HEADS SWAYED and feet tapped as noted south Indian flute artistes BK Anantharam and son Amit A Nadig performed on the opening day of the 2-day Karnataka Utsav on Monday.
The father-son team – winner of several awards - performed the programme based on Karnnad music. They started with Abhogi Varna, then elaborated the recital with a Ganesha Vandana followed by Valichi- Valichi. The later part was time for some difficult ragas. Culture minister Laxmikant Sharma inaugurated the festival by lighting the lamp.
Speaking on the ocassion chief guest Vishnu Kumar of Sewa Bharti, Central Region said that Karnataka State (earstwhile Mysore State) has contributed immensely to the world of music. The festival was enjoyed by the Kanadas residing in Bhopal.
The festival is being organised as part of the golden jubilee celebration of formation of Karnataka State. Prasanna Acharya, treasurer of Kannada Sangha told Hindustan Times that Karnataka Sangeet Nritya Academy, Bangalore and Karnataka Sangha, Bhopal are organising the festival.