International music conference: First of its kind

The Navajyothi auditorium in the JSS Womens College, Saraswathipuram has been a beehive of musicians of various genres, music connoisseurs and music lovers over the past three days. The first of its kind, the ongoing International Music Conference, at JSS Sangeetha Sabha, Mysuru will end on December 6.  The bouquet of concerts, lecture demonstrations and intellectual discussions are being attended by large number of art lovers from across the world.

Though Mysuru is not new to music festivals and events related to classical music, what sets this international conference and festival distinct is its sheer diversity in the range of musical genres, stature of artists and the inclusion of topics which appeal to upcoming musicians, students of music, senior performing musicians and musicologists.

The conference was inaugurated by Jagadguru Shivarathri DeshikendraM ahaswamiji and  Atmagnananandaji Maharaj, President, Ramakrishna Ashrama, Mysuru and presided by Sangeetha Sevanidhi  KV Murthy. A souvenir “Nadanamana” covering several enlightening articles on music was released by the popular musician Sangeetha Vidyanidhi Vidyabhushana. KSN Prasad, Secretary of Nadabrahma Sangeetha Sabha, was conferred with the title Sangeetha Sevanidhi. JSS Sangeetha Sabha has traditionally been recognizing and honouring artists and musicologists who have contributed greatly to the cause of music. Amongst those felicitated during this year were Sri H S Balakrishna for vocal, M Vasudevarao for mridangam, TR Srinath for flute, Dr Geetha Seetharam for musicology, Dr. M Surya Prasad for music reviews and Smt Pushpa Iyengar and Vydehi Iyengar for supporting art forms. The inaugural ceremony was followed by a blissful concert by  Vidyabhushana accompanied by Vid Mysore M Karthik on violin, Vid Tumakur B Ravishankar on the mridangam and Vid MR Manjunath on the ghatam.

On Saturday, it was a blissful start by a vocal concert by  Abhijjit accompanied by  Anirudh Bharadwaj on violin,  Sachin Prakash on mridangam and Vikram on the ghatam. This was followed by several enlightening lecture demonstrations by senior musicians including Nagamani Srinath on specialities in compositions of Shyama Shastri, Dr. Varadarangan on Physics of Music Instruments, Dr. V Krishna on intricacies and complexities in Carnatic classical percussive art forms.  The evening session was witness to a concert by  G K Manamohan from the US accompanied by Sumanth on the violin and  Saishivu Lakshmikeshava on the mridangam. Manmohan who is not new to the music connoisseurs of Mysore delivered a complex Raga Tana Pallavi in raga Shanmugapriya set to Tishragati in Aditalam. Sri Sumanth left no doubts in the audience on his technical prowess and ability to think on the feet. SaishivuLakshmikeshav provided excellent support during the concert. This was followed by another grand music concert by Vid Vani Sateesh from Bangalore. Hailing from a family of musicians, Vani Sateesh never fails to keep the audience spellbound during her concerts. This concert was no exception. She was ably accompanied by Kum Aditi Krishnaprakash. The concert was lifted to greater heights by Sri Anirudh Bhat on the Mridangam and Sri TA Ramanujam on the Morsing.

The third day of the International Conference was flagged off with a mellifluous vocal concert by Nishanth accompanied by Sathwik Tejaswi on the violin, Pawan Madhav Masoor on the mridangam and  Srinidhi on the ghatam. This was followed by unique and an extremely interesting lecture demonstration on the evolution of playing percussion instruments in music concerts was presented by K U Jayachandra Rao, an accomplished mridangam artist from Bangalore.

Summarizing the program, Mysore M Manjunath and Dr Vijayaraghavan complemented Vid KU Jayachandra Rao for bringing up such an interesting and debatable subject to the fore and requested all musicians to complement each other’s talents in bringing out the team’s best in music concerts.

True to its name, the conference gave Mysoreans a wonderdul opportunity to understand finer aspects of Jazz as a popular genre of music. The presenter Valklaf Jimpell from Poland spoke about the origins of Jazz and the current trends and varities in Jazz Music. The topic titled “Modern Trends of creativity in Jazz and Electronic Music” included a demonstration of various electronic gadgets and its integration into the Jazz Music scene. The program was received by the audience with intent and awe. Jimpell is a reputed jazz exponent and he has mesmerised the audience worldwide with many rare instruments. Sharath Rao from Mysore presented a lecture on Swaraksharapallavi, a very complex topic dealing with great varieties of different Raga tanapallavi. It was a scholarly presentation.

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