Jugalbandi - A musical night
14th February, 2016
Krishnendra Wadikar, Hindustani Classical
Vijayagopal Balasubramanian, Flautist
Birla Mandir, Hyderabad
A beautiful musical performance by popular artists with the entire city of Hyderabad as a backdrop for the audience in the milky white marble Birla Temple atop the hill, brought down the curtains for Gudi Sambaraalu 2016. Pandit Krishnendra Wadikar, a prominent vocalist of hindustani classical music in ‘Kirana Gharana’ and, Vijayagopal Balasubramanian, true to the gayaki style of carnatic music, together, brought about an authentic vocalised style of flute playing. An accomplished singer, he seamlessly blended the intricacies of both vocal and instrumental patterns in flute playing.
Birla Mandir in Hyderabad was built on a 280 feet (85 m) high hillock called Naubath Pahad. The temple manifests a blend of Dravidian, Rajasthani and Utkala architectures. It is constructed of 2000 tons of pure white marble. The granite idol of presiding deity, Lord Venkateswara is about 11 ft tall and a carved lotus forms an umbrella on top. There is a brass flagstaff in the temple premises which rises to a height of 42 ft. The temple projects the concept of universality, unity of religions and universal brotherhood among all religions through panels devoted to Guru Nanak Dev, Guru Gobind Singh, Lord Buddha, Bhagawan Mahaveera and Jesus Christ. People of all religions, races, castes and creed are free to visit the temple