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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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Schedule for the December Season 2011-2012

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My concerts schedule for the is available at http://pantularama.com/events/ Madras Music Season is an event hosted every December–January in the present-day south Indian metropol of Chennai. Spanning some six weeks, a number of large and small kutcheris (Carnatic music concerts) are performed by highly competent musicians. The traditional role of the Music Season is to allow aficionados of Carnatic music to appreciate performances by renowned artists, and to allow promising young artists to display their talent and skill. Audiences and artists come from across India and from the international...

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Artistry and purity mark her recitals

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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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