Artist Highlight

Uppalapati Ankiah

An hour of music of the laya expert from Andhra, in connection with his birth anniversary on March 15.

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RJ: Srividya

Uppalapati Ankiah

An hour of music of the laya expert from Andhra, in connection with his birth anniversary on March 15.

Uppalapati Ankiah was initially a tavil and mridangam artiste. It was much later that he became a vocalist. As someone who started off as a percussionist and a tala vadya musician, it was perhaps understandable that he would be strong in laya. He quickly built a reputation as not only an expert in laya, but also a rare musician who sang compositions in rare and unusual talas, including those from the 108 classical talas. Uppalapati Ankiah was also renowned for his rendition of pallavis in rare ragas. This singing is also characterized by an effortlessness in terms of both raga and tala. This Artiste Highlight is in connection with Uppalapati Ankiah's birth anniversary, which falls on March 15.

Image courtesy : Raghuram U

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