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 -

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 -

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

September 08, 2014

Tiruvaiyaru Thyagaraja Aradhana 2015 dates

 This year the visitors to the Chennai December Music season can also witness the mega music at Thiruvaiyaru, without having a need to extend their holidays by another month. The  aradhana of Thyagaraja falls during early January in 2015.

The 168th Sri Thyagaraja Aradhanai at Thiruvaiyaru will be held from January 6 to 10, 2015.  

The mass singing of Pancharatna Kritis will be held between 9 am and 10 am on Jan. 10, 2015 (Saturday). 

The details and schedule will be announced in the second week of December 2014 on the official website of the Sri Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival here.

September 04, 2014

September Season in Coimbatore : From Sep. 5 to 14, 2014

Rajalakshmi Fine Arts, Coimbatore hosts a September Season, a 10 day event every year. A soft start that leads to a full fledged music season in Chennai, which starts after Vijayadasami.

The schedule of the September Season, Coimbatore is here:

Venue: Sarojini Natraj Auditotium, Kikani Higher Secondary School Campus, Coimbatore - 641 002

Sep. 5, 2014
5.30 p.m - Mangala Vadyam - Nagaswara concert by K.G. Srinivasan, K.G. Karthikeyan
6.30 p.m. - S. Sowmya - Vocal

Sep. 6, 2014
6.00 p.m - Dr. Divyatha Arun - Bharathanatyam
7.30 p.m. - Alarmel Valli - Bharathanatyam

Sep. 7, 2014
6.00 p.m. - Mrudula Rai and party present Daasa Bhakthi - Bharathanatyam
7.30 - Rukmini Vijayakumar - Bharathanayam

Sep. 8, 2014
5.30 p.m. - Presentation of 'Isai Mani Mukutam' award to Sanjay Subrahmanyan and 'Prakriti Award' to V.V. Sundaram
6.30 - Sanjay Subrahmanyan - Vocal

Sep. 9, 2014
6.00 p.m. - Sikkil C. Gurucharan - Vocal

Sep. 10, 2014
6.00 p.m. - Ghatam Karthick's Sums(k)Rhythm - thematic programme based on Layam

Sep. 11, 2014
6.00 p.m. - Trichur Brothers - Vocal

Sep. 12, 2014
6.00 p.m. - Ramakrishnan Murthy - Vocal

Sep. 13, 2014
4.30 p.m. - Aditya Prakash - Vocal
6.00 p.m. - Nithyasree Mahadevan - Vocal

Sep. 14, 2014
8.30 a.m. - Anayampatti Ganesan - Jalatharangam
10.30 a.m. - Bombay Jayashri - Vocal
4.30 p.m. - R. Ratipriya - Vocal
6.00 p.m. - T.M. Krishna - Vocal

August 28, 2014

Narada Gana Sabha Music Competitions

Narada Gana Sabha's annual music competitions will be held on Sep 21, 27 and 28, 2014.
Held in variuos categories, the competitons are open to students of music in the age group 12 to 25 years.

Application forms are available at the Sabha and can be collected before Sep 10. Narada Gana Sabha is at 314, TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai 600 018. Phone: 044-24990850, 24993201.

August 26, 2014

Indira Sivasailam Endowment Award for vocalist T M. Krishna

The season of music in Madras begins with Vinayaka Chaturthi and Navaratri. The Ganesha temples in the city have already begun the Chaturthi series of concerts. With Navaratri in row and the organisations who do not own a hall or auditorium begin their season in September / October well ahead of the major sabhas.

The season begins with the announcements of awards and titles. Since 2010, Indira Sivasailam Endowment Award is presented by the endowment established by Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman, TAFE Limited, in memory of her mother.

This year vocalist T.M. Krishna has been selected for the award to be presented during Navaratri.
A disciple of B. Seetharama Sarma and trained under Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Krishna is a young and popular singer. He is the in the news during the season for his unconventional concert pattern and off-beat thoughts and ideas.

The recipients of the Indira Sivasailam Endowment Award in the past years are Sudha Ragunathan, Sanjay Subrahmanyan, Aruna Sairam and Bombay Jayashri Ramnath.

August 10, 2014

Sangita Kalanidhi award for T.V. Gopalakrishnan

The multifaceted Carnatic musician T.V. Gopalakrishnan is selected for the prestigious title 'Sangita Kalanidhi'  conferred every year by the Music Academy. He will preside over the 88th Annual Conference of the Music Academy to be held from Dec. 15, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015.

A mridangam vidwan, Gopalakrishnan is also proficient in Carnatic vocal and Hindustani vocal music. He will be Conferred the 'Sangita Kalanidhi' title at the Sadas on Jan. 1, 2015.

The other awards presented by the Music Academy have also been announced.

Sangita Kala Acharya award will be presented to vocalists Mangad K. Natesan from Trissur and Alamelu Mani from Mumbai

Senior vocalist Malladi Suribabu and Nama sankirtanam exponent Udaiyalur Kalyanaraman will receive the TTK awards.

Dr. Padma Murthy is selected for the Musicologist award. The Pappa Venkataramiah Award for violin will be presented to Lalgudi Rajalakshmi.

All these awards will be conferred at the Sadas on Jan. 1, 2015

Leela Samson, senior Bharatanatyam dancer will be conferred the Natya Kala Acharya Award and this award will be Conferred at the Inaugural function of the Dance Festival on Jan. 3, 2015.