Friday, 1 April 2022

Visakha Music Academy's 52nd Annual Music Festival

The Visakha Music Academy was formed in 1969 at Visakhapatnam by a group of rasikas, to promote and propagate Carnatic music in the city.

The 52nd edition of Visakha Music Academy’s music festival happened during the last week of November 2021. They successfully hosted live concerts everyday, while maintaining proper safety procedures to prevent the spread of the virus.  Unlike other live concerts that mostly had a time limit of two hours, these concerts extended for three hours and had a better turnout of rasikas than the organizers had expected. Artists such as Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar and Gayathri Venkatraghavan enthralled the audience with their vidwat. The array of concerts included an equal number of instrumental, as well as vocal concerts, providing a variety of music for the audience.

Apart from hosting concerts, Visakha Music Academy also presented the title of ‘Sangeeta Kala Saagara’ to Hyderabad based vainika Ayyagari Syamasundaram, the ‘Jnananda Ogirala Veera Raghava Sarma Endowment Award’ to noted Carnatic vocalist from Tirupati Kolluru Vandana, as well as the ‘Artiste of Distinction’ award to vocalist Mula Srilatha. Scholarships were also granted to music students from the weaker sections of society.

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