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SAPNA Celebrated 34th Annual Annamacharya Festival

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CHICAGO, IL -Sri Annamacharya Project of North America (SAPNA @34) celebrated 34 years of steadfast service to the performing arts of India. 2021 Aradhana Utsavam was presented on November 14 th at Sunada Sudha Gallery and November 20th at Shri Shirdi Sai Mandir – Rolling Meadows IL.  Sunaada Sudha’ is an art gallery of Saint composers’ oil paintings, established in 1990 in Flossmoor at Drs Sonty’s residence. Over the years stalwarts of Indian classical music like M. Balamuralikrishna, Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, Nookala China Satyanarayana, C. Chitti Babu, Dr. L.Subramaniam presented many chamber music concerts, discussions, and music demonstrations.

‘ Rameti ‘ under the tutelage of Vidushi Rajeswari Mc Kearn presented Annamacharya Sankeerthsna-s   adhering to strict Karnatic Sangitha sampradayam.
* Sangita Vidvan “ Aravind Sunder accompanied by Kartik Iyer on Violin and Viswak Kumarn on Mridangam “ started the concert with Two Sanskrit Sloka-S composed by Dr. Sarada Purna Sonty and continued with the Annamacharya compositions.
Aravind’s rendition of Raga ‘ Kharahara priya’ revealed the highest degree of creativity, musical acumen, and versatility.
“ Anthayu Neeve Hari Pundarikaksha, “
“ Govidaasritha Gokula Brunda”
“ Ekkadi Maanusha Janmamu Etthina Phalamu”
“ Jayalakshmi Varalakshmi “ “ Vandeham Jagatvallbham” “ Tholiyunu” * “ Namo Namo Raghukula Nayaka” “ Vande Vaasudevam “
“ Oka Pari Koka Pari” Bhaavayami Gopala baalam “ “
are some of the Sankeertanas presented by the musicians.
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi graced the Music Concert at the Sai Mandir and congratulated SAPNA Board including Drs Sriram & Sarada Purna Sonty for promoting Indian Classical Music Traditions and Mr. Srinivas Gollamudi for the establishment of Shirdi Sai Mandir and propagating human values as propagated by the Shirdi Sai Baba . He talked about the influence Shirdi Sai Baba had on his family members.

Sri Annamacharya Project of North America (SAPNA) founders Drs Sriram & Sarada Purna Sonty donated the first overseas Saint Annamacharya Idol to the Shirdi Sai Mandir in Rolling Meadows during
Lord Venkateswara Swami Prana Prathishtha Installation on July 31, 2021.

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