Guru Darshana- An ode to the Gurus

JU News Desk
Published: March 2019

The final year students of Master of Arts (Music), Department of Performing Arts – Music and Dance, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) organised a music group production programme titled, ‘Guru Darshana’ on September 8, 2018. The theme of the programme was the role of a ‘Guru’ and the composition was a fitting tribute to all Gurus.

A total of nine songs were presented in the programme from composers such as Muthuswami Dikshitar, Jayachamaraja Wodeyar, Tyagaraja, Purandara Dasa and Meera Bai. The performance was a medley of complex classical songs (Srinathadi Guruguho, Sri Guru Dakshinamurthe), songs that contained profound wisdom (Guruvina Gulamanaaguva Tanaka) and songs that filled one’s heart with devotion (Mohe Laagi Lagan) were a feast for
the ears. The songs were set to majestic ragas such as Mayamalavagaula and Dhanyasi to lilting ones such as Mand and Mishra Tilang.

NS Krishnamurthy, retired Station Director of All India Radio, Bengaluru and renowned percussionist Vidwan Sri Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma were the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour, respectively. The guests appreciated the excellent performance presented by the team that comprised nine MA students – Pavani Kashinath, Nagashree Narayan, Vijayashree Rao, Mangala Subrahmanya, Manasa Gireesh, Thejaswini, Vaishnavi K, Manasa KS and Madhuri KV. The team put in a lot of hard work to make the occasion memorable for the guests and the audience.

The singers beautifully brought out the melodic feature of the songs as they presented every subtle musical grace of the composition with great finesse. They made every song their own through their soulful presentation and gave each a brief introduction before presenting.

One aspect that stood out in the presentation was the perfect coordination. The group was supported by Vidwan Anoor Vinod Shyam on the Mridangam and Vidwan Vishwajith Mattur on the Violin.