The first collaborative program between the Hindu Temple Society and Shruti Laya was a grand success. On Oct.30, Sri.Garikipati Prabhakar treated a capacity audience in the basement auditorium of the Hindu Temple to almost three hours of non stop melody. Along with Annamacharya Keerthanas, Sri.Prabhakar also sang some Ramadasu Krithis and even a Jayadeva Astapadhi. The beautifully recorded background music (many of the tracks specially recorded for this trip, according to the musician) greatly contributed to the musical ambiance. Beginning with the popular and well known "Adivo Alladivo Sreehari vaasamu", he sang several favourites like "Narayanate Namo Namo", "Indariki Abhayambuliccu cheyi" as well as lesser known keerthanas like "Kondavelinettinatti Govinda" and the deeply philosophical "Evvarevvari vaado". At the request of the audience, he also sang a couple of Nedanuri's compositions "Muddugaare Yasoda" and "Palukutenela talli" with just a sruthi box. A surprise item was a beautiful rendition of "Mangambudi Hanumantha" by his daughter Sruthi.
Smt. Indira Narasimharajan welcomed the audience on behalf of the temple and introduced the artist. Sri.G.Padmanabhan honored the artist with a shawl, while Sreenadh Jonnavithula thanked the audience and the artists for the delightful program.
Shruti Laya wishes specially thank the volunteers and rasikas Subu Garikapati and Satish Kovvuri for their help. We look forward to several more joint programs with the Hindu Temple Society.