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Purandaradasa is arguably the foremost among those great souls who used the medium of music to spread God’s message to the masses. Although he lived over five centuries ago, he is remembered today with undiminished reverence by anyone even remotely connected with Indian music. Available historical evidence about him is negligible and it is solely based on his musical output that we form our image of the man and the milieu in which he lived. It is said that he composed 475,000 songs! About 1500 or fewer, mainly in Kannada and Sanskrit, survive today. Among these we see a wide range of composition types starting from the simple Geetam, Ugabhoga, Pada and Padya to the more complex Suladi, Mundige and Prabandha. The honorific ‘Sangita Pitamaha’ is most befitting for this musical genius who is also widely credited with having systematized the teaching methodology of music. His songs are valued not just for their music (ironically his original music scores are lost forever) but also for their high philosophical content. Since they convey the essence of the teachings from the Upanishads his outpourings are referred to as the ‘Purandaropanishad’.
The Natyasruti music ensemble comprising children trained by Sumitra Nitin will present a selection of Purandaradasa’s songs which will help one understand the range and depth of his musical contribution. Sumitra will place the songs in context and introduce the compositions.
Sumitra Nitin is a Carnatic musician and Bharatanatyam dancer with a performing career spanning three decades in both art forms. An erudite speaker Sumitra is known for her well researched multimedia presentations on a wide variety of subjects. Natyasruti, the music and dance school founded by Sumitra nearly two decades ago in Koramangala, imparts training to young students in both art forms. The Natyasruti music ensemble comprising children trained by Sumitra Nitin has given several performances in Bangalore and Chennai. They have also been featured on television and on the internet.