Following our Press release No.146 dt.23rd November 2014,wherein we covered the evening programme in a short format, devotees and Carnatic music enthusiasts have requested us to cover the music concert by Dr.Balamuralikrishna, in detail. Our Carnatic Music Correspondent tries to satisfy the devotees of the Lord.
The evening of the 23rd November of the 89th birthday celebrations of Bhagwan Baba was a colorful event marked by The Golden Chariot procession around Bhagwan’s Yajur Mandir and the adjacent roads and the “Jhoola Mahotsavam “ at the panoramic SaiKulwant Hall.The devotees were never satiated by these events witnessed and they were eagerly awaiting the legendary Dr.Balamuralikrishna to sing before their Lord, who is beyond legends.
Balamuralikrishna commenced his concert with an invocatory offering to Lord Ganesha in Rag Arabhi, singing “Sri Sakala Kaladhipa Palaya…” then proceeding to his own composition “Mahaneeya Madhuramoorthe…” in Raga Malathi, a piece of glorification of the Guru. Singing St Thyagaraja’s “Nagumomu…” with innovative adaption, inserting an aalaap to end with a Thani Avaratanam in Laya Vadyam, the legendary singer then continued with “Pibare Rama Rasam…” a Sadashiva Brahmendra composition, tuned and glorified by Balamuralikrishna himself.
Much to the excitement of the evening’s musical assembly, he then continued with singing “Paluke Bangaramayna…”, a famous devotional composition of Bhadrachala Ramadas in Raga Anandabhairavi. Singing an interesting piece “Hanuma Hanuma…” in Rag Sarasmayi, the Swarakshara being ‘Ma’, Balamurali, then followed with a thrilling Tillana in ‘Kadana Kuthuhalam”, one of his own compositions before signing off with a composition on Bhagawan, a special piece for 89th Birthday, ending aptly with the line “Sathyam Sivam Sundaram”.
The legendary singer had the great good fortune of being in Bhagawan’s Presence decades ago, interacting closely, often crooning for The Lord.Last evening, Dr Balamuralikrishna was accompanied by K Ramesh on Mridangam, Sri P Sreeramulu and Master Thyagaraja on Violin, Nemani Somayajulu on Ghatam, Srinivas on Mukh Sankh, O V Mohana Krishna on Vocal along with Whizzle Wizard Shivaprasad.
At the end, the artiste and the accompanists were felicitated by the Trustee’s at the end of the session.
A capacity audience watched the glorious Birthday-Twilight spectace.
Mangala Arathi at 1945 hrs. marked the end of the grand festive day’s proceedings. Indeed, 23rd November is a date that will surely be circled in gold by the moving finger of time and bedazzle generations to come…