The first-of-its-kind festival in Vijayawada, on the banks of River Krishna, takes place during the auspicious month of Karthika, styled as Krishnaveni Sangeetha Neerajanam from December 10 to 12. The Union tourism and culture ministries are holding the festival in collaboration with the AP government and Sangeet Natak Akademi.
Officials said Event Concerts will be organised at six venues — Bobilli, Rajahmundry, Lepakshi, Movva, Nellore and Kurnool — on Nov 27. The organisers said in a media release, “India is home to a rich cultural legacy. In order to celebrate our heritage, this first-of-its-kind festival is being organised in Vijayawada. The objective of this musical festival is help revive the focus on the Harikatha and Namasankeerthana traditions.”
The event will bring together renowned artists and witness active participation of students from the music colleges of AP and nearby states. It would also feature exhibitions of regional cuisine, local handicrafts and handlooms. We also aims to promote the hidden gems of the region, including spiritual, heritage and eco, destinations.”
As a curtain-raiser to the main event, concerts are being organised at six venues. The prequel events feature performances by leading musicians like Bhamidipaty Kanaka Durga Prasad, Manda Anantha Krishna, Vidwan Vinay Sarva, Vidwan Sri Malladi Suribabu, K Gayatri and Kothapalli Vandana.
At the Bobbili Venugopala Swamy Temple, a Veena concert by Bhamidipaty Kanaka Durga Prasad and Group is the highlight. In Rajahmundry’s Anam Kalakshetram, a flute concert by Manda Anantha Krishna and group is arranged.
At Lepakshi’s Nandi Statue near the Veerabhadraswamy temple, a Carnatic vocal music concert by Vidwan Vinay Sarva and Group will be performed. At Movva’s Venugopala Swamy temple, the Carnatic vocal concert is to be performed by Vidwan Sri Malladi Suribabu and his group.
In Nellore’s Sri Ranganthaswami Temple, a Carnatic vocal concert by K Gayatri and her group is arranged. In Kurnool’s government music college, the Carnatic vocal concert will be staged by Kothapalli Vandana and her group.
Source: Deccan Chronicle