Moodbidri, Dec 25, 2015 : The serene atmosphere, the spacious open air auditorium, over 30,000 art lovers, eye catching lightings have all opened up a whole new world at Puttige in Moodbidri where the national cultural extravaganza Alva’s Virasat -2015 was inaugurated on December 24, Thursday. The special attraction of the inaugural day’s event was a fusion of four violins ’Naada Surabhi’ adding glitter and charm to the festival.
Addressing a huge gathering after receiving the award during Alva’s Virasat - 2015, S P Balasubrahmanyam said that the award is held in a great awe and respect by him. He dedicated the award to his mother and all the elders who have nurtured him.
He added that if he has a next birth, he would like to be born in Karnataka.The award carries a citation, a memento and Rs 1 lakh. he expressly stated that Karnataka has given him unrivaled encouragement at every stage.
The 22nd Alva’s Virasat Award-2015 was conferred on renowned veteran singer S P Balasubrahmanyam on Dec 24, Thursday. Inaugurating Alva’s Virasat - 2015, Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Dr D Veerendra Heggade called upon youth to cultivate the habit of enjoying art and cultural events, along with their studies. The holidays can be utilised for cultural activities instead of merry making, he said.
Alva’s Education Foundation Chairman Dr M Mohan Alva delivered the keynote address. Minister for Youth Affairs, Sports and Fisheries K Abhayachandra Jain presided over the programme.
Hemavathi V Heggade, former Minister K Amarnath Shetty, SCDCC Bank Chairman Dr M N Rajendra Kumar, Kannada and Culture Department Director K A Dayananda and others were present.
Cultural spectacular: R K Padmanabha presented a Carnatic classical recital on the occasion. Yaksha Sangeetha was performed by Sathyanarayana Puninchittaya and party, while Yaksha Namana by Alva’s College students, dance and music by Manipuri and Sri Lankan artistes.
A fusion of four violins ’Nada Surabhi’: The Naadasurabhi concert which went on for over one and a half hours left the audience mesmerized. Violin maestros Mysuru Nagaraj Dr Mysuru Manjunath, Vidwan Ganesh and Vidwan Kamaresh Chennai presented a breath-taking show. They were assisted by Ramdas Palsule on Tabla, Arun Kumar on Rythm Pad and Shanker Swami on Mridangam. The concert was a fusion of classical as well as western instruments and won much applause from the gathering.
Balasubrahmanyam and his troupe mesmerised the audience with their performance. Around 30,000 audience witnessed the formal function and the cultural extravaganza. The entire venue was lit up with a special decoration of lights. Prior to the stage function, the guests and dignitaries were welcomed with a cultural procession.