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Artistry and purity mark her recitals

Pantula_Rama

Dr. Pantula Rama had earned recognition even as a child prodigy. Highly versatile, All India Radio accorded her the ‘A’ grade as a vocal artiste, and ‘B-High’ in violin and viola. She has featured in a number of national programmes of music of All India Radio. The singer has been bestowed with the title ‘Gayatri Sangeeta Vidwanmani’ and is popular as the ‘Nightingale of Andhra’ and ‘Melody Queen of Andhra’. She secured a Ph. D in music from the Andhra University. Her doctoral dissertation titled ‘Shaping of an Ideal Carnatic Musician through Sadhana’ has been published...

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Manipravalam

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'Manipravalam’ covers compositions in Kannada, Tamizh, Telugu and Malayalam. Purandaradasa’s Atana devarnama ‘Sakala Graha’ is sung with all the charanams which is rare to hear. A brief exposition of Kedaragowla is gamaka rich and moves on to Ramaswamy Sivan's ‘Natanam Seyyum.’ This song seems to be one of the vocalist's favourite Tamizh compositions and this scribe has listened to her frequent rendition of this song in her Chennai concerts. Pantula Rama's Kalyani vinyasa is powerful and majestic in a unhurried manner. The rare kriti of Tyagaraja ‘Karu Velpulu’ with its plethora...

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