December 24, 2010

Maris Music Mela on Dec. 25, 2010

Hotel Maris on Cathedral Road conducts Maris Music Mela on Christmas Day every year.

A full day mela has concerts at the cozy circular hall of Hotel Maris and gives the audience the feel of listening to music at their drawing hall.

Tomorrow's event starts at 9.30 am. After the inauguration, there are four concerts lines up from 10.15 am with a lunch break of an hour and a half at 1 pm.

At 10.15 am Bangalore S Shankar will sing to the accompanimnet of Mysore M Nagaraj on the violin, Tumkur Ravishankar on Mridangam and B.S. Purushotham on Kanjira.

The afternoon concert is by Pallavi Susara from Australia singing at 2.30 pm with Anupama Shankar on violin. Pragadeesh Shanmugaraja on mridangam.

Kunrakudi Balamurali Krishna will sing at 4 pm with accompanists Avaneeswram S.R.Vinu on the violin. M.V.Chandrasekhar on the mridangam and Madipakkam A Murali on the Ghatam.

Chitraveena concert by N.Ravikiran is at 6.15 pm. Accompanying him are Mysore Manjunath on violin, Trichy Sankaran on the mridangam and Giridhar Udupa on the ghatam.

The concerts are free and open to all rasikas. Find the location on Google Maps here.

December 22, 2010

Shri Ragam - beautiful weave of music and story

.................. By Dhvani

>>>Dhvani has mailed us her experience at the event. The views are hers and not of>>>

After reading a unique trailer about Shri Ragam in Hindu newspaper and the curtain raiser on KutcheriBuzz, I got very curious and set out to Krishna Gana Sabha to check out what this was all about on December 19th.

The well lit stage had Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh on center stage, with M.D. Pallavi and Abhishek Raghuram on either side of her. The percussionists Pramath Kiran (Tabla and Morsing) and Anand Ananthakrishnan (mridangam) flanked the stage.

While the audience was getting settled, I got to hear bits and pieces of conversation around me – everyone trying to figure out what was in store for the evening!

And after the invocation piece, Jayanthi, along with her group, wove a beautiful story about Lalithamma and Adithya – a guru and her student. Set to present-day tone, the story neatly walked us through the perspective – of an eager student who wished to learn music from the best, of a guru and her expectations from a student, of a musician and her experience and thoughts through decades, and then of course, of music in its various forms.

Shri Ragam was well balanced with narration, conversation, Carnatic music – both vocal and veena and Hindustani music. The singers did a fabulous job throughout - the swara devatha slokams, devarnama, alaaps, neravals and they were ably supported by the percussionists. Jayanthi’s taanam and later “Annapoorne” in Saama on the veena were excellent.

The script/narration/screenplay was clear with many an analogy for clarity. Quite a few topics were covered during this two hour programme and the messages were delivered in small doses along the way – just enough to get one thinking but still staying with the narrator. There were tons of adjectives used to describe music and very few word repeats.

Jayanthi’s ability to switch energy levels in her voice while she described a scene, assumed the role of a young and exuberant Adithya, or altered to the wise Lalithamma was just amazing. Alternating the script between English and Tamil made for a good change too.

Shri Ragam completely captivated the attention of the audience with description of places, people and their emotions but specifically the locations Madurai & Varanasi stay in my mind. One could almost hear the temple bells and the sounds of river Ganges who flows through wild rapids and shallow pebbled routes. Pallavi also captured these sounds beautifully with her rendition of “tunga tarange Gange”.

The simple way in which Jayanthi explained how layers of complexity can be added to a ragam, in this case Kalyani, showed a brief glimpse of how the syllabus is set out for Carnatic music. Humor was interspersed with the dialogs making it funny yet thought provoking.

Jayanthi has taken the art of storytelling through and about music to the next level with Shri Ragam.

December 21, 2010

Madurai TNS : A phenomenon

by...Sivapriya Krishnan

For me the season started with Madurai T N Seshagopalan at the Kartik Fine Arts. TNS was in good cheer and the two brilliant pieces vying with one another were the Nagaswaravali and Vijayasaraswati alapana. The brisk swaras at Saranam Vijaya Saraswati Maye, was a testimony to the veterans genius, which has been proved amply several times. Accompanied by M Chandrasekharan on the violin and Ramabhadran on the mridangam, this concert was a memorable one.

I doubled it up with the masters' Music Academy concert, as its a yearly ritual for me, never to be missed.

My pick was the Bhairavi raga and the Vachaspati swaras for Kanathandri naapai in the song Ennaduni, a Patnam delight. The Bhairavi raga could not have hid itself anymore, as every nook and phrase of the raga was explored by him, only to be followed by the beautiful Upacharamulanu.

Here again he was supported well Delhi Sunderrajan on the violin , Ramabhadran on the mridangam and Grurprasad on the ghatam.


Seshu-Seenu read the title of the evening programme at Krishna Gana Sabha. Multiple delight! TNS and Mandolin Srinivas together with Guruvayur Dorai and Zakir Husain as percussion accompaniment.

Though personally I felt that the title name was a little frivolous and that some other name surely could have been coined, I had to thank myself for attending this concert.

What a fiercely fiesty combination that was ! All titans ! with prodigious leaps and powerful steps! Left one spellbound and stupefied !

Starting with an Abhogi varnam, the songs that followed were, Hamsadhwani ragam and Vatapi Ganapathim with swaras.

A uniquely off beat kalapramana was chosen by TNS for the Anandabhairavi Marivere, which lent a nice pep to the otherwise peppy gait of Misra Chapu !

Samajavaragamana in Hindolam witnessed a short but imaginative neraval from TNS, followed by swara exchanges by both Srinivas and him at the line Veda Shiro ....!This was then followed by a very expansive raga alapana of Kalyani,by TNS,wherein he left no raga exploration untouched; with brief exchanges between him and Srinivas at a few places and at Tanam, before they moved onto a pallavi in Adi Tala sama eduppu : "Hare! Rama Krishna Govinda, Mukunda" . One may wonder that it is far too simple for the artists on stage. But then TNS put his imaginative, genius stamp onto this by doing various tala workmanship for this phrase, thus embellishing it fully !
The way he made a korvai with the word Govinda was impeccable.

Mandolin Srinivas, proved that he was an intelligent master, all along, wonderfully giving the due respect to the larger titan by his side, at the same time displaying his mastery over the instrument. There were times when he just played along side, or made a nice frill of an embellishment or even kept quiet without playing or disturbing the flow of music.

The Tani saw sparkling fireworks between the mridangam and tabla ustads. Words may not describe anymore of this experience.

December 20, 2010

Pantula Rama : Fascile and confident

by Sivapriya Krishnan

Been a while since I posted on the site.

Pantula Rama at the Music Academy made a statement , by a fascile approach to her singing. If the Sanskrit word "anaayaasam" needs to be understood in application, then one has to listen to her sing. Her voice traverses multi octaves with ease and her brighas are crisp and fall in place. Her creativity, energy and exploratory approach on stage very easily reminds us of the felicity of MLV. I am not here talking about bani or style. Readers please don't confuse. Just drawing a mild comparison to the energy on stage !

I heard her only from the song Vinanaasakoni yunnaanura in Pratapavarali.
Parvati Ninnune in Kalkagada, which she sang with a tisra nadai approach had a folkish touch , which was rather different to the ears.

She sang an excellent Kamboji raga , that was to be followed by Tiruvadi Charanam.
My crib with her Tiruvadi Charanam was that it became a " Candy Floss ". A song with so much pathos and entreaty was not treated to its grandeur. She was very fast with the song and the swaras sans neraval only added to this lightness.

Her RTP in Khanda triputa, purvangam Tisra nadai till arudi and the dhrutam portion with chatusram was an intelligent line. It was actually a simple format, very easy to handle, but at the same time giving the listener a feeling of being tricky !

She treated this pallavi well and wrapped with a brisk Sindubhairavi Tillana of Lalgudi Jayaraman.

What is good about her, is that she sings pleasantly, unmindful of the surroundings, with ease and poise,is very confident about herself and presents with maturity.

MSN Murthy on the violin, VV Ramanamurthy on the mridangam and N Somayajulu on the ghatam matched the artist's calibre and added to the lustre of the concert.

December 19, 2010

News Bulletin Dec. 19, 2010

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December 18, 2010

News Bulletin - Dec. 18, 2010

Listen to today's news bulletin and plan your day.
There are lots for the students as lec-dems, concerts for the music lovers and thematic shows for the dance lovers. Do check!

We welcome your feedback!

Recorded at Digi Sound Studio, Chennai

December 17, 2010

Indian Fine Arts Society inaugurates its season

For the classically inclined, the nomination of vidwan Manakkal Rangarajan's name for the award Sangeetha Kala Shikhamani at The Indian Fine Arts Society will bring back the grand old days of the vidwan's concerts while many stalwarts were on the concert circuits.

Manakkal Rangarajan too expressed satisfaction that he sang with equal passion and dedication and was also a sought after vidwan at the times when Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, G.N. Balasubramaniam, Semmangudi and many of that era were ruling. The late arrival of awards dis not dampen his spirits. His advises for the young performers included dedication for what they do and not to sing looking at written down words from papers.


The felicitations by senior artists T.N.Krishnan, T.V. Gopalakrishnan, T.K. Govinda Rao, T.R. Subramaniam and S.A.K. Durga gave a good account of what respect Rangarajan had with his fellow musicians of his times.

T.N. Krishnan is generous in applauding his counterparts as well as the young artistes. His mention in his speech as chitraveena maestro Ravikiran and modern musician T.M. Krishna brought smiles on the faces of the listeners, as being referred to by a musician of his calibre is wonderful for the youngsters.

Ravikiran was quick to give a solution to bring in the youngsters to the award evenings. "It must be made compulsory for the junior, sub-senior artistes to attend the award event. They should know more about the stalwarts," he said.

A London based rasika is making a documentary on Manakkal Rangarajan and this reminded Krishna to mention that more documentaries be made for the younger generations to get inspired.

A group of students from Hyderabad, trained by Manjula Ramaswamy performed a short piece with candles in their hands and standing on a globe-like structure. Every movement gave them huge applause.

Following this, a Bharathanatyam performance by R. Sai Santosh, disciple of guru Adyar K. Lakshman and Deepa Baba Prasad. Guru Lakshman announced that the first item was a new jatiswaram in Kharaharapriya he composed and choreographed for which music was composed by Mysore V Seshanna.

News Bulletin Dec. 17, 2010

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December 16, 2010

Abhinaya Sudha - For the Dance Lovers

An unique Festival Showcasing the expressional aspect in solo dance traditions of South India

Festival Presented by KUCHIPUDI DANCE CENTRE (Delhi)

Festival co-ordinator for Chennai Shri. V.V. Ramanee
Contact at : 9840238356

Here is the schedule.

Wednesday 22 Dec 2010
6:30 to 7:10pm
N. Srikanth (Chennai) - Bharata Natyam

7:15 pm
Swapnasundari (Delhi) - Vilasini Natyam

Thursday 23 Dec 2010
6:30 to 7:10pm
P.N. Krishna Kumar (Thrisur) - Mohini Attam

7:15pm Bragha Bessel (Chennai) - Bharata Natyam

Friday 24 Dec 2010
6:30 to 7:15pm
Yashoda Thakore (Hyderabad) - Vilasini Natyam

Gopika Varma (Chennai) - Mohini Attam

Chandra-Mandala "SPACES"
No:1, Elliot's Beach Road,
Besant Nagar, Chennai - 90

Institution of awards at the opening of Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha festival

Awards go on mounting and await recipients every year at the sabhas during the December season.
This year Nithyasree Mahadevan has reasons to make awards in the names of her legendary paternal grandmother D.K. Pattammal and maternal grandfather Palghat Mani Iyer since his centenary is to be celebrated next year.

At the launch of the music festival at Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha Nithyasree received the award 'Sangeetha Kala Sarathy' from the hands of 46th jeeyar of Ahobila Mutt Sri Ranganatha Yatindra Mahadesikan.

She said in her acceptance speech that the awards make her more humble and more responsible towards the music she inherited from the family.
The Palghat Mani Iyer award instituted by her went to Umayalpuram Sivaraman, but he opted to donate it to Sabha to institute a prize in the name of one of his gurus Sakkottai Rangu Iyengar and said that it be given to the best mridangam player in the evening slots during the December season at the sabha.

Sudha Raghunathan has also instituted an award in the name of her guru, veteran singer M.L. Vasanthakumari and this year, the award went to Amrita Murali., a vocalist and violinist.

The jeer recalled his growing up years at Kumbakonam listening to good music. He appealed to the well wishers especially the patron Nalli Kuppusamy Chetti to facilitate the sabha to have its own venue soon.

The opening ceremonies always go beyond the time stipulated resulting in the inaugural concert delayed and shortened at the end.
It happened at Parthasarathy Sabha too.
The genius' concert of the nonagenarian R.K. Srikantan and the prodigy musician N.Ravikiran on Chitraveena. Accompanying on the mridangam was another veteran Srimushnam Rajarao and on the Kanjira, the young Sri Sundar Kumar. The hall was packed when the concert began.

But Madras rarely choose to be outdoors beyond 8.30 pm on any day. And a huge group walked out after the Bhairavi alapana by the genius duo!

Concerts are on till Jan. 8, 2011 at this Sabha, Interesting lec-dems are also conducted in the mornings.

Know more about music at this Lec-dem mela : Dec. 19 t0 21, 2010

Know more about music at this Lec-dem mela

The Music Forum, Chennai (Convenor : Dr. S. Sundar, vocalist) and Marg Properties jointly present a Lec-dem mela in association with TAG Centre and Sruti magazine.

The mela will be held on Dec. 19, 20 and 21 at TAG Centre, TTK Road, Opp. Narada Gana Sabha, Alwarpet.

Entry to the programmes are by prior registration only. For registration, contact 93810 23173 or 94441 23645

The schedule of Lec-dem is:

Dec. 19, 2010

3.30 p.m. - Approach to Virutham Singing - R. Vedavalli
4.45 p.m. - Prosody in compositions of the Trinity - Pappu Venugopala Rao

Dec. 20, 2010

9.00 a.m. - Sampradaya Namasankeerthanam - Udayalur Kalyanarama Bhagavathar
10 a.m. - The Diversified themes and ragas through the compositions of Thyagaraja - S.R. Janakiraman
11.30 a.m. - The Origin & Evolution of pallavi singing - Suguna Purushothaman
1.00 p.m. to 1.45 p.m. - Lunch
2.00 p.m. - Carnatic music & its composition as a vehicle for spiritual understanding - K.N. Sashikiran
3.15 p.m. - Padams & Javalis - Chitravina N. Ravikiran
4.30 p.m. - Hindustani Bhajans and Abhangs - Seetha Narayanan

Dec. 21, 2010

9.00 a.m. - Raga delineation through compositions - R.K.Sriramkumar
10.15 a.m. - The art of accompanying various types of compositions - Guruvayur Dorai
11.30 a.m. - Interpretations and presentations of compositions (Carnatic and Hindustani) on the violin - Shriram Parasuram
1.00 p.m. to 1.45 p.m. - Lunch
2.00 p.m. - Divya Prabandhams - Subhashini Parthasarathy
3.15 p.m. - Hymns of the Saivaite Saints - Thevarams by S. Sundar and M. Kodilingam
4.30 p.m. - thillanas - Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi

Kutcheris in the garden

Sri Parvati Centre on Eldams Road, Alwarpet hosts Sruti Pattabhiraman Memorial Concerts at the garden in their campus.

Margazhi Kutchery in the Garden, as the organisers prefer to call it will be held from Dec. 19 to 26 from 7.15 am to 8.30 am.

Sri Parvati Centre is at 28/160, Eldams Road, Alwarpet.
Contact 9962029883, 9884075453

Dec. 19, 2010 - Aiswarya Balasubramaniam (Vocal)

Dec. 20, 2010 - Dikshita V (Vocal)

Dec. 21, 2010 - Bharath Viswanath (Vocal)

Dec. 22, 2010 - Narayanan (Vocal)

Dec. 23, 2010 - Brinda Manickavasagam ( Vocal)

Dec. 24, 2010 - Divya Hariharan (Vocal)

Dec. 25, 2010 - M.V.Swarup (Flute)

Dec. 26, 2010 - Bhavana Viswanathan (Vocal)

December 15, 2010

Carnatica's Coffee Chat

How about a chance to interact with your favourite singer in an informal atmosphere and at close quarters?
You can get it at the Carnatica's annual chat show, Sangeetha Sandippu—Carnatic Celebrity Coffee Chat, which will be hosted from Dec. 16, 2010.

This year, the event will be a family affair, as it will feature not only the celebrity musicians, but also their families! This will give rasikas the opportunity to discover the personal side of the musicians and the kind of support they receive from their families, say the organisers.

The schedule of the chat:

16th December, Thursday
Sangita Kalanidhi designates Bombay Sisters Saroja and Lalitha

17th December, Friday
Ganesh–Kumaresh–Jayanthi Kumaresh

18th December, Saturday
Neyveli Santhanagopalan and Sriranjani Santhanagopalan

19th December, Sunday
Veena Gayathri and Kamala Ashwathama

20th December, Monday
Gayathri Girish and Vasundhara Rajagopal

21st December, Tuesday
Abhishek Raghuram and Anand Ananthakrishnan (grandsons of mridangam maestro Palghat Raghu)

22nd December, Wednesday
Veteran msuician R. Vedavalli

23rd December, Thursday
Trichur Ramachandran, Charumathi Ramachandran and Subhashree Ramachandran

24th December, Friday
Gayathri Venkataraghavan

25th December, Saturday
Guitar Prasanna

Venue: Sangeetha Fast Foods, R.A. Puram
Time: 5 to 6 pm (16th–24th December); 4 to 5 pm (25th December)

On each day of the coffee chat, there will be a quiz on the celebrity musician(s) of the day. Prize-winning rasikas will be given free CDs by Carnatica!

Sangeetha Fast Foods will provide snacks and Kumbakonam degree coffee free to the rasikas on all days!

Passes will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis at the venue from 11.00 am everyday.

It's music all over Chennai!

This is the 'season' all the art lovers should make sure that they have no other engagements, except music, in Chennai.

The music spills over to the streets, parks, gardens and drawing rooms of big homes.

Giri Trading company having its business in the heart of Mylapore cannot remain without celebrating a 'Music Festival' of its own.

Their shop sports a new look with a huge banner covering the facade with tiles of pictures of artistes.

The shop offers discounts on various albums - audio and video.

In the evenings, the sides of the stairway to the shop provides space for small performances by the young artistes either as main performers or as accompanists.

There is still a dearth of spaces for performances. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan drew their curtain down on Dec. 10 and Kartik Fine Arts' festival got shifted to Bhavan from Narada Gana Sabha.

Bhavan's Mini hall is now taken up by the Baala Kala Sagaram and Ramjhi's Isai Mazhalai perform in three different slots everyday.

December 13, 2010

Charsur Arts Foundation festival 2010

A eight-day music festival is organised by the Charsur Arts Foundation, the promoters of Charsur Digital Workstation who produces many archives of Cranatic music albums.

The festival starts on Dec. 19 and goes on till Dec. 26, 2010.
The concerts will be held at the Mini Hall of Narada gana Sabha, T.T.K. Road, Alwarpet. Open to all.

Here is the schedule:

Dec. 19, 2010

4.15 p.m. - Sriranjani Santhanagopalan - Vocal, Padma Shankar (Violin), Melakaveri Balaji (Mridangam), E.M. Subramaniam (Ghatam)

6.30 p.m. - Saketha Raman - Vocal, Nagai Sriram (Violin), Patri Satish Kumar (Mridangam), K.V.Gopalakrishnan (Ghatam)

Dec. 20, 2010

4.15 p.m. - Sandeep Narayanan - Vocal, Avaneeswrarm S.R. Vinu (Violin), Neyveli R.Narayanan (Mridangam), Trichy K.Murali (Ghatam)

6.30 p.m. - Amritha Murali - Vocal, R. Hemalatha (Violin), J.Vaidyanathan (Mridangam), Guru Prasad (Ghatam)

Dec. 21, 2010

4.15 p.m. - Ramakrishnan Murthy - Vocal, M.A.Krishnaswamy (Violin), K.Arun Prakash (Mridangam), N.Govindarajan (Ghatam)

6.30 p.m. - Prasanna Venkataraman - Vocal, S.Varadarajan (Violin), Srimushnan Raja Rao (Mridangam), V.Anirudh Athreya (Kanjira)

Dec. 22, 2010

4.15 p.m. - Ranjani Hebbar - Vocal, M.Narmada (Violin), Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar (Mridangam), S.Venkataramanan (Kanjira)

6.30 p.m. - Nisha Rajagopal - Vocal, B. Raghavendra Rao (Violin), B.Ganapathyraman (Mridangam), Madipakkam Murali (Ghatam)

Dec. 23, 2010

4.15 p.m. - K. Bharat Sundar - Vocal, M.R. Gopinath (Violin), Neyveli B. Venkatesh (Mridangam), H. Sivaramakrishnan (Ghatam)

6.30 p.m. - Amrutha Venkatesh - Vocal, Mysore Srikanth (Violin), Poongulam Subramaniam (Mridangam), Adambakkam Shankar (Ghatam)

Dec. 24, 2010

4.15 p.m. - Vidya Kalyanaraman - Vocal, Nishant Chandran (Violin), B.Sivaraman (Mridangam), Udipi Sridhar (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. - Kunnakudi Balamuralikrishna - Vocal, Akkarai Subbulakshmi (Violin), Mannargudi Earwaran - Mridangam

Dec. 25, 2010

4.15 p.m. - K.Gayathri - Vocal, V.Sanjeev (Violin), Trivandrum Balaji (Mridangam), Nerkunam Shankar (Kanjira)
6.30 p.m. - Sumithra Vasudev (Vocal), Charulatha Ramanujam (violin), Shertalai Ananthakrishnan (Mridangam), Papanasam Sethuraman (Kanjira)

Dec. 26, 2010

4.15 p.m. - Bharathi Ramasubban - Vocal, Ambika Prasad (Violin), Mannarkoil Balaji (mridangam), Akshay Padmanabhan (Kanjira)
6.30 p.m. - Swarna Rethas - Vocal, V.V. Ravi (Violin), Madirimangalam Swaminathan (Mridangam), H.Prasanna (Ghatam)

December 12, 2010

Plan your peak season schedule!

Chennai starts experiencing the flavour of music and dance from early November with a few major sabhas like Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Carnatica hosting their events very early.

However, the peak 'season' is on from Dec. 15 for many of the concert hoppers. The office goers prefer to take a break a week before Christmas.
They love to settle down in cozy chairs in mildly air-conditioned halls and enjoy the hot pakodas, bondas and filter coffee in between!

If you are yet to plan your peak season concert schedules, here are two guides / planners to choose your favourite artistes or venues or dates.

The small pocket book of concert reckoner compiled by S. Kannan and supported by Nalli was released on the inauguaral day of Brahma gana Sabha festival on Dec. 4, 2010.
This book is available at all Nalli stores in T.Nagar, Adyar, Anna Nagar, Sriram Nagar - Alwarpet apart from S. Kannan's place at 2nd floor, Sundaram Apartment, 3, Anandapuram, Off Dr. Rangachari Road, Mylapore. publishes an oblong pocket guide listing major concerts in various sabhas in Chennai. This book is available at Kutcheribuzz office at 2nd Floor, Corporation Shopping Complex, 77, C.P. Ramaswamy Road, Alwarpet.

Both these books are distributed for free and you really need to be early at the pick up points to be lucky to have them.

Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha December Festival 2010

One of the oldest sabhas in Chennai, Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha formed in 1900 continues to celebrate a long December Season every year.

The concerts are held at Vidya Bharathi Kalyana Mandapam, 55, Bheemasena Garden Road (Near Jammi Building) Mylapore.

For tickets and other details contact the sabha at 9444701446, 28441837

The Schedule:

Dec. 15, 2010, Wednesday

4.15 p.m Mangala Isai – Nagaswaram by Thirupulivanam E.HARIDOSS & Party

7.00 p.m. - “Nadha Yogi” Sri. R.K.SRIKANTAN with Sri. RAVIKIRAN – Chitraveena ; R.Ramakanth – Vocal Support ; Srimushnam V. Rajarao – Mridangam ; Srisundarkumar – Kanjeera

Dec.16, 2010, Thursday

8.30 a.m “Carnataka Sangita Pitamaha Sri Purandaradasa.” by Sri. T.K. Govinda Rao, Musician & Musicologist.

10.00 a.m. SRIRAM GANGADHARAN- Vocal ; R.Satishkumar – Violin ; Madipakkam Suresh – Mridangam ; Madipakkam Murali - Ghatam.

6.30 p.m. Dr. K.J. YESUDOSS - Vocal ; Mahadeva Sharma – Violin ; B.Harikumar – Mridangam ; Tiruppunithura Radhakrishan – Ghatam.

Dec. 17, 2010 , Friday

8.30 a.m “Some interesting Talas of Hindustani Music” by Smt. Shakuntala Narasimhan

10.00 a.m. “Ananthan Adiseshan” A musical presentation by Kousalya Sivakumar & Party

12.30 p.m. Kanakadurga Venkatesh - Vocal ; Dineshkumar – Violin ; B.Sundar – Mridangam.

2.00 p.m. S.M.Vilasini - Vocal ; Bombay Anand – Violin ; Sai Giridhar – Mridangam.

4.00 p.m. Chinmaya Sisters - Vocal ; B.Ananthakrishnan – Violin ; Kallidaikuruchi Sivakumar – Mridangam ; Papanasam Sethuraman - Kanjeera

6.30 p.m. S.SAKETHARAMAN - Vocal ; Mysore Srikanth – Violin ; Tiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam – Mridangam ; E.M.Subramaniam - Ghatam

Dec.18, 2010, Saturday

8.30 a.m “Mysore Sadasiva Rao and his Contributions” by Dr. Rajshri Ramakrishna, Lecturer, Dept. of Indian Music, Univ. of Madras.

10.00 a.m. Madurai T.N.S.Krishna - Vocal ; V.V.Ravi – Violin ; K.V.Prasad – Mridangam ; B.S.Purushothaman - Kanjeera

12.30 p.m. Dr.N.S.Lekshmy - Vocal ; K.P.Nandini – Violin ; V.R.Jayakumar – Mridangam ;

2.00 p.m. Prasanth Radhakrishnan - Saxophone ; Kovai Chandran – Violin ; Sumesh Narayan – Mridangam ; Chandrasekara Sharma – Ghatam

4.00 p.m. B.Kannan - Veena ; Bombay Anand – Violin ; Nagai P. Sriram – Mridangam ; Chandrasekara Sharma - Ghatam ; N.Sundar – Morsing

6.30 p.m. `Sangeetha Kalasarathy’ SUDHA RAGHUNATHAN - Vocal ; B.Raghavendra Rao – Violin ; Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan - Mridangam;

Dec.19, 2010, Sunday

8.30 a.m “Rare ragas handled by Dr.Muthiah Bhagavatar” by Dr. M.B. Vedavalli, Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Indian Music, Univ. of Madras followed by
Felicitation Function by to Dr. M.B.Vedavalli

10.00 a.m. R.Suriyaprakash - Vocal ; M.A.Sundareswaran – Violin ; Tanjore Murugabhoopathy – Mridangam ; Srirangam Kannan - Morsing

12.30 p.m. Vikram K.Raghavan - Vocal ; Aditi Prakash – Violin ; Tanjore Praveenkumar – Mridangam

2.00 p.m. Prasanna Venkatraman - Vocal ; V.Sanjeev – Violin ; R.Suryanarayanan – Mridangam

4.00 p.m. Carnatica Brothers K.N.Sasikiran & Ganesh - Vocal ; M.A.Sundareswaran – Violin ; Kamalakar Rao – Mridangam

6.30 p.m. RANJANI & GAYATRI - Vocal ; Mysore Srikanth – Violin ; Neyveli Skandasubramaniam - Mridangam ; Ravi Balasubramaniam – Ghatam

Dec. 20, 2010, Monday

8.30 a.m “Misra Nadai Pallavi in 4 kalai” by Chingleput Sri. Ranganathan, Principal,T.T.C., The Music Academy, Chennai.

10.00 a.m. Mysore M. Nagaraj & Mysore M. Manjunath - Violin Duo ; Tiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam- Mridangam ; A.S.Shankar- Ghatam

12.30 p.m. Hyderabad Subhalakshmi - Vocal ; V.Giridhari – Violin ; Parthasarathy – Mridangam ; Harihara Sharma - Kanjeera

2.00 p.m. Akshay Padmanabhan - Vocal ; Akkarai Swarnalatha – Violin ; B.Arjun Ganesh – Mridangam

4.00 p.m. Amruta Sankaranarayanan - Vocal ; Nagai Sriram – Violin ; Tanjore Murugabhoopathy – Mridangam ; Rajaganesh - Kanjeera

6.30 p.m. PRIYA SISTERS - Vocal ; M.A.Krishnaswamy – Violin ; Patri Satishkumar – Mridangam

Dec. 21, 2010, Tuesday

8.30 a.m “Role of Madhyama in rakti Ragas” by Dr. R.S. Jayalakshmi, Lecturer, T.T.C. The Music Academy, Chennai.

10.00 a.m. “Vintage Old Film Melodies” Revathy Krishna - Veena & Party

12.30 p.m. Cuddalore P.R.Vasudevan - Vocal ; B.Ananthakrishnan – Violin ; S.J.Arjun Ganesh – Mridangam ; D.Venkatasubramaniam - Ghatam

2.00 p.m. V.Sowmyasree - Vocal ; S.V.Sudarshan – Violin ; R.Adamya – Mridangam

4.00 p.m. Lakshmi Rangarajan - Vocal ; Ranjani Ramakrishnan – Violin ; Delhi Sairam – Mridangam

6.30 p.m. S.SHASHANK - Flute ; Akkarai Subhalakshmi – Violin ; T.V.Gopalakrishnan – Mridangam ; Vijay Natesan – Kanjeera

Dec. 22, 2010, Wednesday

8.30 a.m “Kuraippu in Kalpana Svara ” (Adi & Misra Chapu) by Trichy Sri. J.Venkataraman, Musician & Musicologist.

10.00 a.m. Gurukulam : Traditional and Technology – Face to Face Interaction

12.30 p.m. J.B.Sruthi Sagar - Flute ; G.Murali Pavithran – Violin ; Vikram Vasudevan – Mridangam

2.00 p.m. Vasudha Ravi - Vocal ; Vittal Rangan – Violin ; Guru Raghavendra – Mridangam

4.00 p.m. Prema Rangarajan - Vocal ; V.V.S.Murari – Violin ; Melakaveri Balaji – Mridangam

6.30 p.m. `Sangeetha Kalasarathy’ T.V. SANKARANARAYANAN -Vocal ; `Sangeetha Kalasarathy’ M.Chandrasekaran - Violin ; Dr.T.K.Murthy – Mridangam ; B.Sivaraman – Mridangam ; Nerkunam Shankar – Kanjeera

Dec. 23, 2010, Thursday

8.30 a.m “Musical references in Periya Puranam” by Dr. M.A. Bhageerathi, Professor, Dept. of Music, Q.M.C. Chennai

10.00 a.m. “Gamakas, Anuswaras – Oceans of Musical Possibilities”, Dr. Sriram Parasuram, Musician & Musicologist.

12.30 p.m. Dr.Shankar Mahadevan - Vocal ; Villivakkam S.Raghuraman – Violin ; Akshay Ananthapadmanabhan – Mridangam

2.00 p.m. Shankar Ramani - Vocal ; K.J.Dileep – Violin ; Ram Sriram – Mridangam

4.00 p.m. Raji Gopalakrishnan - Vocal ; R.Satishkumar – Violin ; A.V.Manikandan – Mridangam ; N.Narasimhan – Ghatam

6.30 p.m. `Sangeetha Kalasarathy’ NEYVELI R. SANTHANAGOPALAN - Vocal ; M.A.Sundareswaran – Violin ; Mannargudi Eswaran – Mridangam; Vaikom Gopalakrishnan – Ghatam

Dec. 24, 2010, Friday

8.30 a.m “An ideal structure for Musical Composition” – A reflection of Past and Present by Smt. Suguna Purushothaman, Musician & Musicologist.

10.00 a.m. “Madhyamavathi Patterns” by `Nadha Yogi’ Prof. S.R. Janakiraman, Musician & Musicologist.
Aishwarya Venkatraman - Violin ; Vinod Venkatraman – Mridangam

12.30 p.m. G. Varalakshmi - Vocal ; G.Murali Pavithran – Violin ; Trichy V.Baskaran – Mridangam

2.00 p.m. V. Deepika - Vocal ; Parur Ananthakrishnan – Violin ; A.V.Manikandan – Mridangam ; Chandrasekara Sharma - Ghatam

4.00 p.m. Dr. R. Ganesh - Vocal ; Pakkala Ramadoss – Violin ; Umayalpuram Mali – Mridangam

6.30 p.m. “Jugalbandhi” Abhishek Raghuram & Jaytirth Meyundi - Vocal ; with Mysore Srikanth, Narendra Nayak, Anantha R.Krishnan, Vyas Murthy Katti

Dec. 25, 2010, Saturday

8.30 a.m “Ashtapadis and Bhajans tuned & popularised by Guru P.S.Srinivasa Rao by Dr. M.Premeela Gurumurthy, Prof.& Head,
Dept. of Indian Music, Univ. of Madras.

10.00 a.m. Visakha Hari - Kunthi Sthuthi and Bhisma Sthuthi – Harikatha ; Charulatha Ramanujam – Violin ; B.Ganapathyraman – Mridangam ;
Sukany Ramgopal – Ghatam

12.30 p.m. Brinda Manickavasakan - Vocal ; S.V.Sudarshan – Violin ; Nellai Srikrishnan – Mridangam

2.00 p.m. Sriranjani Santhanagopalan - Vocal ; Akkarai Swarnalatha – Violin ;H.N.Sudheendra – Mridangam ; Venkatramanan – Kanjeera

4.00 p.m. Sangeetha Swaminathan - Vocal ; Nishanth – Violin ; Nellai Balaji – Mridangam ; Papanasam Sethuraman – Kanjeera

6.30 p.m. HYDERABAD BROTHERS - Vocal ; R.K.Sriramkumar – Violin ; K.V.Prasad – Mridangam ; Srisundarkumar – Kanjeera

Dec. 26, 2010, Sunday

8.30 a.m “Contribution of Raja Raja Chola to the development of Art and Architecture” by Dr. B.M. Sundaram, Musicologist.

10.00 a.m. “Nachiyar Tirumozhi” Sublime observation by Velukkudi Sri. U.Ve. Krishnan Swami
Musical Presentation by Vasundara Rajagopal - Vocal ; B.Ananthakrishan – Violin ; Nellai Balaji – Mridangam.

1.00 p.m. K.Mahathy - Keyboard Karnatic ; T.S. Dinesh Kumar – Violin ; N.C. Bharadwaj- Mridangam; Harihara Subramaniam – Kanjeera
Ammangudi Ramnarayanan – Ghatam.

2.00 p.m. G. Ramanathan - Saxophone ; Karikkal Venkatasubramanian – Violin ; N.Ramakrishnan – Mridangam ; N.Sundar - Morsing

4.00 p.m. Charulatha Mani - Vocal ; B.Anathakrishnan – Violin ; Tillaisthanam R.Suryanarayanan – Mridangam ; Sundar - Morsing

6.30 p.m. Sikkil GURUCHARAN - Vocal ;T.K.V.Ramanujacharyulu – Violin; Sangeetha Kalasarathy Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman-Mridangam ; E.M.S.-Ghatam

Dec. 27, 2010, Monday

8.30 a.m “Mumoorthigal Sangamam” by Neyveli Sri.R.Santhanagopalan, Musician & Musicologist.

10.00 a.m. Ghatam Dr. S. Karthick’s HeArt Beat Music Ensemble; Dr. S. Karthick – Ghatam, Konnakol and Vocal ; Embar Kannan - Silent Violin ;
K. Satyanarayanan - Keyboard ; Poongulam Subramanian – Mridangam ; B.Srisundarkumar – Kanjeera; A.S. Krishnan - Morsing

12.30 p.m. Pranava Pallavi - Vocal ; Sandeep Bharadwaj – Violin ; V.Parthasarathy – Mridangam

2.00 p.m. Rithvik Raja - Vocal ; L.Ramakrishnan – Violin ; R.Sankaranarayanan – Mridangam ; V.Anirudh Athreya - Kanjeera

4.00 p.m. S. Mahathy - Vocal ; Melakavery Thiagarajan – Violin ; M.S.Varadan – Mridangam ; Trichy S.Krishnaswamy - Ghatam

6.30 p.m. `Sangeetha Kalasarathy’ Madurai T.N. SESHAGOPALAN - Vocal ; `Sangeetha Kalasarathy’ M.Chandrasekaran - Violin ;
Vellore G. Ramabhadran – Mridangam ; N.Guruprasad – Ghatam

Dec. 28, 2010, Tuesday

8.30 a.m “Transition of Folk Tunes in to Ragas” by Dr. S.A.K. Durga, Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Indian Music, Univ. of Madras.

10.00 a.m. “Manodharma Sangeetham – An extension of Kalpita Sangitam”

A Musical Open House. Anchor Person : N. Sashikiran

12.30 p.m. Lavanya Ramesh - Vocal ; S.D.Sudarshan – Violin ; Trivandrum Hariharan – Mridangam

2.00 p.m. Jayashree - Vocal ; Kovai Chandran – Violin ; R.Raghunath – Mridangam

4.00 p.m. Toronto Brothers Ashwin Iyer & Rohin Iyer - Vocal ; S.P.Ananthapadmanabha – Violin ; Erode Nagaraj – Mridangam

6.30 p.m. `Sangeetha Kalasarathy’ SANJAY SUBRAMANIAN - Vocal ; Nagai Muralidharan - Violin ; Trichy B.Harikumar - Mridangam ;
Coimbatore G.Mohanram - Ghatam

Dec. 29, 2010, Wednesday

8.30 a.m “Technique of translating Vocal Music into Violin” by

Sri. R.K.Sriramkumar, Violin Vidwan

10.00 a.m. Namasankeerthanam by Udayalur R. Kalyanarama Bhagavathar & Party

12.30 p.m. Mangalam Krishnan - Veena ; Nagercoil Anand – Violin ; Ammangudi Ramanarayanan – Mridangam

2.00 p.m. Mandolin Sisters - Mandolin ; Raghavan – Mridangam; B.Subba Rao – Ghatam

4.00 p.m. Nisha Rajagopal - Vocal ; V.V.S.Murari – Violin ; B.Ganapathyraman – Mridangam; Chandrasekara Sharma – Ghatam

6.30 p.m. KADRI GOPALNATH – Saxophone ; A.Kanyakumari – Violin ; B.Harikumar – Mridangam ; Trichy Krishnan – Ghatam; B.Rajasekar – Morsing

Dec. 30, 2010, Thursday

8.30 a.m “Lyrical excellence in the kritis of Sri Muthuswamy Dikshitar” by Smt. Sumathi Krishnan, Musician.

10.00 a.m. Kunnakudi M.Balamuralikrishna - Vocal ; M.A.Sundareswaran – Violin ; Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman – Mridangam ; Sri Sundarkumar – Kanjeera

12.30 p.m. J. B. Kirthana - Vocal ; Aporva Krishna – Violin ; Vikram Vasudevan – Mridangam

2.00 p.m. Cuddalore S. J. Jananiy - Vocal ; V.Suresh Babu – Violin ; R.Parthasarathy – Mridangam ; N.Narasimhan - Ghatam

4.00 p.m. V. Sankaranarayanan - Vocal ; V.V.Ravi – Violin ; T.R.Sundareswaran – Mridangam

6.30 p.m. GAYATHRI VENKATRAGHAVAN – Vocal ; Charulatha Ramanujam – Violin ; Neyveli Skandasubramaniam- Mridangam ; Nerkunam Shankar- Kanjeera ;

Dec. 31, 2010, Friday

8.30 a.m “Sri Ramana Bhagavan aruliya Akshara Manamaalai” – (Isai vadivil) by Smt. Vijayalakshmi T.V.Sankaranarayanan

10.00 a.m. Abhang Namasankeerthanam by Pushpa Anand & Party

12.30 p.m. Raghul Narayanan - Vocal ; Shraddha Ravindran – Violin ; Sai Raghavan – Mridangam

2.00 p.m. Shantala Subramaniam - Flute ; B.U.Ganesh Prasad – Violin ; Parupalli Phalgun - Mridangam; N.Guruprasad - Ghatam

4.00 p.m. “Classical Hindustani Forms” by GUNDECHA BROTHERS & Party

6.30 p.m. “Bhajan & Abhang” by O.S. Arun ; Karaikal Venkatasubramanian – Violin ; J.Vaidyanathan – Mridangam ; Sri Krishna – Harmonium;
Ganapathy & Kiran – Tabla ; Kalaiselvam – Tala.

Jan. 1, 2011, Saturday (at Triplicane)

9.00 a.m “Selected Pasurams from Divyaprabandham” by N.C.Soundaravalli ; Meera Sivaramakrishnan – Violin ; Manakkal Sriram – Mridangam.
Ernakulam Ramakrishnan – Ghatam

10.00 a.m “Sri Srinivasa Kalyanam” by Velukkudi Sri Krishnan Swami.

Jan. 1, 2011, Saturday (at Vidya Bharathi)

10.00 a.m. Ramji’s Isai Mazhalai presents “Sastriyamum Cinimavum”

12.30 p.m. K.Subhiksha - Vocal ; Raghav – Violin ; N.C.Bharadwaj – Mridangam

2.00 p.m. “Swetaranyam Sisters” R. Nithya & R. Vidhya - Vocal ; Srilakshmi Venkatramani – Violin ; J.Aravind – Mridangam

4.00 p.m. Mambalam Sisters - Vocal ; Dr.R.Hemalatha – Violin ; B.Sivaraman – Mridangam ; K.S.Rangachari - Kanjeera

6.30 p.m. NITHYASHREE MAHADEVAN – Vocal ; B.Raghavendra Rao - Violin ; I. Sivakumar- Mridangam ; Dr. S. Karthick – Ghatam.

Jan. 2, 2011, Sunday

8.30 a.m. Namasankeerthanam by Veeramani Raju & Party.

10.00 a.m. V.K.Raman - Flute ; M.A.Sundareswaran – Violin ; Guruvayur Durai – Mridangam; E.M.Subramaniam – Ghatam

12.30 p.m. V.Deekshita - Vocal ; Dineshkumar – Violin ; R.Ramkumar – Mridangam ;

2.00 p.m. Aathira Krishna - Violin (Solo) ; R – Violin ; Madipakkam Murali – Mridangam; Nanganallur S.Swaminathan – Ghatam

5.00 p.m. Kulasekara Azhwar Vaibhavam Harikatha by Kalyanapuram R. Aaravamudhachariar;
T.Hemamalini- Violin ; A.S.Ranganathan – Mridangam ;

6.30 p.m. PAPANASAM ASHOK RAMANI - Vocal ; S.Varadarajan – Violin ; Mannargudi Eswaran – Mridangam ; B.S.Purushotaman - Kanjeera

Jan. 3, 2011, Monday

4.00 p.m. Spl. Concert – “Popular Hits of D.K.Pattammal” by Jayanthi Rangarajan - Vocal ; B.Ananthakrishnan – Violin ;
Madipakkam Suresh – Mridangam ; Adambakkam K.Shankar-Ghatam

6.30 p.m. Geetha Krishnamurthy - Veena ; Tirupathy M. Sudhakar – Mridangam ; N. Rajaram – Ghatam.

Jan. 7, 2011, Friday

4.00 p.m. Dr.Subhashini Parthasarathy - Vocal ; V.V.S. Murarai – Violin ; B.Ganapathyraman – Mridangam; Adambakkam Shankar- Ghatam.

6.30 p.m. P.UNNIKRISHNAN - Vocal ; Nagai Muralidharan – Violin; Neyveli Venkatesan – Mridangam ; N. Guruprasad – Ghatam.

Jan. 8, 2011, Saturday

4.00 p.m. Amritha Murali - Vocal ; S.P.Ananathapadmanabha – Violin ; Kallidaikuruchi Sivakumar – Mridangam; K.V.Gopalakrishnan – Kanjeera

6.30 p.m. T.M.KRISHNA - Vocal ; H.N.Bhaskar – Violin ; Guruvayur Durai - Mridangam ; Udupi Sridhar – Ghatam; Anirudh Athreya – Kanjeera

Lec-dems at the Indian Fine Arts Society

A lec-dem series is organised by the Indian Fine Arts Society from Dec.18 to Dec.31, 2010 and on Jan.2, 2011
Venue: Balamandir German Hall, 17, Prakasam Street, T. Nagar.

At 10.30 a.m.

The schedule is here:

Dec. 18: Thiruvidaimarudur S. Radhakrishnan - Chidambaram Ena Manam kanithra

Dec. 19: Dr. Sudha Seshayyan - Manikavasagarum Bhadrachala Ramadasarum

Dec. 20: Dr.S.A. Durga - Sirkazhi Moovar

Dec. 21: Dr. Rama Kausalya - Kathalagi Kasindu Kanneer

Dec. 22: Suguna Purushothaman - Kritis of Sri Ramanathapuram Srinivasa Iyengar

Dec. 23: Manakkal S. Rangarajan - Sabapathikku Veru Deivam Samamaguma

Dec. 24: Dr. Pramila Gurumoorthy - Sastriya Isayum Thirai Isayum

Dec. 25: Dr.M. Narmadha - Javalis and Thillanas

Dec. 26: V. Rajarao - Srimushnam

Dec. 27: Dr.H.S. Anasuya Kulkarni - Multiple Roles of Bamboo in the field of Music

Dec. 28: Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan - Sangeetha and Sahitya

Dec. 29: Dr.V.V. Srivatsa - Muthuswamy Dikshithars Manipraval a kritis

Dec. 30: T. K. S. Kalaivanan - Popular Dramatist of Yesteryears

Dec. 31: Prof. T. R. Subramaniam - Pallavi Singing - Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow

Jan. 1: Sukkanya Ramgopal's Sthree Thaal Tharang' presents Laya Raaga Sangamam

Jan. 2: Dr.Shylaja Ramji - Kannan Enn Kathalan



December 11, 2010

Rushed opening ceremony at the Mylapore Fine Arts

A couple of sabhas had their inauguration today. The major ones are The Mylapore Fine Arts Club and Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, apart from Mudhra and Sruthilaya.

A main sponsor and arts patron had to be present in more than one venue.
The result is the hurried inaugural evening at The Mylapore Fine Arts Club.

The audience were slowly coming in and warming up inside the auditorium, but by then the awards were given away and the chief guest had left the venue.

But the felicitation by Cleveland Sundaram for the doyen M.S.Gopalakrishnan, who received the Sangeetha Kala Nipuna, brought back the memories of yesteryear concerts by MSG and his accompanists. He expressed awe in how could a 10 seconds' time have a lot of intricate swaras for MSG as though it was an hours' time!

Senior dancer Sudharani Raghupathy felicitated Rhadha, this year's Nrithya Kala Nipuna awardee. She recalled that both the dancers' bio-data used to be the same with the performances and venues they both performed in their prime days.

The highlight of the inaugural ceremony was the prize distribution to the various contests the sabha hosts during the 'season'.

The prestigious Tambura prizes for Thyagaraja krits and Purandaradasa kritis in the seniors category were bagged by two young girls V. Vatsala and Aarti Ananthakrishnan.
Vatsala (seen on the left in the picture) is the disciple of vidwan O.S.Thiagarajan and Aarti's guru is vidushi Seetha Rajan.

The Mylapore Fine Arts Club hosts the music festival till Jan. 2, 2011 and thereafter a dance festival till Jan. 16, 2011.

The complete schedule of concerts are here -

Catch a few rare concerts at the Winter Music festival of Sruthilaya

Guru Kaaraikudi Mani's Sruthilaya Kendra hosts a winter music festival during the December season in Chennai every year.

The organisation felicitates senior vidwans and the ticket collection at these concerts is donated to an aged musician. The ticket is priced at Rs. 25 per day.

The festival was inaugurated on Dec. 11, 2010 this year at 4.15 p.m. with a grand Tani Avarthanan concert by Trichy Sankaran, accompanied by V. Suresh on the ghatam.

The concerts are held at the Asthika Samajam, Venus Colony, Alwarpet.

The schedule:

Dec. 11, 2010

4.15 p.m. - Thani Avarthanam Concert by Trichy Sankaran (Mridangam), V.Suresh (Ghatam)
5.15 p.m. - Award function - Guru Surajananda Award to Kalyanapuram Aravamudachariar, Sri Gowri Manohari Award to 'Crazy' Mohan. H.H.Srirangam Srimad Andavan Sri Rangaramanuja Mahadesikan participates
6.30 p.m. - Sikkil Gurucharan (Vocal), Mysore Srikant (Violin), Guruvayur Dorai (Mridangam), B.S.Purushotham (Kanjira)

Dec. 12, 2010

4.15 p.m. - Gayathri Venkataraghavan (Vocal), M.A.Krishnaswamy (Violin), Neyveli Narayanan (Mridangam)
6.30 p.m. - N.Vijay Siva (Vocal), S.Varadarajan(Violin), Manoj Siva(Mridangam)

For more information contact 2493 6650 or 9840834636

Lec-dems at Narada Gana Sabha

Narada Gana Sabha and Saraswathi Vaggeyakara Trust jointly organise a lec-dem series from Dec.22 to 31, 2010.
Venue: Narada Gana Sabha Main Hall
Time: 8.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m.

The schedule:

Dec. 22: Akshara Pallavis - Papanasam Ashok Ramani and Party

Dec. 23: Influence of Thevaram on Trinity - B.M. Sundaram

Dec. 24: Sri Venkatesa Vaibhavam - Madhavi Rajagopal and Party

Dec. 25: Concert Music and Music for dance - Vasumathi Badrinath and Party

Dec. 26: Natyabhinaya - Communication Perspective in Indian Theatre - Dr. Ambika Kameshwar & Party

Dec. 27: Soundarya Lahari and Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar's Compositions - Dr. N.S. Lakshmi and Party

Dec. 28: Mysore Veena Seshanna Compositions - Prof. V.V. Subramaniam (Mysore)

Dec. 29: Trinity's Approach to North Indian Ragas - Dr. M. Narmada

Dec. 30: Andhra Composers - Malladi Bros and Party

Dec. 31: Madhyamakala Sahithyam Dr. R.S. Jayalakshmi and Party

Singapore arts organisation celebrates music festival in Chennai and Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society jointly organise Festival 2010 in Chennai from Dec. 27 to 31, 2010.
The concerts will be held at Tattavaloka auditorium, 76, Eldams Road, Teynampet.

The schedule is :

Dec. 27, 2010

4.00 p.m. - Mangala Isai S.Kasim and S.Babu (Nadaswaram), Udumalaipet M. Angusamy and V.Manikandan (tavil)
5.30 p.m. - Inauguration
6.00 p.m. - Tamizh Isai by Madurai Pon Muthukumaran, Karur Swaminathan and Mylai Sathgurunathan, Nellai Ravindran (Violin), Thiruvannamalai Sivakumar (Mridangam), V. Thirumurugan (Morsing), Tenkasi Paramasivam (Kanjira)

Dec. 28, 2010

3.30 p.m. - Sudarshan Narasimhan (Vocal), Srikanth Rathakrishnan (Violin), Sai Akileswar (Mridangam)
4.40 p.m. - Nishanth Thiagarajan (Vocal),, P. Navin Kumar (Violin), N. Balasubramanian (Mridangam)
5.50 p.m. - Sai Vigneswar (Vocal), Srikanth Rathakrishnan (Violin), Sudarshan Narasimhan (Mridangam)
7.00 p.m. - Poorna Pragna Rao (Vocal), Nellai Ravindran (Violin), Muthu Subramaniam (Mridangam)

Dec. 29, 2010

4.00 p.m. - Dr. S.Seshalatha (Vocal), Nellai Ravindran (Violin), T.R. Sundaresan (Mridangam)
6.15 p.m. - Mala Chandrasekar (Flute), Pakala Ramdas (Violin), T.R. Sundaresan (Mridangam), Sai Akileswar (Ghatam)

Dec. 30, 2010

4.00 p.m. - Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan (Vocal), Nellai Ravindran (Violin), Muthu Subramaniam (Mridangam)
5.45 p.m. - A.K. Karunakaran (Vocal), K. Sivaraman (Violin), Balasri Rasiah (Mridangam)

Dec. 31, 2010

3.30 p.m. - Sriram & Ganesh (Vocal), T.S. Dinesh Kumar (Violin), N.Balasubramaniam (Mridangam)
4.45 p.m. - Thayasri Niranjan (Vocal), T.R. Sundaresan (Mridangam), Sai Akileswar (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. - Bhushany Kalyanaraman (Vocal), K.Sivaraman (Violin), Balasri Rasiah (Mridangam)

The above concerts will be live broadcast on
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December 10, 2010

Music and dance albums sale begins

AVM Sound Zone and Saraswathi Stores have opened the annual mega sale of audio and video albums today.

Every year, Sri Sankara Hall on T.T.K. Road gets busy during December season. It is during this period the albums of different genre of music and dance are brought under one roof. For the serious and hunting rasikas, there are albums of vintage classical music of Carnatic, Hindustani as well as Western music. The devotional music section has audio and video albums of any God you name!

This year, the sale of album began quietly today (Dec.10, 2010) with a senior staff of Saraswathi Stores inaugurating the month long discount sale at the auspicious hour of Friday morning.
For a month, this will be the most happening place apart from the sabha halls and their canteens!

The staff at the stall say, "There are people who want to buy before the peak time rush comes in from Dec. 15 onwards. But the third week of December and the Christmas time is when we work more than 12 hours a day in turns."

There are music and dance albums from various companies, not just the AVM or INRECO. One can find Kalakendra's latest release of Rajarajeswaram 1000, video of the dance event of 1000 dancers held at the millennium celebrations of Sri Brahadeeswara temple. Also on sale are Kosmic music's vintage collections, Charsur's live December Season concerts of the stalwarts in the 80s and 90s. All India Radio's collections of recordings, Swati's dance CDs and DVDs...

If you are looking for a particular album, this is the best time to check. Even if you plan to buy them later, a look at the available titles will give you a idea of what a huge tradition of music, our country possesses.

The exhibition cum sales on till Jan 2, 2011

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December 07, 2010

From the concert of a young talent M. Muthukrishna

At the event Sadhana, an initiative of the Govt. of Kerala held at the Music Academy, M.Muthukrishna, a student of Sri Swathi Thirunal College of Music, Trivandrum presented a concert. He was accompanied on the violin by senior vidwan V.V. Ravi, on the mridangam by Prof. M.balasubramoniam and on the kanjira by Bangalore N. Amrit.

December 06, 2010

Listen to the String Quartet

Here is one item performed by the Madras String Quartet at the Chennai Fine Arts festival inauguration.

Sadhana of Kerala's music colleges

It requires an enthusiastic teacher like Prof. M. Balasubramoniam and a minister like M.A.Baby and an institution like the Music Academy, Madras to make possible a 'Sadhana'.

It was indeed a sadhana in many aspects.

Bringing the students of three state-run music colleges in Kerala to Chennai on a cultural exchange trip for the second consecutive year.
Bringing most of the Sangita Kalanidhi awardees on a single stage.
Bringing the scholars to the students to educate and inspire them during the busy 'season'

The programme 'sadhana' is an initiative of the Government of Kerala put together by Prof. Balasubramoniam and his team.

At the inauguration of the four day programme Honourable minister for Education & Cultural Affairs, Kerala state insisted that the students had courage to take up study of their interest rather than timidly accepting the choice of their parents.

By this he hoped to have more people taking up liberal arts, language and more soul satisfying studies.

The minister M.A.Baby's was indeed an inspiring speech.

N. Murali, MD of The Hindu and the president of The Music Academy wished every state had a minister like M.A.Baby.

Violinist Prof. T.N. Krishnan, chairman, Advisory Committee, Govt. Music Colleges, Kerala applauded the works of the Government and the convenor of the programme Sadhana.

Scholar Pappu Venugopala Rao observed that from a visit to the Music Academy archival centre last year, the students got inspired and set up a similar archival centre at Sri Swathi Thirunal College , Trivandrum,

Having the greats of Carnatic music together on stage is another inspiring moment for the students. Each of the Sangita Kalanidhis present on the stage were honoured and the students got received their blessings. The bonus surprise was a photograph of the students with the dozen stalwarts of music to cherish for the lifetime.

During the four days the students will get to listen to senior vidwans like R.K.Srikantan, Prof. T.N. Krishnan and Parassala Ponnammal apart from educative and interactive lec-dems by Chitravina Ravikiran and Prof. T.V. Gopalakrishnan.

The students of Sri Swathi Thirunal College of Music, Thiruvananthapuram, Chembai memorial Govt. Music College and R.L.V.College of music & fine arts, Tripunitura are in Chennai till Dec. 9, 2010,

Contact the convenor of 'Sadhana' Prof. Balasubramoniam at 094470 14885 or 094464 33751

Watch Aniruddha Knight's Bharathanatyam

Watch Aniruddha Knight performing Alarippu at the inauguration of Brahma Gana Sabha

Brahma Gana Sabha opens its 'season'

For a change, the evening had a clear sky. That brought in a sizeable audience for the Mangalai Isai at Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium inside M.CT.M. school on Luz Church Road.

The awardees of the evening were present on time. While Nithyasree was seen exchanging pleasantries inside the auditorium, S.Ve. Shekher was happy interacting with his fans outside the hall

A quick and well timed felicitations marked the evening.Carnatic vocalist Nithyasree Mahadevan received the title Gaana Padmam and S.Ve.Shekher received 'Nataka Padmam'. The Natya Padman will be conferred on senior dancer Vyjayantimala Bali later, as she is travelling,announced the sabha.

The president of the sabha Nalli Kuppusamy Chetti, Doordarshan A.Natarajan shared memories of Nithyasree and her family. While Nalli chettiyar remembered that Nithyasree shares birthday with his daughter, Natarajan attributed 50% of Nithyasree's achievements to Mahadevan, her husband.

The chief guest K. Jayarama Krishnan, vice-president, Tata Consultancy Services spoke on the relationship between two ITs - Information Technology and Indian Tradition and that his company is encouraging the college students to perform fine arts.

Nithyasree announced the institution of an award in the name of D.K. Pattammal and expressed happiness that the sabha has chosen vidwan T.N.Seshagopalan to receive the honours this year.

Nithyasree tried to be modest in her acceptance speech. She said, she feels shy of receiving such awards since there are many deserving and senior artistes out there. She concluded attributing 100% of whatever she has achieved to her husband!

S.Ve. Shekher's speech evoked waves of laughter from the audience throughout. But he did not forget to remember his first act initiated by 'Radio Anna' Koothapiran and V.Gopalakrishnan who made his debut possible, but as a corpse!

Shekher also announced that the award money will be used for purchasing laptop and desktop to deserving students who have earlier expressed the need to him.

The drama fraternity came with shawls to Shekher and Shekher, on behalf of the drama artists presented a shawl to Nithyasree.
December music festival guide prepared by S. Kannan sponsored by Nalli was also launched on the occasion.

Following the felicitations, a Bharathanatyam performance by Aniruddha Knight, the grandson of yesteryear Bharathanatyam exponent Bala Saraswathy was presented.

Aniruddha was full of abhinaya and his authoritative presence on stage with bright coloured attire was a a treat to the eyes.

The tickets for Brahma Gana Sabha shows are available at the venue and online at

Honours for V.S.Narasinhan, violinist

Can we call one a neo classical Carnatic violinist?

If yes, V.S.Narasinhan tops this category of musicians. Son of a Gottuvadyam artiste, V.S.Narasinham of the Madras String Quartet received the Gottuvadyam Narayana Iyengar award for Excellence at the inaugural function of Chennai Fine Arts.

Run by Chartered Accountant P.N. Muralidharan and his team, Chennai Fine Arts is not among the sabhas that race to organise concerts in various slots for a span of two weeks during the season.

Guided by his guru Chitravina Narasimhan and musicologist, scholar B.M. Sundaram, Muralidharan dedicates the festival to vaggeyakaras. And the events and concerts at this festival are educative, informative and brings our the rarity of the compositions and composers.

Standing apart from the crowd in its programmes, Chennai Fine Arts also chose an artiste of an innovative genre of music. V.S.Narasimhan, one of the Madras String Quartet formed the group in 1993 and has been on the concert platforms as well cut a few discs.

The four 'stringists' - V.S. Narasimhan, Hemanthraj Muliyil both violinists, B.J. Chandran, viola artiste and V.R. Sekar, cellist share the music and the rhythm among themselves and a present complete concerts with just strings. But Narasimhan prefers to call them as 'four voices'!

At the award function, N.Murali of The Hindu expressed happiness that more and more young people take to music these days, but said it was paradoxical to have fewer young audience still in the concerts.

S.Balasubramaniam, managing director of City Union Bank which is the main sponsor of the Thyagaraja Aradhana at Thiruvaiyaru observed that the concerts in the mofussil attract huge audience. He felt the city was overfed, while the towns like Thanjavur and Kumbakonam where music reigned once are now starved of good music and music teachers.

B.M. Sundaram spoke on the unassuming qualities of the legendary musician Gottuvadyam Narayana Iyengar, his passion for music and his contribution to the world of Carnatic music.

The concert by the Madras String Quartet followed the inauguration.

Though simple, the music was elegant.
There were typical pieces - Sara Sara samaraika sura in Kuntalavarali and Raghuvamsa sudha in Kadana kuthoohalam, but one could also find intricate sangatis in classical ragas like Charukesi and Chakravakam. The performance by the quartet was complimentary to each other and the team spirit stood tall throughout the concert.

Click here for the schedule of events hosted by Chennai Fine Arts this season.

December 04, 2010

Meenakshi Sundararajan Fine Arts Academy

A Fine Arts Festival is conducted on the campus of Meenakshi College for Women on Arcot Road, for a few years now.
This year's festival is on from Dec. 4 to 22, 2010.
For directions to the venue and ticket details, contact the organisation on phone number 2472 5466

The Schedule:

Dec. 4, 2010

6.00 p.m. - Inauguration
6.30 p.m. - Sudha Ragunathan (Vocal)

Dec. 5, 2010

6.00 p.m. - O.S.Thiagarajan (Vocal)

Dec. 6, 2010

11.30 a.m. - Nadamuni Gayathri (Vocal)
2.30 p.m. - Harish (Vocal)
4.30 p.m. - Krishna Chidambaram (Bharathanatyam)

Dec. 7, 2010

11.30 a.m. - Rajini Hariharan (Vocal)
2.30 p.m. - Vasudha Ravi (Vocal)
4.30 p.m. - Sujatha Vijayakumar (Vocal)
6.00 p.m. - Gayathri Girish (Carnatic) and Lakshmi Sreeram (Hindustani)

Dec. 8, 2010

11.30 a.m. - Carnatica Bros - K.N.Sashikiran and P.Ganesh (Vocal)
2.30 p.m. - M.Raginisri (Vocal)
4.30 p.m. - Meendum Bharathi - dance by Roja Kannan, Priya Murle, N.Srikanth & Aswathy
6.00 p.m. - S.Sowmya (Vocal)

Dec. 9, 2010

11.30 a.m. - K.Gayathri (Vocal)
2.30 p.m. - Kudanthai Manjula (Vocal)
4.30 p.m. - Sukanya Kumar (Vocal)
6.00 p.m. - N.C.Soundaravalli (Vocal)

Dec.10, 2010

11.30 a.m. - Nisha Rajagopal (Vocal)
2.30 p.m. - M.Nandini (Violin)
4.30 p.m. - Neeraja Nagarajan (Bharathanatyam)
6.00 p.m. - Divya Kasturi (Kathak)

Dec. 11, 2010

11.30 a.m. - M.R.Subramaniam (Vocal)
2.30 p.m. - Champa Kalkura (Vocal)
4.30 p.m. - Meenakshi Raghavan (Vocal)

Dec. 12, 2010

6.00 p.m. - A.K.C.Natarajan (Clarinet)

Dec.13, 2010

1.30 p.m. - Zakir Hussain - Bharathanatyam
2.30 p.m. - Sathvika (Bharathanatyam)
6.00 p.m. - 'Samvaada' R.Kumaresh (Violin), Jayanthi Kumaresh (Veena)

Dec. 14, 2010

11.30 a.m. - Janaki Rangarajan (Bharathanatyam)
2.30 p.m. - Smitha (Vocal)
4.30 p.m. - K.Bhooma (Vocal)
6.00 p.m. - Nithyasree Mahadevan (Vocal)

Dec. 15, 2010

11.30 a.m. - Ashok Ramani (Vocal)
2.30 p.m. - Radha Bhaskar (Vocal)
4.30 p.m. - Pavithra (Bharathanatyam)
6.00 p.m. - Srekala Bharath (Bharathanatyam)

Dec. 16, 2010

11.30 a.m. - Shobana Ramesh (Bharathanatyam)
2.30 p.m. - Sudha Raghuraman (Vocal)
4.30 p.m. - Sarada Ilangovan (Bharathanatyam)
6.00 p.m. - Narthaki Nataraj (Bharathanatyam)

Dec. 17, 2010

11.30 a.m. - Sathya Sangeetha (Vocal)
2.30 p.m. - Jayasree Jayaramakrishnan (Vocal)
6.00 p.m. - Bhargavi Gopalan (Bharathanatyam)

Dec. 18, 2010

11.30 a.m. - Akkarai Sisters (Vocal)
6.00 p.m. - Dr. Subhashini Parthasarathy 9vocal)

Dec. 19, 2010

6.00 p.m. - Dr. M. Narmada (Violin)

Dec. 20, 2010

11.30 a.m. - Janardhan Mitta (Sitar)
2.30 p.m. - Sushma Somasekar (Vocal)
4.30 p.m. - Shilpa Nanjappa - Bharathanatyam
6.00 p.m. - Parvathi Ravighantasala - Bharathanatyam

Dec. 21, 2010

11.30 a.m. - Salem Sriram - Vocal
2.30 p.m. - Sankar Mahadevan (Vocal)
4.30 p.m. - Sneha (Bharathanatyam)
6.00 p.m. - Krishnakumar & Binni Krishnakumar (Vocal)

Dec. 22, 2010

11.30 a.m. - Krithika - Bharathanatyam
2.30 p.m. - Swetha Ravishankar - Bharathanatyam
4.30 p.m. - Ramakrishnan Murthy - Vocal
6.00 p.m. - Geetha Krishnamurthy (Veena)

Shanthi Arts Foundation & Endowments (SAFE)

The annual music events of Shanthi Arts Foundation & Endowments (SAFE) dedicates this year to the lengend G.N.B.
The events are held at Sastri Hall, Mylapore.
From Dec. 8 to 18, 2010

The season ticket is priced at Rs. 150 per person which is for all the 25 concerts organised by the sabha for this season. Daily tickets cost Rs. 30 per person.

Dec.8, 2010

5.00 p.m. - Inauguration
6.30 p.m. - G.S. Mani (Vocal), Shertalai Sivakumar - K.R. Ganesh - Srirangam Kannan

Dec. 9, 2010

4.30 p.m. - Amritha Sankaranarayanan (Vocal), B.Ananthakrishnan - R. Sankaranarayanan - C.S. Venkataramanan
6.30 p.m. - T.V. Sankaranarayanan (Vocal), V.Sanjeev - Srimushnam Rajarao - A.S.Murali

Dec. 10, 2010

4.30 p.m. - Manasi Prasad (Vocal), C.N.Srinivasamurthy - Arjun Ganesh - H.Sivaramakrishnan
6.30 p.m. - Gayathri Girish (Vocal), V.Sanjeev - Mannarkoil J.Balaji - Bengaluru Guruprasanna

Dec. 11, 2010

9.30 a.m. - Pantula Rama (Vocal), M.S.N. Murthy - Thanjavur Murugaboopathy - A.S.Krishnan
4.30 p.m. - Trichy Pradeep Kumar (Vocal), Arunachala Karthik - K.V.Gopalakrishnan - K.V.R.S. Mani
6.30 p.m. - Kunnakudi Balamuralikrishna (Vocal), Kandadevi Vijayaraghavan, Thanjavur Ramadas, Papanasam Sethuraman

Dec.12, 2010

9.30 a.m. - Mangalam Shankar (Vocal), Ambika Prasad - Ramiah Vittal - Trichy Krishna
4.30 p.m. - Vidya Subramaniam (Vocal), H.V.Raghuraman - L.Subramani
6.30 p.m. - R.Surya Prakash (Vocal), V.V.Srinivasa Rao - Trivandrum Balaji

Dec. 13, 2010

4.30 p.m. - V. Shankaranarayanan (Vocal), V.Sanjeev, Chidambaram Balashankar
6.30 p.m. - O.S.Thiagarajan (Vocal), M.S.N. Murthy - Thiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam - Madipakkam Murali

Dec. 14, 2010

4.30 p.m. - Sumithra Vasudev (Vocal), Amritha Murali - R.sankaranarayanan - Harihara Subramaniam
6.30 p.m. - Dr. Ushalakshmi Krishnamurthy (Vocal), Kalyani Shankar - Melakaveri Balaji - Adambakkam Shankar

Dec. 15, 2010

4.30 p.m. - Swarna Rethas (Vocal), B.Ananthakrishnan - B.Sivaraman - K.V.Gopalakrishnan
6.30 p.m. - Madurai T.N.Seshagopalan (Vocal), Madirimangalam Swaminathan - E.M.Subramaniam

Dec. 16, 2010

4.30 p.m. - Shreyas Narayanan (Vocal), S.P.Ananthapadmanabha - Ravichandra (Aus) - Sai Nivedan
6.30 p.m. - Nisha Rajagopal (Vocal), A.G.A.Gnanasundaram - Trivandrum Balaji

Dec. 17, 2010

9.30 a.m. - Sangeetha Sivakumar (Vocal), R.K.Sriramkumar - kallidaikurichi Sivakumar - S.R.Kalyanaraman
4.30 p.m. - Shankar Ramani (Vocal), Anayampatti Venkatasubramaniam - Kumbakonam Ramakrishnan - Nanganallur Swaminathan
6.30 p.m. - Amritha Murali (Vocal), R.Hemalatha - Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar - Nerkunam Shankar

Dec. 18, 2010

9.30 a.m. - Rajee Gopalakrishnan (Vocal), M.R.Gopinath - Papanasam Kumar - Rajaram
4.30 p.m. - V.Deepika (Vocal), Parur Ananthakrishnan, Madipakkam Suresh
6.30 p.m. - Ganesh & Kumaresh (Violin Duet), B.Ananthakrishnan, Trichy Krishna

Kartik Fine Arts - Art Festival 2010

Held at different auditoriums in the city, Kartik's is among the long festivals of December.
For season tickets contact the sabha at
Phone: 24997788

Dec, 1, 2010
6.00 p.m. - Inauguration
7.00 p.m. - Subanjali Sadgurudas - Bharathanatyam

Dec. 2, 2010
Narada Gana Sabha - Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - Amrutha Venkatesh (Vocal), G. Venkatasubramaniam - R. Sankaranarayanan - Nerkunram Manikandan
12.15 a.m. - Arundhati Krishnan (Vocal), R.Rajesh - J. Aravind
2.00 p.m. - Brinda Manickavachagam (Vocal), K.J. Dileep, Srivanchiam Sriram

Main Hall
4.30 p.m. - N. Vijay Siva (Vocal), R.K.Sriramkumar - Manoj Siva - Anirudh Athreya
6.45 p.m. - U. Shrinivas (Mandolin), S.D.Sridhar - Srimushnam Raja Rao - S.V. Ramani - Srirangam Kannan

Dec. 3, 2010
Narada Gana Sabha - Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - G. Ramanathan (Saxophone), V.Suresh Babu - Ambur Padmanabhan - S.Sunil Kumar
12.15 p.m. - Sushma Somasekhar (Vocal), Ragul Srinivasan - ammangudi Ramnarayan
2.00 p.m. - Vidya Kalyanaraman (Vocal), Srilakshmi Venkataramani - Calcutta Karthik

Main Hall
4.30 p.m. - Isai Payanam - Charulatha Mani (Vocal), B. Ananthakrishnan - S.J.Arjun Ganesh - N.Sundar
6.45 p.m. - Mother Creation's Priyamudan Appa' - Drama

Dec. 4, 2010
Narada Gana Sabha - Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - T.R. Vasudevan (Vocal), B. Ananthakrishnan - S.J. Arjun Ganesh - D.V. Venkatasubramanian
12.15 p.m. - Ramya Kannan (Vocal), G.Suresh Kumar - Nellai Srikrishnan
2.00 p.m. - N.Harish (Vocal), Roopa Rajagopal - K.Swamynathan

Main Hall
4.00 p.m. - Ranjani & Gayatri (Vocal), Mysore Srikant - Poongulam Subramaniam - K.V. Gopalakrishnan
6.45 p.m. - P.Unnikrishnan (Vocal), R.K. Sriramkumar - P. satishkumar - Dr. S. Karthick

Dec. 5, 2010
Narada Gana Sabha - Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - Jayanthi Sridharan (Vocal), Kalyani Shankar - Kumbakonam Ramakrishnan - N. Narasimhan
12.15 p.m. - V. Deekshitha (Vocal), C.V. Krishna Subramaniam - R.Akshayram
2.00 p.m. - V. Deepika (Vocal), S.P.Ananthapadmanabha - A.V.Manigandan

Main Hall
4.00 p.m. - Nithyasree Mahadevan (Vocal), B. Raghavendra Rao - P. Satish Kumar - Bangalore Srisailam
6.45 p.m. - Mahadevam Mahasenam Bhaje by Anitha Guha's disciples - Dance Drama

Dec. 6, 2010
Narada Gana Sabha - Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - S. Srinivasan (Veena), Chertalai Ananthakrishnan - B.S. Purushotham
12.15 p.m. - Srivaralakshmi (Keyboard), S.K. Raghav Simha - Thirupoonthuruthi Viswanathan
2.00 p.m. - Vasudha Ravi 9Vocal), Srilakshmi Venkataramani - Erode Nagarajan

Main Hall
4.30 p.m. - Haripriya and Shanmukhapriya (Vocal), M.A.Krishnaswamy - P.Satishkumar - B.Srisundarkumar
6.45 p.m. - Madurai T.N.Seshagopalan (Vocal), M.Chandrasekharan - Vellore Ramabhadran

Dec. 7, 2010
Narada Gana Sabha - Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - M. Nandini (Violin), T.K.Ramakrishnan - N.Narasimhan
12.15 p.m. - R.Nithya & R.Vidhya (Vocal), Ganesh Kumar - Madurai B. Sundar
2.00 p.m. - Shimoga Kumaraswamy (Saxophone), S.Raghuraman - Thirunageswaram S. Manikandan

Main Hall
4.30 p.m. - Dance Ballet by Kalakshetra
6.45 p.m. - Mohiniattam & Kathakali by Jayaprabha Menon

Dec.8, 2010
Narada Gana Sabha - Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - Savitha Sriran (Vocal), B.Ananthakrishnan - S.Venkatasubramanian - Ernakulam Ramakrishnan
12.15 p.m. - Krithika Natarajan (Vocal), Dinesh Kumar - Mannargudy V.Sreyas
2.00 p.m. - Nadamuni Gayathri (Vocal), K.J. Dileep - V.Saishankar

Main Hall
4.30 p.m. - Sikkil Gurucharan (Vocal), Mysore Srikant - Tiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam - Vaikom Gopalakrishnan
6.45 p.m. - Aruna Sairam (Vocal), Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi - P.Satishkumar - S.V. Ramani

Dec. 9. 2010
Narada Gana Sabha - Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - Ranjani Guruprasad (Hebbar) - Vocal, C.N.Srinivasamurthy - B.Ganapathyraman - Nerkunam Shankar
12.15 p.m. - Girija Shankar (Vocal), Srividhya R.S. Iyer - S. Harishkumar
2.00 p.m. - K.Subhiksha (Vocal), S.Raghuraman - N.C. Bharadwaj

Main Hall
4.30 p.m. - Malladi Brothers (Vocal), S.Varadarajan - Umayalpuram Sivaraman - B.Srisundarkumar

Dec.10, 2010
Narada Gana Sabha - Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - Gayathri Sankaran (Vocal), M.Balakrishnan - Vittal Ramaiah - B.Subba Rao
12.15 p.m. - Sundararaman (Vocal), R.Rajesh - Tanjore Balakrishnan
2.00 p.m. - Poornima Krishnan (Vocal), T.Hemamalini, S.J. Arjun Ganesh

Main Hall
6.30 p.m. - K.J. Yesudoss (Vocal), Nagai Muralidharan - K.V. Prasad - Thirupunithura Radhakrishnan

Dec. 11, 2010
Narada Gana Sabha - Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - N.Bhairavi & N.Malavi (Vocal), R.Ambika Prasad - Delhi Sairam - C.S.Venkataramanan
12.15 p.m. - Srividhya R.S. Iyer & Sudha R.S.Iyer (Vocal), Anuthama Murali - B.Ramkumar
2.00 p.m. - Pallavi Prasanna (Vocal), S.P.Ananthapadmanabha - K.Parthasarathy

Main Hall
4.30 p.m. - Rajhesh Vaidhya (Vadyalahari)
6.45 p.m. - Padma Subrahmanyan - Bharathikku Anjali - thematic Bharathanrithyam

Dec.12, 2010
Narada Gana Sabha - Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - Amrutha Murali (Vocal), Ranjani Ramakrishnan - R.Sankaranarayanan - Kottayam Radhakrishnan
12.15 p.m. - Lalitha Mohan (Vocal), Sudha R.S. Iyer, Bangalore Adamya
2.00 p.m. - S.M.Vilasini (Vocal), Bombay Anand, Neyveli Ramkumar

Main Hall
10.30 a.m. - Stage Creations' kathadi Ramamurthy in Ayya, Amma, Ammamma by Crazy Mohan
6.30 p.m. - Madurai Muralidharan's Silappadhikaram (Dance drama), Lavanya Shankar as Kannagi and Uma Muralikrishna as Madhavi

Dec. 13, 2010
Narada Gana Sabha - Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - K.Bharatsundar (Vocal), H.N.Bhaskar - Trivandrum Balaji - Harihara Subramaniam
12.15 p.m. - Ranjanji Hariaran (Vocal), S.Kamatchi, L. Subramanian
2.00 p.m. - Smitha Madhav (Vocal), H.V.Raghuram - Payyur Gopalakrishnan

Main Hall
4.30 p.m. - Vijayalakshmi Subramanian (Vocal), R.Hemalatha - Tanjore Ramados, Adambakkam Shankar
6.45 p.m. - Sudha Raghunathan (Vocal), B.Raghavendra Rao - Mannargudi Easwaran - B.Srisundarkumar - R.raman

Dec.14, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - Salem Sriram (Vocal), R.Sathishkumar - Thiruvidaimarudur Sankaran -Chandrasekara Sarma
12.15 p.m. - Chaitra Sairam (Vocal), Shraddha Ravindran - V.S.Raghavan
2.00 p.m. - Erode Anantharaman (Vocal), R.Rahul - R. Suryanarayanan

Main Hall
5.00 p.m. - Dr.M. Narmadha (violin), Poongulam Subramaniam - Pudukkottai Ramachandran
7.00 p.m. - Geetha Rajasekar (Vocal), M.A.Krishnaswamy - Neyveli Skandasubramaniam - H.Sivaramakrishnan

Dec.15, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - K.R.Saranthan (Vocal), M.A.Sundaresan - Trivandrum Vaidhyanathan - Papanasam Sethuraman
12.15 p.m. - Shobha Sriram (Vocal), B.Sudha - Kiran Vangipuram
2.00 p.m. - Lavanya (Vocal), M.S.Ananthakrishnan - Tanjore PraveenKumar

Main Hall

5.00 p.m. - Gayathri Girish (Vocal), Mysore Srikant, J.Vaidyanathan, Guruprasanna
7.00 p.m. - Neyveli Santhanagopalan (Vocal), V.V.Ravi - Mannargudi Easwaran - N.Govindarajan

Dec.16, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - Sumathi Narayanan (Vocal), Neela Jayakumar - V.R.Jayakumar - Madipakkam Gopalakrishnan
12.15 p.m. - Radhika Muthukrishnan (Vocal), R.Priyamvadaa - Thiruvengadu Gpalakrishnan
2.00 p.m. - Niranjana Srinivasan (Vocal), K.P.Nandini - R.Ramkumar

Main Hall
5.00 p.m. - Gayathri Venkataraghavan (Vocal), V.V.Ravi - Mannarkoil J. Balaji - Madipakkam Murali
7.00 p.m. - Lalgudi G.J.R.Krishnan & Vijayalakshmi (Violin duet), Bangalore Arjun Kumar, Vaikom Gopalakrishnan

Dec.17, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - D.B.Aswin (Vocal), Nishant Chandran - Trichur Narendran - Alathur T.Rajaganesh
12.15 p.m. - Palakkadu M.Venugopal (Vocal), Shraddha Ravindran - Nagai Narayanan
2.00 p.m. - Subhiksha Rangarajan (Vocal), Akkarai Swarnalatha - Guru Raghavendra

Main Hall

5.00 p.m. - O.S.Thiagarajan (Vocal), M.A.Sundaresan - Neyveli Narayanan - B.S.Purushotham
7.00 p.m. - Urmila Sathyanarayanan (Bharathanatyam)

Dec.18, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - Yamini Ramesh (Vocal), R.Ambika Prasad - Mudhra Bhaskar - Balaji Chandran
12.15 p.m. - Venu Madhav (Vocal), Apoorva Krishna - Madurai B.Sundar
2.00 p.m. - Rahul Narayanan (Vocal), Karaikkal Venkatasubramanian - Kunbakonam Swaminathan

Main Hall
6.00 p.m. - Ananda Shankar Jayant - Bharathanatyam
7.30 p.m. - Chitra Visweswaran (Bharathanatyam)

Dec.19, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - K.Gayathri (Vocal), S.P. Anantha Padmanabha - B.Sivaraman - G.Ravichandran
12.15 p.m. - Calcutta Kala & Chitra (Vocal), C.K.Vijayaraghavan - R.Raghunath
2.00 p.m. - K.Dharini (Vocal), M.Rajeev - B.Srivatsan

Main Hall
6.00 p.m. - Guru Kaaraikudi Mani presents Panchamukhi Tani Avarthanam concert
7.30 p.m. - Priyadarshini Govind 9Bharathanatyam)

Dec. 20, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - Roopa Mahadevan (Vocal), Kovai S.Chandran - B.Sivaraman - S.Krishna
12.15 p.m. - Visalakshi Sankar (Vocal), Aswin Ramanathan - sanjay Sriram Subramanian
2.00 p.m. - Nirmala Rajasekhar (Veena), Delhi Sairam - S.Krishna

Main Hall
6.00 p.m. - Narthaki Nataraj (Bharathanatyam)
7.30 p.m. - Shobana - Sivaloka nathanai kanden - ensemble

Dec. 21, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall

10.00 a.m. - Calcutta Srividya (Vocal), Melakaveri Thyagarajan - Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar - Ernakulam Ramakrishnan
12.15 p.m. - Shyam Murali (Saxophone), K.Gokul - David Nelson
2.00 p.m. - Aparna Thiagarajan (Vocal), Jayanthi Kesav - S.raghunathan

Main Hall
6.00 p.m. - Shylaja (Kuchipudi)
7.30 p.m. - Malavika Sarukkai (Bharathanatyam)

Dec. 22, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall

5.00 p.m. - Jayapradha Ramamurthy (Flute), R.Kailasam - Manakkal Sriram - Madipakkam Gopalakrishnan
7.00 p.m. - Aruna Ranganathan (Vocal), Melakaveri Thyagarajan - Kalakkad Srinivasan - Ernakulam Ramakrishnan

Main Hall
6.00 p.m. - Bhargavi Gopalan - Bharthanatyam
7.30 p.m. - Rajeswari Sainath - Bharathanatyam

Dec. 23, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall

5.00 p.m. - T.N.S. Krishna (Vocal), V.Sanjeev - M.S Varadhan - B.S. Purushotham
7.00 p.m. - Bhushany Kalyanaraman (Vocal), Pakala Ramadas - A.S. Ranganathan - Nanganallur Swaminathan

Main Hall
6.00 p.m. - Lavanya Ananth (Bharathanatyam)
7.30 p.m. - Srinidhi Chidambaram (Bharathanatyam)

Dec. 24, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall

5.00 p.m. - Subha Ganesan (Vocal), Kalyani Shankar - K.Ramakrishnan - Thiruvarur K.Venkatesh
7.00 p.m. - Sikkil mala Chandrasekar (Flute), Charulatha Ramanujam, Palladam Ravi, Srikrishna

Main Hall
6.00 p.m. - To be finalised
7.30 - Rama Vaidyanathan

Dec. 25, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall

5.00 p.m. - Shankar Ramani (Vocal), Kandadevi Vijayaraghavan - Papanasam Kumar - nanganallur Swaminathan
7.00 p.m. - Sangeetha Sivakumar (Vocal), V.V.S. Murari - Melakaveri Balaji - Anirudh Athreya

Main Hall
8.45 a.m. - Natyadarshan Inauguration
9.45 a.m.- Lec dem - Rama Vaidyanathan, Neena Prasad, Poet Kanimozhi
10.30 a.m. - Lec-dem Urmila Satyanarayanan
6.00 p.m. - Sridhar & Anuradha (Bharathanatyam)
7.30 p.m. - Alarmel Valli (Bharathanatyam)

Dec. 26, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall

5.00 p.m. - Sangeetha Swaminathan (Vocal), Nishant Chandran - Tanjore Subramaniam - K.V.R.S. Mani
7.00 p.m. - Dr. R. Ganesh (Vocal), V.V. Srinivasa Rao - S.Balashankar - A.S. Krishnan

Main Hall
9.30 a.m. - Lec-dem - Laya Lakshanam - Meenakshi & Group
10.15 a.m. - Lec-demKathak - Nirupama Rajendra
11.10 a.m. - Lec-dem Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran
6.00 p.m. - Nirupama Rajendra - Kathak ensemble
7.20 p.m. - Swapna Sundarai - Vilasini Natyam

Dec. 27, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall

5.00 p.m. - Kunrakudi Balamuralikrishna (Vocal), B.U.Ganesh Prasad - Chertalai Ananthakrishnan - Trichy Murali
7.00 p.m. - Radha Bhaskar (Vocal), Melakaveri Thyagarajan - Trivandrum Vaidyanathan - Nerkunam Shankar

Main Hall
9.30 a.m. - Lec-dem - Padma Subrahmanyam
10.35 a.m. - Lec-dem - Lakshmi Viswanathan
11.40 Valedictory of Natya Darshan
6.00 p.m. - Sheejith Krishna - Bharathanatyam
7.30 p.m. - Madhavi Mudgal - Odissi

Dec. 28, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall
5.00 p.m. - V.Shankaranayanan (Vocal), G.Venkatasubramanian - Nellai Balaji - G.Ravichandran
7.00 p.m. - Revathy Krishna (Veena)

Main Hall
6.00 p.m. - Vaishnavi Sainath - Bharathanatyam
7.30 p.m. - Roja Kannan - Bharathanatyam

Dec. 29, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall

5.00 p.m. - P.V.Parameswaran (Vocal), V.V. Ravi, Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar, H.Prasanna
7.00 p.m. - Sriram Gangadharan (Vocal), Nagai Sriram - Prapancham Ravindran - N.Rajaraman

Main Hall
6.00 p.m. - Vyjayantimala Bali - Bharathanatyam
7.30 p.m. - Jayant Kastuar (Kathak)

Dec. 30, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall
5.00 p.m. - Geeta Bennett (Veena), Angarai Rajasekar, Adambakkam Shankar
7.00 p.m. - Lakshmi Rangarajan (Vocal), Padma Shankar, Mannarkoil Balaji, D.V. Venkatasubramanian

Main Hall
6.00 p.m. - Anita Ratnam - Neo Bharatham
7.30 p.m. - Srekala Bharat - Bharathanatyam

Dec. 31, 2010
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall

5.00 p.m. - K.Bhaskaran (Flute), Mullaivasal Chandramouli, Ramesh Srinivasan
7.00 p.m. - Vasundhara Rajagopal (Vocal), A.G.Gnanasundaram - Trivandrum Balaji - N.Rajaraman

Main Hall
6.00 p.m. - Uma Muralikrishna - Muchipudi
7.30 p.m. - Ambika Kameshwar - Bharathanatyam