions. In fact the song, in Revathi, “Nanati Bratuku” made famous by MSS, was tuned by him. He has also set to music the compositions of Kaivara Yogi Narayana, hailing from a small town in Karnataka.

Come, let us enjoy a vintage concert from the masters.

Concert Excerpt details

Nedunuri Krishnamurthy-Vocal
Lalgudi Jayaraman-Violin
Umayalpuram Sivaraman-Mridangam
TH Vinayakram-Ghatam 6-4-71 at "Parvathi" during Ramanavami.

Song List

01. Mohana Raga *** 02. Nanu Palimpa – Thyagaraja *** 03. Tani Avarthanam *** 04. Challare Ramachandru-Ahiri-Thyagaraja *** 05. Ramamantrava Japiso-Jaunpuri-Purandara Dasa *** 06. Gayathi Vanamali-Durga- Sadashiva Brahmendra ***

2008 - K.K. Murthy Memorial Chowdiah Awards
Nedunuri Krishnamurthy (left) with R. Vishweshwaran
[ Photo Courtesy: The Hindu ]