November 30, 2009

A review of the Harikatha by Madurai TNS during Embar Vijayaraghavachariar's Centenary Celebrations

.....................by Sivapriya Krishnan


Embar Vijararghavachariar’s Centenary Celeberations started off with Harikatha presentation on each of the four days at the Astika Samajam Venus Colony and here is the review of the Harikatha made by Madurai T N Seshagopalan on the topic titled “Tyagaraja Charitram”

R.Krishnaswamy, of Narada Gana Sabha, in his introductory speech before awarding him the title “Harikatha Ratna”, said how TNS has mastered the core essentials of performing Harikatha successfully, which is no ordinary feat as the exponent must be armed with mastery of music, narration and knowledge supported by good memory and above all eloquence. He quoted the sloka `vasthrena vapushaa vaachaa vidhyayaa vinyena cha,' the five vakaaras needed for success, namely, a person who is well-dressed, has a good personality, is eloquent, knowledgeable and modest and said that all were present in TNS making him a true harikatha vidwan.

Madurai TNS , is a well known vainika gayaka who took the leap in 2003 to make his major professional entry into formal Harikatha along with singing and veena playing.

TNS, did his Harikatha on the topic “Tyagaraja Charitram”, which he presented as a story of Tyagaraja’s musical journey. How the Saint travelled his life through his music towards Lord Rama made the central theme of his charitram.

Important facts about
• his chanting the Ramamantra 96 crore times before the Lord appeared before him
• his singing of Bala Kanaka maya chela, in Atana in sheer ecstacy on seeing the Lord, and how Tyagaraja has employed slow and fast kalapramanas in the krithi keeping with the joy and other moods on seeing Him
• his rendition of Namo Namo Raghavaya in Desiya Todi before his Guru Sonti Venkataramanayya
• his singing Dorakuna itu Vanti Seva in Bilahari before an august gathering of vidwans which made his Guru remark “dorakuna itu vanti sishyudu”

were some of the remarkable features of the Katha.

To demonstrate how the “Ushi” tala is used in Harikatha, he presented the song Kanukontini in Bilahari and sang a few swaras to demonstrate the tala.

Talking about the subject of talent in music, Tyagraja has said that it is the blessing of God and cannot be handed over from father to son as a heirloom. Singing the passage “sangeethajnaanamu dhaatha vraayavaleraa” from Seetaavara in Devagandhari , he said that if one should have sangeethajnana the creator should pre ordain it at birth.

In his krthi Svararagasudha in Sankarabharanam, Tyagaraja says, what is the use of a frog and a stork sitting on the lotus when it cannot enjoy the joy of the honey , unlike a bee which comes from afar to enjoy this infinite joy.

He talked about Tyagaraja’s presentation of Lakshana Lakshya of music through Kadanuvariki in Todi, wherein he explained the meaning of the charanam -niddhuraaniraakarinchi, muddhugaathambooraabhatti and Suddhamaina manasuche, the last one being most important, for producing good music.

An interesting musical perspective was provided by him about Charukesi as a raga for Ada modi galade. In this song, Tyagarja, tells Rama that when He did not speak to the sarvagnaa, nava vyaakarana pandita like Hanuman and let Lakshmana only speak to him, why would He speak to the poor Tyagaraja.

The appropriateness of the raga Charukesi, TNS defined thus : In the aaroha of Charukesi , S,R,G,M,P ascends like Sankharabharnam and the rest of the notes D, N,S are the Hanumathodi swaras.
Since this song is about the Raama Hanuman sambhaashana, he used a raga which incorporates from Shankarabharana and Hanumathodi , as Hanuman is Siva’s amsa.
TNS made Tyagaraja come alive for two hours treating the rasikas with his eloquence, music, wit and expression, packed with information and spiced with wonderful music and quotations.

He has to his credit, made Harikatha presentations on several titles which include

Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar,
Papanasam Sivan,
Sadguru Tyagaraja, Tyagaraja Ramayanam,
Kamba Ramayanam,
Purandara Dasa,
Gurutvam in Ramayanam, Valmiki Ramayanam, Ramayanaamrutham,
Sita Kalyanam, Meenakshi Vaibhavam and Srinivasa Kalyanam.

This year he is slated to perform Nandanar Charitram during the December Season at the Tamizh Isai Sangam on the 1st of January, 2010.


The Music Academy Dance Festival 2010

For the last three years now, the Music Academy has been hosting a Dance Festival immediately after the December Music Conference.
This year the festival begins on Jan. 3, 2010 and goes on till Jan. 9, 2010.

For season tickets contact the Academy office at +91 44 28112231. Email music@musicacademymadras.in

The schedule is as follows:

Jan. 3, 2010
  • 6.00 p.m.- Priyadarshini Govind - Bharatanatyam
  • 7.45 p.m.- Bangalore Banumathi - Bharatanatyam
Jan. 4, 2010
  • 10.00 a.m.- Aishwarya Nityananda - Bharatanatyam
  • 6.00 p.m.- Alarmel Valli - Bharatanatyam
  • 7.45 p.m.- Kathak Kendra - Kathak
Jan.5, 2010
  • 10.00 a.m.- Srikanth - Bharatanatyam
  • 6.00 p.m.- Malavika Sarukkai - Bharatanatyam
  • 7.45 p.m.- Madhavi Mudgal - Odissi
Jan. 6, 2010
  • 10.00 a.m.- Kriti Ramgopal - Bharatanatyam
  • 6.00 p.m.- Gauri Sharma Tripathi - Kathak
  • 7.45 p.m.- Priti Patel - Manipuri
Jan. 7, 2010
  • 10.00 a.m.- Gayathri Balagurunathan - Bharatanatyam
  • 6.00 p.m.- Sujata Mahopatra - Odissi
  • 7.45 p.m.- Kalakshetra Troupe - dance presentation
Jan. 8, 2010
  • 10.00 a.m.- Purvadhanashree - Vilasini Natyam
  • 6.00 p.m.- Narthaki Nataraj - Bharatanatyam
  • 7.45 p.m.- Melattur Bhagavatha Mela
Jan. 9, 2010
  • 10.00 a.m.- Lavanya Ananth - Bharatanatyam
  • 6.00 p.m.- Dominique Delorme - Bharatanatyam
  • 7.45 p.m.- Sharmila Biswas - Odissi



November 29, 2009

A conversation to archive

Sampradaya, a non-commercial organisation which documents and archives the South Indian music traditions has been around for more than three decades now.

Now, it aims to bring the documentation process open to public. The interaction with senior musicians are now held in public halls where the rasikas get to pose their questions to the artistes about the rich musical traditions they have been practising for long. The entire session is
videographed and archived simultaneously.

'Samvada'- an open discussion series began with conversations between Sri. R.K. Srikantan and Sri. N.Ravikiran in August 2009. Following this, other sessions with mridangam maestro Sri.T.K. Murthy and Sri Palghat T.R. Rajamani was held. Third in the series was between Vina Vidushi Smt. Kalpakam Swaminathan and vocalist Smt. Suguna Varadachari.

Early in the season, the recent session of 'Samvada' held on Nov. 27, 2009, featured the violin maestro Sri. M.S. Gopalakrishnan in conversation with Sri. Sriram Parasuram.

The septuagenarian violinist who can play both Carnatic and Hindustani style of music with equal accomplishment opened the session with two hallmark renderings of Parur style, of which the Nalinakanti kriti of Saint Thyagaraja stood out as it did decades ago.

B. Ganapathiraman on the mridangam was seen enjoying his accompaniment on that day. Then the maestro presented a piece in Hindustani style. He said, "You can say it is set in Misra Mand." His daughter, disciple and violinist Dr. Narmada added "This is one of the pieces that is sung like our post tani tukkadas, but in Hindustani." From slow pace to dhruth, it was a perfect Hindustani piece and the tabla player Dilip did add to the dash of the Hindustani style.

Sri Sriram Parasuram had his questions to ask about the Parur style and MSG's own additional contribution to the style. He did notice the shift of fingers differently and MSG said that Sri Parur Sundaram Iyer made the shift of the fingers from one string to the other easy by adopting a different fingering method.

He also explained how his father adjusted the violin birudai simultaneously bowing with the other hand to reach the lower octaves, during one of Pandit V.D. Paluskar's concerts.

The questions from the audience brought out the person in MSG.
To one of the questions "What would you like to mention about your contemporary violinists like Lalgudi, T.N. Krishnan...?" MSG responded spontaneously. "Nobody can beat Lalgudi in Layam. And T.N.Krishnan's music is 'sowkhyam'. Why should we leave out Kunnakudi - his was a different style too. But all are good music!"

"How do you see yourself as a rasika?" was a question, he left to his daughter to reply. Dr. Narmada said,"If in a concert, I did not play up to the standard of the vocalist, he expresses it clearly to me when I am back home. He applauds the vocalist wherever he or she performs well. He even calls up the radio station to appreciate the musician if he finds the performance very good!"

Talking about the practice patterns of Parur Style, he asked Dr. Narmada to demonstrate a few jantai varisais - eight jantais to 16, and 32 in a single bow.

MSG recollected his accompanying the stalwarts Ariyakudi, Chembai, Semmangudi, G.N.B, Madurai Mani Iyer and so on. "I have also accompanied many women vocalists like M.S., M.L.V and D.K.P.," he proudly declared!

To top it all, a question from Sri. Sriram Parasuram, on what MSG would like to convey to the younger generation, emanated. Here goes MSG's prescription -"If one practises what he is taught for a minimum of four hours a day (in today's busy world, it used to be more in our days) for five years continuously, he or she can become an 'ordinary' violinist to begin with!" (சொல்லிக் கொடுத்ததை ஒரு அஞ்சு வருஷத்துக்கு தினமும் நாலு மணி நேரமாவது சாதகம் பண்ணினால் ஒரு சாதாரண violinist ஆக வரலாம் )

To conclude MSG played a Ghana raga tanam, which bore the distinct stamp of the Parur style and reflected the seven decades of practising the art.


Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha launches its new website

Though there are about 15 major sabhas and 40 other smaller sabhas in Chennai, only a few of them go public internationally through their websites.
The Music Academy has improved the content and management of its website over the last two year.
Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha too has become net savvy. Their website gives information of hall availability apart from details of regular monthly programmes.
Kartik Fine Arts prefers to have it under the banner of Kutcheri Buzz.
The Govt. run Tamil Isai Sangam's website is all in Tamil.
Mudhra, Sri Rama Bhaktha Jana Samaj, Naadhabrahmam are others who have been updating their websites reasonably well.
Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha has recently revamped its website and launched it with the schedule of concerts for December Season 2009.

A few hyperlinks are yet to become operational. Still it was good time for the sabha to launch the website with its century old history and details of past events and photos.
Will the other sabhas follow so that the rasikas around the world will get to know what happens where and when, straight from the sabhas' mouths?



Kartik Fine Arts December Festival 2009

Kartik Fine Arts conducts its programmes at various venues in the city including a Tamil Isai festival at Anna Nagar.
Please double check the venues, before you plan your day.

The schedule:

Dec.1, 2009 - Tuesday
At Narada Gana Sabha - Sadguru Gnanananda Hall
  • 6.00 p.m.- Inauguration
  • 7.30 pm.- Krishna Leela Tharangini - Sri Rama Nataka Niketan of Secundrabad (Dance presenation)
Dec.2, 2009 - Wednesday
At Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.- Ranjani Hebbar (Vocal), G. Venkatasubramaniam (Violin), Erode Nagarajan (Mridangam), Nerkunam S. Manikandan (Kanjira)
  • 12.15 p.m.-Cuddalore Janani (Vocal), R. Sowmya (Violin), K. Parthasarathy (Mridangam)
  • 2.00 p.m.- Sriranjani Santhanagopalan (Vocal), M. Rajeev (Violin), Arjun Ganesh (Mridangam)
At Narada Gana Sabha - Sadguru Gnanananda Hall
  • 5.00 p.m.- Drama - 1000 Udhai Vangiya Apoorva Sigamani by S. VE. Shekhar
  • 6.45 p.m.- S. Sowmya (Vocal), Embar S. Kannan (Violin), Neyveli R. Narayanan (Mridangam)
Dec.3, 2009 - Thursday
At Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m. - Jayanthi Sridharan (Vocal), Mannarkudi Srinivasan (Violin), Mudhra Bhaskar (Mridangam), N. Narasimhan (Kanjira)
  • 12.15 p.m.- R. Rajiv (Violin), R. Rajesh (Mridangam), Calcutta Kartik (Ghatam)
  • 2.00 p.m.- Maharajapuram Ganesh Viswanathan (Vocal), B. Ananthakrishnan (Violin), B. Sivaraman (Mridangam)
At Narada Gana Sabha - Sadguru Gnanananda Hall
  • 4.30 p.m.- Violin Duet by A. Kanyakumari & Embar S. Kannan, Patri Satishkumar (Mridangam), B.S. Purushotham (Kanjira)
  • 6.45 p.m.- Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant (Dance Ballet)
Dec.4, 2009 - Friday
At Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.- Chinmaya Sisters (Vocal), Usha Rajagopalan (Violin), Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (Mridangam), Papanasam Sethuraman (Kanjira)
  • 12.15 p.m.- Vidya Srinivasan (Vocal), S. Kamakshi (Violin), J. Arvind (Mridangam)
  • 2.00 p.m.- K. Bharath Sundar (Vocal), M. Vijay (Violin), Kumbakonam Swaminathan (Mridangam)
At Narada Gana Sabha - Sadguru Gnanananda Hall
  • 4.30 p.m.- Priya Sisters (Vocal), M.A. Krishnaswamy (Violin), Neyveli Skandasubramaniam (Mridangam), Shree Sundarkumar (Ghatam)
  • 6.45 p.m.- Thiruppavai - Dance Ballet by Anitha Guha
Dec.5, 2009 - Saturday
At Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.-Violin Duet by Akkarai Subhalakshmi & Akkarai Swarnalatha, Neyveli R. Narayanan (Mridangam), B.S. Purushotham (Kanjira)
  • 12.15 p.m.- R. Shridhar (Vocal), G. Suresh Kumar (Violin), R. Ramkumar (Mridangam)
  • 2.00 p.m.- Aiswarya Vidya Raghunath (Vocal), L. Ramakrishnan (Violin), Tanjore S. Balakrishnan (Mridangam)
At Narada Gana Sabha - Sadguru Gnanananda Hall
  • 4.30 p.m.- Sikkil Gurucharan (Vocal), Mysore V. Srikanth (Violin), Srimushnam Raja Rao (Mridangam), Trichy K. Murali (Ghatam)
  • 6.45 p.m.- P. Unnikrishnan (Vocal), R.K. Shriramkumar (Violin), Patri Satishkumar (Mridangam), V. Suresh (Ghatam)
Dec.6, 2009 - Sunday
At Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.- Sriram Parthasarathy (Vocal), Mysore V. Srikanth (Violin), J. Vaidhyanathan (Mridangam), K.V. Gopalakrishnan (Kanjira)
  • 12.15 p.m.- N.J. Nandhini (Vocal), C.V. Krishnasubramaniam (Violin), Madurai B. Sundar (Mridangam)
  • 2.00 p.m. - Subiksha Rangarajan (Vocal), Akkarai S. Swarnalatha (Violin), Thillaisthanam Suryanarayanan (Mridangam)
At Narada Gana Sabha - Sadguru Gnanananda Hall
  • 4.30 p.m.- Nithyasree Mahadevan (Vocal), B. Raghavendra Rao (Violin), Thiruvarur Vaidyanathan (Mridangam), Trichy K. Murali (Ghatam)
  • 6.45 p.m.- Malladi Brothers (Vocal), S. Varadarajan (Violin), K.V. Prasad (Mridangam), Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (Ghatam)
Dec.7, 2009 - Monday
At Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.- Prasanna Venkatraman (Vocal), H.N. Bhaskar (Violin), Trivandrum V. Balaji (Mridangam), Nanganallur S. Swaminathan (Ghatam)
  • 12.15 p.m.- Raghav Krishna (Vocal), S. Raghuram (Violin), Ammangudi S. Ramanarayanan (Mridangam)
  • 2.00 p.m. - Rithvik Raja (Vocal), Parur M.S. Ananthakrishnan (Violin), Palghat A.M. Harinarayanan (Mridangam)
At Narada Gana Sabha - Sadguru Gnanananda Hall
  • 4.30 p.m.- Gayathri Girish (Vocal), V. Sanjeev (Violin), Mannargudi Easwaran (Mridangam), B.S. Purushotham (Kanjira)
  • 6.45 p.m.- Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan (Vocal), M. Chandrasekaran (Violin), Vellore G. Ramabhadran (Mridangam)
Dec.8, 2009 - Tuesday
At Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.- Kunnakudy M. Balamuralikrishna (Vocal), Akkarai Subhalakshmi (Violin), Konerirajapuram Varadarajan (Mridangam), Nerkunam Sankar (Kanjira)
  • 12.15 p.m.- Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan (Vocal), Bombay Anand (Violin), Nellai Srikrishnan (Mridangam)
  • 2.00 p.m. - K. Dharini (Vocal), K.P. Nandini (Violin), Srivanchiam R. Sriram (Mridangam)
At Narada Gana Sabha - Sadguru Gnanananda Hall
  • 4.30 p.m.- Abhishek Raghuram (Vocal), Vittal Ramamurthy (Violin), Anand Anantharaman (Mridangam), H. Sivaramakrishnan (Ghatam)
  • 6.45 p.m.- T.M. Krishna (Vocal), H.K. Venkatraman (Violin), Poongulam Subramaniam (Mridangam), Dr. S. Karthick (Ghatam)
Dec.9, 2009 - Wednesday
At Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.- C. Sukanya (Vocal), Jayanti Keshav (Violin), H.R.J. Bhuvaraghavan (Mridangam)
  • 12.15 p.m.- J.B. Srutisagar (Flute), R. Gokulakrishnan (Violin), Thirupoonthuruthi Viswanathan (Mridangam)
  • 2.00 p.m. - Amrutha Venkatesh (Vocal), Bombay Anand (Violin), Arjun Ganesh (Mridangam)
At Narada Gana Sabha - Sadguru Gnanananda Hall
  • 4.30 p.m.- O.S. Arun (Vocal), Embar S. Kannan (Violin), Guruvayur Dorai (Mridangam), S.V. Ramani (Ghatam)
  • 6.45 p.m.- T.V. Sankaranarayanan (Vocal), T.K.V. Ramanujacharlu (Violin), Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman (Mridangam), Shree Sundarkumar (Ghatam)
Dec.10, 2009 - Thursday
At Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.- Ajay Numbudiri (Vocal), Ambika Prasad (Violin), Shertalai Ananthakrishnan (Mridangam), Udupi Srikanth (Ghatam)
  • 12.15 p.m.- Hyderabad N. Subbulakshmi (Vocal), S.K. Raghavasimha (Violin), Akshay Ram (Mridangam)
  • 2.00 p.m. - Savita Sreeram (Vocal), Mysore Srinivasamurthy (Violin), Uzhavoor K.Babu (Mridangam)
At Narada Gana Sabha - Sadguru Gnanananda Hall
  • 6.30 p.m.- K.J. Yesudas (Vocal), S.R. Mahadeva Sarma (Violin), K.V. Prasad (Mridangam), Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (Ghatam)
Dec.11, 2009 - Friday
At Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.- M. Kuldeep Pai (Vocal), T. Hemamalini (Violin), A.V. Manikandan (Mridangam), Udupi Srikanth (Kanjira)
  • 12.15 p.m.- G. Madhavan (Vocal), V. Sureshbabu (Violin), Paiyur Gopalakrishnan (Mridangam)
  • 2.00 p.m. - K. Satyanarayanan (Keyboard), Akkarai S. Swarnalatha (Violin), Manakkal Sriram (Mridangam)
At Narada Gana Sabha - Sadguru Gnanananda Hall
  • 4.30 p.m.- Visakha Hari (Harikatha)
  • 6.45 p.m.- Sudha Raghunathan (Vocal), B. Raghavendra Rao (Violin), Patri Satishkumar (Mridangam), R. Raman (Morsing)
Dec.12, 2009 - Saturday
At Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.- Shankar Ramani (Vocal), R. Satish Kumar (Violin), Thirukokarnam Krishnamoorthy (Mridangam), K.V.R.S. Mani (Kanjira)
At Narada Gana Sabha - Sadguru Gnanananda Hall
  • 10.30 a.m.- Chocolate Krishna - Drama by Crazy Mohan
At Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall
  • 12.15 p.m.- K.P. Nandini (Vocal), Sudha R.S. Iyer (Violin), B. Srivatsan (Mridangam)
  • 4.00 p.m. - G. Ravikiran (Vocal), S.P. Anantha Padmanabha (Violin), R. Sankaranarayanan (Mridangam)
Dec.13, 2009 - Sunday
At Kamaraj Memorial Hall, Anna Salai.
  • 6.30 p.m.- Sanjay Subrahmanyan (Vocal), Nagai Muralidharan (Violin), Guruvayur Dorai (Mridangam), T.V. Vasan (Ghatam)
Dec.14, 2009 - Monday
At Kamaraj Memorial Hall, Anna Salai.
  • 6.30 p.m.- Light Music by Lakshman Sruthi
Dec.15, 2009 - Tuesday
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.- Serugudi Sisters - Rema & Geetha (Vocal), Kovai S. Chandran (Violin), Kumbakonam K. Ramakrishnan (Mridangam), C.S. Venkataraman (Kanjira)
  • 12.15 p.m.- Radhika Muthukrishnan (Vocal), Dineshkumar (Violin), S. Harishkumar (Mridangam)
  • 2.00 p.m. - Sriram Kannan (Vocal), V. Sureshbabu (Violin), Paiyur Gopalakrishnan (Mridangam)
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan - Main Hall
  • 5.00 p.m.- Violin Duet by Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, Thiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam (Mridangam), E.M. Subramaniam (Ghatam)
  • 7.00 p.m.- Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan (Vocal), S.D. Sridhar (Violin), Neyveli R. Narayanan (Mridangam), B.S. Purushotham (Kanjira)
Dec.16, 2009 - Wednesday
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.- Varalakshmi Anandkumar (Vocal), Tiruvallur Parthasarathy (Violin), S. Venkatasubramaniam (Mridangam), J. Ramadoss (Kanjira)
  • 12.15 p.m.- Jayashree Vaidhyanathan (Vocal), Kamalakiran (Violin), Manikudi Chandrasekar (Mridangam)
  • 2.00 p.m. - Akshay Padmanabhan (Vocal), R. Raghul (Violin), Palayamkottai Guru Raghavendran (Mridangam)
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan - Main Hall
  • 5.00 p.m.- R. Prasanna (Guitar), Mannargudi Easwaran (Mridangam), Giridhar Uduppa (Ghatam)
  • 7.00 p.m.- Gurusmaranjali for Guru Adyar Lakshman - Roja Kannan's Group - Bharatanatyam
Dec.17, 2009 - Thursday
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.- Amruta Sankaranarayanan (Vocal), Padma Shankar (Violin), Melakaveri K. Balaji (Mridangam), Alathur T. Rajaganesh (Kanjira)
  • 12.15 p.m.- Mala Balashankar (Veena), B. Saishankar (Mridangam)
  • 2.00 p.m. - Yamini Ramesh (Vocal), Neela Jayakumar (Violin), V.R. Jayakumar (Mridangam)
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan - Main Hall
  • 5.00 p.m.- S. Saketharaman (Vocal), V.V. Ravi (Violin), Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman (Mridangam), Giridhar Uduppa (Ghatam)
  • 7.00 p.m.- Seerkazhi G. Sivachidambaram (Vocal) & Party
Dec.18, 2009 - Friday
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.- Salem Gayathri Venkatesan (Vocal), B. Ananthakrishnan (Violin), Nellai A. Balaji (Mridangam)
  • 12.15 p.m.- Uma Money (Vocal), Sri Vidhya R.S. Iyer (Violin), Trivandrum Hariharan (Mridangam)
  • 2.00 p.m. - M.R. Subramaniam (Vocal), Ambika Prasad (Violin), M.R. Srikrishnan (Mridangam)
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan - Main Hall
  • 5.00 p.m.- Nisha P. Rajagopal (Vocal), V. Sanjeev (Violin), Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (Mridangam), Anirudh Athreya (Kanjira)
  • 7.00 p.m.- Sriram Gangadharan (Vocal), H.N. Bhaskar (Violin), J. Vaidhyanathan (Mridangam), Pudukkottai Ramachandran (Ghatam)
Dec.19, 2009 - Saturday
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.- Shankari Krishnan (Vocal), Padma Shankar (Violin), B. Ganapathiraman (Mridangam), K.V. Gopalakrishnan (Kanjira)
  • 12.15 p.m.- Narayanan (Vocal), C.K. Vijayaraghavan (Violin), R. Raghunath (Mridangam)
  • 2.00 p.m. - Aditya Prakash (Vocal), Ganesh Kumar (Violin), Prasanna Karthikeyan (Mridangam)
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan - Main Hall
  • 5.00 p.m.- Gayathri Venkatraghavan (Vocal), Ranjani Ramakrishnan (Violin), B. Ganapathiraman (Mridangam), N. Guruprasad (Ghatam)
  • 7.00 p.m.- Priyadarshini Govind - Bharatanatyam
Dec.20, 2009 - Sunday
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.- S. Mahati (Vocal), Melakaveri K. Thiagarajan (Violin), R. Sankaranarayanan (Mridangam), Nerkunam Sankar (Kanjira)
  • 12.15 p.m.- H. Rathnaprabha (Vocal), V. Raghul Srinivasan (Violin), Bairav Chandrasekar (Mridangam)
  • 2.00 p.m. - Aparna Balaji (Vocal), S. Arunachala Karthik (Violin), Rajna Swaminathan (Mridangam)
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan - Main Hall
  • 5.00 p.m.- O.S. Thyagarajan (Vocal), S. Varadarajan (Violin), Karaikudi Mani (Mridangam), N. Amrit (Kanjira)
  • 7.00 p.m.- Shobana - Bharatanatyam
Dec.21, 2009 - Monday
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.- D.B. Ashwin (Vocal), Nishant Chandran (Violin), Aswin Sridharan (Mridangam), G. Harihara Sharma (Kanjira)
  • 12.15 p.m.- B. Bhargavi Ganesh (Vocal), Abhinav Ganesh (Violin), Abhinav Seetharaman (Mridangam)
  • 2.00 p.m. - S.R. Mytreyi (Vocal), Sri Vidhya R.S. Iyer (Violin), N.C. Bharadwaj (Mridangam)
At Valliammal College for Women, Anna Nagar West
  • 4.30 p.m.- Charulatha Mani (Vocal), Bombay Anand (Violin), Thillaisthanam Suryanarayanan (Mridangam)
  • 6.45 p.m.- N. Vijay Siva (Vocal), R.K. Shriramkumar (Violin), Neyveli B. Venkatesh (Mridangam)
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan - Main Hall
  • 5.00 p.m.- Geetha Rajasekhar (Vocal), M.A. Krishnaswamy (Violin), Delhi Sairam (Mridangam), H. Sivaramakrishnan (Ghatam)
  • 7.00 p.m.- Carnatica Brothers (Vocal), M.A. Sundaresan (Violin), Srimushnam Raja Rao (Mridangam), A.S. Krishnan (Morsing)
Dec.22, 2009 - Tuesday
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall
  • 5.00 p.m.-Violin Solo by Dr M. Narmada, Shertalai Ananthakrishnan (Mridangam), N. Guruprasad (Ghatam)
  • 7.00 p.m.- Aruna Ranganathan (Vocal), Kandadevi Vijayaraghavan (Violin), Nellai Balaji (Mridangam), Chandrasekara Sharma (Ghatam)
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan - Main Hall
  • 6.00 p.m.- Ambika Kameshwar (Dance Ballet)
  • 7.30 p.m.- Rajeswari Sainath - Bharatanatyam
Dec.23, 2009 - Wednesday
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall
  • 5.00 p.m.- Savita Narasimhan (Vocal), Charulatha Ramanujam (Violin), Delhi Sairam (Mridangam)
  • 7.00 p.m.- S.R. Veeraraghavan (Vocal), Karaikal Venkatasubramanian (Violin), N. Ramakrishnan (Mridangam)
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan - Main Hall
6.00 p.m.- Priya Venkatraman - Bharatanatyam
7.30 p.m.- Malavika Sarukka - Bharatanatyam

Dec.24, 2009 - Thursday
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall
  • 5.00 p.m.- V. Shankaranarayanan (Vocal), Padma Shankar (Violin), V.R. Jayakumar (Mridangam), Nanganallur S. Swaminathan (Ghatam)
  • 7.00 p.m.- Dr. Subashini Parthasarathy (Vocal), A.G.A. Gnanasundaram (Violin), A.S. Ranganathan (Mridangam), Papanasam Sethuraman (Kanjira)
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan - Main Hall
  • 6.00 p.m.- Sonal Mansingh (Odissi)
  • 7.30 p.m.- Urmila Sathyanarayana (Bharatanatyam)
Dec.25, 2009 - Friday
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan - Main Hall
  • 10.00 a.m.- Dr. N. Ramani & R. Thiagarajan (Flute), Mysore M. Manjunath (Violin), Chidambaram S. Balashankar (Mridangam), E.M. Subramaniam (Ghatam)
  • 6.00 p.m.- Lavanya Ananth (Bharatanatyam)
  • 7.30 p.m.- Rama Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam)
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall
  • 5.00 p.m.- Madurai R. Sundar (Vocal), Madurai Balasubramaniam (Violin), Tanjore S. Subramanian (Mridangam), A.S. Krishnan (Morsing)
  • 7.00 p.m.- T.V. Ramprasad (Vocal), Mullaivasal G. Chandramouli (Violin), Prapancham Ravindran (Mridangam), N. Rajaraman (Ghatam)

November 28, 2009

Newsletter from Chennai December Season

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Bhavan's Sangeeth Natya Utsav begins

It was a lazy evening on the East Mada Street on Nov.27, 2009. There was place to choose to park your vehicle near Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. A feature unusual to December season near venues of concerts.
Since Andrew Simkin, US Consul General was visiting the inaugural ceremony as Chief Guest, there was tight security at the entrance.
Bhavan's concerts are not ticketed and generally the auditorium gets houseful for concerts of popular artistes and there is a need for a CC TV outside the hall. Similar arrangements were done with the same expectation for the inaugural concert by Nithyasree Mahadevan.
Being a working day and the season yet to catch up to the daily routine of the rasikas, it was a lazy start.


The scene outside the hall at 6.45 p.m is here. Sesahampatti was elaborating Pantuvarali and 'Raghuvara nannu...' in his inimitable style inside the auditorium.

The festival is on till Dec.14, 2009 and admission is free for all concerts.
The complete schedule of concerts is here.


November 27, 2009

Tickets sale for Brahma Gana Sabha festival

The December Arts festival of Brahma Gana Sabha will be held from Dec. 3, 2009 to Jan. 17, 2010 at Sivagami Petachi Auditorium, M.CT.M. School campus, Luz Church Road, Mylapore.
Sale of season tickets is open from Nov. 27 and can be had personally from No.50, Alamelumangapuram, Mylapore.Contact phone no. 94444 44767.
Tickets can be also be purchased at http://www.ticketnew.com/BrahmaGanaSabha.aspx

Admission to concerts at 1 p.m, 2.15 p.m. and 3.45 p.m. are free. The evening concerts at 6.00 p.m. / 7 p.m. are ticketed.
Go here for the complete schedule of concerts.


Busy season at Narada Gana Sabha

The lobby at the Narada Gana Sabha auditorium sports this board.
Time rasikas booked their daily tickets in advance?




November 26, 2009

Naada Inbam - December Music Festival 2009

The brain child of an ardent connoisier of music - Sri. S.V.Krishnan, Naada Inbam hosts the best performers in the senior, junior and the talented younger artsites every year.
The venue Raga Sudha Hall was built under the personal supervision of SVK and he was decided on fitting good audio equipments.
This year's festival will be held from Dec. 10, 2009 to Jan. 7, 2010.
At Raga Sudha Hall, 85/2, Luz Avenue. Mylapore.Phone no. 2499 2672

Admission to the concerts is free except otherwise specified.

The schedule:

Dec. 10, 2009 - Thursday
5.45 p.m.- Inauguration
6.30 p.m.- V. Subrahmaniam and Palai Ramachandran - Vocal, R. K. Sriramkumar - Violin,
Mannargudi Easwaran - Mridangam, H. Sivaramakrishnan - Kanjira

Dec. 11, 2009 - Friday
4.00 p.m.- Raghav Krishna - Vocal, Mullaivasal Chandramouli - Violin, B. Ganapathiraman -
Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- Chengleput Ranganathan - T.K.V. ramanujacharlu - Violin, K.Arunprakash - Mridangam, Guruprasad - Ghatam

Dec. 12, 2009 - Saturday
2.00 p.m.- Krishna Ramanathan - Vocal, Neela Jayakumar - Violin, V.R. Jayakumar - Mridangam
4.00 p.m.- Vasumathi Desikan - Vocal, Sandhya Anand - Violin, R. Lavanya - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- Carnatica Brothers - K.N.Sasikiran, P.Ganesh - Vocal, B.U.Ganesh Prasad, B. Sivaraman - Mridangam, Madipakkam Murali - Ghatam

Dec. 13, 2009 - Sunday
10.00 a.m.- Gayathri Venkataraghavan - Vocal, Akkarai Subhalakshmi - Violin, Neyveli Narayanan - Mridangam, A.S.Sankar - Ghatam
4.00 p.m.- V. Bharat Kumar - Vocal, Ambika Prasad - Violin, Mannarkoil J,Balaji - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- C.R. Vaidhyanathan - Vocal, Mysore Srikanth - Violin, Harinarayanan - Mridangam,
Anirudh Athreya - Kanjira

Dec. 14, 2009 - Monday
4.00 p.m.- Akshay Padmanabhan - Vocal, Rahul - Violin, Vikram Vasudevan - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- Suguna Varadachari - Vocal, Padma Shankar - Violin, Mannarkoil Balaji - Mridangam

Dec. 15, 2009 - Tuesday
4.00 p.m.- Bhairavi & malavi - Vocal, S.P. Ananthapadmanabha - Violin, Delhi Sriram - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- *(Ticketed) Sanjay Subrahmanyan - Vocal, V.Sanjeev - Vocal, Thanjavur Ramdass - Mridangam

Dec.16, 2009 - Wednesday
4.00 p.m.- Aswin Anand - Veena, Charulatha Ramanujam - violin, Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar - Mridangam
6.15p.m.- Dr.N.Ramani - Flute, S. Varadarajan - Violin, Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan - Mridangam, T.V. Vasan - Ghatam

Dec.17, 2009 - Thursday
4.00 p.m.- S. Aravind - Vocal, A.G. Venkatasubramanian - Violin, Kumbakonam Ramakrishnan - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- Ritha Rajan - Vocal, V.V.S.Murari - Violin, Vellore Ramabhadran - Mridangam, Ramesh rinivasan - Ghatam

Dec. 18, 2009 - Friday
4.00 p.m.- Varalakshmi Anandakumar - Vocal, A.G. Venkatasubramanian - Violin, B. Sivaraman - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- Seetha Rajan - Vocal, Mullaivasal Chandramouli - Violin, Patri Satishkumar - Mridangam, B.S.Purushotham - Kanjira

Dec. 19, 2009 - Saturday
10.00 a.m.- G.Madhavan - Vocal, Usha Rajagopal - Violin, Sherthalai Ananthakrishnan - Mridangam
4.00 p.m.- Sharanya Krishnan - Vocal, Karaikkal Venkatasubramanian - Violin, Ramkumar - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- T.K. Ramachandran - Vocal, B.Ananthakrishnan - Violin, Arjun Ganesh - Mridangam

Dec. 20, 2009 - Sunday
10.00 a.m.- Bhargavi Ganesh - Vocal, Srividya R.S.Iyer - Violin, Thillaisthanam Suryanarayanan - Mridangam
4.00 p.m.- Prarthana Sai Narasimhan - Vocal, Bombay Anand - Violin, Erode Nagarajan - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- T.K.Govinda Rao - Vocal, V.V.Ravi - Violin, Srimushnam Raja Rao - Mridangam, Tirupunithura Radhakrishnan - Ghatam

Dec. 21, 2009 - Monday
10.00 a.m.- Cleveland Aradhana Committee programme
4.00 p.m.- Vidhya Kalyanaraman - Vocal, Bombay Anand - Violin, Harinarayanan - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- B. Balasubramanian - Vocal, V.V.S.Murari - Violin, Trichur Narendran - Mridangam

Dec.22, 2009 - Tuesday
10.00 a.m.- Cleveland Aradhana Committee programme
4.00 p.m.- Bharat Sundar - Vocal, K.P.Nandini - Violin, Trivandrum Balaji - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- V.V.Subramaniam, V.V.S. Murari and Sunitha Shankar - Violin Trio, Guruvayur Dorai - Mridangam, Vaikom Gopalakrishnan - Ghatam

Dec.23, 2009 - Wednesday
10.00 a.m.- Cleveland Aradhana Committee programme
4.00 p.m.- Guruvayur Dr. manikantan - Vocal, Karaikkal Venkatasubramanian - Violin, Shankaranarayanan - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- Suguna Purushothaman - Vocal, B.U.Ganesh Prasad - Violin, Thanjavur Kumar - Mridangam

Dec.24, 2009 - Thursday
10.00 a.m.- Cleveland Aradhana Committee programme
4.00 p.m.- Bharathi Ramasubban - Vocal, Amritha Murali - Violin, Arjun Ganesh - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- R. Vedavalli - Vocal, R.K.Sriramkumar - Violin, Neyveli Narayanan - Mridangam

Dec.25, 2009 - Friday
10.00 a.m.- Parassala Ponnammal - Vocal, Vittal Ramamurthy - Violin, Madirimangalam Swaminathan - Mridangam
2.00 p.m.- Vijay Narayanan - Vocal, K.P.Nandini - Violin, Guru Bharadwaj - Mridangam
4.00 p.m.- Ranjith Varier - Vocal, Charulatha Ramanujam - Violin, Kumaranallur Rajamani - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- Jayalakshmi Santhanam - Vocal, Ranjani Ramakrishnan Arun - Violin, Erode Nagaraj - Mridangam, Guruprasad - Ghatam, Nerknam Shankar - Kanjira

Dec.26, 2009 - Saturday
10.00 a.m.- Jayashri and Jayaraj - Veena, T.K.Ramakrishnan - mridangam, N.Govindarajan - Ghatam
2.00 p.m.- Vibhav Mouli - Vocal, S.P.Ananthapadmanabha - Violin, Neyveli Ramkumar - Mridangam
4.00 p.m.- V.K. Arun Kumar - Vocal, Akkarai Swarnalatha - Violin, Arjun Ganesh - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- Trivandrum Venkataraman - Veena, V. Kamalakara Rao - Mridangam, Tirupunithura Radhakrishnan - Ghatam

Dec.27, 2009 - Sunday
10.00 a.m.- Kalpakam Swaminathan - Veena, Umayalpuram Mali - Mridangam
2.00 p.m.- Keshav Raghavn and Govind Raghavn - Violin duet, B. Srivatsan - Mridangam
4.00 p.m.- Nanditha Ravi - Vocal, Ranjani Ramakrishnan Arun - Violin, B. Sivaraman - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- T.N.Krishnan, Viji Krishnan Natarajan - Violin, Guruvayur Dorai - Mridangam, Vaikom Gopalakrishnan - Ghatam

Dec.28, 2009 - Monday
10.00 a.m.- Ramya Madhavan - Veena, Thillaisthanam Suryanarayanan - Mridangam
4.00 p.m.- Varaki Wijayaraj - Vocal, Kamalkiran Vinjamuri - Violin, Abhinav Seetharaman -
Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- Iyer Brothers - Ramnath Iyer & Gopinath Iyer - Veena, B. Ganapathiraman - Mridangam, Madipakkam Murali - Suresh

Dec.29, 2009 - Tuesday
10.00 a.m.- Arthi Suresh & Shyamala Ramakrishna - Vocal, Karaikkal Venkatasubramanian - Violin, B. Sivaraman - Mridangam
4.00 p.m.- S.R.Maithreyi - Vocal, Srividya R.S.Iyer - Violin, P.K.Babu - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- Rama Ravi - Vocal, M.A.Krishnaswami - Violin, K. Arun Prakash - Mridangam

Dec.30, 2009 - Wednesday
10.00 a.m.-B.N. Chinmayee - Vocal, Amritha Murali - Violin, B.Ganapathiraman - Mridangam
4.00 p.m.- Deepti Schroff - Vocal, Neela Jayakumar - Violin, V.R. Jayakumar - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- Lakshmi Rangarajan - Vocal, Dr.R.Hemalatha - Violin, Shertalai Ananthakrishnan - Mridangam

Dec.31, 2009 - Thursday
4.00 p.m.- Rajeswari Satish - Vocal, Usha Rajagopalan - Violin, Suresh Ramachandran - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- Sumitra Vasudevan - Vocal, Ranjani Ramakrishnan - Violin, Trivandrum V.Balaji - Mridangam

Jan. 1, 2010 - Friday
4.00 p.m.- K.P. Nandini - Vocal, Trivandrum S.R.Rajasree - Violin, Akshay Ananthapadmanabhan - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- Prasanna Venkatraman - Vocal, Charumathi Raghuraman - Violin, K.Arunprakash - Mridangam

Jan.2, 2010 - Saturday
10.00 a.m.- Nirmala Rajasekar - Veena, Ambika Prasad - Violin, V.Srinivasan - Mridangam
4.00 p.m.- Ramakrishnan Murthy - Vocal, K.P.Nandini - Violin, Rajna Swaminathan - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- Amrutha Venkatesh - Vocal, Charulatha Ramanujam - Violin, Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar - Mridangam

Jan.3, 2010 - Sunday
10.00 a.m.- Dhanadevi Mitradeva - Veena, Mannargudi Easwaran - Mridangam, N.Govindarajan - Ghatam
4.00 p.m.- J.B.Srutisagar - Vocal, M.Rajeev - Violin, Rajna Swaminathan - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- Amritha Murali - Vocal, Dr.R.Hemalatha - Violin, N.Manoj Siva - Mridangam

Jan.5, 2010 - Tuesday
4.00 p.m.- Ananya Ashok - Vocal, T.Hemamalini - Violin, Kumbakonam Swaminathan - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- Sathur Sisters - Vocal, S.P.Anantha Padmanabha - Violin, Melakaveri K.Balaji - Mridangam

Jan. 6, 2010 - Wednesday
4.00 p.m.- Iyer Sisters - R.S. Sudha & R.S. Srividya - Vocal, M.Vijay - Violin, S.Harishkumar - Mridangam
6.15 p.m.- Mangalam Sankar - Vocal, Padma Shankar - Violin, Nellai A.Balaji - Mridangam

Jan.7, 2010 - Thursday
6.15 p.m.- Vaikom Jayachandran - Vocal, V.V.Ravi - Violin, Kumaranallur Rajamani - Mridangam


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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan - Sangeeth and Naatya Utsav, 2009

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Kendra is conducting its Annual Sangeeth and Naatya Utsav, 2009 from Nov. 27, 2009 to Dec.14, 2009.
The Festival will be inaugurated by Mr. Andrew T. Simkin, Consul General of the United States of America. Sri T.S. Krishna Murthy, Chairman, Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra presides over the function. Sri V. Jagannathan, (CMD, Star Health Insurance), Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti and Ms. Leela Samsun, (Director,Kalaksetra) participate.

The entry for all the programmes are free.

Venue : Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, East Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai

The schedule of music and dance concerts is given below. The organiseres have not specified the details of accompaniments in the programme list. Please refer to the daily newspaper advertisement in The Hindu and other newspapers for the same.

Nov. 27, 2009 - Friday
  • 5.00 p.m. - Seshampatti Sivalingam (Nadaswaram)
  • 6.45 p.m. - Nithyasree Mahadevan (Vocal)
Nov. 28, 2009 - Saturday
  • 5.00 p.m. - Sikkil Gurucharan (Vocal)
  • 6.45 p.m. - Priya Sisters (Vocal)
Nov. 29, 2009 - Sunday
  • 10.00 a.m. - Ramjhi's Isai Mazhalai Group - Sastriyamum Cinemavum
  • 4.25 p.m. - B. Kannan (Veena)
  • 6.15 p.m. - Sudha Raghunathan (Vocal)
Nov. 30, 2009 - Monday
  • 5.00 p.m. - Chinmaya Sisters (Vocal)
  • 6.15 p.m. - Kadri Gopalnath (Saxaphone)
Dec. 1, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 5.00 p.m. - Mambalam Sisters (Vocal)
  • 7.00 p.m. - P. Unnikrishnan (Vocal)
Dec. 2, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 5.00 p.m. - S. Mahati (Vocal)
  • 6.30 p.m. - Anuradha Sriram & Sriram Parasuram (Jugalbandhi)
Dec. 3, 2009 - Thursday
  • 5.00 p.m. - Sangeetha Sivakumar (Vocal)
  • 6.45 p.m. - Gayathri Venkataraghavan (Vocal)
Dec. 4, 2009 - Friday
  • 5.00 p.m. - Geetha Rajasekhar
  • 6.45 p.m. - Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan (Vocal)
Dec.5, 2009 - Saturday
  • 5.00 p.m. - Geetha Krishnamurthy (Veena)
  • 7.00 p.m. - O.S. Arun (Bhajan Sandhya)
Dec. 6, 2009 - Sunday
  • 10.00 - 'Ghatam' Karthic's HeArtbeat' Ensemble
  • 4.25 p.m. - Dr. M. Narmada (Violin)
  • 6.30 p.m. - T.V. Sankaranarayanan (Vocal)
Dec. 7, 2009 - Monday
  • 5.00 p.m. - Isai Payanam - Charulatha Mani
  • 7.00 p.m. - Rajesh Vaidhya (Veena)
Dec. 8, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 5.00 p.m. - Kaaraikudi Mani presents 'Shanmukha' Ensemble
  • 6.45 p.m. - Pantula Rama - Vocal
Dec. 9, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 5.00 p.m. - Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam (Vocal)
  • 6.45 p.m. - Ganesh & Kumaresh (Violin)
Dec. 10, 2009 - Thursday
  • 5.00 p.m. - S.R. Veeraraghavan (Vocal)
  • 6.45 p.m. - R. Prasanna (Guitar)
Dec.11, 2009 - Friday
  • 5.00 p.m. - Kanyakumari (Violin)
  • 6.30 p.m. - Keiko Watanbe (Kuchipudi)
  • 7.30 p.m. - Kalapradarshini presents thematic Bharatanatyam performance
Dec.12, 2009 - Saturday
  • 5.00 p.m. - Anjan Saha (Sitar)
  • 6.00 p.m. - Kaberi Sen (Odissi)
  • 7.15 p.m. - Rajeshwari Sainath & Troupe - Bharatanatyam
Dec.13, 2009 - Sunday
  • 10.00 a.m. - Disciples of Ranganayaki Jayaraman - Bharatanatyam
  • 4.25 p.m. - Karthik Raju - Vocal
  • 6.00 p.m. - Divya Kasturi (Kathak)
  • 7.15 p.m. - Krishnakumari Narendran's Troupe - Bharatanatyam
Dec.14, 2009 - Monday
  • 5.00 p.m. - Aruna Ranganathan (Vocal)
  • 6.30 p.m. - Vipina Ramachandran (Mohiniattam)
  • 7.30 p.m. - Roja Kannan & Troupe (Bharatanatyam)
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Shanthi Fine Arts & Endowments (SAFE)

The annual December Festival is held from Dec. 8, 2009 to Dec. 17 this year.

The venue is Srinivasa Sastri Hall, (which is now an air-conditioned hall) on Luz Church Road, Mylapore.

The schedule of concerts:

Dec. 8, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 6.00 p.m. - Inauguration
  • 6.30 p.m. - Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi (Violin), Srimushnam Raja Rao (Mridangam), K.V. Gopalakrishnan (Kanjira)
Dec.9, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 4.30 p.m. - Usha Padmanabhan (Vocal), Melakaveri Thiagarajan (Violin), Trivandrum R. Vaidyanathan (Mridangam)
  • 6.30 p.m. - Sriram Gangadharan (Vocal), B.U. Ganesh Prasad (Violin), Poongulam Subramaniam (Mridangam), Srirangam Kannan (Morsing)
Dec.10, 2009 - Thursday
  • 4.30 p.m. - Trichur Brothers - Srikrishna Mohan & Ramkumar Mohan (Vocal), M.A. Krishnaswamy (Violin), Trichur R. Mohan (Mridangam), Anirudh Athreya (Kanjira)
  • 6.30 p.m. - Jayalakshmi Santhanam (Vocal), Vittal Ramamurthy (Violin), Nellai Balaji (Mridangam)
Dec.11, 2009 - Friday
  • 4.30 p.m. - S. Mahati (Vocal), Neela Jayakumar (Violin), V.R. Jayakumar (Mridangam)
  • 6.30 p.m. - Mysore R.A. Ramamani (Vocal), Dr. R. Hemalatha (Violin), Tanjore Kumar (Mridangam), Papanasam Sethuraman (Kanjira)
Dec.12, 2009 - Saturday
  • 3.00 p.m. - Kanaka Durga (Vocal), Kalyani Shankar (Violin), S.J. Arjun Ganesh (Mridangam)
  • 4.30 p.m. - Sangeetha Swaminathan (Vocal), Padma Shankar (Violin), Babu Rajasekar (Mridangam), Nerkunam Sankar (Kanjira)
  • 6.30 p.m. - Ranjani Hebbar (Vocal), V.V. Srinivasa Rao (Violin), Melakaveri Balaji (Mridangam), Chandrasekara Sharma (Ghatam)
Dec.13, 2009 - Sunday
  • 3.00 p.m. - Aishwarya Venkatraman (Violin), Vellore G. Ramabhadran (Mridangam), Vinod Venkatraman (Kanjira)
  • 4.30 p.m. - Aruna Ranganathan (Vocal), S.P. Anantha Padmanabha (Violin), Radhakrishnan (Mridangam), H. Sivaramakrishnan (Ghatam)
  • 6.30 p.m. - Kunnakudy M. Balamuralikrishna (Vocal), M.A. Sundaresan (Violin), Prapancham Ravindran (Mridangam), H. Sivaramakrishnan (Ghatam)
Dec.14, 2009 - Monday
  • 4.30 p.m. - Jayamangala Krishnamani (Vocal), T. Hemamalini (Violin), Thirukokarnam Krishnamoorthy (Mridangam)
  • 6.30 p.m. - Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar (Flute), Neyveli Narayanan (Mridangam), Trichy K. Murali (Ghatam), Srirangam Kannan (Morsing)
Dec.15, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 4.30 p.m. - M.S.N. Murthy (Vocal), Dr. Panthula Rama (Violin), Kumbakonam K. Ramakrishnan (Mrdangam), G. Harihara Sharma (Kanjira)
  • 6.30 p.m. - Gayathri Venkatraghavan (Vocal), V.V.S. Murari (Violin), Umayalpuram Mali (Mridangam), N. Guruprasad (Ghatam)
Dec.16, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 4.30 p.m. - Dr. Ushalakshmi (Vocal), Srilakshmi Venkataramani (Violin), Manakkal Sriram (Mridangam)
  • 6.30 p.m. - Dr. Panthula Rama (Vocal), M.S.N. Murthy (Violin), Neyveli Narayanan (Mridangam), Madipakkam Murali (Ghatam)
Dec.17, 2009 - Thursday
  • 4.30 p.m. - Shankari Krishnan (Vocal), Kalyani Shankar (Violin), Kumbakonam K. Ramakrishnan (Mridangam), Chandrasekara Sharma (Ghatam)
  • 6.30 p.m. - Vasundhara Rajagopal (Vocal), Usha Rajagopalan (Violin), Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (Mridangam), A.S. Krishnan (Morsing)
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Prabhata Sangeetham - 2009 -10

A family of music rasikas host a series of early morning music hour at their home in Luz area in Mylapore. The Venkataramans host the series calling it by the name 'Prabhata Sangeetham'.
These are not really set in concert pattern. Generally the musicians perform solo without any accompaniments. Only traditional 'vilakku's (oil lamps) are used in the hall and with just a sruti box or a tambura, the music floats around and spreads bhakthi or devotion.
The series s co-ordinated by vocalist Delhi Muthukumar.

The venue is : G/A, Saraswathi Apartments, 14/2 , Luz Avenue 2nd Street, Mylapore.

Time: 5.30 a.m to 6.30 a.m

The dates and artistes performing this year:
(Unless specified otherwise these are vocal music presentations)

Dec. 25, 2009 - Friday : O. S. Thiagarajan
Dec. 26, 2009 - Saturday : Delhi P. Sunderajan - Violin Solo
Dec. 27, 2009 - Sunday : K. Gayatri
Dec. 28, 2009 - Monday : Ramakrishnamurthy
Dec. 29, 2009 - Tuesday : Abhishek Raghuram
Dec. 30, 2009 - Wednesday : Kunnakudi Balamuralikrishna
Dec. 31, 2009 - Thursday :Lalitha Sahasranama Akhanda Parayanam
Jan. 1, 2010 - Friday : Delhi V. Muthukumar
Jan. 2, 2010 - Saturday : Amrita Murali
Jan. 3, 2010 - Sunday : Carnatica Brothers-K.N.Shashikiran and P.Ganesh
Jan. 4, 2010 - Monday : Rithvik Raja
Jan. 5, 2010 - Tuesday : Keerthana & Karthika (Disciples of Bombay Jayashree)
Jan. 6, 2010 - Wednesday : Savitha Narasimhan
Jan. 7, 2010 - Thursday : Jayanthi Kumaresh (Veena) – Neyveli Narayanan (Mridangam)
Jan. 8, 2010 - Friday : S. Malavika
Jan. 9, 2010 - Saturday : Usha Rajagopal (Violin Solo)
Jan. 10, 2010 - Sunday : To be announced
Jan. 11, 2010 - Monday : Prasanna Ramaswamy (Chitraveena)
Jan. 12, 2010 - Tuesday : Palghat K. L. Sreeram
Jan, 13, 2010 - Wednesday : Bharathi Ramasubban
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Mudhra Fine Arts Festival 2009 -10

The musician couple 'Mudhra' Bhaskar and Radha Bhaskar run a magazine 'Samudhra' and an annual fine arts festival during the December Season.
At Infosys Hall, Ramakrishna Mission School, 71, Bazullah Road, T.Nagar.
This place has a large parking area and the hall had reasonably good acoustics.

The schedule of concerts of this year's festival:

Dec. 9, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 6.00 p.m. - Inauguration
  • 7.00 p.m. - T.N.S.Krishna - Vocal, Mysore Srikanth -Violin, Trichur Narendran – Mridangam, K.V.Gopalakrishnan – Kanjira
Dec. 10, 2009 - Thursday
  • 6.15 p.m. - Kalyanapuram R.Aravamudhachariar - Harikatha : Krishna Leela, Dr.Hemalatha – Violin, A.S.Ranganathan – Mridangam
Dec.11, 2009 - Friday
  • 6.15 p.m. - Kalyanapuram R.Aravamudhachariar - Harikatha : Soodikodutha Sudarkodi, Vittal Ramamurthy – Violin, Melakkaveri Balaji – Mridangam
Dec.12, 2009 - Saturday
  • 6.15 p.m. - Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan – Vocal, M. Chandrasekaran – Violin, Guruvayur Dorai – Mridangam, T.V.Vasan – Ghatam
Dec. 13, 2009 - Sunday
  • 6.15 p.m. - Neyveli Santhanagopalan – Vocal, V.V.Ravi – Violin, Mannargudi Easwaran – Mridangam, Udupi Sridhar - Ghatam, Nerkunam Sankar - Kanjira
Dec. 14, 2009 - Monday
  • 6.15 p.m. - Priya Sisters – Vocal, M.A.Krishnaswamy -Violin, Parupalli Phalgun - Mridangam, S.V.Ramani - Ghatam
Dec. 15, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 6.15 p.m. - Namasankeerthanam by Udayalur Kalyanarama Bhagavathar
Dec. 16, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 6.15 p.m. - Naadha Pravaaham - V.V.Subrahmanyam, V.V.Ravi, Mullaivasal G.Chandramouli, V.V.S.Murari, B.U.Ganash Prasad & Sunita – (Six Violin), Guruvayur Dorai – Mridangam, Thiupunitura Radhakrishnan – Ghatam, Srirangam Kannan – Morsing
Dec. 17, 2009 - Thursday
  • 6.15 p.m. - Kadalur Gopi Bhagavathar - Sri Panduranga Leelai - Sampradaya Bhajanai
Dec. 18, 2009 - Friday
  • 6.15 p.m. - Karnatic-Hindustani Jugalbandi - Lalgudi G.J.R.Krishnan (Violin) & Balesh (Shenai) Mannargudi Easwaran – Mridangam, Ravindra Havagal - Tabla
Dec. 19, 2009 - Saturday
Talent Promotion Thematic Concerts
  • 9 a.m. : Theme –Muthuswami Dikshitar Kritis on Lord Siva by Revathy Kumar – Vocal, Hosahalli V.Raghuram – Violin, Ethirajan – Mridangam
  • 10.15 a.m : Theme – Thamizh Moovar by V. Pradeep Kumar – Vocal, K.J.Dileep – Violin, N.C.Bharadwaj – Mridangam
  • 11.30 a.m. : Theme - Compositions of GNB by V.Deepika – Vocal, S.P.Ananthapadmanabha - Violin, Arjun Ganesh - Mridangam
  • 12.45 p.m. :Theme – Papanasam Sivan’s Compositions byBrinda Manickavasakam – Vocal, U.N.Niranjan - Violin, Varun Ramaswamy - Mridangam
  • 2.00 p.m.: Theme - Ragam Tanam Pallavi by K.P.Nandini – Vocal, H.V.Raghuram – Violin, Thalaignayiru Harish Kumar - Mridangam
  • 3.15 p.m. : Theme - Tharangams of Narayanatheerthar by R.Swathi – Vocal, Parur M.S. Ananthakrishnan - Violin, Nanganallur Vignesh - Mridangam
Dec. 19, 2009 - Saturday
  • 6.15 p.m. - Anooradha Sriram – Vocal, V.V.Srinivasa Rao – Violin, Arjun Kumar – Mridangam
Dec. 20, 2009 - Sunday
Talent Promotion Thematic Concerts
  • 9.00 a.m. : Theme – Compositions on Devi by K.Subhiksha – Vocal, Sundeep Bharadwaj – Violin, Guru Raghavendra - Mridangam
  • 10.15 a.m : Theme – Compostions of Mysore Vasudevachar byV.Bharat Kumar - Vocal, K.Rahul - Violin, Uzhavoor K.Babu – Mridangam
  • 11.30 a.m. : Theme – Compositions on Lord Rama by Chaitrra Sairam - Vocal, M.Rajeev – Violin, Kumbakonam Swaminathan – Mridangam
  • 12.45 p.m : Theme – Compositions of Thyagaraja by Rahul Narayanan - Vocal, Sudha R.S.Iyer – Violin, Thirucheri Kaushik Rajagopal – Mridangam
  • 2.00 p.m. : Theme – One Raga One Kriti by Aditya Prakash - Vocal, Akkarai Swarnalatha – Violin, Arthavan Selvanathan – Mridangam
  • 3.15 p.m. : Theme – V.Sree Chitra – Vocal, Villiwakkam Raghuraman – Violin, Thillaisthanam Suryanarayanan – Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. - Drama – Oru Koodai Pasam, Written & Directed by K. Balachander
Dec. 21, 2009 - Monday
  • 6.15 p.m. - Vadhya Tarangini by V.L.Kumar – Electric Violin, Allam Durgaprasad - Athichitra Vina, Thiruvarur Swaminathan – Flute, Mudhra Bhaskar - Mridangam, N.Sundar – Tabla, Pudukkottai Ramachandran - Ghatam
Dec. 22, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 6.15 p.m. - Amudhum Thenum thematic vocal concert by R.Suryaprakash
Dec. 23, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 6.15 p.m. - Varakari Sampradaya Harikeerthan by Sri Tukkaram Ganapathy Maharaj
Dec. 24, 2009 - Thursday
  • 6.15 p.m. - Thematic Concert by Dr.Radha Bhaskar with Bharat Sundar, Vidhya Kalyanaraman, Dharini, Sreyus Naranun: Melakkaveri Thiagarajan – Violin, Delhi Sairam- Mridangam, H. Sivaramakrishnan - Ghatam
Dec. 25, 2009 - Friday
  • 10.00 a.m. MEGA QUIZ on Music, Dance, Drama & Cinema
  • 6.15 p.m. - O.S. Thiagarajan – Vocal, T.H.Subramaniam – Violin,Dr.Trichy Sankaran – Mridangam, V. Suresh – Ghatam
Dec. 26th & 27th Saturday & Sunday
  • 9 to 4 p.m. - Music Appreciation Programme
Dec. 26, 2009 - Saturday
  • 6.15 p.m. - Kadri Gopalnath – Saxaphone, A. Kanyakumari – Violin, Patri Satishkumar – Mridangam, Udayraj Karpur – Tabla, Bangalore Rajasekhar - Morsing
Dec. 27, 2009 - Sunday
  • 4.00 p.m. - Bhargavi Ganesh(USA) - Vocal, Abhinav Ganesh – Violin, Naveen Basavanhally- Mridangam
  • 6.15 p.m. - O.S. Arun – Vocal, Mullaivasal G.Chandramouli – Violin, A.V. Manikandan – Mridangam, Ganapathy & Kiran -Tabla, Kalai Selvan - Talam
Dec. 28, 2009 - Monday
  • 6.15 p.m. - Malladi Brothers (Sriram Kumar & Ravi Kumar) – Vocal, Mysore Manjunath – Violin, Umayalpuram Sivaraman – Mridangam, Dr. S. Karthick - Ghatam
Dec. 29, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 5.00 p.m. - B.Kannan – Veena, Bombay V.Anand – Violin, Prapancham Ravindran- Mridangam, Krishna - Ghatam, N.Sundar - Moharsing
  • 7.00 p.m.- Y.Gee.Mahendra’s Drama - Vietnam Veedu
Dec. 30, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 6.15 p.m. - Karnatic – Hindustani Jugalbandi -Violin & Voice Concert by Sriram Parasuram
Dec. 31, 2009 - Thursday
  • 6.15 p.m.- Sikkil Gurucharan – Vocal, R.K.Shriramkumar – Violin, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman – Mridangam, B.S.Purushothaman – Ghatam
Jan. 1, 2010 - Friday
  • 9.30 a.m. - T.N.Krishnan & Viji Krishnan Natarajan –Violin Duet, Thiruvarur Bakthavatsalam – Mridangam, Vaikom Gopalakrishnan – Ghatam
  • 6.45 p.m. - United Visuals presents TV Varadharajen, IPL Kudumbam - drama by Chandramohan
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The Mylapore Fine Arts Dance Festival - 2009

A dance festival is hosted by the Mylapore Fine Arts Club every year before the annual music festival.
It is held at the Club's auditorium on Musiri Subramaniam Salai (Oliver Road), Mylapore.

The Schedule of 2009 festival :

Dec. 1, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 5.45 p.m. - Vani Nagarajan - Disciple of Guru K.J. Sarasa - Bharatanatyam
  • 7.15 p.m. - Srinidhi Sundar - Disciple of Guru K.J. Sarasa - Bharatanatyam
Dec. 2, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 5.45 p.m. - Vanishree Ravishankar - Disciple of Guru Savithri Jagannatha Rao - Bharatanatyam
  • 7.15 p.m. - Sumana Santhanam - Disciple of Guru K.J. Sarasa - Bharatanatyam
Dec. 3, 2009 - Thursday
  • 5.45 p.m. - V.S. Lavanya - Bharatanatyam
  • 7.15 p.m. - Shylaja Ramji - Disciple of Sudharani Raghupathy - Bharatanatyam
Dec. 4, 2009 - Friday
  • 5.45 p.m. - Sarayu Sai - Disciple of Chitra Visweswaran - Bharatanatyam
  • 7.15 p.m. - Archana Narayanamurthy - Disciple of Pandanallur Pandian - Bharatanatyam
Dec. 6, 2009 - Sunday
  • 5.45 p.m. - Janaki Ganesh - Disciple of Jayanthi Subramaniam - Bharatanatyam
  • 7.15 p.m. - Aishwarya Narayanaswamy - Disciple of Anita Guha - Bharatanatyam
Dec. 7, 2009 - Monday
  • 5.45 p.m. - Emi Mayuri - Disciple of Udipi Lakshminarayan - Bharatanatyam
  • 7.15 p.m. - Shradha Balu - Disciple of Srekala Bharat - Bharatanatyam
Dec. 8, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 5.45 p.m. - Pavitra Bhatt - Disciple of Deepak Majumdar - Bharatanatyam
  • 7.15 p.m. - Lavanya Shankar - Disciple of Guru: K. J. Sarasa - Bharatanatyam
Dec. 9, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 5.45 p.m. - Jai Quaheni - Disciple of Chitra Visveswaran - Bharatanatyam
  • 7.15 p.m. - Janani Jagathkarini - thematic Bharatanatyam presentaion by the disciples of Sheela Unnikrishnan
Dec. 10, 2009 - Thursday
  • 5.45 p.m. - Kiran Rajagopalan - Disciple of A Lakshman and Sujatha Srinivasan - Bharatanatyam
  • 7.15 p.m. - Srividya Prasanna - Bharatanatyam
Dec. 11, 2009 - Friday
  • 5.45 p.m. - Mathura Viswanathan - Disciple of A Lakshman - Bharatanatyam
  • 7.15 p.m. - Padma Laksshme Suresh - Disciple of Ranganayaki Jayaraman - Bharatanatyam
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The Mylapore Fine Arts Club - December Concerts - 2009

One of the popular sabhas of Mylapore area, the Mylapore Fine Arts Club has been holding concerts at the present location since 1959.
Its hall is on the Musiri Subramaniam Salai, still known by the old name Oliver Road for many Mylaporeans and is adjacent to St. Isabels Hospital.
The auditorium is not airconditioned and still has the old asbestos roof and if it rains during the season you will hear the kutcheri of the rain from 'pitter patter' to 'thud thud'.
Yet, this sabha is among the favourites of Mylapore rasikas

This year's festival schedule:

Dec.13, 2009 - Sunday
  • 9.30 a.m. - Aleppey Venkatesan - Vocal, B. U. Ganesh Prasad - Violin, Trissur Narendran - Mridangam, N. Amrit - Kanjira
  • 12.00 noon - Shreya Devnath - Violin, Guru Ragavendra - Mridangam, Chandrasekara Sarma - Ghatam
  • 1.30 p.m. - Prasanna Venkatraman - Vocal, M.S. Ananthakrishnan - Violin, R. Sankaranarayanan - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - Jayanthi Sridharan - Vocal, Kalyani Sankar - Violin, Kumbakonam Ramakrishnan - Mridangam
  • 6.00 p.m. - T.V. Sankaranarayanan - Vocal, T.K.V. Ramanujacharyulu - Violin, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman - Mridangam, B. Sreesundarkumar - Kanjira
Dec.14, 2009 - Monday
  • 9.30 a.m. - Vasundhara Rajagopal - Vocal, Padma Sankar - Violin, Mannarkoil J. Balaji - Mridangam - N. Rajaram - Ghatam
  • 12.00 noon - S.R. Mytreyi - Vocal, Srividhya R.S. Iyer - Violin, Ramkumar - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - C.S. Sajeev - Vocal, Jayanthi Keshav - Violin, Delhi Sairam - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - V. Shankaranarayanan - Vocal, A.G. Venkatasubramaniam - Violin, Umayalpuram Mali - Mridangam
  • 6.00 p.m. - S. Sowmya - Vocal, Dr. M. Narmadha - Violin, Neyveli Narayanan - Mridangam, Madipakkam Murali - Ghatam
Dec.15, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 9.30 a.m. - Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar - Flute, R. Hemalatha - Violin, Trivandrum Balaji - Mridangam, K.V. Gopalakrishnan - Ghatam
  • 12.00 noon - Gayathri Shreyas - Vocal, T.M. Prasanth - Violin, N.C. Bharadwaj - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - Gayatri Shankaran - Vocal, A.G. Venkatasubramaniam - Violin, Ramaiya Vittal - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - K. Gayatri - Vocal, Kandadevi S. Vijayaraghavan - Violin, R. Sankaranarayanan - Mridangam
  • 6.00 p.m. - Raji Gopalakrishnan - Vocal, Usha Rajagopal - Violin, B. Ganapathiraman - Mridangam, Madipakkam Murali - Ghatam
Dec.16, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 9.30 a.m. - R. Surya Prakash - Vocal, M.A. Sundareswaran - Violin, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman - Mridangam, E.M. Subramaniam - Ghatam
  • 12.00 noon - Dr. Shankar Mahadevan - Vocal, Karaikal Venkatasubramaniam - Violin, Pranavakaran - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - Jayalakshmi Sekar - Veena and R. Thiyagarajan - Flute, Nagai Narayanan - Mridangam, Chandrasekara Sarma - Ghatam
  • 3.00 p.m. - L. Athira - Violin, Madipakkam Suresh - Mridangam - Madipakkam Gopalakrishnan - Ghatam
  • 6.00 p.m. - M.S. Sheela - Vocal, Dr. Nalina Mohan - Violin, Melakaveri K. Balaji - Mridangam, Sukanya Ramgopal - Ghatam
Dec.17, 2009 - Thursday
  • 9.30 a.m. - Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam - Vocal, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi - Violin, Neyveli Skandasubramanian - Mridangam, N. Guruprasad - Kanjira
  • 12.00 noon - Sriranjani Santhanagopalan - Vocal, Akkarai Swarnalatha - Violin, Guru Barathwaj - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - Vaishnavi Anathanarayanan - Vocal, Rajeev - Violin, Vijay Natesan - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - Aruna Ranganathan - Vocal, Kandadevi Vijayaraghavan - Violin, R. Mohanakrishnan - Mridangam
  • 6.00 p.m. - Priya Sisters Shanmukhapriya and Haripriya - Vocal, M. A Krishnaswamy - Violin, Neyveli Skandasubramanian - Mridangam, B. Sreesundarkumar - Kanjira
Dec.18, 2009 - Friday
  • 9.30 a.m. - Carnatica Brothers K.N. Sashikiran and P. Ganesh - Vocal, Mysore V. Srikanth - Violin, Srimushnam V. Rajarao - Mridangam, TV. Vasan - Ghatam
  • 12.00 noon - Chaitrra Sairam - Vocal, M.S. Ananthakrishnan - Violin, Kumbakonam Swaminathan - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - Sreesha and Sreeusha - Mandolin, K.S. Ramana - Violin, N. Rajaram - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - V, Sumithra - Vocal, Bombay Anand - Violin, Ashwin Sridhar - Mridangam
  • 6.00 p.m. - Gayathri Venkataraghavan - Vocal, Akkarai Subhalakshmi - Violin, Poongulam Subramanian - Mridangam, Dr. S. Karthick - Ghatam
Dec.19, 2009 - Saturday
  • 9.30 a.m. - Dr.R. Ganesh - Vocal, Madurai S. Balasubramaniam - Vocal, Madipakkam Suresh - Mridangam, N. Amrit - Kanjira
  • 12.00 noon - Keerthana and Karthika - Vocal, Sandhya Anand - Violin, S.R. Ethirajan - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - Ragam Sisters Sivaranjani and Nalinakanthi - Vocal, Tiruvarur N. Balam - Violin, H.R.J. Bhuvaraghavan - Mtidangam, Sai Krishnan - Ghatam
  • 3.00 p.m. - Nisha Rajagopal - Vocal, Jyotsna Srikanth - Violin, Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar - Mridangam, Anirudh Athreya - Kanjira
  • 6.00 p.m. - Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan - Vocal, M. Chandrasekaran - Violin, Vellore Ramabhadran - Mridangam, Udupi Sridhar - Kanjira
Dec.20, 2009 - Sunday
  • 9.30 a.m. - N. Ramani - Flute, Mysore Manjunath -Violin, Thanjavur Ramadoss - Mridangam, H. Sivaramakrishnan - Ghatam
  • 12.00 noon - J.A. Jayanth - Flute, Arunachala Karthik - Violin, Ammangudi Ramanarayanan - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - Sushma Somasekharan - Vocal, V. Suresh Babu - Violin, R. Mohanakrishnan - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - S. Saketharaman - Vocal, Charumathi Raguram - Violin, Trivandrum Balaji - Mridangam, K.V. Gopalakrishnan - Ghatam
  • 6.00 p.m. - Sikkil Gurucharan - Vocal, V. Sanjeev - Violin, K.V. Prasad - Mridangam, T.V. Vasan - Ghatam
Dec.21, 2009 - Monday
  • 9.30 a.m. - Geetha Raja - Vocal, Usha Rajagopalan - Vocal, Kallidaikuruchi Sivakumar - Mridangam, N. Guruprasad - Kanjira
  • 12.00 noon - Sri Lakshmi Venkataramani - Vocal
  • 1.30 p.m. - Calcutta Srividya - Vocal, K.P. Nandini - Violin, Calcutta Mohan - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - Amrutha Venkatesh - Vocal, Charulatha Ramanujam - Violin, B. Sivaraman - Mridangam
  • 6.00 p.m. - Hyderabad Brothers D. Seshachari and D. Raghavachari - Violin, Mysore Nagaraj - Violin, V. Kamalakar Rao - Mridangam, N. Govindarajan - Ghatam, Srirangam Kannan - Morsing
Dec.22, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 9.30 a.m. - Suguna Varadachari - Vocal, Charulatha Ramanujam - Violin, Tanjore Subramaniam - Mridangam
  • 12.00 noon - Ramakrishnan Murthy - Vocal, M. Rajeev - Violin, N.C. Bharadwaj - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - Adithya Prakash - Vocal, B. Ananthakrishnan - Violin, Erode Nagaraj - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - Mohan Santhanam - Vocal, Trivandrum Jayashree - Violin, N.S. Kalyanaraman - Mridangam
  • 6.00 p.m. - Ganesh and Kumaresh - Violin, Haridhwaramangalam A.K. Palanivel - Spl. Thavil - Parupalli Phalgun - Mridangam
Dec.23, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 9.30 a.m. - S.P. Ramh - Vocal, M.R. Gopinath - Violin, B. Ganapathiraman - Mridangam
  • 12.00 noon - Visalakshi Sankar - Vocal, T.M. Prashanth - Violin, Bhairav Chandrasekar - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - Manasi Prasad - Vocal, Jayanthi Keshav - Violin, Guru Raghavendra - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - Saralaya Sisters Kavitha & Triveni - Vocal, H.K. Raju - Violin, R. K. Arunkumar - Mridangam
  • 6.00 p.m. - T.M. Krishna - Vocal, R.K. Sriramkumar - Violin, Thiruvarur P. Bhakthavathsalam - Mridangam, B.S. Purushotham - Kanjira
Dec.24, 2009 - Thursday
  • 9.30 a.m. - Sugantha Kalamegam - Vocal, Padma Sankar - J. Vaidhyanathan
  • 12.00 noon - Nandini Anand - Vocal, Sandheep Bharadwaj - Violin, J. Aravind - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - Roopa Mahadevan - Vocal, Ranjini Ramakrishnan - Violin, A.V. Manikandan - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - Kunnakudy M. Balamuralikrishna - Vocal, Nishanth Chandran - Violin, B. Sivaraman - Mridangam, S. Venkataramanan - Ghatam
  • 6.00 p.m. - Bombay Jayashri - Vocal, H.N. Bhaskar - Violin, J. Vaidiyanathan - Mridangam, Dr. S. Karthick - Ghatam
Dec.25, 2009 - Friday
  • 9.30 a.m. - M. Chandrasekaran & G. Bharathi - Violin duet, Guruvayur Dorai - Mridangam, Udupi Sridhar - Ghatam
  • 12.00 noon - Ganesh Viswanathan - Vocal, K.J. Dilip - Violin, Srivanchiam Sriram - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - V. Deepika - Vocal, S.P. Ananthapadmanabhan - Violin, T.R. Suriyanarayanan - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - Trichur Brothers Sri Krishna Mohan, Ram Kumar Mohan - Vocal, Kalyani Sankar - Violin, Trissur R. Mohan - Mridangam, Anirudh Athreya - Kanjira
  • 6.00 p.m. - U. Shrinivas and U. Rajesh - Mandolin, H. K. Venkatram - Violin, Yella Venkateswara Rao - Mridangam, S.V. Ramani - Ghatam
Dec.26, 2009 - Saturday
  • 9.30 a.m. - Jayanthi Kumaresh - Veena, Bangalore B. Arjunkumar - Mridangam, Giridhar Uduppa - Ghatam
  • 12.00 noon - K. Mahathi - Keyboard, Villivakkam Raghuram - Violin, Thillaisthanam Suriyanarayanan - Mridangam, Ammangudi Ramanarayanan - Ghatam
  • 1.30 p.m. - S.M.Vilasini - Vocal, Bombay Anand - Violin, Sai Giridhar - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - Salem Sriram - Vocal, Melakaveri Thyagarajan - Violin, Rajna Swaminathan - Mridangam
  • 6.00 p.m. - Sudha Raghunathan - Vocal, M.R. Gopinath - Violin, Mannargudi Easwaran - Mridangam, R. Raman - Kanjira
Dec. 27, 2009 - Sunday
  • 9.30 a.m. - Madurai G.S. Mani - Vocal, Mysore Manjunath - Violin, K.R. Ganesh - Mridangam, K.V. Gopalakrishnan - Ghatam
  • 12.00 noon - Varahi Vijayaraj - Vocal, Kamalkiran Vinjamuri - Violin, Abhinav Seetharaman - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - Prarthana Sai Narasimhan - Vocal, Sudha R.S. Iyer - Violin, Ashwin Sridhar - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - B. Kannan - Veena, Poongulam Subramanian - Mridangam, Anirudh Athreya - Kanjira
  • 6.00 p.m. - Nithyasree Mahadevan - Vocal, M.A. Krishnaswami - Violin, P. Sathishkumar - Mridangam, H. Sivaramakrishnan - Ghatam
Dec.28, 2009 - Monday
  • 9.30 a.m. - Mambalam Sisters Vijayalakshmi & Chitra - Vocal, Dr. R. Hemalatha - Violin, Neliai A. Balaji - Mridangam, K.S. Rangachari - Kanjira
  • 12.00 noon - Rithvik Raja - Vocal, M. Vijay - Violin, K.S. Ramana - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - Girish Surendra - Vocal, K.J. Dilip - Violin, Delhi Sairam - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - Chinmaya Sisters Uma and Radhika - Vocal, Neyveli Radhakrishna - Violin, Madipakkam Suresh - Mridangam, N. Rajaram - Ghatam
  • 6.00 p.m. - Visakha Hari - Boologa Vaikundam : Harikatha, - B. Ananthakrishnan - Violin, Arjun Ganesh - Mridangam, Sukanya Ramgopal - Ghatam
Dec.29, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 9.30 a.m. - Sreevalsan J. Menon - Vocal, Vittal Ramamurthi - Violin, Tiruvarur Vaidhiyanathan - Mridangam, B.S. Purushotham - Kanjira
  • 12.00 noon - Nadhamuni Gayatri - Vocal, Srividya R.S.Iyer - Violin, Varun Ramaswamy - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - E.R. Janardhan - Saxophone, T. Hemamalani - Violin, Nagai Narayanan - Mridangam, N. Sundar - Ghatm
  • 3.00 p.m. - S. Mahati - Vocal, Melakaveri Thiyagarajan - Violin, Trissur Jayakrishnan - Mridangam, Anirudh Athreya - Kanjira
  • 6.00 p.m. - Shobana - Bharatanatyam
Dec.30, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 9.30 a.m. - Madurai R. Sundar - Vocal, Nagai Sriram - Violin, A.S. Ranganathan - Mridangam, Papanasam S. Sethuraman - Ghatam
  • 12.00 noon - Niranjana Srinivasan - Vocal, Arunachala Karthik - Violin, Srivanchiam Sriram - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - G. Ravikiran - Vocal, S.P. Ananthapadmanabha - Violin, Tanjore Praveenkumar - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - Sangeetha Swaminathan - Vocal, Nishanth Chandran - Violin, Kumbakonam Ramakrishnan - Mridangam, N. Rajaram - Ghatam
  • 6.00 p.m. - P. Unnikrishnan - Vocal, S. Varadharajan - Violin, B. Harikumar - Mridangam, Thirupanithura Radhakrishnan - Ghatam
Dec.31, 2009 - Thursday
  • 9.30 a.m. - Hyderabad Sisters Lalitha and Haripriya - Vocal, Akkarai Subbalakshmi - Violin, Umayalpuram Mali - Mridangam, Adambakkam Shankar - Ghatam
  • 12.00 noon - Iyer Sisters Srividhya R.S. Iyer and Sudha R.S. Iyer - Vocal, Chidambaram Badrinath - Violin, A.V. Manikandan - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - Aiswarya Vidya Ragunath - Vocal, Athithi Krishnaprakash - Violin, Erode Nagaraj - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - D.B. Ashvin - Vocal, K.P. Nandhini - Violin, Kumbakonam Swaminathan - Mridangam, Subhang Srinivasan - Ghatam
  • 6.00 p.m. - O.S. Thiagarajan - Vocal, T.H. Subramanian - Violin, K.V. Prasad - Mridangam, Vaikom Gopalakrishnan - Ghatam
Jan. 1, 2010 - Friday
  • 9.30 a.m. - Lalgudi GJR Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi - Violin duet, Trichy S. Sankaran - Mridangam, V. Suresh - Ghatam
  • 2.00 p.m.- Sriram Gangadharan - Vocal, H.N. Baskar - Violin, N. Ramakrishnan - Mridangam, Papanasam S. Sethuraman - Ghatam
  • 6.00 p.m. - K. J. Yesudas - Vocal, Nagai Muralidharan - Violin, Tiruvarur Bhakthavathsalam - Mridangam, Thirupanithura Radhakrishnan - Ghatam
Jan. 2, 2010 - Saturday
  • 9.30 a.m. - Kalyanapuram Aaravamudhachariar - Harikatha, Bombay Anand - Violin, Melakaveri Balaji - Mridangam
  • 12.00 noon - V. Deekshitha - Vocal, T.S. Dineshkumar - Violin, Thirucherai Koushik Rajagopal - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - Aishwarya Raghavan - Vocal, S.P. Anadapadmanabha - Violin, Kumbakonam Swaminathan - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - Trivandrum Baby Sairam - Vocal, M. Rajeev - Violin, A.S. Ranganathan - Mridangam
  • 5.45 p.m. - Swathi Ariyapadi - Bharatanatyam
  • 7.15 p.m.- Preethi Ramprasad - Bharatanatyam
Jan. 3, 2010 - Sunday
  • 9.30 a.m. - T.V. Ramprasadh - Vocal, V.V. Ravi - Violin, Calcutta Aravind - Mridangam
  • 12.00 noon - Vidya Kalyanaraman - Vocal, Srilakshmi Venkataramani - Violin, Rajna Swaminathan - Mridangam
  • 1.30 p.m. - Bharath Sunder - Vocal, Rahul - Violin, Harinarayanan - Mridangam
  • 3.00 p.m. - Akkarai Subbalakshmi and Akkarai Swarnalatha - Vocal, Serthalai Sivakumar - Violin, Serthalai Ananthakrishnan - Mridangam
  • 5.45 p.m. - Sumithra Subramanyam - Bharatanatyam
  • 7.15 p.m. - Aloka Kanungo - Odissi
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November 24, 2009

Befitting Tribute to the great Embar Vijaraghavachariar on his 100th birth anniversary

.......................by Sivapriya Krishnan



Harikatha and Embar Vijayaraghavachariar are synonymous and an inseparable whole.

The worthy son of Embar Srirangachariar, a celebrated exponent of this unique art form, Vijayaraghavachariar, carried this hoary tradition as a true follower of his father and the art form that he learnt from him.

Born on 24.11.1909 , Embar Vijaraghavachariar, had the rare distinction of being the descendant of the hierarchic lineage of the “Embar” sishya parampara of Sri Ramanuja. Noteworthy here is the fact that, to Sri Ramanuja, Embar was the most “Apta” or the most chosen and close sishya.

The scholarly lineage, grooming from the father and a natural instinct and motivation to study and practice the art form and professionalise in it, are some of the distinctive qualities that Embar Vijayaraghavachariar was endowed with and it was finally rewarded with a public accolade, by The Madras Music Academy, in its 43rd Conference, wherein Embar received the prestigious “Sangita Kalanidhi” title, a rare honour given to any performing musician, recognising him for his lifelong association and achievement in his chosen field of performing arts.

To date, Embar Vijayaraghavachriar’s Harikatha on Tyagaraja, Bhadrachala Ramadas, Nandanar Charitram are remembered for its interesting and lucid approach and quality presentation , by those who have had the fortune of listening to him. For those, who could not see him in person, the AIR did broadcast quite a few and some commercial recordings from private record companies are available.

Embar, from what I have heard from elderly friends, had a captivating stage presence and demeanour. Coupled with his wide learning and vidwat on subjects, handed down carefully by his father- Guru and a good singing ability, helped him to stride great heights in the field of Harikatha. Starting with his maiden performance in 1935, he reigned supreme in this field for over five decades.

His centenary celebrations are being held from today the 24th of November till the 28th of November, 2009 by both Narada Gana Sabha and Shreyas, an institution that propagates Harikatha and managed by Kalyanapuram Sri.U.Ve. R.Aaravamudachariar, who had the fortune of learning the art from the great Vijaraghavachariar himself.

On each of these four days, one topic is to be presented by performing traditionalists of this art form, like Smt. Kamala Murthy ( harikatha exponent), Sangita Kalanidhi Madurai T.N.Seshagopalan (vainika-gayaka-harikatha exponent), Dr.Prameela Gurumurthy ( musician- harikatha exponent) and Sri Janakirama Bhagavathar( harikatha exponent) at the Astika Samaj Venus colony. Each of this artist is to be conferred the title of “Harikatha Ratna”.

The four day series will be concluded on the 28th at Narada Gana Sabha, with special lectures by Sangita Kalanidhi Smt.R.Vedavalli, Smt.Prema Nandakumar, Smt.Nandini Ramani , Smt.Bala Meera Chandra,
Sri.Sriram and a Harikatha by Kalyanapuram Aaravamudachariar on Sri Ranganatha Vaibhavam, all this graced by H.H. Sriman Andavan Sri Ranga Ramanuja Maha Desikan Swamigal.

Truly a befitting tribute through Katha Vachanam, Katha Sravanam and Katha Smaranam to this great personality who lived this art form with glory and distinction.
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The schedule of events:
At Asthika Samajam, Venus Colony:
Nov. 24, 2009
5.30 p.m.- Inauguration
6.30 p.m. - Thanjavur Smt. Kamala Murthy - Harikatha : Subhadra Kalyanam

Nov. 25, 2009
7.00 p.m. - Sri. Madurai T. N. Seshagopalan - Harikatha : Thyagaraja Charitram

Nov. 26, 2009
7.00 p.m. - Dr. Pramila Gurumoorthy - Harikatha : Rukmini Kalyanam

Nov. 27, 2009
7.00 p.m. - Sri. Janakirama Bhagavathar - Harikatha : Bhadrachala Ramadasar

Nov. 28, 2009
At Narada Gana Sabha
10.00 a.m. - Discussions on Harikatha. Participants : Smt. R. Vedavalli, Smt. Prema Nandakumar, Smt. Nandini Ramani, Smt. Bala Meera Chandra, Sri. Sriram

6 p.m. Function and Felicitations by Sri.N. Gopalaswamy and Sri. N.Murali
Followed by Harikatha on Sri Ranganatha Vaibhavam by U.Ve.Sri. Kalyanapuram R. Aaravamudachariar.
Chief Guest : H H Srirangam Srimath Andavan Sri Rangaramanuja Mahadesikan Swamigal
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Hamsadhwani - December Festival 2009

Holding music and dance events in a venue in the Adyar neighbourhood, Hamsadhwani features many expat and NRI artistes during its annual festival.
The venue for the events is Youth Hostel, 2nd Avenue, Indira Nagar, Adyar.
This year's festival is dedicated to Smt. D. K. Pattammal

The organisers can be reached at phone no. 91-44-24915555. Email : hamsadhwani@vsnl.net
The official website of the sabha here - http://www.hamsadhwani.org.in/

The schedule of 2009 festival:

Dec. 14, 2009 - Monday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Dr. Sanjay Subramaniam (USA) - Vocal, Usha Rajagopalan - Violin, Vikram Vasudevan - Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. - Latha Murali (Oman) - Vocal, Neela Jayakumar - Violin, V.R. Jayakumar - Mridangam
Dec. 15, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Padma Govardhan - Vocal, Akkarai S. Swarnalatha - Violin, Adambakkam J. Arvind - Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. - Priya Shankar - Dance
Dec. 16, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Krishna Ramarathinam - Vocal, Bombay Anand - Violin, P.K. Babu - Mridangam
Dec. 17, 2009 - Thursday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Thayapari Niranjan - Veena, T.R. Sundaresan - Mridangam,
  • 7.00 p.m. - LAASYA Arts Malaysia - Dance
Dec. 18, 2009 - Friday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Yamini Ramesh - Vocal, T. Hemamalini - Violin, Arthavan Selvanathan - Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. - Ramya Ramesh - Dance
Dec. 19, 2009 - Saturday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Roopa Mahadevan - Vocal, Rajeev - Violin, Arjun Raghavan - Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. - Yamini Saripalli - Dance
Dec. 20, 2009 - Sunday
  • 4.00 p.m. - Subha Srinivasan - Vocal, Sriram Sridhar - Violin, Kalyan Shencottah - Mridangam
  • 5.30 p.m. - Madurai R. Sundar - Vocal, Pakkala Ramadas - Violin, Trivandrum V. Balaji - Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. - Lalgudi Srimathi Brahmanandam & Anuradha Sridhar - Violin, R. Ramesh - Mridangam
Dec. 21, 2009 - Monday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Sandeep N. Bharadwaj - Violin, Mannarkoil J. Balaji - Mridangam, Srirangam Ravikrishnan - Ghatam
  • 7.00 p.m. - V. Sankaranarayanan - Vocal, V.V. Ravi - Violin, Athrey Nathan - Mridangam
Dec. 22, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Shankar Ramani - Vocal, Chittoor K. Vijayaraghavan - Violin, L. Subramaniam - Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. - Poornasri & Madhumita - Dance
Dec. 23, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Bhavana - Vocal, K.P. Nandini - Violin, Erode Nagarajan - Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. - Radica Giri - Dance
Dec. 24, 2009 - Thursday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Vishaal Sapuram - Chitraveena, Jayanti Keshav - Violin, Ramesh Srinivasan - Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. - Medha Subramani - Dance
Dec. 25, 2009 - Friday
  • 4.00 p.m. - Ganesh Raman - Vocal, Ambika Prasad - Violin, Chinmai Raman - Mridangam
  • 5.30 p.m. - Geetha Sundaresan - Vocal, Sri Vidhya R.S. Iyer - Violin, Sridhar Chari - Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. - S. Venkataraman - Vocal, Anayampatti G. Venkatasubramanian - Violin, Akshay Padmanabhan - Mridangam
Dec. 26, 2009 - Saturday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Varun Kashyap Ganesan - Vocal, Rasika Murali - Violin, Naveen Basavanahalli - Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. - Meghna Murali - Dance
Dec. 27, 2009 - Sunday
  • 6.45 p.m. - Special Dance Programme
Dec. 28, 2009 - Monday
  • 5.30 p.m. - King Brothers - Sean & Aneesh - Violin, Umayalpuram V. Kalyanaraman - Mridangam, Subba Rao - Ghatam
  • 7.00 p.m. - Shreya Anand - Dance
Dec. 29, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 4.00 p.m. - Shruti & Vidya - Vocal, Shyamala Hariharan - Violin, Kumar Kanthan - Mridangam
  • 5.30 p.m. - Vijay Narayan - Vocal, Villivakkam Raghuraman - Violin,
  • 7.00 p.m. - Varunika Raja - Dance
Dec. 30, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Shyamala Ramakrishna - Vocal, K.J. Dileep - Violin, Thiruvidaimarudur Shankaran - Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. - Dhriti Vaidyanathan - Dance
Dec. 31, 2009 - Thursday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Vaibhav Mouli - Vocal, Aarti Shankar - Violin, Aparajith Sriram - Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. - Chinmayee Venkatraman - Dance
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Sri Ranjani Trust December Music Concerts - 2009

This trust based in West Mambalam chooses to hold its music concerts in the midst of hot and happening place for music, Mylapore.
The 13th year annual music festival of the sabha will be held at Swamy's Hall, 336 R.K. Mutt Road, Mandaveli, Chennai - 28
Contact the organisers at phone no. 24745736

The Schedule of concerts:

Dec. 27, 2009 - Sunday
  • 4.30 p.m. - Inauguration
  • 6.30 p.m. - R. Surya Prakash - Vocal, M.A. Sundaresan - Violin, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman - Mridangam, Shree Sundarkumar - Kanjira
Dec. 28, 2009 - Monday
  • 3.00 p.m. - Vaibhav Mouli - Vocal.
  • 4.30 p.m. - Krishnapriya Anantharaj - Vocal, R. Satish Kumar - Violin, Trivandrum V. Balaji - Mridangam, Srirangam Ravikrishnan - Ghatam
  • 6.30 p.m. - P. Vasanth Kumar - Veena, Trivandrum R. Vaidyanathan - Mridangam, H. Sivaramakrishnan - Ghatam
Dec. 29, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 4.30 p.m.- Nirmala Rajasekar - Vocal, R. Satish Kumar - Violin, V. Srinivasan - Mridangam, Srirangam Ravikrishnan - Ghatam
  • 6.30 p.m. - Carnatica Brothers - Vocal, M.R. Gopinath - Violin, Tanjore Murugabhoopathy - Mridangam, Nanganallur S. Swaminathan - Ghatam
Dec. 30, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 4.30 p.m.- Amruta Sankaranarayanan - Vocal
  • 6.30 p.m.- Dr. R. Ganesh - Vocal, Madurai Balasubramaniam - Violin, Melakaveri K. Balaji - Mridangam, Papanasam Sethuraman - Kanjira
Dec. 31, 2009 - Thursday
  • 4.30 p.m.- Kishan Jeyendran - Mandolin
  • 6.30 p.m.- Thrissur V. Ramachandran - Vocal, V. Sanjeev - Violin, Srimushnam Raja Rao - Mridangam
Jan. 1, 2010 - Friday
  • 4.00 p.m.- Saindavi - Vocal, Thiruvarur N. Balam - Violin, Payyur C. Gopalakrishnan - Mridangam
  • 5.30 p.m.- S. Kasthurirangan - Vocal, Shertalai Sivakumar - Violin, Yogaraja Kandasamy - Mridangam, Malaikottai R.M. Deenadayalu - Morsing
  • 7.15 p.m. - Udayalur Kalyanarama Bhagavathar - Namasankeerthanam
Jan. 2, 2010 - Saturday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Karthika and Keerthana - Vocal, Karaikal S. Venkatasubramanian - Violin, H.S. Sudhindra - Mridangam, Balaji Chandran - Ghatam
  • 7.15 p.m.-
Jan. 3, 2010 - Sunday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Nashville Mahadevan - Vocal, Kandadevi S. Vijayaraghavan - Violin, R. Mohanakrishnan - Mridangam
  • 7.15 p.m. - O.S. Arun - Vocal
Jan. 4, 2010 - Monday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Dr. Radha Bhaskar - Vocal, V. Sureshbabu - Violin, Kumbakonam Saravanan - Mridangam, Chidambaram Rajendran - Morsing
  • 7.15 p.m.- T.V. Sankaranarayanan - Vocal, S. Varadarajan - Violin, Thiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam - Mridangam, T.V. Vasan - Ghatam
Jan. 5, 2010 - Tuesday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Mambalam Sisters - Vocal, Dr. R. Hemalatha - Violin, Nellai A. Balaji - Mridangam, K.S. Rangachary - Kanjira
  • 7.30 p.m. - O.S. Thyagarajan - Vocal, Delhi P. Sunderrajan - Violin, Mannargudi A. Easwaran - Mridangam, B.S. Purushotham - Kanjira
Jan. 6, 2010 - Wednesday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Mala Mohan - Vocal, Meera Sivaramakrishnan - Violin, Rajna Swaminathan - Mridangam
  • 7.15 p.m. - Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan - Vocal, V. Sanjeev - Violin, Mannarkoil J. Balaji - Mridangam
Jan. 7, 2010 - Thursday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Seattle Raman - Vocal, S.J. Arjun Ganesh - Mridangam
  • 7.15 p.m. - Kalyanapuram Aravamudachariar - Harikatha
Jan. 8, 2010 - Friday
  • 5.30 p.m. - Devotional Music by Veeramani Kannan
  • 7.15 p.m. - V.K. Manimaran - Vocal, Pakkala Ramadas - Violin, Chidambaram S. Balashankar - Mridangam
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Sri Rama Bhaktha Jana Samaj December Season Concerts 2009

A sabha not in the middle of Mylapore, the Mecca of Madras Music Season, Sri Rama Bhaktha Jana Samaj based in K.K. Nagar has been a venue for the residents of West mambalam, Ashok Nagar, K.K. Nagar, Valasarawakkam and Vadapalani areas.
Apart from the annual music festival in December, this Sabha also hosts concerts during Sri Rama Navami in April / May every year.

Contact the organisers at phone no. 23661529, 9444417729
The official website for the sabha - www.ramabhakthas.org

The venue for the December Music Festival is Padma Seshadri School, Alagirisami Salai, K.K.Nagar, Chennai – 78
Season Ticket: Rs.750/- Daily Tickets: Rs.100/-. Rs.50/= & Rs.30/-

The concert schedule:

Dec. 19, 2009 - Saturday
  • 6.00 p.m. : His Excellency Sri E.S.L. Narasimhan, Governor of Chattisgarh inaugurates and confers the title‘Sangeetha Maamani’ on Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan.
  • Shri L. Sabaratnam, Director, Chennai Petrolium,CEO, Coromandalam Sugars & Chairman, Karthik Fine Arts presides.
  • Shri Narayana Viswanath, Advisor, Chennai Metro Rail Project felicitates.
  • 6.30 p.m. : Neyveli R.Santhanagopalan –Vocal, M.A.Sundaresan – Violin, Mannargudi Easwaran – Mridangam, B.S.Purushothaman - Kanjira
Dec. 20, 2009 - Sunday
  • 5.00 p.m. : Karthika and Keerthana – Vocal, M.S. Ananthakrishnan – Violin, N.C. Bharthwaj – Mridangam, Chandraskara Sarma - Ghatam
  • 6.30 p.m. :T.V.Sankaranarayanan -Vocal, Mysore Srikanmth – Violin, Melakaveri Balaji - Mridangam
Dec. 21, 2009 - Monday
  • 6.30 p.m. : Bombay Sisters C.Saroja and C. Lalitha–Vocal, Usha Rajagopalan – Violin, K.R.Ganesh – Mridangam, Trichy Murali – Ghatam
Dec.22, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 5.00 p.m. : Mahadevan Sankaranarayanan & Party – Vocal
  • 7.00 p.m. : M. Chandrasekaran and G. Bharathi – Violin duet, Umayalpuram Mali – Mridangam, Srivatsan – Kanjira
Dec. 23, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 5.00 p.m. :Sandeep Bharthwaj – Violin, Ganapathiraman – Mridangam, Adambakkam Shankar - Ghatam
  • 7.00 p.m. ; Sikkil Gurucharan – Vocal, V. Sanjeev - Violin, Neyveli Skanthasubramanian – Mridangam, Alathur Raj Ganesh – Kanjira
Dec. 24, 2009 - Thursday
  • 5.00 p,m.: Parthiv Mohan – Vocal, Chidambaram Badrinath – Violin, A.V. Manikantan - Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. : Kadri Gopalnath-Saxophone, Vittal Ramamurthi – Violin, B. Harikumar– Mridangam, S.V. Ramani - Ghatam
Dec. 25, 2009 - Friday
  • 9.30 a.m. : B. Sivakumar – Veena, B. Harikumar – Mridangam, N. Amrit - Kanjira
  • 5.00 p.m. : Bombay Shilpa & Party – Vocal
  • 7.00 p.m. : Anuradha Sriram, Sriram Parasuram & Party - Jugalbandhi
Dec. 26, 2009 - Saturday
  • 5.00 p.m. : Shankar Raman – Vocal, Kovai Chandran – Violin, Nellai Kannan - Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. : O.S.Thyagarajan – Vocal, T.H.Subramanyam - Violin, A.V. Manikantan – Mridangam, Akshay Anantha Padmanabhan – Kanjira
Dec. 27, 2009 - Sunday
  • 5.00 p.m. : Ramalakshmi – Vocal, R. Kailasam – Violin, Arjun Narayanan – Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. : S. Sashank - Flute, B.U. Ganeshprasad – Violin, Paulgun – Ghatam
Dec. 28, 2009 - Monday
  • 5.00 p.m. : V. Remaa – Vocal, M. Rajeev – Violin, Kumbakonam Swaminathan – Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. : T.N. Seshagopalan –Vocal, V.V. Ravi – Violin, Trichur Narendran - Mridangam
Dec. 29, 2009 - Tuesday
  • 5.00 p.m. : Archit Bhaskaran – Key Board, Jaayanthi Keshav – Violin, Abinav Seetharaman - Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. : Rajesh Vaidhya – Veena, Karakurichi Mohanram – Mridangam, H. Paramasivam – Kanjira, N. Subramanian – Ghatam, R.M.Deenadayalan – Morsing, Navaneeth Sundar – Keyboard
Dec. 30, 2009 - Wednesday
  • 5.00 p.m. : Ramachandran – Vocal, Pakkala Ramadas – Violin, Mannarkoil J. Balaji - Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. : O.S. Arun – Vocal, Mullaivasal Chandramouli – Violin, B. Sivaraman – Mridangam, Srirangam Kannan - Morsing
Dec. 31, 2009 - Thursday
  • 5.00 p.m. : V. Deepika – Vocal, S.P. Anantha Padmanaban – Violin, A.V. Manikantan – Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. : Carnatica Brothers Sashikaran & Ganesh – Vocal, M.A.Sundaresan – Violin, Thanjavur Murugaboopathi - Mridangam
Jan. 1, 2010 - Friday
  • 5.00 p.m. : Mambalam Sisters Vijayalakshmi & Chithra – Vocal, Dr. R. Hemalatha – Violin, Nellai Balaji – Mridangam, K.S. Rengachari – Kanjira
  • 7.00 p.m. ; Mahathi – Vocal, Meera Sivaramakrishnan – Violin, B. Ganapathiraman – Mridangam, Anirudh Athreya - Kanjira
Jan. 2, 2010 - Saturday
  • 5.00 p.m. : Sangeetha Ramprasad – Vocal, Sudha R.S. Ayyar – Violin, Ramayya Vittal - Mridangam
  • 7.00 p.m. : Sanjay Subramanyan - Vocal, S.Varadharajan – Violin, Thanjavur Ramadoss - Mridangam, S. Vankataramanan - Kanjira
Jan. 3, 2010 - Sunday
  • 7.00 p.m.: B. Vijayagopal & Party – Flute
Jan. 4, 2010 - Monday
  • 6.45 p.m. : UAA presents Y. G. Mahendraa in Vietnam Veedu - Drama
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