Warangal: All India Radio, Warangal centre, will host devotional, light and folk music concerts as part of this year’s Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan at the Arts and Science Auditorium here on Saturday at 6.30 pm.
This annual musical concert is being held simultaneously at 23 other centres across India with each centre hosting a specific genre of music. Warangal was chosen as one of the centres after a gap of 12 years.
Assistant Director and programme head, All India Radio and Doordarshan Kendra, Warangal centre, M.V. Vara Prasad said Warangal gaining recognition as the best heritage city has given the city more points while choosing this year’s centres. He said 25 top-grade artists are going to take part in the concert in Warangal.
“The artistes are usually shuffled to different states so that their art will get promotion in other states. Since Andhra Pradesh was split, the artistes from residuary AP are assigned to perform in Telangana. By studying the preferences of the people of a particular region the type of concerts to be held are decided. People of Telangana are known to enjoy light and devotional music. That is why these concerts are being conducted here,” he said.
The concerts will feature a devotional music performance by K. Sudha Rani of Visakhapatnam. She will be accompanied by M. Satyanarayana on violin, M. Ravi on mridangam, B. Dhananjaya on the tabla and G. Venkatesh on his morsing. Ms Sudha Rani is a highly acclaimed devotional music artiste.
The light music concert will see performances by D. Surekha Murthy and K. Kalyan Vasanth with composer K. Suryanarayana Deekshithulu.
Ms Murthy has made notable contribution to the playback singing besides devotional music and has released several albums.
Kalyan Vasanth, a software engineer by profession, is a noted artiste in the realm of light and devotional music.
The final programme of the concert features folk music by Venkatappa Ambaji Sugatekar called Gandaligar Katha. A subgenre of the Janapada art form of Northern Karnataka, the Gondhali music has been kept alive primarily by Sugatekar and his troupe. These concerts will be aired all over India as well as AIR, Warangal on December 7....