Keertana Sravanti - Aug 16th , 2009

Jai Guru Datta! Jai Hanuman!

Keertana Sravanti, a carnatic classical music concert was organized by Yoga Sangeeta and Vidya Daanam at Hanuman Cultural Center, Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple, Frisco, TX on August 16th between 4 and 7 in the evening. About 300 people gathered in the Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple to attend this concert. The concert was rendered by Smt Padma Thyagaraju, ably supported by Sri TS Krishnamurthy on Violin and Sri TR Saravanan on Mridangam. Smt Padma has received her advanced training from Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri Nedunuri Krishna Murthy and is blessed with a gifted voice.

Smt Padma's renditions included songs in Kanada, Hamsadhwani, Kamboji and a few faster and shorter devotional numbers towards the end. She started her concert with Mathey Daru Varnam of Muthaih Bhagavathar in Khamas. This was followed by Vathapi with kalpana swarams, Annapurney visalakshi in Sama, Balakanakamaya in Athana Ragam. Detailed alaapana, nirmal and kalpana swarams were rendered for the main song of the evening "Evari Maata vinnavo" in Kambhoji. The concert ended with popular devotional songs like Srirama Jayarama in Edukula Kambhoji and "Uyyala Balnuchedaru", an Annamacharya keerthana. The main concert lasted for about 2 hours.

The event saw the release of the first CD "Marvels of Carnatic Music" of Smt Padma Thyagaraju. The CD was released by Dr Prakasa Rao, Chairman of Datta Yoga Center and founder of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation USA and Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samiti, Hyderabad. The organizers took this opportunity to express their thanks to the teachers of Datta Yoga center.

Dr Prakash Rao urged all Hindus present to come together and express solidarity as Hindus and be proud of their Hindu identity. He urged the audience to be generous and donate the the temple and to charitable causes like Vidya Daanam. Shri Gopal Ponangi presented to the audience about Vidya Daanam, a novel movement to raise funds for Chatralayas(Student homes) in remote districts of India.

Sri Guru Datta!

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