CEDAR RAPIDS, OH: The Hindu Temple of Eastern Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Ohio, presented an enthralling evening of music and dance marking the occasion of the third annual Brahmotsavam Celebrations from May 10 to May 13.
Several religious events including Srinivasa Kalyanam marked the religious ceremonies. Dance performances in Kuchipudi by Swetha Sudhir and Jaya Blanchard followed by Kathak presentation by Noopur Dance Academy enthralled the audience.
Highlighting the evening, NadaBrahmam, a group of Carnatic music enthusiasts organized a Classical Veena concert by Ms Nitya Pariti from Chicago, a high school sophomore at the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA). Nitya is the disciple of Smt. Rajeswari Pariti, a renowned A grade Veena artist from All India Radio.
Starting off the concert with Bhairavi Ata Tala Varnam, Viriboni, Nitya gave an enthralling Veena performance and provided a glimpse of her command on this divine instrument Veena. She rendered a very traditional ‘Vatapi Ganapathim bhaje’ in raga Hamsadhwani.
One could see many in the audience enjoying this popular composition by Shri Muthuswamy Deekshithar. Her main item was “Pakkala Nilabadi” with Ragam, Tanam, Neravul in Kharaharapriya. Her manodharmam, neravals and swara prastaras in Pakkala Nilabadi were very well appreciated by the audience.
Nitya’s rendering of Tillana in Hindola, followed by a Devara nama ‘Bhagyada Lakshmi barramma’ were like icing on the cake. Padmanabha Puthige, a Carnatic music enthusiast and active member of Nadabrahmam group from Cedar Rapids accompanied on the mridangam and supported the concert brilliantly. It is very encouraging to see the younger generation in the US embracing Carnatic music, which takes years of practice to become a quality musician.
The executive committee of the temple and senior community members honored all the artists and commended the dedicated efforts of the volunteers of Nadabrahmam group in bringing forth such high quality presentations to art lovers. Volunteers served free lunch and dinner to all the devotees that attended the event.