Music

Jayanthi utsav of Bhadrachala Ramadas. Feb.12 to 16

Reported by R. Revathi

The 380th jayanthi utsav of Bhadrachala Ramadas will be celebrated at Bhadrachalam in Andhra Pradesh from Feb. 12 to 16, 2013

Carnatic music concerts will be held through the day during the days of the festival.

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Alivelumanga Sarvaiash Charitable Trust hosts the first three days of the festival and the Seeta Ramachandraswamy Gevasthanam, the Bhadrachalam Rama Temple will host the last two days of the festival.

Bhadrachalam Ramadas was instrumental in construction of the Seeta Ramachandraswamy Temple here.

Born as Kancharla Gopanna in the 17th century, Bhadrachalam Ramadas, a Rama bhaktha composed about three hundred keerthanas in praise of Lord Rama.

On the inaugural day of the festival, musicians will render his Navaratna keerthanas as goshti ganam. This set of keerthanas include the popular songs Sri Rama namame in Athana and Paluke Bangaramayena in Ananda Bhairavi.

It is said that Saint Thyagaraja drew inspiration from Ramdas for his compositions.

Seniors musicians Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, Malladi Suri Babu, veena artiste R. S. Jayalakshmi, Malladi Brothers, young singers Chinmaya Sisters and Varsha Natarajan are among the 150 artistes paying homage to the composer at this festival.

Situated on the banks of Cauvery, Bhadrachalam located 312 km east of Hyderabad can be reached by road or train from Khammam or Rajahmundry.

The place has close association with Ramayana and it is believed that this place is in the Dandakaranya forest, where Rama, Sita and Lakshmana stayed during their exile.

The jungle in the vicinity of the temple is also believed to be the site of Rama's retreat and it was at the Parnasala, situated 32 km from Bhadrachalam, from where Sita was abducted by Ravana, according to the epic Ramayana.

More details and schedule of concerts are on at http://ramadasu-jayanthi.in. The lyrics and notations of the Navaratna keerthanas are also available for download on this website.