Kuchipudi dancer and Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee, who presently heads the Telangana Sangeeta Nataka Akademi, Deepika Reddy, is doing tremendous work for the artistic community. After successfully organising a dance programme featuring senior dancers like Alekhya Punjala, Rajeswari Sainath, Mangala Bhatt and others, Deepika Reddy has brought together senior musicians on one stage to perform under the banner of Suswara Raagotsavam. Speaking exclusively to Natyahasini, the Telangana Sangeeta Nataka Akademi (TSNA) Chairperson, Deepika Reddy, shares that for the first time renowned senior musicians will be performing on the same platform. “After I resumed charge as the Chairperson of Telangana Sangeeta Nataka Akademi, for the benefit of rasikas, I am bringing together senior artists to perform on the same platform. In 2022, there was a three-day dance festival, where senior dancers performed and now senior musicians will perform in a three-day festival, which begins on Friday Jan. 20 at Ravindra Bharathi,” she says.
Deepika Reddy discloses that the beauty of the three-day festival is that on the first two days it is Sandhya Raagam, which starts at 6pm and on the last day, Sunday Jan. 22, it is Udaya Raagam, which starts at 10.30 am.
Sharing the programme details, Deepika Reddy says that the three-day event will kick off with the singing of renowned Carnatic Vocalists, Central Sangeet Natak Akademi awardees and Telangana State Awardees, Hyderabad Brothers – Sri Raghava Chary & Sri Sesha Chary, followed by Sate awardee and Classical flautist, Dr. Jayaprada Ramamurthy, and State Awardee, Singer and Founder Little Musicians Academy, Sri Kommanduri Ramachary. The dignitaries for the evening include Chief Guest, Smt. Satyavathi Rathod, Hon’ble Minister Tribal Welfare & Women Development & Child Welfare Department, Govt. of Telangana; Presiding Guest, Dr. K.V. Ramana Chary IAS (Retd.), Advisor to Government of Telangana; Distinguished Guest, Smt. Sumathi, IPS, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Women Safety Wing, Telangana State.
On the second day, after the Hyderabad Brothers, it is the turn of Hyderabad Sisters. The TSNA Chairperson shares that renowned Carnatic Vocalist Haripriya ma’am agreed to sing after many requests. “She will be followed by Carnatic Vocalists Smt. Sweta Prasad and Smt. Ranjani Sivakumar Siddareddy; and Violinist Sri Kalaratna Ashok G Gurjale. The dignitaries for the evening include Chief Guest, Smt. A Shanthi Kumari, IAS, Chief Secretary to Government of Telangana; Distinguished Guest, Vaddiraju Ravichandra, Rajya Sabha member; Special Guest, V Prakash, Chairman, Water Resources Development Corporation, Telangana State; Guest of Honour, Dr. Mamidi Harikrishna, Director, Department of Language & Culture, Govt. of Telangana.
In the Udaya Raagam programme, on the third and final day, Deepika Reddy says Veena & Chitraveena exponent, Emani Lalitha Krishna; Carnatic Music exponent, DSV Sastry; Exponent of Hindustani Music on Hawaiian Guitar, Jaywant Naidu; and Carnatic Musicians Sangeetha Sisters – Rajya Laxmi & Sangeethakala will regale the audiences. “For the rasikas, on this platform, we have brought together senior Carnatic vocalists, flautist, Hawaiian Guitar player and Veena player. We look forward to a full audience,” she says. The distinguished guests include Chief Guest, Sabitha Reddy, Hon’ble Minister for Education, Government of Telangana; Distinguished Guest, M Rajeev Sagar, Chairman, Telangana Foods; Smt. PV Padmaja Reddy, IPS, Superintendent of Police (Narcotics) C.I.D., Govt. of Telangana.
Before signing off, Deepika Reddy says that the next festival will be a theatre festival.