SAPNA  gets recognition from US Congress declaring May 6, 2022 as International Veena Day facilitated by US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Sri Annamacharya Project of North America (SAPNA) and the Shirdi Sai Mandir, Rolling Meadows,  have  conducted  a Two Day International Veena Conference & Festival on May 7 & 8,2022. US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi declared a proclamation honoring the 18th International Veena Festival, which was submitted to the Congressional Record and was entered into the record on May 6,2022. Illinois State Senator Ram Villivalam declared May 7,2022 as the International Veena Day .  In this Two day Veena Festival  Birth Centenary of Padmashree Emani Sankara Sastri , a Veena Legend and  a Great Musician , was celebrated by unveiling his portrait and this was added to the Sunada Sudha Collection of Paintings. The program was started by the Vedic Chantings by  Vedic Scholars Sri Hanumat Prasad & Sri Nagraj Vattyam  The Veena Schools of Rajaveena, Ensemble of Ragas, RAMA Veena Music Academy, Pallavi School of Music, Teachers Rajeswari Pariti, Saraswati Ranganathan, Rama Gurupalli, Dr Jaishree Prasad,  Bhavya Behata, Anupama Ganti, , Neela Amaravadi  Emani Kalyani Lakshminarayana, Dr Ayyagari Syamasundaram, Mrs Jayalakshmi have performed live in person and on the Virtual Platform from India and other US Cities.

With a grand Scale total of 80 Veena Participants’ Performances s were presented. Professor Srinivas Acharyulu Vedala of Central Oklahoma University was conferred the title “ Saraswathi Putra”  A book titled “ Soubhagya Lahari” by Saraswathi Putra Prof. Srinivas Acharyulu Vedala was released by the Illinois State Senator Ram Villivalam. Professor Vedala stated that Soubhagya Lahari was composed in the likes of Soundarya Lahari of Adi Sankaracharya  about Goddess Andal  in the Srilekini Metre .. There was a Panel Discussion led by Prof Shelly Kumar  along with Dr Sarada Purna Sonty on Ragas Kalyani & Hindolam with Veena Musicians Dr Ayyagari Syamasundaram, Saraswathi Ranganathan, Rama Gurupalli & Rajeswari Pariti which was well received by the audience. Consul Vinod Gautam from Indian Consulate Chicago graced the occasion and he congratulated the SAPNA Founders Dr Sriram & Dr Sarada Purna Sonty, the Board of Directors of SAPNA, The Volunteers of the Shirdi Sai Mandir. The Veena  performances included the compositions of Annamacharya, Tyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar , Ramadasu, Balamuralikrishna, Chittibabu and other  composers. The parents of the Veena Students appreciated the efforts of SAPNA and Shirdi Sai Mandir and went with many memories of great musical performances. Erramilli Sisters Monica & Sheila rendered “ Narayana  Suktham” .   Sai Sathya, Nagajyothi Vattyam, Malini Adiraju, and Padmaja Buddhavarapu  emceed the program efficiently.

Event: Rag Prabha, 2 days program, Saturday and Sunday [May 7 & 8, 2022]

Date: Saturday and Sunday [May 7 & 8, 2022]

Venue: Shri Shirdi Sai Mandir, 5999 New Wilke Rd. Building 3, Suite 309, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

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