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Music fest at Nanganallur

The 38th Sri Hanumath Jayanthi celebrations and music festival started off with grandeur at Adhivyadhihara Bhaktha Anjaneyar temple at Nanganallur on December 31, 2012.

The daily pooja rituals take place inside the temple and the music festival, at Rama Mandiram hall, adjoining the temple.

Since Anjaneya is a sangeethapriyar, the trustees make it a point to please the Lord by arranging concerts of eminent musicians.

This year’s music festival concludes on Pongal eve.

The temple has instituted ‘Hanumath Gana Sironmani’ award and this year’s awardee is Sangitha Kalanidhi T K Murthy, an eminent midrangist and octogenarian who has contributed immensely to the world of music for almost 80 years.

A torch-bearer of the Mahavaidyanatha Sivan bhani, he emulates his guru in all aspects.

A galaxy of stalwarts from diverse fields was invited as guests for the function.

Justice Ramanathan of the Madras High Court spoke about the greatness of Indian music and royal patrons who enriched it. A native of Tirunelveli, he said many stalwarts from Tirunelveli like Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar and Karakuruchi Arunachalam contributed a lot to the music world.

Music aficionado Cleveland V V Sundaram spoke eloquently about the style of T K Murthy and how he has accompanied almost five generations of musicians, which is a record. He said Murthy is a mridangam margadarasi and plays according to the moods of the main artiste.

Chitravina exponent Ravikiran highlighted the fact that Murthy ‘Maama’ can also sing and deliver konnakkol. Ravikiran called him the pitamaha of mridangam.

The founder of the Adhivyadhihara Bhaktha Anjaneyar temple, Ramani Anna, praised the awardee, saying that “Murthy sirithaanaalum keerthi perisu” because Murthy is very short in stature.

Accepting the award, Murthy thanked the temple authorities and said his son Jayaraman would speak on his behalf. Jayaraman traced his father’s musical journey and profusely thanked the Travancore royal family for their unstinted support to his father and that they owed their success to the royals.

The award carries a citation, shawl and cash purse. One of the trustees of the temple, G V Ramani, proposed the vote of thanks.

The trustees, connoisseurs and patrons of fine arts, have roped in artistes covering a wide spectrum such as vocalists, percussionists, wind and stringed instrument players. Since music and dance go together, dance performances are also arranged. Budding artistes are also encouraged.

The concerts are held inside the temple premises besides the sanctum sanctorum of the presiding deity. The temple will be transformed into a veritable paradise.

The inauguration was followed by a vocal concert by a scion of the Travancore royal family, Prince Rama Varma. He was accompanied on the violin by Avaneeswaram Vinu, on the mridangam by Trichy Harikumar, and on the ghatam by Dr S Karthik.

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