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Round-up - A veritable youth brigade of Carnatic musicians was in the Capital recently to regale listeners. Pantula Rama's vocal recital in this festival contained some fine presentations of Tyagaraja compositions. Rama's handling of Tyagaraja's “Palintuvo palimpavo” in raga Kantamani (a vivadi raga, the 61st raga in the scheme of 72 melakarta ragas) in a detailed manner was scholarly. While the alapana of the raga was scintillating, her creative talents flowed during the neraval of the phrase from the charanam of the composition and in the swaraprastaras that came later. Such a raga is rarely...

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Harping on a single raga

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For the connoisseurs of classical music from Kakinada, All India Radio Visakhapatnam had organised noted Carnatic vocal artiste Pantula Rama's musical concert at Satkalavahini auditorium. The two-hour long concert has been recorded for the AIR and slated for broadcast at 10 p.m. on April 20 from Visakhapatnam station. In the concert named ‘Eka Raga Sabha,' Rama has chosen raga Shankarabharanam and recited varna's and kritis of various composers. The concert began with varnam ‘Chalamela' followed by Vinayaka sthuti ‘Shakti Sahita Ganapatim.' The rendition of Thyagaraja kritis Manasu Swadheenamai...

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Carnatic Concert and Dance Ballet

The second day of the Hyderabad youth Parthi yatra witnessed a classical carnatic vocal concert by Dr. Panthula Rama, popular as ‘Nightingale of Andhra’, accompanied by Sri M.S.N. Murthy on Violin and Sri Nemani Somayajulu on Mridangam. Starting her concert with Siva Siva Siva Enarada and Bhaja Re Manasa, she went on sing many popular numbers including Navaneetha Chora Devaki Vasudeva Nandana and Leela Nataka Sai. credit : http://www.theprasanthireporter.org/2012/02/carnatic-concert-and-dance-ballet/

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Good command over laya

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BEING A Telugu, Pantula Rama's rendition of Tyagaraja kritis could not be faulted on grounds of sahitya suddha or pada splitting which, when not done properly, distorts the meaning. With a good command of laya she sings with abandon and with a commendable manodharma. The alapanas are full of verve and imagination. In her concert for Hamsadhwani she sang the not-frequently heard "Yedari Sancharimtura" in Sruthi Ranjani. She did well to announce the name of the raga at the end of the kriti scripted by Tyagaraja. With decorative phrasings and idioms she gave glitter to the already enticing Behag...

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They make music together

We know of people who are ‘wedded' to their professions. And when the profession is music, home is where practice sessions and the planning that goes into a concert, take place. So what happens when two people who are wedded to music are also married to one another? What if the wife is a vocalist and the husband an accompanist? Are there ego clashes? Dr. Pantula Rama, whose husband M.S.N. Murthy accompanies her on the violin, says, “We were established artists in our own right before we got married.” But how does Murthy feel when she is the main artist and he, the accompanist? What about...

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Flawless rendition – Hindu Music Review

Pantula Rama's concert in Kochi was a wonderful amalgamation of aesthetics, flawless grammar and technique. Rama began the concert with the Vasanta raga varnam ‘Ninnu kori' with numerous repetitions of the lines and the swaras. The concert's tempo was kept up with ‘Gam Ganapathaye namo namo' in Hamsadhwani, a composition of Harikeshanalloor Muthaiah Bhagavathar. This was adorned with supple swaras. Rama has worked steadily in becoming a leading vocalist at a young age. The Tyagaraja pancharatna kriti ‘Entharo Mahanubhavulu' in Sri Raga was ably supported by V. V. Ramanamurthy on the mridangam...

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