October 25, 2014

Sri Rama Bhaktha Jana Samaj

For those on the other side of the city, Sri Rama Bhaktha Jana Samaj is among the very few sabhas that offer a feel of the music season in the neighbourhood.

The sabha hosts a fortnight long music concerts this season from Dec. 1 to 14, 2014. This is their 18th year of music festival during the season.

Venue: Conference Hall, Meenakshi College of Engineering, Vembuliamman Koil Street, K.K. Nagar (West), Chennai - 78

Admission is free for the concerts.

Dec. 1, 2014
6.00 p.m. - Inauguration and conferment of ' Sangeetha Mamani' title to P. Unnikrishnan
6.30 p.m. - P. Unnikrishnan (Vocal), Pakala Ramdas (violin), Neyveli R. Narayanan (mridangam), Adambakkam Shankar (ghatam)

Dec. 2, 2014
6.30 p.m. - T.N. Seshagopalan (Vocal), Nagai Sriram (violin), Manoj Siva (mridangam), H.Sivaramakrishnan (ghatam)

Dec. 3, 2014
6.30 p.m. - O.S. Arun (Vocal), Karikkal Venkatasubramanian (violin),  M.S. Venkatasubramanian (mridangam), Ganapathi (tabla), Chandrasekar (harmonium), Selvaman (thalam)

Dec. 4, 2014
6.30 p.m. - T.V.  Sankaranarayanan (Vocal), R. Raghul (violin), M.C. Barathwaj (mridangam)

Dec. 5, 2014
6.30 p.m. - S. Sowmya (Vocal), Parur M.S. Ananthakrishnan (violin), Poongulam Subramanyam (mridangam)

Dec. 6, 2014
6.30 p.m. - Prof. T.N. Krishnan (Violin), Thiruvarur Bakthavatsalam (mridangam), Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (ghatam)

Dec. 7, 2014
6.30 p.m. - Kadri Gopalnath (Saxophone), A. Kanyakumari (violin), B. Harikumar (mridangam), Pt. Rajendra Nakod (tabla), Bengaluru B. Rajasekar (morsing)

Dec. 8, 2014
7.00 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Nochur Venkataraman - Discourse
6.30 p.m. - Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan (Vocal), Vital Ramamurthi (violin), Mannarkoil J. Balaji (mridangam), S.V. Ramani (ghatam)

Dec. 9, 2014 
7.00 a.m. to 9 am: Nochur Venkataraman - Discourse
6.30 p.m. - Rajesh Vaidhya (Veena), Karukuruchi Mohanram & Sriganesh (mridangam), Chandrajit (tabla), Tenkasi H. Paramasivam (kanjira), Karukuruchi N. Subramanian (Special Effects).

Dec. 10, 2014
7.00 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Nochur Venkataraman - Discourse
5.00 p.m. - V. Deepika (Vocal), Nandhika (violin), Srivanchiyam Sriram (mridangam)
6.30 p.m. - Madurai T.N.S. Krishna (Vocal), Delhi P. Sundarrajan (violin),   B.Ganapathiraman (mridangam)

Dec. 11, 2014
5.00 p.m. - Janani Purana Pushkala Iyer - Vocal    
6.30 p.m. - S. Mahathi (Vocal), S. P. Ananthapadmanabha (violin), Delhi S. Sairam (mridangam), K. V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)

Dec. 12, 2014
5.00 p.m. - R. Shwethambari - Vocal, T. Samyuktha (violin), G. Sundaram (mridangam)
6.30 p.m. - N. Vijay Siva - Vocal, Charumathi Raghuram (violin), Bombay C.N. Balaji (mridangam)

Dec. 13, 2014
6.30 p.m. - Violin Ensemble by CARVA C.A. Rajasekar  and disciples, L. Radhakrishnan (mridangam), G.Hariharasharma (kanjira)

Dec. 14, 2014
5.00 p.m. - Preethi Sethuraman & Party                      
6.30 p.m. - Sreiramjani Santhanagopalan - Vocal, R. Raghul (violin), B. Ganapathiraman (mridangam)

Contact Sri Rama Bhaktha Jana Sabha at S/17-B, Ponnambalam Salai, K K Nagar, Chennai -78. Phone: 23661529, 9444417729

October 24, 2014

Bharat Sangeet Utsav 2014

Early in the season, a couple of music festivals set up the mood to listening to classical music that will fill the air for the next two months in Chennai.

Bharat Sangeet Utsav, organised by Carnatica and Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha is a well-themed concert series and comes up early in November. This year the festival is held from Oct. 31 to Nov. 9, 2014.

Venue: Narada Gana Sabha, TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai -1 8

The shows are ticketed and are available online at madrasevents.in, bookmyshow.com. Season tickets range from Rs. 500 (single) to Rs. 5000 (couple).

The Schedule:

Oct. 31, 2014
3.00 p.m. - Mangala Isai - Seshampatti Sivalingam & party
4.30 p.m. - Inauguration
5.00 p.m. - Dr. M. Balamurali Krishna & Kaushiki Charabarthy - Jugalbandhi. B. Raghavendra Rao (violin), K.V. Prasad (mridangam), Vysamurti Katti (harmonium), Sudip Ghose (tabla)
7.00 p.m. - 'Light on the Path' - special collaborative programme by The Dhananjayans (Bharatanatyam) with Sikkil Gurucharan (vocal) and Anil Srinivasan (piano)

Nov. 1, 2014
2.30 p.m. - 'Carnatic Young Stars of 2014' - Trichur Brothers Srikrishna Mohan & Ramkumar Mohan - vocal, Mullaivasal Chandramouli (violin), Trichur Mohan (mridangam), S. Venkataraman (ghatam)
4.45 p.m. - Priya Sisters Shanmukhapriya and Haripriya - Vocal, M.A. Krishnaswami (violin), Parupally Phalgun (mridangam), B.S. Purushothaman (kanjira)
7.00 p.m. - Nithyasree Mahadevan - Vocal, M.A. Krishnaswami (violin), Neyveli Skandasubramaniam (mridangam), Trichy Murali (ghatam)

Nov. 2, 2014
9.15 a.m. - Jayashree Vaidyanathan - Vocal, Karaikal Venkatasubramaniam (violin), Manikudi Chandrasekhar (mridangam), N. Narasimhan (ghatam)
10.45 a.m. - Interactive Mini Kutchery: 20/20 Carnatic Premier League - Aswatgh Narayanan, Apoorva & Anahita, Cuddalore S.J. Jananiy, K.J. Dilip, Sumesh Narayanan
2.15 p.m. -  Carnatic Young Stars of 2014 - Sriranhani Santhanagopalan (Vocal), Dr. M. NArmada (violin), B. Ganapathiraman (mridangam), K.V. Gopalakrishnan (ghatam)
4.45 p.m. - Aruna Sairam - Vocal, B. Raghavendra Rao (violin), J. VAidyanathan (mridangam), Dr. S. Karthick (ghatam)
7.15 p.m. - Kalki's historical novel Sivagamiyin Sabhadam - dance opera by Madurai R. Muralidharan & group

Nov. 3, 2014
2.30 p.m. - Carnatic Young Stars of 2014 - Ramakrishnan Murthy - Vocal, H.N. Bhaskar (violin), N. Manoj Siva (mridangam), Anirudh Athreya (kanjira)
4.45 p.m. - Pt. Venkatesh Kumar - Hindustani Vocal, Vyasamurti Katti (harmonium), Keshav Joshi (tabla)
6.45 p.m. - Sanjay Subrahmanyan - Vocal, S. Varadarajan (violin), Neyveli B. Venkatesh - mridangam, K.V. Gopalakrishnan (ghatam)

Nov. 4, 2014
2.30 p.m. - Carnatic Young Stars of 2014 - Bharat Sundar - Vocal, B.U. Ganesh Prasad (violin), Poongulam Subramaniam (mridangam), S, Venkataraman (ghatam)
4.45 p.m. - Carnatic Young Stars of 2014 - Saketharaman - Vocal, Nagai Sriram (violin), Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman (mridangam)
7.00 p.m. - N. Vijay Siva - Vocal, Charulatha Ramanujam (violin), Neyveli Narayanan (mridangam), Chandrasekhara Sharma (ghatam)

Nov. 5, 2014
2.30 p.m. - Carnatic Combo - Prasanna Venkataraman & Rithvik Raja - vocal, H. N. Bhaskar (violin), Poongulam Subramaniam (mridangam), Anirudh Athreya (kanjira)
4.45 p.m. - Malladi Brothers Sriramprasad & Ravikumar - Vocal, S. Varadarajan (violin), Mannargudi Easwaran (mridangam), B.S. Prushotham (kanjira)
7.00 p.m. - T.V. Gopalakrishnan & George Brooks present Trishakthi -  Carnatic, Hindustani & Jazz. J.A. Jayanth (flute), Biju Poulos (keyboard), G. Ramanathan (Sax), S. Varadarajan (violin), Vijay Natesan (mridangam), Ambur Padmanabhan (mridangam), Udayaraj Karpur (tabla)

Nov. 6, 2014
2.30 p.m. - Carnatic Young Stars 2014 - Sandeep Narayanan - Vocal, M. Rajeev (violin), S.J. Arjun Ganesh (mridangam), Sunil Kumar (Ghatam)
4.45 p.m.- Gayathri Venkataraghavan - Vocal, B.U. Ganesh Prasad (violin), K.V. Prasad - mridangam, Trichy K. Murali (ghatam)
7.00 p.m. - O.S. Arun (Vocal) & Ronu Majumdar (Flute) - Jugalbandhi, Arvind Azad (tabla)

Nov. 7, 2014
2.30 p.m. - Carnatic Young Stars of 2014 - Amritha Murali - Vocal, Ranjani Ramakrishnan (violin), J. Vaidyanathan (mridangam), Anirudh Athreya (kanjira)
4.45 p.m. - Abhishek Raghuram - Vocal, Mysore V. Srikanth (violin), Neyveli R. Narayanan (mridangam). Anantha R Krishnan (mridangam)
7.00 p.m. - P. Unnikrishnan - Vocal, Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin), Tiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam (mridangam), Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (ghatam)

Nov. 8, 2014
2.30 p.m. - Carnatic Combo - Nisha P Rajagopal & K. Gayathri Prasanna - Vocal, M. Rajeev (violin), B. Ganapathiraman (mridangam), K.V. Gopalakrishnan (ghatam)
4.45 p.m. - Bhakthi Symphony by Sudha Ragunathan (Vocal) & Prof. Mark Stone (percussion), B. Raghavendra Rao (violin), Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam), Anirudh Athreya (kanjira), N/. Guruprasad (ghatam)
7.00 p.m. - Visakha Hari - Endaro Mahanubhavulu, a tribute to the graet saints of India. B. Ananthakrishnan (violin), S.J. Arjun Ganesh (mridangam), K. Satyananarayana (keyboard), Sundar (tabla)

Nov. 9, 2014
Bhakti Sangeet Sammelan
10.00 a.m. - Udayalur Kalyanarama Bhagavathar & party
12.00 p.m. - B. Suchitra (harikatha), MSG Suresh, M.S. Venkatasubramaniam
6.15 p.m. - Valedictory & grand finale
Subhashree Thanikachalam & party present Papanasam via Pannaipuram

For details & tickets, contact www.carnaticworld.com. Phone: +91 9444018269

September 28, 2014

Naadhabrahmam Awards 2014

Naadhabrahman Music Journal will conduct its 13th year December music festival from Dec. 13, 2014 to Jan. 01, 2015.

In the inaugural day, the following awards for this year, will be conferred on artistes:

Vocalist T.V. Gopalakrishnan will receive the title Naada Kovida and dancer-guru Krishnakumari Narendran will be awarded the Nrithya Sevika title. Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi will receive the title Naada Sevika and dancer Zakir Hussain will receive the title Nrithya Sevaka.

The concerts will be held at Ramakrishna Mission High School, TAG Auditorium, Dhandapani Street, T.Nagar, Chennai -17

Contact Naadhabrahmam at +91 93810 43396, +91 98411 40855 

Veena competition at Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha

This is for students and artistes who play the veena and are below 20 years of age.

Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, T. Nagar, Chennai is conducting a veena competition at Vani Mahal on October 5, 2014.

The winners will be awarded a purse under the endowment created by Prof. S. Natarajan and Savithri Gopalan in memory of their parents Kamala and V.V. Subramanian, ICS.

The last date to register is Oct.1, 2014. Contact 044-28152166

September 18, 2014

Mylapore Fine Arts Club Competitions 2014

The Mylapore Fine Arts Club's annual cometitions in various categories will be held in junior and senior age groups in October and November 2014.

Application forms will be issued from Sept 22, 2014 at Mylapore Fine Arts Club, 45, Musiri Subramaniam Road, Mylapore, Chennai 600 004, Phone: 2499 7755    

The details:
Above 10 upto 15 years - Junior
Above 15 upto 20 years - Senior

Schedule for Music Competitions

Oct. 5, 2014
9.00 a.m. - Veena, Violin & Flute.
2.00 p.m. - Mridangam & Kanjira

Oct. 12, 2014
9.00 a.m. - Sri Thiagaraja Krithis

Oct. 19, 2014
9.00 a.m. - Sri Muthuswami Dikshidar Krithis & Sri Shyama Sastri Krithis

Oct. 26, 2014
9 a.m. - Sri Swathi Thirunal Krithis & Sri E.S. Sankaranarayana Iyer Krithis

Nov. 2, 2014
9 a.m. -  Sri Purandara Dasar Krithis & Sri Oothukadu Venkatakavi Krithis

Nov. 9, 2014
9 a.m. - Sri Papanasam Sivan Krithis & Thirupugazh

Nov. 16, 2014
9.00 a.m. - Swaram & Neraval (Only 1st and 2nd prize winners of the above competitions will be eligible to participate in this competition)

September 09, 2014

Artistes begin listing season concerts online

The December in Music Season starts in November or even much earlier. So is the concert schedule of popular artistes.

If you follow the artistes blog posts, websites and social media mentions, you will know that the schedule of December Season is almost ready.
This week we came across two artistes updating their calendars online.

Vocalist duo Ranjani and Gayatri have listed their December Season concerts in their blog. The rasikas are sharing the link on their blogs and social media pages. Here is the link for you - http://ranjanigayatri.blogspot.in/2014/09/ranjani-gayatris-december-season-2014.html

Popular vocalist Bombay Jayashri's website is well maintained with the schedule of concerts through the year. The season concerts are mentioned appropriately in the schedule. The link to the schedule page is - http://www.bombayjayashri.com/concert_schedule.php

Most sabhas come up with their complete schedule only in late November. Many feel that it is not very helpful in planning travel ahead.