Mysuru: The District Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Mysuru, had organised ‘Gayanotsava,’ a musical tribute to legendary playback singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam (SPB) and eminent Music Directors Rajan-Nagendra at RamaGovinda Rangamandira in Kannada Vikasa Vidya Samsthe, Ramakrishnanagar E and F Block here on Sunday last.
Speaking after inaugurating the programme, theatre artiste Mandya Ramesh said, “There are many egoistic intellectuals in Mysuru. Amid such high-headed personalities, G.T. Devegowda (GTD), who is known for his simplicity and ever-approachable nature, stands out as a unique figure. We don’t need highly educated persons or those serving in high positions. All we need is someone who lends his ears to listen to the woes and difficulties of people.”
MLA G.T. Devegowda who presided over the event also addressed the gathering.
Later, singers from Mysuru of ‘Ede Thumbi Haaduvenu’ fame rendered songs composed by Rajan-Nagendra and originally sung by SPB.
They were accompanied by Roshan Surya on tabla, Vinay Rangdhol on rhythm pad, Sharath V. Mysore and Basavaraju Ranibennur on keyboard, Pradeep Kiggal and Mysore Vijayakumar.
Mysuru District Kannada Sahitya Parishat President Dr. Y.D. Rajanna, former Presidents of M. Chandrashekar and Maddikere Gopal, theatre artiste Rajashekar Kadamba, Bengaluru’s Akka IAS Academy Director Shivakumar and others were present.