Mysuru: Sri Krishna Seva Samithi Trust and Sri Krishna Gana Sabha have arranged a Veena concert by Vidwan R.K. Padmanabha on Sept. 6 at 6 pm and a dance programme by Vidushi Vaangmaye on Sept. 7 at 6.30 pm at Alwar Kalabhavan in Gokulam on the occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashtami.
The accompanying artistes for the concert are Vidwan P.S. Sridhar on mridanga and Vidwan Sriram Bhat on kanjeera.
Mysuru-based Veena Maestro Vidwan R.K. Padmanabha, who once performed for the great vocalist Vidushi Dr. Gangubai Hangal, was trained in singing and veena playing by his father for almost two decades. The Mysore style of Veena-playing which Padmanabha follows was patronised by the Wadiyar Kings. The musical instrument and the rendition is a bit different from the Thanjavur, Andhra or Kerala styles. His father, R.S. Keshavamurthy, a renowned Veena exponent, who was endowed with the title of Asthana Vidwan at the Kingdom of Mysore, developed this instrument in 1924. The 250-year-old precious Kanaka Rajatha Saraswathi Akanda Veena was passed on to him by his brothers in 1983 after his father’s death. The historical Veena belonged to Veena Subbanna, the legendary musician and composer (1861-1939).
Vaangmaye has been undergoing training in Bharatanatyam since the age of 6 years. At present she is getting training from Dr. Soundarya Srivatsa. She is pursuing Dance to take Vidwat exam. She has given dance programmes in Bengaluru and Mysuru.