Highlights of Sri Tallapaka
The commemoration festival started on 17 May at 6Am in the SVASA premises Riverside with Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatham followed by Sri Venkateswara Namocharana, Gurudeva Prardhana (SreeMathvadeeya), and Guru Sthuthi Sankeerthanam (Hariyavathaarameethadu, Appani Varaprasadi, Hariyavathaarame Aathandithadu, and Sarananti Maathani). The morning services concluded at 7:30am with Harathi. In the afternoon the devotees took the "Uregimpu" procession to the Cultural auditorium in Lakewood, CA. The evening services began with the Vedapathanam (chanting of Veda) at 4pm by Sri Pandit Ramesh Sahastriji (Bakersfield, CA).
Sri Satya Duvvuri presented the introduction of
Annamcharya, his life and works. The Sankeerthana recital commenced with
the Gurudeva Prardhana (Sreemathvadeeya) by Smt. Annapurna Duvvuri followed by
SVASA core singers presenting some special Sankeerthanas of Annamcharya
including "Chepparani Mahimala" in the ragam "Satya Priya"
rendered by Smt. Meena Ramachandruni. Other local vocalists that rendered
the Sankeerthanas were Smt. Vasantha Batchu with her students and Smt. Padma
Kutty with her students. The Sankeerthana recital continued for four hours
till 9pm. The concluding Sankeerthanas "Harinamamu Kadu Anandakaramu'
and "Madhavunaku Mangalam" were rendered by Sri Ramesh Hariharan and
Sri Sunil Ramesh, the other core singers of SVASA. Sri Sudarshan Chalan and Sri
Govindarajan Srinivasan provided the accompaniments on instruments. "Mangala
Harathi" was offered at 9:15pm. Prasdam was served to the devotees
after the conclusion of first day's events.