Every year a memorial concert in the name of veena maestro M.J. Srinivasa Iyengar is held under the auspices of Nadabrahma Sangeetha Sabha. Popularly known as MJS, he imbibed the Mysore Bani under the tutelage of Veena Venkatagiriyappa. MJS judiciously blended the nuances of tantrakari of Mysore veena bani and the subtleties of vocal music. This made his veena sound different.

This year the memorial concert will be held on May 25 at Nadabrahma Sangeetha Sabha on JLB Road at 6 pm. Well-known veena artiste Vidwan D. Srinivas will pay musical homage to MJS. He will be accompanied by senior artistes Vid. K.U. Jayachandra Rao on mridanga and Vid. G.S. Ramanujam on ghata.

Profile: D. Srinivas, a top grade Veena artiste, was a child prodigy. He was born in a family of musicians at Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh in 1968. His mother D. L. Tulasi, who identified his taste and talent in Veena, initiated and encouraged him to pursue and master the art.

Srinivas gave his maiden concert at the age of 9 for All India Radio, Hyderabad. He availed of Andhra Pradesh Sangeeta Natak Academy scholarship for 6 years and also won the first prize in ‘All India Radio Music Competitions’ in 1989.

In 1992 when he was 23 years he became an ‘A’ Grade Veena artiste of All India Radio. He also had the privilege of being the Top Grade Veena artiste from Andhra Pradesh to play in the National Programme of music relayed live all over the nation from the studio of AIR, Hyderabad. He has performed at various prestigious National and International Musical events including the prestigious Chennai Music Academy.

He has been honoured as “Ashtana Vidwan” of Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham. Srinivas has presented many a Classical Symphony concert using Indian Classical Instruments and has composed music for many documentary films.

He has been honoured with titles like Veena Vidhwamani, Veena Praveena, Raaga Sudhakara, Vainika Ratna. All the rasikas are welcome.

—K.R. Mohan

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore