October 13, 2019

The Music Academy Annual Conference and Concerts 2019

The 93rd Annual Conference and Concerts of The Music Academy, Madras will be held from Dec. 15, 2019 to Jan.1, 2020.

Venue: TT Krishnamachari Auditorium, The Music Academy Madras
168, T.T.K.Road, Chennai-600014.
Phone: 28112231 / 28115162
Email: music@musicacademymadras.com

Schedule:

Dec. 15, 2019
4.00 p.m.- Mangala Isai - Kodungaiyur G.K.Raghuraman (Nadaswaram)
Vannarpettai A.N.Somasundaram (Nadaswaram), Triplicane K.Sekar (Tavil), Kodungaiyur G.K.Narasimhan (Tavil)
5.00 p.m. - Inauguration. Chief guest - Mr. S. Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-In-Charge of Trade Relations, Government of Singapore.
7.00 p.m.- B. Suchitra (Harikatha)
Pakala Ramadas (Violin), A V Manikandan (Mridangam)

Dec. 16, 2019
9.00 a.m. - Mylai K.Karthikeyan (Nadaswaram)
R.Gnanavel (Nadaswaram), G.Silambarasan (Tavil), R.Jeeva (Tavil)
11.45 a.m. - S Aravind Bhargav (Mandolin)
Srividhya R S Iyer (Violin), S Karthick Narayanan (Mridangam)
1.30 p.m.- Sunil R Gargyan (Vocal)
K V Krishna (Violin), Kottayam G Santhosh Kumar (Mridangam)
4.00 p.m. - Sangeetha Swaminathan (Vocal)
Aditi Krishna Prakash (Violin), Trivandrum Dr G Babu (Mridangam), Madipakkam A Gopalakrishnan (Kanjira)
6.45 p.m.- A S Murali (Vocal)
M A Sundareswaran (Violin), Bangalore Arjun Kumar (Mridangam),N Rajaraman (Ghatam)

Dec. 17, 2019
9.00 a.m. - R Suryaprakash (Vocal)
S P Ananthapadmanabha(Violin), Palladam R Ravi (Mridangam), Ernakulam Ramakrishnan (Ghatam), V Sai Subramaniam (Moharsing)
11.45 a.m. - Revathy Kumar (Vocal)
K S Vijay Balaji (Violin), Indalur Adarsh (Mridangam)
1.30 p.m.- K P Nandini (Vocal)
Apoorva Krishna (Violin), Rohit Prasad (Mridangam)
4.00 p.m. - G Ravikiran (Vocal)
H K Venkatram (Violin), Praveen Sparsh (Mridangam), C P Vyasavittala (Kanjira)
6.45 p.m. - Sumithra Vasudev (Vocal)
Dr M Narmada (Violin), B Ganapathyraman (Mridangam), Papanasam S Sethuraman (Kanjira)

Dec. 18, 2019
9.00 a.m.- Dr R S Jayalakshmi (Veena)
Neyveli S Skandasubramanian (Mridangam), A S Sankar (Ghatam)
11.45 a.m. - Sudha R S Iyer and Srividhya R S Iyer (Vocal)
Sayee Rakshith (Violin), Gopal Ravindran (Mridangam)
1.30 p.m.- D B Ashwin (Vocal)
N C Madhav (Violin), R Ramkumar (Mridangam)
4.00 p.m.- Gayathri Venkataraghavan (Vocal)
Mysore V Srikanth (Violin), Nanjil A R Arul (Mridangam), Krishna Sriram (Ghatam)
6.45 p.m.- Kunnakkudy M Balamuralikrishna (Vocal)
Akkarai S Subhalakshmi (Violin), B Sivaraman (Mridangam), S V Ramani (Ghatam)

Dec. 19, 2019
9.00 a.m. - Trivandrum Dr G Baby Sreeram (Vocal)
Padma Shankar (Violin), Nellai A Balaji (Mridangam), MalaikottaiR M Deenadayalu (Moharsing)
11.45 a.m. - J B Keerthana (Vocal)
Swetha Anandasivan (Violin), G S Nagaraj (Mridangam)
1.30 p.m.- Bharathi Ramasubban (Vocal)
Thirumarugal S Dinesh Kumar (Violin), Mandapaka Nagalakshmi (Mridangam)
4.00 p.m.- Nisha Rajagopalan (Vocal)
H M Smitha (Violin), Kumbakonam K Swaminathan (Mridangam), Sukanya Ramgopal (Ghatam)
6.45 p.m.- Trichur Brothers Srikrishna Mohan and Ramkumar Mohan (Vocal)
Nishanth Chandran(Violin), B Guru Raghavendran(Mridangam), Nerkunam Dr S Sankar(Kanjira)

Dec. 20, 2019
9.00 a.m. - M Lalitha and M Nandini (Violin Duet)
Melakkaveri K Balaji (Mridangam), K Ranganathan (Ghatam)
11.45 a.m.- Kalyanapuram S Aravind (Vocal)
Mantha Sriramya (Violin), Ambur Padmanabhan (Mridangam)
1.30 p.m. - Vasuda Ravi (Vocal)
Sudha R S Iyer (Violin), Aswin Sridhaaran (Mridangam)
4.00 p.m.- A Kanyakumari and Embar S Kannan (Violin Duet)
K V Prasad (Mridangam), Udupi S Sridhar (Ghatam)
6.45 p.m. - Prasanna Venkataraman (Vocal)
Edapally Ajithkumar (Violin), Trivandrum V Balaji (Mridangam), S Sunil Kumar (Kanjira)

Dec. 21, 2019
9.00 a.m. - Prince Rama Varma (Vocal)
Avaneeswaram S R Vinu (Violin), ShertalaiR Ananthakrishnan (Mridangam), Trichy Dr K Murali (Ghatam), Payyanur T Govindaprasad (Moharsing)
11.45 a.m.- S. Adithyanarayanan (Vocal)
Sandeep Ramachandran (Violin), S Gomathi Sankar (Mridangam)
1.30 p.m. - N Ananthanarayanan (Veena)
Srivanchiam R Sriram (Mridangam), P Giridara Prasad (Kanjira)
4.00 p.m. - Dr. S. Sowmya (Vocal)
R K Shriramkumar (Violin), Neyveli R Narayanan (Mridangam), Chandrasekhara Sharma (Ghatam)
6.45 p.m. - Ramakrishnan Murthy (Vocal)
Charumathi Raghuraman (Violin), N C Bharadwaj (Mridangam), B S Purushotham (Kanjira)

Dec. 22, 2019
9.00 a.m. - R Vedavalli (Vocal)
Dr R Hemalatha (Violin), K Arun Prakash (Mridangam), N.Guruprasad (Ghatam)
11.45 a.m. - S Malaavika (Vocal)
Shraddha Ravikumar (Violin), Karthik Ganeshraman (Mridangam)
1.30 p.m.- J B Sruthi Sagar (Flute)
Madurai M Vijayaganesh (Violin), R.Akshay Ram (Mridangam), G Venkatesh (Moharsing)
4.00 p.m. - Sudha Ragunathan (Vocal)
Embar S Kannan (Violin), Patri Satishkumar(Mridangam), R Raman (Moharsing)
6.45 p.m. - Dr. Pantula Rama (Vocal)
M S N Murthy (Violin), N Manoj Siva (Mridangam), D V Venkata Subramaniam (Ghatam)

Dec. 23, 2019
9.00 a.m. - Manda Sudharani (Vocal)
Anuradha Sridhar (Violin), D S R Murthy (Mridangam), G Ravichandran (Ghatam)
11.45 a.m. - Vishnudev Namboothiri (Vocal)
Vignesh Thyagarajan (Violin), D V Sivaraman (Mridangam)
1.30 a.m.- Ananya Ashok (Vocal)
M Vijay (Violin), Nellai V Sreekrishnan (Mridangam), VishnupuramK Raghu (Moharsing)
4.00 p.m.- K. Bharat Sundar (Vocal)
Trivandrum N Sampath (Violin), Sumesh S Narayan (Mridangam), Vazhappally R Krishnakumar (Ghatam)
6.45 p.m.- Lalgudi G J R Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi (Violin Duet)
Trichy Sankaran (Mridangam), K V Gopalakrishnan (Kanjira)

Dec. 24, 2019
9.00 a.m. - Jayashree Aravind (Veena)
Mannarkoil J Balaji (Mridangam), SrirangamS Ravikrishnan (Ghatam)
11.45 a.m. - Aishwarya Shankar (Vocal)
Kamalakiran Vinjumuri (Violin), Thippirajapuram Hari (Mridangam)
1.30 p.m. - R. Ashwath Narayanan (Vocal)
Chidambaram G.Badrinath (Violin), K Sai Giridhar (Mridangam), Vellattanjoor Sreejith (Ghatam)
4.00 p.m.- Malladi Brothers Sriram Prasad and Ravi Kumar (Vocal)
S Varadarajan (Violin), Trichy Sankaran (Mridangam), Alathur T Rajaganesh (Kanjira)
6.45 p.m. - Sikkil C Gurucharan (Vocal)
V Sanjeev (Violin),  Umayalpuram, K Sivaraman (Mridangam), G Guruprasanna (Kanjira)

Dec. 25, 2019
9.00 a.m. - T N Krishnan, Viji Krishnan Natarajan and Sriram Krishnan (Violin Trio)
Tiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam (Mridangam), Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (Ghatam)
11.45 a.m. - Anahita and Apoorva (Vocal)
Sruti Sarathy (Violin), Kishore Ramesh (Mridangam)
1.30 p.m.- Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath (Vocal)
K.J.Dileep (Violin), B C Manjunath (Mridangam), TrivandrumR Rajesh (Ghatam)
4.00 p.m. - Ranjani and Gayatri (Vocal)
M Rajeev (Violin), Delhi S Sairam (Mridangam), V Anirudh Athreya (Kanjira)
6.45 p.m.- Sherthalai Dr K N Renganatha Sharma (Vocal)
T K V Ramanujacharlu (Violin), H S Sudhindra (Mridangam), Udupi Balakrishnan (Ghatam)

Dec. 26, 2019
9.00 a.m. - Saraswathi Vidyarthee (Vocal)
Kumbakonam M R Gopinath (Violin), Madipakkam Suresh (Mridangam), H Sivaramakrishnan (Ghatam)
11.45 a.m. - V. Venkatanagarajan (Vocal)
Pappu Gyandev (Violin), T Nikshith (Mridangam)
1.30 p.m. - Vignesh Ishwar (Vocal)
Vittal Rangan (Violin), Akshay Anand (Mridangam), G Ananthakrishnan (Kanjira)
4.00 p.m. - Aruna Sairam (Vocal)
Vittal Ramamurthy (Violin), J Vaidhyanathan (Mridangam), Dr S Karthick (Ghatam)
6.45 p.m. - Sandeep Narayan (Vocal)
R Raghul (Violin), Umayalpuram K Sivaraman (Mridangam), U N Giridhar Udupa (Ghatam)

Dec. 27, 2019
9.00 a.m. - Neyveli Santanagopalan (Vocal)
V V Ravi (Violin), Umayalpuram Mali (Mridangam), A S Krishnan (Moharsing)
11.45 a.m. - Vivek Sadasivam (Vocal)
Sindhu Suchetan (Violin), B.S.Prashanth (Mridangam)
1.30 p.m. - Salem Dr Gayathri Venkatesan (Vocal)
Sriram Sridhar (Violin), Burra Sriram (Mridangam), TirunakkaraK R Rethish (Moharsing)
4.00 p.m. - Bombay Jayashri Ramnath(Vocal)
H N Bhaskar (Violin), Patri Satishkumar(Mridangam), B Shree Sundar Kumar(Kanjira)
6.45 p.m. - S Saketharaman (Vocal)
B U Ganesh Prasad(Violin), Trichy B Harikumar (Mridangam), V Suresh(Ghatam)

Dec. 28, 2019
9.00 a.m. - Bombay Sisters C Saroja and C Lalitha (Vocal)
Usha Rajagopalan (Violin), K R Ganesh (Mridangam), Adambakkam K Sankar(Ghatam)
11.45 a.m. - Sushma Somasekharan (Vocal)
V Deepika (Violin), B Sai Shankar (Mridangam)
1.30 p.m. - Sriranjani Santhanagopalan (Vocal)
Parur M.S.Ananthakrishnan (Violin), K H Vineeth (Mridangam), K R Sivaramakrishnan (Kanjira)
4.00 p.m. - Amritha Murali (Vocal)
Charulatha Ramanujam (Violin), S J Arjun Ganesh (Mridangam), Madipakkam A Murali (Ghatam)
6.45 p.m. - Sanjay Subrahmanyan (Vocal)
S Varadarajan (Violin), Neyveli B Venkatesh (Mridangam), N Guruprasad (Ghatam)

Dec. 29, 2019
9.00 a.m. - Trichur  V Ramachandran (Vocal)
Sangita Kalanidhi, M Chandrasekaran (Violin), Trichur C Narendran (Mridangam), N Amrit (Kanjira)
11.45 a.m. - Anirudh Venkatesh (Vocal)
M Srikanth (Violin), Thirucherai Kaushik Rajagopal (Mridangam)
1.30 p.m. - S Mahathi (Vocal)
Shreya Devnath (Violin), Akshay Ananthapadmanabhan (Mridangam), Srinidhi R Koundinya (Ghatam)
4.00 p.m. - Amrutha Venkatesh (Vocal)
B K Raghu (Violin), Vijay B Natesan (Mridangam), Bhagyalakshmi M Krishna (Moharsing)
6.45 p.m. - Abhishek Raghuram (Vocal)
Vittal Ramamurthy (Violin), Tiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam (Mridangam), B Sree Sundar Kumar (Kanjira)

Dec. 30, 2019
9.00 a.m. - U P Raju and Nagamani (Mandolin Duet)
V V Srinivasa Rao (Violin), Bangalore V Praveen (Mridangam), Perukkavu P L Sudheer (Ghatam)
11.45 a.m. - Sujit Nayak (Flute)
Nagercoil K Anand (Violin), Sai Nivaeithan Ravichandra (Mridangam)
1.30 p.m. - Adithya Prakash (Vocal)
K P Nandini (Violin), Chidambaram S Balashankar (Mridangam), Sumana Chandrashekar (Ghatam)
4.00 p.m. - K Gayatri (Vocal)
L Ramakrishnan (Violin), Poongulam Subramaniam (Mridangam), H Prasanna (Ghatam)
6.45 p.m. - Jayanthi Kumaresh (Veena)
K U Jayachandra Rao (Mridangam), Trichy S Krishnaswamy(Ghatam)

Dec. 31, 2019
9.00 a.m. - Dr. B Balasubrahmaniyan (Vocal)
C N Chandrashekharan (Violin), Thanjavur Murugabhoopathi (Mridangam), S Hariharasubramanian (Ghatam)
11.45 a.m. - Lakshmi Ramasubramanian (Veena)
L Sudarsan Srinivas (Mridangam)
1.30 p.m. - Vishaal R Sapuram (Chitraveena)
C N Thyagaraju (Violin), Rajesh Srinivasan (Mridangam), Nerkunam S Manikantan (Moharsing)
4.00 p.m. - J A Jayanth (Flute)
B Anantha Krishnan (Violin), V V Ramanamurthy (Mridangam), S Venkataramanan (Kanjira), Bangalore B Rajasekar (Moharsing)
6.45 p.m. - Manjiri Asanare – Kelkar (Hindustani Vocal)
Siddhesh Bicholkar (Harmonium), Mandar Puranik (Tabla)

Jan. 1, 2020
9.15 a.m. - T.V. Gopalakrishnan (Vocal),
VVS Murari (Violin), Anantha R Krishnan (Mridangam), Tirupunithura Radhakrishnan Ghatam
3.45 p.m. - Mangala Isai - Adyar D.Balasubramani (Nadaswaram)
G.Vinothkumar (Nadaswaram), Adyar P.V.Dhakchinamoorthi (Tavil), Adyar D. Senthilkumar (Tavil)
5.00 p.m. - Sadas
7.00p.m. - Special programme – Namasankeertanam by Tukkaram Ganapathy and Party

July 22, 2019

Vidushi S Sowmya is chosen for Sangita Kalanidhi award by The Music Academy

The Music Academy has announced Sangita Kalanidhi and other awards. At its meeting held today, 21st July 2019, the Executive Committee of the Music Academy unanimously decided on the Sangita Kalanidhi and other awards.



The awards for 2020 are:

Sangita Kalanidhi - Dr. S. Sowmya
Sangita Kala Acharya - Smt. Seetha Narayanan and Smt. M.S. Sheela
T.T.K. Awards - Shri. Vyasarpadi Kothandaraman and Shri Rajkumar Bharathi
Musicologist Award - Dr. Arati N.Rao
Nritya Kalanidhi Award for Dance - Smt. Priyadarsini Govind

The profiles of the awardees as provided in the Press Release by The Music Academy are here:

Dr. S. Sowmya, an outstanding Carnatic vocalist has been chosen for the coveted Sangita Kalanidhi award. A disciple of Sangita Kalanidhi Dr S. Ramanathan and Sangita Kala Acharya T. Muktha, S. Sowmya is one of the foremost exponents of the art today. A Ph.D. holder from the University of Madras, she is known for her intellectual approach to music. She is a part of the faculty of The Music Academy’s Advanced School of Carnatic Music. She is also on the Academic Council of the Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University. She will preside over the 93rd Annual Conference of The Music Academy to be held from 15th December 2019 to 1st January 2020.

Smt. Seetha Narayanan is a senior performer and guru and embraces a wide variety of schools - the Sangita Kalanidhi Tiger Varadachariar bhani and the Sangita Kalanidhi Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer bhani that she absorbed through several disciples of the stalwarts. She also came under the tutelage of Sangita Kalanidhi Dr S Ramanathan. She has trained numerous students in her style.

Smt. M.S. Sheela, the other Sangita Kala Acharya awardee is a torchbearer for Carnatic Music in Karnataka. She holds a post graduate degree in the subject. She trained under her mother M N Rathna and later under Sangita Kalanidhi R K Srikantan. She has established her name in the classical, devotional and light music genres. She has trained several disciples who carry forward her style of music.

Shri. Vyasarpadi Kothandaraman is among the most popular Nagaswaram artistes in the field, Kothandaraman comes from Thirupulivanam near Kanchipuram. He had his training under his father, Gopalaswami, and is not only a popular performer known for emphasising the lyrical aspects via his music but is also a guru, teaching several students the difficult and demanding art of nagaswaram.
Shri Rajkumar Bharathi is a great grandson of the national poet Subramani Bharathi. He began his tutelage under his mother Lalitha, when 5. He later trained under Valliyur Gurumurthi, and Sangita Kalanidhis M Balamuralikrishna and T V Gopalakrishnan. Beginning as a performer, he later moved on to composing, for dance, audio CDs, fusion projects and thematic presentations.

Dr. Arati N.Rao is Assistant Professor, Jain University, Bengaluru where she researches and teaches in the area of musicology. She received her Ph.D., from the University of Mysore on the topic ‘ Vijayanagara as a Seat of Music’. She has published several papers in journals and presented papers in international conferences apart from being involved in ongoing research projects.

Smt. Priyadarsini Govind is one of the foremost Bharatanatyam dancers among the current generation. She was trained by two stalwarts, Shri S.K. Rajarathnam Pillai and Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan and has performed in all the major centres in India and abroad in a career spanning two decades. She has also participated in many international Dance festivals and collaborative works apart from having some productions to her credit. She has received the Kalaimamani award from the Government of Tamil Nadu. She was the Director of Kalakshetra Foundation for a term until recently.
Sangita Kalanidhi and other music awards will be conferred at the Sadas of the Music festival on 1st January 2020. The Nritya Kalanidhi Award will be presented at the Inauguration of the Dance Festival on 3rd January 2020.

March 13, 2019

Season 2019: Schedules done in March!

The 'season' arrives early!
The scheduled of concerts for the senior slots and the morning veteran slots of The Music Academy Madras are already out. This is even before the announcement of 'Sangita Kalnidhi' award for the year.
Here is the link to the concerts 2019:
https://www.musicacademymadras.in/conference-and-concerts/music-concerts/conference-and-concerts-2019

The groups of rasikas on Social Media are already analysing the schedule and coming up with the details of promotion to senior slots, who is in and who is out.
The pressure is on with the sabhas to decide on their dates.
Though the dates of the 'Academy' are constant through the years that the festival starts on Dec. 15 and concludes with the sadas on Jan, 1 every year, this early announcement will help people travelling to the city to catch their favourite artistes at the 'academy'.


January 01, 2019

See you all in Season 2019

It was a tightly packed 'season' from November till the end of December 2018. However, music and music festivals are not just limited to any 'Music season' in Chennai. What follows is a dance festival in January and Nadaswaram music festival from mid-Jan.
February - March is Sivaratri music festivals followed by concerts after Panguni Brahmotsavam in the famed Sri Kapaleeswarar temple in Mylapore. And in April, Sri Ramanavami and Tamil New Year concerts will be conducted. Before it is Aadi music festivals, there are monthly concerts in sabhas and then the season catches up again from September onwards.

Come again here to see more coverage of music and festivals by September October. Till then, there are a few other websites that publish information about concerts throughout the year.

You could plan your visit to Chennai by following the calendar on Nadalokam and enjoy the music in various towns and cities in Chennai.

See you all again in yet another music season in 2019!