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    January 31st, 2012adminBusiness & Economy

    Government is in the process of setting up three more industrial training institutes in north coastal Andhra Pradesh to ensure better technical education and employment opportunities to eligible youth.

    Government is in the process of setting up three more industrial training institutes in north coastal Andhra Pradesh to ensure better technical education and employment opportunities to eligible youth.

    It is learnt that the Chief Minister, Mr N.Kiran Kumar Reddy, is keen to complete the work as part of his efforts to fulfill his earlier promise of providing employment opportunities to 15 lakh unemployed youth across the state in the next three years under his brainchild programme, Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu.

    The departments concerned have already sent proposals to their higher-ups to set up institutes with advanced equipment and qualified faculty to meet the demands of aspirants as well as manpower needs of mushrooming industries in the developing Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts.

    According to the deputy director of technical education and employment for Visakhapatnam reg-ion, Mr J.V. Prabhakara Rao, the new training institutes were proposed to be set up at Pydibheem-avaram in Srikakulam, Bhogapuram in Viziana-garam and Achyuthap-uram in Visakhapatnam district. All the proposed areas are located on national highway 16, and are focal points for the existing industries in the three districts.

    The minister for tribal welfare, Mr P. Balaraju, is also making efforts to ext-end technical education to tribal youth and proposing that government set up three more such institutes under the Paderu division of the ITDA.

    source: / Home> Channels> Cities> Regions> Visakhapatnam / by DC Correspondent / January 31st, 2012

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    January 31st, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment


    How often does one get to see a male dancer presenting a traditional temple dance performed for centuries by women? Not often.

    But when Kala Krishna performed Andhra Natyam in the city last week during the 5th Debaprasad Samman cultural festival, he did set the stage on fire. Such grace and feminity marked the performance that not for a moment the audience felt the difference. And when they realised, they were so overpowered by the performance that they could only ask for more in approbation.

    A line for the uninitiated, Andhra Natyam is a temple dance of Andhra Pradesh. The dance form has a beauty of its own which comes with some of the earthiness, the ruggedness of the traditional folk forms.

    Kala Krishna began his performance with ‘pushpanjali’ in the style of temple rituals. This item was usually performed by Deva Nartakeeda or Devadasis in front of Gods. This was followed by ‘Kaivaram’ in praise of Lord Madhava. The dancer followed it with ‘Navajanardhana Parijatham’ in which he gave an insight into the feminine contradictions of Satyabhama, all melting love one moment for her beloved Lord Krishna and the next an avenging angel brandishing her plait as a whip to beat him with.

    So spontaneous were the presentations of this 60-year-old artiste that the audience refused to believe that a man was staging the character of a woman. Andhra Pradesh-based Kala Krishna is one of the very few dancers in the Andhra Natyam tradition who specialises in stree vesham (female impersonation), particularly performing as Satyabhama.

    A native of Kallepalli, a village in the district of Karimnagar, Kala Krishna was born to a simple farmer couple. While pursuing studies in Bejadanki, Kala Krishna also took part in cultural programmes and always showed a keen interest towards other art forms. An exposure to classical dance came when young Kala Krishna was taken to see Kuchipudi veteran Vedantam Satyanarayana (1967) while on a school trip. Following elder brother’s suggestion, he decided to support his family as a school teacher in Hyderabad where he also shaped the school’s cultural shows.

    At the suggestion of a colleague, 22-year old Kala Krishna began to learn Kuchipudi from Vedantam Jagannatha Sharma, who soon left the city, but not before introducing the youngster to scholar and dance revivalist late Nataraj Ramakrishna who was instrumental in reviving the near-forgotten Andhra Natyam dance form. “My training in Andhra Natyam began at the age of 22. It was difficult for both me and my Guru who gave me intensive training of 12 to 15 hours every day to mould my body to the dance form,” he says.

    Under Ramakrishna, he specialised in ‘Navajanardana Parijatam’, traditionally performed over nine nights in the temples of East Godavari district, based on the life of Lord Krishna and his consort Satyabhama. Made up as the young, beautiful Satyabhama, Kala Krishna began to enthral the audience by dancing the ‘Navajanardana Parijatam’ in 1979. “My debut performance was in the age of 24. The journey since then has been difficult yet amazing,” says Kala Krishna.

    Today, Kala Krishna does perform in male attire as well but is best known for his female impersonation. Did he feel odd about donning a woman’s costume for Andhra Natyam? “Dance is beyond male and female. I simply followed my guru’s orders. Yes, I did feel uncomfortable in a sari. It took me sometime to respond, for my blood to support me in feeling like a woman. Today, I see it more like an acting,” he says.

    With research grants from the Ministry of Culture and the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Kala Krishna has also undertaken a comparative analysis of Andhra Natyam and Bharatanatyam, and studied Abhinaya techniques in female impersonation. The recipient of many awards, he teaches the dance form at the Telugu University and the University of Hyderabad.

    source: / South> Southern News> Orissa / Express News Service / The New Indian Express / January 31st, 2012

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    It was a dish synonymous with the common Hyderabadi’s palate for the last two centuries — soft baked maida with an earthen smell of the tandoor, best accompanied with gracious servings of lamb chops and rich gravy. Any wonder then that 150 years on, the makers of Mughal Naan continue to do brisk business. Their new age patrons who make this possible come from all walks of life – businessmen, corporates and the ubiquitous tourists of Charminar-all eager to buy the naan in bulk.

    And lined up in a row along the Purani Haveli Road, the shops from where these naans come alive have undergone very little interior changes, even as the exteriors spot bright display boards, calling attention to the recipe being prepared inside. “My forefathers had set up shop first near the Charminar Chowk around 200 years ago. But we shifted to this lane some 150 years ago. We are the sixth generation of naan makers in our family,” says Abbas whose Abbasi Naan Shop spots the byline ‘Heritage Shop’ outside.

    A day in the life of these naan makers starts at six in the morning or much earlier, depending on the order for the day and goes up to nine at night. “A major part of our sales is through orders for corporates, or marriage functions. So work timing is irregular, though on an average we work for 2-3 hours at a stretch before taking a break of equal duration,” he explains.

    Each of the half-a-dozen shops here sell close to 3000 naan every day, of which the square variety costing Rs 8 per piece is the favourite among buyers. That’s equal to a cool Rs 24,000 in sales per day, for the staff comprising four workers who handle the tandoor, two men for packaging and two family members who help oversee the delivery and tandoor.

    “We also have five other different shapes such as star, heart, flower etc. The rate depends on which shape the customer prefers,” chips in a worker at the nearby Hussaini Naan Shop.  The tandoor, which occupies place of pride at these shops, can accommodate 42 rotis at any given point of time, and according to Abbas, “It takes just 3-4 minutes for one batch to be made.”

    The Mughal roti is made with maida, oil and a dash of salt, and the recipe has passed on without change over years. Ask them the reason for the same and the response is as heritage as the naan itself, “We haven’t improvised or brought in our own additions yet. Our customers want us to retain the authentic taste of the naan. And we give them just that.”

    source: / South> Andhra Pradesh> Hyderabad / Express News Service / The New Indian Express / January 31st, 2012


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    The Office of the Provost announces 17 awards from the Global Engagement Fund. This Fund is designed primarily to support projects that collaborate across Schools and disciplines; involve multiple faculty members; engage regions in which Penn has active academic partnerships and collaborative ventures, such as China and India; or represent academic and thematic priorities, such as sustainability or neuroscience.

    Proposals were reviewed by a faculty committee according to criteria of scholarly merit and significance for global research, teaching, and service. The 17 awards encompass 11 of Penn’s 12 Schools and involve engagement with at least 15 countries outside the US.

    Proposals for the next round of funding are due March 2, 2012. The Call for Proposals can be found here.

    The Fall 2011 Global Engagement Fund Awards are:

    Student Activities and Courses

    • Michael Knoll (Law), research seminar on contemporary Islamic finance
    • Carol Muller (SAS), expansion of study abroad program in Grahamstown, South Africa
    • Monroe Price (ASC), seminar on methods of monitoring and evaluation in international development

    Research Projects and Collaborations

    • Linda Aiken (SON), collaboration with Katholieke Universiteit Leuven on the impact of nursing on patient outcomes in sixteen countries
    • Charles Branas (PSOM), expansion of Penn’s engagement in Guatemala
    • Alison Buttenheim (SON), research on the use of incentives to increase participation in Chagas disease control programs
    • Femida Handy (SP2), research on philanthropy in India
    • Michael Levy (PSOM), collaboration with Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and Peru Ministry of Health on control of Chagas disease in Arequipa, Peru
    • Rahul Mangharam (SEAS), collaboration with NIIT University in India on design and development of new machine-to-machine communication protocols
    • Daniel Raff (Wharton), research on the history of the Beijing housing market, 1644-1948


    • Eugenie L. Birch (Design), David Galligan (Vet Med), Mauro Guillen (Wharton), Frederick Scatena (SAS), Marilyn Sommers(SON), Brian Spooner (SAS), Susan Wachter (Wharton), Food Security in a Rapidly Urbanizing World
    • Cherie Kagan (SEAS), Controlling Matter at the Nanoscale
    • Richard Leventhal (SAS), Evaluating the Past, Present, and Future of UNESCO’s Cultural Policy Program

    Distinguished Visiting Scholars

    • Daud Ali (SAS), hosting Prof. R.V.S. Sundaram, from the University of Mysore, to teach Indian language and literature
    • James Ferguson (Vet Med), hosting Profs. Yao Junhu and Jun Luo, from Northwest A&F University, and Prof. Y. Ramana Reddy, from the College of Veterinary Science in Hyderabad, to work with faculty in the Center for Animal Health and Productivity on methods of sustainable ruminant production
    • John Jackson (ASC/SAS), hosting Prof. Tudor Parfitt, from the University of London, a leading interdisciplinary scholar of Africana, African, and Jewish Studies
    • Charlie Johnson (SAS), hosting Prof. Yung Woo Park, from Seoul National University, an expert in nano-bio hybrid structures.

    source: / University of Pennsylvania / Vol. 58, No. 19 / January 24th, 2012


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    Saideepa Kumar grew up in the little town of Puttaparthi in the Anantapur district in the Rayalaseema region of the state, where water is very scarce. Ten years later, studying for a Master’s in water management in Australia, Ms Kumar has decided to do her research in the same region, where farmers face a constant water crisis. She gave up her career in IT to follow her heart and apply the knowledge gained in Australia to help farmers in her home district.

    “After having worked in the IT sector, I quit my job and enrolled for a Master’s course in water management and undertook my research project in India,” she says, adding that her research study is a joint venture between the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Hyderabad and the University of Melbourne.

    Ms Kumar’ research has been funded by the Australian Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award. Australia has also witnessed severe drought-like conditions in the past one decade which led them to develop innovative ways to manage scarce water resources. “The study suggest solutions for efficient water use of canal system to address both drought and water logging situations by uniform distribution of water,” said an official.

    The study focuses on the Srisailam Right Branch Canal (SRBC) commissioned in 2004 to provide canal water to drought-prone areas around Nandyal in the Rayalaseema region, which has scanty rain and over-exploitation of ground water. Though the canal system initially helped farmers, it also threw up new problems, as the study shows.

    source: / Home> Channels> Cities> Hyderabad / DC / January 23rd, 2012


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    Hyderabad, January 24:

    Nearly two years after the Park Hospital fire, three policemen including deputy commissioner of police (west zone) Stephen Ravindra, will be presented with the Prime Minister’s Medal for Life Saving for their heroic act in rescuing scores of patients and staff who were trapped in the inferno. Stephen Ravindra, who was Punjagutta police inspector then, M Malla Reddy, currently DSP (CID) after promotion, and constable G Siva Sudhakar Rao were involved in the rescue act. Two other civilians also took part in the heroic act and won accolades.

    “At a time when even the fire services personnel were finding it difficult to enter the premises with thick smoke engulfing all the floors, the police officers showed exemplary courage,’ city police commissioner AK Khan said here on Sunday. The policemen entered the second floor of the hospital by scaling the drainage pipe, broke the windowpanes and rescued patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Some of the patients were not in a condition to move while some others were in anaesthesia but they were nevertheless saved by the policemen. The only casualties were two nurses and a patient who died from suffocation.

    “Recognising their act, we have sent a proposal to the Centre and it was accepted. The trio will be presented the medal at the All India Police Duty Meet to be held at Nashik in Maharashtra in February,” Khan said.
    3 Hyderabad cops to get PM Medal for bravery

    This is probably for the first time that policemen from the city, particularly an IPS officer, got the award. Two other policemen, constables Veeraiah of Prakasam and Shaik Mahmood of Vijayawada were also selected for the award for saving people in other incidents in their respective districts. Mahmood, however, died recently. Stephen Ravindra dedicated his achievement to the city police.


    source: / Tuesday, January 24th, 2012


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    January 22nd, 2012adminScience & Technology, Sports

    Vikas using the new aero-arm rest for computer users. He has been nominated for the top innovator of the world award (under 35 years category) for the invention.

    An engineering student from Visakhapatnam has designed an innovative product — the aero-arm- rest — which reduces arm strain and backache in people working on computers for long hours.

    The product is now pending patent with the National Research Development Corporation.

    The inventor, 21-year-old Vikas Kumar Singh, has been nominated for the Top Innovator for World (under 35 years category) Award by the technical review panel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Mr Singh has based the design of his aero-armrest on cognitive ergonomics, which improve both the health and efficiency of an individual.

    “The idea came from personal experience. While working on the computer, I noticed strain on the hand and on the spinal cord. Discussions were held with senior IT professionals. They told me they facedback and arm pain. This, they said, affected their productivity,” said Mr Singh who is doing final year B.Tech at Visakhapatnam’s Gitam University,

    Mr Singh was one of the Indian students who participated in Nasa’s moon robot design competition held in the US last year.

    “Although the market is flooded with chairs that provide rest to the back and help relax during the no-work hours, there is no attempt to develop a product that helps one work perfectly in the relaxed posture. The aero-armrest solves this problem,” Mr Singh said.

    He gives credit to his teachers, Prof P. Madar Vali, Dr B. Surendra Babu and Prof P.S. Rao, for inspiring him. The aero-armrest is fitted with a height adjuster, which adjusts the height of the mouse pad.

    The degree of freedom given to the arm holder is 360. The armrest can be clamped on any surface and then tightened.

    source: / Home> Channels> SCI-TECH> Others / by Syed Akbar / DC / Hyderabad, January 22nd, 2012


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    January 22nd, 2012adminEducation

    Winners proudly show their medals awarded by Sujana Foundation at a function in Vijayawada. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

    Winners air their future plans and career options

    Sujana Foundation, a CSR arm of Sujana Group of companies, has announced 50 gold medals to engineering students who excelled in their academics, etc. Of this, eight students were from Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam districts.

    The Foundation gave away the medals, memento, cash prize and certificate to the winners here on Saturday.

    On its sidelines, the winners aired their future plans, outlook towards society, and career options. Chalapathi Institute of Engineering and Technology student Yendluri Siva said that he would like to become a teacher. Most of the colleges do not have teachers who could meet the requirements of the students. There is a dearth of qualified teachers. I will pursue my masters and P.hD, he said, adding, “I want to teach the students in manner they expect.”

    Amrita Sai Institute of Science and Technology student N. Lohitha said that she would pursue MBA after graduation. “I don’t want to depend on others. I would set up my own placement services firm.”

    D. Geetha Prasanna of Prakasam Engineering College, who hails from a business family, has plans to look for a job in software industry. Everyone should give back something to the society. Many people don’t have access to proper assistance and help in health, medicare, education etc., she said, adding, “I have plans to set up a 24X7 helpline for the poor. The helpline would guide and help them in right direction.”

    Parveen Sultana(DMS SVH College of Engineering), Sravanthi Pereddy (Gudlavalleru Engineering College), K. Siva Tejaswi and K. Sumanth Babu (Prakasam Engineering College), M. V. Vinay Kumar (St. Ann’s College of Engineering) were also awarded gold medals. Machilipatnam ML Konakalla Narayana Rao, MP Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences Vice-Chancellor Dr. I.V. Rao, K L University Vice-Chancellor Dr. G.L. Datta, Rajya Sabha member and Sujana Group chairman Y.S. Chowdary and others spoke. The three member panel comprising of Divyasree NSL Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. CFO C. Narayana Rao, NLS Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. Vice-President Luna Kumar Dacha, International School of Engineering Vice-President K. Dakshina Murthy selected the best 50 students out of 300 nominations received across the state.

    source: / News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Staff Reporter / January 22nd, 2012


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    Urdu writer Jeelani Bano Photo: Nagara Gopal

    Jeelani Bano with writer husband Anwar Moazzam Photo: Nagara Gopal

    The Progressive Writers Movement and a desire to fight against social injustices made her what she is, says Urdu writer Jeelani Bano. Sohini Chakravorty goes back in time with her.

    It has the power to arouse patriotic fervour and to evoke love and passion, and it can be our only company in melancholy – Urdu has always been synonymous with revolution, change, love and tehzeeb. It is also a language that is fighting hard for a place in an increasingly homogenised world. One of the beacons of Urdu is Padma Shri awardee, writer and poet Jeelani Bano.

    Time has stopped in her tranquil house, where words like courtesy, history and heritage still hold meaning. Originally from Badayun, Uttar Pradesh, her family made Hyderabad their home and it is in this home that she was exposed to the eclectic world of poets, writers, revolutionaries, musicians and artists. Her father, Hairat Badayuni, was also a well-known poet of his time. “We grew up in an environment of mushairas, classical music concerts, sher-o-shayari. Writers from India and Pakistan were constant visitors in our house,” says Jeelani Bano, who started writing when she was just eight years old. Early in life she was exposed to the works of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Saadat Hasan Manto, Ismat Chugtai, Maqdoom Mohiuddin, Krishan Chander and many other writers from the Progressive Writers Movement.

    Even in an ambience of art and culture, there were restrictions and the strict diktats of the purdah system. “My mother was very particular and never allowed me to read Ismat Chughtai’s novels, which I used to hide and read,” the author reminisces. “We were not allowed in the room where poetry recitations and concerts used to go on. Instead, we used to sit in the angan of our house and listen to it from a distance. Later, my brothers used to mimic the writers and poets and entertain us,” she laughs.

    In such an environment, her sensibilities of a writer germinated. On a visit to her governess’s village, she got the idea for her first short story, Mom ki Mariyam, about the exploitation faced by the villagers. She then sent her story anonymously to a magazine, which later published it. “People who read the story were outraged and complained to my Abba that how he could allow me to write such a story. I was very scared when he showed my story to Maqdoom Mohiuddin, but he put a hand on my head and said he was very happy that I showed such depth at such a young age. He asked my father not to stop me again,” she says.

    Jeelani Bano’s life took a turn when she got married while still studying at Intermediate. It was only after marriage that she completed her masters in Urdu Literature and came out of purdah. She attributes much of her inspiration and success to her husband Anwar Moazzam, a writer and former head of the department of Islamic Studies at Osmania University.

    Her works, amounting to over 22 published books including poems, short stories, novels and a screenplay for Shyam Benegal’s film Well Done Abba, have been translated into various Indian and international languages. Her stories have mirrored the social issues and causes of her time.

    Whether it is against the plight of the bonded labourers in Paththaron ki Barishor against divisive politics and power wielded by politicians in Raasta Band Hain, she feels that it is the duty of a writer to protest against the evils of society and guide its people in the right direction. She says, “I am aware of things around me and any kind of news becomes an afsana for me. I don’t sit behind closed doors and write on romance and family feuds.”

    It is her sense of social awareness that made Jeelani Bano the chairperson for Youth for Action, Principal Advisor, Child and Women Human Rights, International Human Rights Association (India) and chairperson of Asmita, an NGO dealing with women’s rights.

    The author feels, however, that writers or the government cannot be blamed for the fading influences of Urdu and other regional languages. “We are responsible for the fading of Urdu language. We are not teaching Urdu to our children. Urdu was never a commercial language when compared to English but to protect the language we need to teach our children at home,” she says.

    The writer agrees the language has undergone change over decades with the influences of regional dialects. Like any Hyderabadi, she is passionate about Dakhini Urdu and feels the need to preserve the language for future generations. “The Urdu spoken in Delhi or Lucknow is different from what we speak here in Hyderabad. Influences of Telugu are present in Dakhini Urdu,” she explains. She has over 20 recordings of Dakhini Urdu, which represents the language spoken across various demographics.

    “Changes are good and a city is bound to undergo changes with time,” says the writer. “But the common people and people on the street should not pay for it. That is why I became a writer, to speak against the injustices of society.” And she has chronicled the history of Hyderabad right from the days of Nizam in her book Aiwan-e-Ghazal.

    In the age of social networks and power of electronic media, she feels that to engage young people it is imperative to narrate stories that are reflective of and relevant to contemporary society. And indeed her voice is completely in sync with the changing tides without putting any of the old tehzeeb on a guillotine.

    Yesterday once more

    It is not just Jeelani Bano’s captivating stories and feisty views on an ailing society that keep her conversation sparkling. She also shares anecdotes about her close association with some of the finest writers and artists of the day. Paintings by M.F. Hussain, a regular visitor to the house, adorn the walls of her living room. “Ismat aapa used to call me beti and I used to stay with her frequently. More than writing, I think I learnt cooking from her,” says the amused author. Apart from receiving constant encouragement from Rajinder Singh Bedi and Krishan Chander, Jeelani Bano sent her first published book to Faiz Ahmed Faiz when he was just out of prison in Rawalpindi. “Back then it was a tradition to send the first publication to the writers across. When I sent Faiz my book, he replied with a handwritten letter saying he appreciated my work.” Some of her correspondence with other writers appears in her book Door ki Aawaazen.

    source: / Life & Style> Society / by Sohini Chakravorty / January 19th, 2012

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    January 20th, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Hyderabad Brothers D. Raghavachari and D. Seshachari. File photo: Photo: V. Ganesan. / The Hindu

    Hyderabad Brothers reminisce about their journey so far, as they earn yet another laurel.

    They sing as a duo, yet they are poles apart. One is mild and mellow, the other is vibrant and candid. However on the stage, they merge their diverse personalities into a single entity and the output is just eloquence. It’s no surprise that awards and accolades come their way. The ‘Hyderabad Brothers’, as Daroor Raghavachary and Seshachari are fondly referred to in the Carnatic music circles, have once again been bestowed with the ‘Senior outstanding vocalists’ award by the Madras Music Academy in Chennai at the end of the Margazhi festival.

    How do they feel about this? “We are blessed. It is the divine that has been operating in our lives all the time. We live by our sruti and laya, our musical parentage. The rest follows naturally,” both respond with utter humility.

    Way ahead of others in this region, the Hyderabad Brothers carved a niche for themselves at the Mecca of music by sheer dint of merit and melody. When classical music is replete with rigid grammar and syntax, how do they manage to tug at the heart-strings? “By breathing music, thinking music and living music,” Seshachary quips. “I don’t do research, then I will turn into an academician. Nor do I practise all 364 days. But as I relax after the day’s work, my mind churns out new sangathis, new swara patterns, keeps delving into varied ways of presenting a raga wherein the bhava springs up as natural fountain,” he says.

    “We keep the raga bhava and the lyric bhava intact while rendering it in all its variations. This is a very important aspect of singing in a concert. Nothing should be harsh to the ears of the listener. A kriti should touch his heart. That is what the great composers felt. They are our guiding stars. This is no way of tampering with tradition or classicality. It is the approach that matters,” says Raghavachary.

    Working in NMDC on the secretarial side, Raghavachary manages to keep his musical prowess intact, his recitals and his music lessons going without a break. “My organisation has been very cooperative; as far as my concerts are concerned. I’ve never been denied leave on account of my job. That is a great boon and I owe it to the NMDC,” he explains. Seshachary on the other hand works in the All India Radio; and that makes things easy as far as music goes.

    Seshachary goes down memory lane:“We did not struggle to learn music. The entire family was into music and my father Daroor Ratnamacharyulu was our first guru. My mother Sulochana was also my father’s pupil. He was a music teacher in a private school. As a couple they presented recitals in temples during festivals. We belong to Hayatnagar though the family shifted to Yakutpura which is our birthplace in the twin cities. My father and mother would regularly hold recitals at Yadagiri Gutta. As a kid, I had a penchant for percussions and would take up the ghatam to accompany them. And towards the end of the concert, I would be overcome by sleep! There was no other way of life we knew except music.” .

    “There was no Carnatic music in Hyderabad then. My father was the first to introduce it to a select lot. In Yakutpura other boys of our age would never address us by our names. “Sarigama jaare dekho!’ was our identity,” laughs Raghavachary turning nostalgic.

    While Raghavachary polished his musical skills further under Susarla Sivaram, it was after a series of failed attempts to make it as a music teacher that the guru helped him to get into a non-music career for a livelihood. Seshachary topped the AIR music competitions; there has been no looking back since then. They sang individually till one fine day, at AIR, they were asked to experiment as a duo by then flautist N.A. Srinivasan. “This was later followed by a public concert at Tiruvyaar and the duo singing clicked. Much later, we came to be called the ‘Hyderabad Brothers’,” recalls Seshachary.

    source: / Arts> Music / by Ranee Kumar / January 19th, 2012

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