September 23, 2016

Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan recordings on Sep. 24, 2016


The 'season' begins with All India Radio Sangeet Sammelan. AIR has been recording concerts hosted for invited audience at its different studios across the country and broadcasting them later.
This year’s Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan Concerts will be held at 24 venues on 24th September, 2016 (Saturday) featuring many eminent and promising artists from across the country.

These concerts will be broadcast on the National hook-up from all Capital and Regional Stations of AIR, besides on Raagam Channel on DTH, Web streaming and AIR LIVE mobile app. between 22nd Oct. 2016 and 30th Nov. 2016.

The artists and venues of Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan 2016 to be held on Sep. 24, 2016 are:

Delhi 
  • Pt. Kushal Das (Sitar). Subhankar Banerjee (Tabla)
  • Dr. S. Sowmya (Vocal), Embar S.Kannan (Violin), Neyveli R Narayanan (Mridangam), Srirangam S. Kannan (Morsing)
Mumbai
  • Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhat (Mohan Vina), Ram Kumar Mishra (Tabla)
  • T.S. PAttabhirama Pandit (Vocal), V. Srikrishna Murari (Violin), S. Aravind (Mridangam), S. Srishyla (Ghatam)
Shanti Niketan
  • Ritesh - Rajnish Mishra (Vocal), Abhishek Mishra (Tabla), Pt. Bharat Bhushan Goswami (Sarangi), Hiranmoy Mitra (Harmonium)
  • Punya Srinivas (Veena), R. Ramesh (Mridangam), Vaikom R. Gopalakrishnan (Ghatam)
Chennai
  • Pt. Suryakant Khaladkar (Sundri), Sanjay Apar (Aurangabad)
  • Vishnudev Nampoodiry (Vocal), N. Sampath (Violin), N.C. Bharadwaj (Mridangam), Udupi Srikanth (Ghatam)
  • K.G. Kalyanasundaram (Tavil Solo), Kovilur K.G. Somanathan (Nagaswaram Lahra)
Hyderabad
  • Pt. Sukdev Chaturvedi (Dhrupad / Dhamar), Mohan Shyam Sharma (Pakhawaj), Munne Khan (Sarangi)
  • S. Shashank (Flute), Mysore N.Karthik (Violin), Arjun Kumar (Mridangam), Dr. S. Karthick (Ghatam)
Bengaluru
  • Prashant - Nishant Mallick (Dhrupad / Dhamar), Mrinal Mohan Upadhya (Pakhawaj), Santosh Lumar Mishra (Sarangi)
  • Shimoga K. Kumarswamy (Saxophone), A.P. Srinivas (Mysuru), T.V. Gopalakrishnan (Mridangam), Tripunithura Radhakrishnan (Ghatam)
  • Vikku Vinayakram (Chatur Ghatam Vinyasam). H. Sivaramakrishnan, S. Chandrasekara Sarma, N. Guru Prasad, B. Venkata Subramanian, H. Umashankar. Swaminathan (Talam)
Dharwad
  • Pt. Biswajit Roy Chaudhary (Sarod), Ashish Sen Gupta (Tabla)
  • G. Sree Vidya (Vocal), R. Raghul (Violin), G. Ramachandran (Mridangam), S. Sunil Kumar (Khanjira)
Agra
  • Ivy Banerje (Vocal), Timir Roy Choudhary (Tabla), Debashish Adhikari (Harmonium)
  • Pushpraj Koshti (Sur Bahar), Pt. Ravi Shankar Upadhyaya (Pakhawaj)
  • Pt. Raj Kumar Jha (Pakhawaj), Vinor Kumar Mishra (Sarangi Lehra)
Bhopal
  • Kailash Sharma (Flute), Ramender Singh Solanki (Tabla)
  • Ustad Akram Khan (Tabla Solo), Dharamnath Mishra (Harmonium)
  • Sanjeev Chimmalgi (Vocal), Vishwanath Shirodkar (Tabla), Seema Shirodkar (Harmonium)
Chandigarh
  • Arnab Chatterjee (Vocal), Abhishek Chatterjee (Tabla), Allahrakha Kalawant (Sarangi), Dinkar Sharma (Harmonium)
  • Jyoti G Hegde (Rudra Veena), Pt. Dalchand Sharma (Pakhawaj)
Jaipur
  • Manjiri Asnare Kelkar (Vocal), Milind Pote (Tabla), Chaitanya Kunte (Harmonium)
  • Ustad Faiyaz Hussain Khan (Violin), Vikas Purendre (Tabla)
Patna
  • Arshad Ali Khan (Vocal), Ashok Mukherjee (Tabla), Sanwar Hussain (Sarangi)
  • Shirish Bhale Rao (Violin), Rajesh Moundekar (Tabla)
Pune
  • Koyel Dasgupta (Light Classical Vocal), Ujjal Bharati (Tabla), Abid Hussain (Sarangi), Ratan Natta (Harmonium)
  • Ustad Rafique Khan (Sitar), Rajender Nakod (Tabla)
Shimla
  • Sadhana Desmukh (Vocal), Nilesh Randve (Tabla), Pramod Marathe (Harmonium)
  • Ustad Moinuddin Khan (Sarangi), Ustad Jafar Mohmed (Tabla)
Valsad (Vadodra)
  • Shaswati Mandal (Vocal), Prasad Padhya (Tabla), Shriram Hasabnis (Harmonium)
  • Debajit Chakraborty (Sitar), Debashish Sarkar (Tabla)
Tiruvanthapuram
  • P. Rajagopal & M.N. Ganesh (Nagaswaram Duet), B. Bhaskar (Spl. Tavil)
  • V.V. Ramana Murthy (Mridangam Solo), Vazhapalli R. Krishnakumar (Ghatam)
  • V. Saraswati & V. Krishnaveni (Vishnubatla Sisters) - Vocal, B.U.Ganesh Prasad (Violin), BVS Prasad (Mridangam), Udupi S. Sridhar (Ghatam)
Kozhikode
  • Madurai TNS Krishna (Vocal), Nagar R. Sriram (Violin), Tiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam (Mridangam), K.V. Gopalakrishnan
  • Emani Lalitha Krishnan (GottuVadyam), R. Dinkar (Violin), Mandapaka Nagalakshmi (Mridangam), S. Hanumantha Rao (Ghatam)
Vizianagaram
  • Thiruvarur B.V. Jayashri (Vocal), Pudukottai R. Ambikaprasad (Violin), Salem K. Srinivasan (Mridangam), Vishnupuram K. Raghu (Morsing)
  • C.S. Anuroop (Violin Solo), KMS Mani (Mridangam), Kalamandalam K. Shaju (Morsing)
Almora
  • Dr. Deepali Wattal (Ghazal), Mohd. Naim (Tabla), Gulam Mohd. (Sarangi), Prodyot Banerjee (Guitar), Zameer Khan (Harmonium)
  • Surendra Kumar Dalai & Party (Daskathia Folk)
  • Basanthi Bisht (Gharwali Folk), Motima Dhapali (Vocal Support), Khagoti Bhist (Vocal Support), Ranjit Bhist (Hurka), Surendar Singh (Harmonium), Rakesh Nautiyal (Flute)
Rampur
  • Shobana Rao (Ghazal), Ustad Akhtar Hassan (Tabla), Gulam Sabri (Sarangi), Illyas Khan (Harmonium)
  • Dhanraj Gadhavi (Gujarati Folk), Jayanti Bhai KAbira (Violin), Vipin Bharwada (Tabla), Kaplesh Trivedi (Dholak), Rajendra Kumar P. Shrimali (Side Rhythm), Bhala Bhai (Manjira)
  • Hyder Baksh Warsi & Party (Qawwali)
Sambalpur
  • Ashwani Kumar Verma (Ghazal), Bijay Kumar Samannra Roy (Violin), Inder Singh (Guitar), Chitranjan Mahapatra (Tabla)
  • Irungbam Padmabati (Manipuri Folk), L. Arendra Singh (Taal), Y. Manithomba Meite (Flute & Pena)
  • Disha Paul (Adhunik Bengali), Tapas Kumar Guha Thakurata (Tabla)
Mysuru
  • V. Deepika (Devotional Vocal), Adithi Krishnaprakash (Violin), Sumesh S. Narayanan (Mridangam)
  • B. Sambamurthy & party (Toor Pubhagavatham) Pavani Kashinath (Light Music - Kannada), Gurumurthy Vaidya (Tabla), Prabhir Bhattacharya (Sitar), K.S. Jayaram (Flute), Vishak Ramprasad (Keyboard), R. Vinay Rangdhol (Rhythm pad)
Kalaburagi
  • Bhaskar Nath (Shehnai), Manoj Nagar (Tabla)
  • Vadavati Sharada Bharath (Devotional Vocal), Satheesh Reddy Kolli (Harmonium), Vishwanath Nakod (Tabla), JK Das (Sitar), Dattathreya Muthalik Desai (Bansuri)
  • Ustad Ahmed Hussain & Ustad Mohmed Hussain (Ghazal / Bhajan duet), Ustad Farqooue Latif Khan (Sarangi), Shaffat Hussain Khan (Tabla), Harihar Sharan Bhatt (Sitar), Anwar Hussain (Santoor), Gulzar Hussain (Violin)
Shillong
  • 'Soulmate' Rudolf Wallang & Party (Western Band)
  • Prosonto Chunder Dutt (Western Classical Violin), Malabika Dutt (Piano)
  • Lou Majwa & Party (Rock & Roll)


August 01, 2016

It's September Season in Coimbatore

It is not uncommon for people in Chennai and other towns in Tamil Nadu to visit places where a Carnatic music event or series is held, especially in the months January, September or October. These are months with long weekends and more holidays.
Rajalakshmi Fine Arts, Coimbatore hosts a September season every year. The schedule of the festival includes music, dance and drama, that attracts people with varied interests. This year the series is held from Sep. 2 to 11, 2016.

Venue : Sarojini Nataraj Auditorium (Kikani High School),Coimbatore

The schedule of program:

Sep. 2, 2016 - Friday
6.00pm THYAGARAJA- ISAI NATAKAM by TV.Varadarajan
Music By Smt.Bombay Jayashri

Sep. 3, 2016 - Saturday
5.00 pm Smt.Poornima koushik - Bharathanatyam
7.30 pm Leela Samson with Spanda Dance company - Bharathanatyam

Sep. 4, 2016 - Sunday
5.00 pm Shri.Christopher Gurusamy - Bharathanatyam
7.00pm Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company - Kathak

Sep. 5, 2016 - Monday
6/00 pm Shri.Neyveli Santhana gopalan- Vocal

Sep. 6, 2016 - Tuesday
6.00 pm Smt.Sankari Krishnan-Vocal
Theme – “Shakthi”

Sep. 7, 2016 - Wednesday
6.00 pm Sri.Ramakrishnan Murthy-Vocal

Sep. 8, 2016 - Thursday
6.00 pm Kalaimamani Dr.M.Lalitha & M.Nandini-Violin Duet

Sep. 9, 2016 - Friday
6.00 pm Sri.T.M.Krishna-Vocal

Sep. 10, 2016 - Saturday
4.30 pm Sri.Ashwath Narayanan-Vocal
6.30 pm Smt.Aruna Sairam-Vocal

Sep. 11, 2016 - Sunday
9.00am Smt.Bombay Jayashri-Vocal
4.30pm Sri.Jayanth-Flute
6.30pm Sri.Sanjay Subrahmanyan-Vocal

July 28, 2016

Sangita Kalanidhi award for violinist A.Kanyakumari

At its meeting held on 24th July 2016, the Executive Committee of the Music Academy has unanimously chosen the outstanding and versatile violinist, Kum. A.Kanyakumari, for its coveted 'Sangita Kalanidhi' Award and for presiding over the 90th Annual Conference of the Music Academy to be held from 15 th December 2016 to 1 st January 2017. Kum. Kanyakumari is a top ranking Carnatic violinist whose experience spans over 50 years as an accompanist, soloist and a teacher. She is the first female violinist ever in the history of The Music Academy to have been chosen for the prestigious “Sangita Kalanidhi” Award, which will be conferred on her at the Sadas on 1 st January 2017. The Committee also chose the following persons for the other awards to be conferred at the 90th Annual Conference and Concerts.

1. Sangita Kala Acharya : 2 Awards
Rudrapatnam Brothers Shri R.N.Thyagarajan and Shri R.N. Tharanathan (Vocal duo) and Prof. K.Venkataramanan (Vocalist and music teacher)

2. T.T.K. Awards: 2
Dr. Nirmala Sundararajan (Vocalist)
Shri M.Kodilingam (Thevaram singer and Teacher)

3. Musicologist Award: Dr. Rama Kausalya
The Pappa Venkataramiah Award for violin will be given to Shri Sikkil Baskaran.
The above awards will also be conferred at the Sadas on 1st January 2017.

4. DANCE FESTIVAL: Natya Kala Acharya Award:
The Natya Kala Acharya Award for Dance, would go to the eminent Bharatanatyam Dancer and choreographer, Kum. Malavika Sarukkai. This award will be conferred at the Inaugural function of the Dance Festival on 3 rd January 2017.

December 29, 2015

Eastern Ethnic New Year Eve

Here is a New Year Eve celebrations with Carnatic music.
As in the past Carnatica has organised the Eastern Ethnic New Year Eve. But this time in a different venue at Vani Mahal, T.Nagar.

Veterans and youngsters will be performing collectively and individually and usher in the New Year.
If you are around in the city and is ready to venture out at mid-night, this is one you would love. Open to all.



December 28, 2015

A vintage treat at veteran Rama Ravi's concert

Rarely one gets to listen to the old-world music in Chennai. Many senior musicians are performing a very few concerts, especially during the season. Naada Inbam organises the concerts of such veterans giving an opportunity for the rasikas to listen to a vintage music as well the young performers to learn a few tips on chaste music.


Senior vidushi Rama Ravi performed only at Naada Inbam this season and that turned out to be a treat for those who attended. A tempo that was set in a pace that can be described as 'sowkhya kalam' flowed through the concert. Whether it was the Saveri Varnam or the grand Kambodhi kriti 'Koniyadi' or the padam, the presentation was just enjoyable. The simple and systematic development elaboration of Kambhodi, the chittaswaram in a relaxed pace adorned the number.

There were requests from the rasikas and the violinist R.K. Sriramkumar. The padam 'Ela radayane' in Bhairavi and a Nadanamakriya composition, which Rama Ravi remembered having rendered it during one of the Bharatanatyam recitals of T. Balasaraswati at The Music Academy and that the piece was taught by none other than Prof. T. Viswanathan.

A concert that the rasikas will cherish for long, no doubt.

Vijay Siva outranked his own standards

Was it the only concert of Vijay Siva this season? Or this December?

When Indian Fine Arts Society's advertisement appeared in The Hindu with N.Vijay Siva's name in the evening concert session on Dec. 26, 2015, many called up the sabha to confirm if the information was correct. Vijay Siva had earlier cancelled his concerts due to the recent deluge in the city and he had expressed that "I feel this is not the moment for happy singing. Hence, calling off Dec season concerts. I plan to resume on 1st Jan 2016." on his social media page.

Photo: Sripriya Ayyangar

And those who got the information confirmed before afternoon were lucky to get a double bonanza at the sabha. The sabha had scheduled Gayathri Venkataraghavan's concert before Vijay Siva's session. A ticket for the evening gave them two 'big' concerts. People were seen buying tickets at the counter for the 'only' concert of Vijay Siva, in large numbers. Soon the Ethiraj Kalyana Mandapam hall was near-full.

Beginning with 'Nada tanumasiam' in Chittaranjani, a raga that does not have the upper octave sancharas, was a quiet start. But what followed was a shower of wonderful music. As is the characteristic of Vijay Siva's concerts, songs flow one after the other without any long pause. Vijay Siva presents the Pantuvarali version of Shyama Sastri's 'Karuna joodavamma' instead of the Varali version and he did it on that day too. But one could feel the slow pace and the peace that surrounded the hall during this rendition.

The day was Arudra Darsanam and Lord Siva danced in Vijay Siva's 'Ananda natana prakasam' in Kedaram. A rich presentation of 'Enati nomu phalamu' (Thyagaraja, Bhairavi) followed. The highlight of the day was the lovely Charukesi alapana, tanam and the pallavi 'Padamendru nambinen amma Uma' The kalpanaswaras in Charukesi as well as the ragamalika ragas Hamir Kalyani, Hindolam and Kuntalavarali brought out the beauty of the madhyamam in each of these ragas. Anchoring on the madhyamam of the ragas, Vijaya Siva displayed a spread of his creativity.

When R.K. Sriramkumar is on the violin, the concert has to get a fillip. A violinist who knows every syllable of the sahityams follows the singer like a shadow and gives an effect of oneness with the singer.

Who do you think was on the mridangam? It was Trichy Sankaran and so there were lots of moments of rhythmic magic unfolding with verve. The tani avarthanam between Sankaran and K.V. Gopalakrishnan resonated long after the concert. 'Arunachala Siva', 'Bolo Sairam' and 'Malaikulaviya (thiruppuhazh) were for the concluding session.

All that one wished for was a hall better treated for acoustics and less traffic on the road which intruded into the ears of those in the last few rows.