Commemorating the Republic Day the Prasanthi Dance Group along with renowned Kuchipudi exponent Kalaimamani Madhavapeddi Murthy presented an evening of Dance and Music programme at Prasanthi Nilayam today. Born in Chennai, with his family root in Andhra Pradesh, Madhavapeddi Murthy, son of acclaimed playback singer Madhavapeddi Sathyam, is a phenomenon in the dance scenario of the country, who has travelled extensively performing all over India and in many countries abroad.
Titled 'Naatya Bharati' the programme started off with an invocatory item propitiating Lord Ganesha, performed by the budding dancers from the higher secondary batch of students. Mr Murthy then presented "Jagadananda Karaka" the first Pancharatna kirthana of St. Thyagaraja. His solo item that followed next, on Annamacharya's famous composition "Muddugare Yasoda", was a classical depiction of Lord Krishna's illustrious life. Bhagawan's famous padyam on 'Bharata Bhagya Vidatha', "Khanda Khandanthara" was the penultimate item, by the students, before the concluding number "Sundaram Bharatam Sarala Sumanoharam...Vaibhavam Bharatam Madhura Neeranchanam..." a classic tribute to beautiful Mother India, offered by the entire troupe.