The Karnataka College of Percussion started in 1964 as a institution has been successful in creating awareness of Indian classical music among the younger generation in Bangalore by training them in various classical percussion instruments and Carnatic vocals.
Vidwan T.A.S. Mani and Vidushi R A.Ramamani, leading artistes in mridangam and Carnatic vocals respectively, have nurtured the institution and are promoting the art by organising many festivals and workshops.
This year’s music festival, the 48th in the series was inaugurated on May 19, 2013 by K V Murthy, President, Sri Nadabrahma Sangeetha Sabha, Mysore at 6 pm. The venue - Seva Sadhana, Malleswaram.
The chief guest was Srishkumar, director, Kenshri School, Bangalore.
The formal event was followed by a performance by eminent artistes Mysore M Nagaraj & Mysore M Manjunath on the violin. Their mastery over the instrument was evident in their presentation of kritis Mokshamu-saramathi and Siddivinayaka-shanmukhapriya.
They were accompanied by vidwans TAS.Mani and Arjun Kumar on mridanga and vidwan T N.Ramesh on ghatam.
The second evening saw a wonderful rendering by vidushi RA.Ramamani on vocals. Starting her concert with the Abhogi varnam, she mesmerised the audience with a devi kriti in the rare raga - Divyamani by Bellary Seshagiri Achar and a detailed alapana in thodi. She was supported by Sandhya Srinath on violin, vidwan C.Cheluvarajon on mridangam and vidushi Sukanya Ramgopal on ghatam.
On May 21, Dr R K.Srikanthan along with his son vidwan R S Ramakant presented a vocal concert. His flawless presentation flowed from his long years of music sadhana. The accompanying artistes were vidwan S.Sheshagiri Rao – violin, vidwan Vasudeva - mridanga and vidwan B N. Chandramouli – khanjira.
On May 22, vidwan Manjula Surendra presented a veena concert. She was accompanied by
vidwans K U. Jayachandra Rao on mridangam and Ranganatha Chakravarthy on ghatam. Her rendering in Khandanade was very well appreciated.
On the May 23, well-known artiste vidwan O. S.Tyagarajan presented a vocal concert. He kept the audience spellbound with his rendering, and had a few rasikas asking for more. The accompanying artistes were C N.Chandrashekhar – violin; T A S.Mani – mridanga; S. Karthik – ghatam and M. Gururaj – morching.