December 27, 2014

Season's Special : Geetha Raja - Video

Vocalist Geetha Raja is performing a unique concert and a lecture on Brindamma bani and Javalis, Tamil Padams. She spoke to team during the first week of this month. Here is the video:

December 26, 2014

Bhavan’s Cultural Festival - Second edition

The December festival continues with 2nd editions and spills over to January. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore conducts Bhavan’s Cultural Festival 2014 (Music Series 2nd Edition) from 26th December 2014 to 12th January 2015.

Dec. 26, 2014
5.00 p.m. - Special Sitar Concert by Anjan Saha
6.30 p.m. - Inauguration
6.45 p.m. - p.m.: Dr. Shobana Vignesh (Vocal)

Dec. 27, 2014
9.30 a.m. -  Apoorva Krishna (Violin)
11.00 a.m. - Niranjana Srinivasan (Vocal).
4.00 p.m. - Lakshmi Sriram (Vocal)
5.20 p.m. - Cuddalore S.J. Jananiy (Vocal),
7.00 p.m. - P.V. Parameswaran (Vocal)

Dec. 28, 2014
9.30 a.m. - Roopa Sastry (Vocal),
4.00 p.m. - R.P. Shravan (Vocal)
5.30 p.m. - Lalitha Mohan (Vocal),
7.00 p.m. - Shankar Ramani (Vocal)

Dec. 29, 2014
4.00 p.m. - Anahita & Apoorva Ravindran (Vocal)
5.20 p.m. - Brinda Manicjavasakam (Vocal)
7.00 p.m. - Mala Mohan (Vocal)

Dec. 30, 2014
4.00 p.m. - J.B. Keerthana & Sruthi Sagar
5.20 p.m. - Sangeetha Swaminathan (Vocal)
7.00 p.m. - Ashwath Narayanan (Vocal)

Dec. 31, 2014
4.00 p.m. - Rasika Viswanath (Vocal)
5.20 p.m. - Amrutha Sankaranarayanan (Vocal)
7.00 p.m. - Sumathi Narayanan (Vocal)

Jan. 1, 2015
9.30 a.m. - T. Eswaran Battathri (Vocal)
11.00 a.m. - R. Arjun Sambasivan & R. Narayanan (Keyboard)
4.00 p.m. - K. Sathyanarayanan (Keyboard),
5.20 p.m. - Aishwarya Srinivas (Vocal)
7.00 p.m. - R. Abhiramasundari (Vocal)

Jan. 2. 2015
4.00 p.m. - Srivaralakshmi (Keyboard)
5.20 p.m. - Adityanatayanan (Vocal)
7.00 p.m. - Rithvik Raja (Vocal)

Jan. 3, 2015
9.30 a.m. - Subiksha Rangarajan (Vocal)
11.00 a.m. - Chaitraa Sairam (Vocal)
4.00 p.m. - K.P. Nandini (Vocal)
5.20 p.m. - Shreya Devnath (Violin)
7.00 p.m. - Vasudha Ravi (Vocal)

Jan. 4, 2015
9.30 a.m. - Charumathy Raghuram (Vocal)
11.00 a.m. - Sushma Somasekharan (Vocal
4.00 p.m. - Sai Brinda (Vocal)
5.20 p.m. - K. Subhiksha (Vocal)
7.00 p.m. - Rajini Hariharan (Vocal)

Jan. 5, 2015
4.00 p.m. - Padma Seshadri Sisters (Vocal)
5.20 p.m. - Karthika Vaidyanathan (Vocal)
7.00 p.m. - Vidya Kalyanaraman (Vocal)

Dec. 6, 2015 -
4.00 p.m. - Keerthana Vaidyanathan (Vocal)
5.20 p.m. - Calcutta K. Srividya (Vocal)
7.00 p.m. - N.J. Nandini (Vocal)

Jan. 7, 2015
4.00 p.m. - Raginishri (Vocal)
5.20 p.m. - Iyer Sisters (Vocal)
7.00 p.m. - Sunil R Gargeyan (Vocal)

Jan. 8, 2015
4.00 p.m. - N. Harish (Vocal)
5.20 p.m. - Kuldeep M. Pai (Vocal)
7.00 p.m. - Punya Srinivas (Veena)

Jan. 9, 2015
4.00 p.m. - K. Mahati (Keyboard)
5.20 p.m. - Calcutta Kala and Chitra (Vocal)
7.00 p.m. - Akshay Padmanabhan (Vocal)

Jan. 10, 2015
9.30 a.m. - Palakkad C.S. Sajeev (Vocal)
11.00 a.m. - Swathi Sankar (Vocal)
4.00 p.m. - Manasa Suresh (Vocal)
5.20 p.m. - Mahadevan Sankaranarayanan(Vocal)
7.00 p.m. -  Saashwathi Prabhu (Vocal)

Jan. 11, 2015
9.30 a.m. - Gayathri Sankaran (Vocal)
11.00 a.m. - Kanti Swaroop Mallela (Vocal)
4.00 p.m. - Subha Ganesan (Vocal)
5.20 p.m. - Hemmige Prashanth (Vocal)
7.00 p.m. - Lavanya Sundararaman (Vocal)

Jan. 12, 2015
4.00 p.m. - Master Abhilash (Vocal)
5.20 p.m. - K. Dharini (Vocal)
7.00 p.m.: V. Sankaranarayanan (Vocal)

December 19, 2014

Hindustani music concerts in Chennai

Rarely you get to listen to Hindustani music in Chennai. But this year, a few sabhas hosted a couple of concerts of this north Indian classical music.

Earlier, Rasika Ranjani Sabha hosted a Hindustani violin solo concert by Kala Ramnath and more than a hundred rasikas attended it.

Tchaikovsky Music Club conducted a 5 day festival at the Russian Cultural Centre and on the closing day, Pt. Janardhan Mitta presented a Sitar concert.

There is an audience for each style of music and the December Season in Chennai has realised it.

Here is the concert in pictures.
Photos by Smita Joshi.

December 16, 2014

The 'real' season begins in Chennai!

With the major sabhas like Narada Gana Sabha, Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, and The Music Academy joining in on three consecutive days, the already busy schedule of concerts gets more crowded.

At the inauguration in the Music Academy, rasikas saw a neat red and blue sky backdrops on stage. A different kind of experience for the gallery audience.

The Music Academy's lec-dem sessions are also on from today at the mini hall. Well attended by music students, rasikas and experts, these sessions hold a lot of information for the uninitiated as well.

On day one, Commader G. Srirama Rao spoke on philately and Numismatics with reference to music. This retired Navy commander is passionate collector of stamps, coins, autographs, postal cancellations - all of music from all over the world. He had earlier held exhibitions of his collections in Visakhapatnam and other places. He has brought them to Chennai and they are on display at the TAG Digital Archival Centre inside the Music Academy premises till Dec. 20, 2014 between 10 a.m and 5 p.m.

The special postal cover on D.K. Pattammal, when opened, play a song of the vidushi! There is also a stamp on Veena Dhanammal and a postal cover on Papanasam Sivan.

He has displayed a rare collection called ‘Musical Post Offices’ wherein he traced 76 post offices in 13 countries named after musicians and Musical scores. You could catch up with Mr. Rao and listen to stories of his collections at this exhibition.

Mr. Rao says he is ready to take his collections to anywhere in India. All that he needs is the space and the display boards and tables. He will take care of the rest.

His collections are recognised by Lima Book of Records. Reach him at

Here are a few pictures of the exhibition captured by Ramya Vasudevan.

December 14, 2014

Opening evening at Narada Gana Sabha

On Dec. 13, 2014, the evening at Narada gana Sabha began with the mangala isai by senior nadaswaram vidwan Seshampatti Sivalingam. He is among the awardees of this year at the sabha.

The presentation of awards and felicitation were simple and neat.
Sri U.Ve.Appan Parakala Ramanuja Embar Jeeyar Swamy of Sriperumpudur who inaugurated the festival and conferred the titles, spoke long on music, azhwars and the classical Indian art forms - music and dance elevates the performers and the listeners.

The award Nadhabrahmam was conferred on mridangam maestro Umayalpuram K Sivaraman, Senior Musician award to veena vidushi Kalyani Ganesan and Tirunelveli P Subramania Iyer award to nadaswaram vidwan Seshampatti Sivalingam were presented on the evening.

Film maker and cinematographer Rajiv Menon was at the event to felicitate the awardees. Unlike many speakers, Rajiv Menon did his homework well to know about all the awardees of the evening and brought their profiles to the audience. He lauded Umayalpuram Sivaraman for his artistry and his generosity to teach music to many including the son of a mridangam maker. Vidwan Umayalpuram Sivaraman returned the gesture in his acceptance speech that with the kind of 'gnanam' Rajiv Menon has, he should be singing on stage soon and offered to play mridangam for him!

A DVD on Padams produced by Natyangam was released at this event. Vocalist Geetha Raja, scholar Sujata Vijayaraghavan and the dancers of Natyarangam received the first copies.

Later Jeeyar distributed prizes for the annual competitions. A loud applause popped up whenever the very young winners received prizes!

Following the award ceremony, Kadri Gopalnath presented a saxophone concert along with the senior violinist A. Kanyakumari.

A few snapshots of the inaugural function at Narada Gana Sabha:

The awardees, Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Kalyani Ganesan and
Seshampatti Sivalingam with the Jeeyar

 Artistes with the awards 

Jeeyar's speech - Anugraha Bhashanam - Photo by Smita Joshi

Vocalist Geetha Raja receiving the DVD
A young winner of competition receiving the prize
Kadri Gopalnath's Saxophone concert - Photo by Smita Joshi

December 12, 2014

Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha December Music Festival

Established in 1900, Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha has been hosting monthly concerts and December festival since then.
This year the festival begins on Dec. 14, 2014 and goes on till Jan. 5, 2014

Venue: Vidya Bharathi, 55, Bheemasena Garden Road, Mylapore, Chennai - 4

The festival hosts a morning lec-dem session every day at 8.30 a.m. Admission is free to concerts scheduled till 2 p.m. Th eevening concerts are ticketed.

The schedule:

Dec. 14, 2014
2.45 p.m - Mangala Isai Nadaswaram by Thiruvallikeni P. Viswanathan & Party
4.00 p.m. - Inauguration and Awards Function
5.30 p.m. - Chitravina N. RAVIKIRAN (Chitravina) with Haridwaramangalam A.K. PALANIVEL (Thavil), B.U. Ganesh Prasad (Violin), B.S. Purushotham (Kanjira)
7.45 p.m. - 'Kavalai Padathe'  (Sri Krishna Charama Shlokam) Upanyasam By  Dushyanth  Sridhar

Dec. 15, 2014
 8.30 a.m. -  Lect. Demo. : Divyaprabandam – Vilakkam (indepth explanation)  by Trichy J. Venkatraman, Vocal Support R. Saranayaki.
10.00 a.m. - ‘Baktha Meera’  Suchitra & Saindavi  (Katha Kutcheri), M.S.G. Suresh (Violin), M.S. Venkatasubramanian (Mrudangam)
12.30 p.m. -  Arundhathi Krishnan (Vocal), Mysore Sangeetha (Violin), R. Ramkumar (Mrudangam)  2.00 p.m. - Aishwarya Vidya Raghunath (Vocal), Trivandrum N.  Sampath (Violin), Salem Srinivasan (Mrudangam)
4.00 p.m. - SUGUNA VARADACHARI (Vocal), Ranjani Ramakrishnan (Violin) – K. Arun Prakash (Mrudangam), N. Guruprasad (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. - LALGUDI G.J.R KRISHNAN & LALGUDI VIJAYALAKSHMI (Violin Duo), Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (Mrudangam), Vazhappally Krishnakumar (Ghatam)

Dec. 16, 2014
8.30 a.m. - Lect. Demo : Niraval & Kalpanaswaram Singing Techniques by Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan
10.00 a.m. -  Dr. Sirkazhi G. SivaChidambaram (Vocal), Dr. Badri Narayanan (Violin), Thanjavur G. Sankarasubramaniam (Mrudangam), Madras J. Ramdas (Ghatam), Kudanthai Sai Balaji (Morsing), K. Magesh (Thambura)
12.30 p.m. - Barghav S. Hariharan (Vocal), Parur Harini Srivatsa (Violin), Rohit Prasad (Mrudangam)
2.00 p.m. - Prasanna Venkatraman (Vocal), M. Rajeev (Violin), Arjun Ganesh (Mrudangam), G. Chandrasekara Sharma (Ghatam)
4.00 p.m. -  BOMBAY SISTERS (Vocal), R. Raghul (Violin), K.R. Ganesh (Mrudangam)
6.30 p.m. - S. SAKETHARAMAN (Vocal), Nagai Sriram(Violin), Umayalpuram Dr. K. Sivaraman (Mrudangam), G. Chandrasekara Sharma (Ghatam)

Dec. 17, 2014
8.30 a.m. - Lect Demo:  Strategies for Raga Development – Methodologies  shared between Carnatic, Hindustani and Western Classical Music by Dr. Sriram Parasuram
10.00 a.m. - Nirmala Rajasekar (Veena ) with Sikkil Malachandrasekar (Flute) and V.V. Srinivasa Rao (Violin),  Mumbai Rajesh Srinivasan (Mrudangam), Trichy Krishnaswamy (Ghatam)
12.30 p.m. -  Samyukta Ranganathan (Vocal), S.V. Sudarsan (Violin), Ramsriram (Mrudangam)
2.00 p.m. -  Mahadevan Sankaranarayanan (Vocal), M.R. Gopinath (Violin), R.Ramesh (Mrudangam), Alathur Rajaganesh (Kanjira)
4.00 p.m. - Shertalai  K.N. RENGANATHA SHARMA (Vocal), Trivandrum N. Sampath (Violin), Trichy Harikumar (Mrudangam), Udipi Sridhar (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. - Madurai T.N.  SESHAGOPALAN (Vocal),  M. Chandrasekaran  (Violin), Trichur C. Narendran (Mrudangam), Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (Ghatam)

Dec. 18,2 014
8.30 a.m. - Lect. Demo. : Rendition of Violin Techniques in Parur Tradition by Dr. M. Narmadha
10.00 a.m. - Dr. B. Vijaya Gopal  (Flute), Mysore Srikanth (Violin), Mannargudi A. Easwaran (Mrudangam), S.V.Ramani (Ghatam)
12.30 p.m. - Sunanda (Vocal) -  S.V. Sudarsan (Violin) – Surya Subramaniam (Mrudangam)
2.00 p.m. -  Nandita Ravi  (Vocal), Kamalakiran Vinjamuri (Violin), Kunnakudi M. Balamuralikrishna (Mrudangam)
4.00 p.m. - PRINCE  RAMAVARMA (Vocal), S. Varadarajan (Violin), Arjun Ganesh (Mrudangam), Dr. S. Karthick (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. - Dr. KADRI GOPALNATH (Saxophone), A. Kanyakumari (Violin), Patri Satishkumar (Mrudangam), Rajendra Nakod (Tabla), B. Rajashekar (Morsing)

Dec. 19, 2014
8.30 a.m. - Lect. Demo :Divyanama Kritis of Thyagaraja by Dr. M.A. Bhageerathi
10.00 a.m. - V. Sankaranarayanan (Vocal), Nagai Sriram (Violin), B. Sivaraman (Mrudangam), N. Guruprasad (Ghatam)
12.30 p.m. - Radhika Rajesh (Vocal), Ravi Srinivasan (Violin),  J. Aravind (Mrudangam)
2.00 p.m.  - Thiruvarur S. Girish (Vocal), Delhi Sairam (Violin), Ambika Prasad  (Mrudangam), Sree Sundarkumar (Kanjira)
4.00 p.m. - O.S. THYAGARAJAN (Vocal), Vittal Ramamurthy (Violin), Srimushnam V. Rajarao (Mrudangam), Coimbatore V. Mohanram (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. -  MALLADI BROTHERS  Sriramprasad and Ravikumar (Vocal), B.U. Ganesh Prasad (Violin), Sai Giridhar  (Mrudangam), Anirudh Athreya (Kanjira)

Dec. 20, 2014
8.30 a.m. - Lect. Demo. : Topic will be announced on the date by  T.M. Krishna
10.00 a.m. -  R. Suriya Prakash (Vocal), M.A. Sundareswaran (Violin), Thiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam (Mrudangam), Anirudh Athreya (Kanjira)
12.30 p.m. - Karthick Raju (Vocal), Mysore Sangeetha (Violin), Sanjeev Raja (Mrudangam)
2.00 p.m. -  Ramakrishnan Murthy (Vocal), Trivandrum N. Sampath (Violin), N.C. Bharadwaj (Mrudangam),  Anirudh Athreya (Kanjira)
4.00 p.m. - MAMBALAM SISTERS (Vocal), Dr. R. Hemalatha (Violin), B.  Ganapathy Raman (Mrudangam), K.S. Rangachari (Kanjira)
6.30 p.m. -  ARUNA SAYEERAM (Vocal), M A Krishnaswamy (Violin),  Sai Giridhar  (Mrudangam), S.V. Ramani (Ghatam)

Dec. 21, 2014
8.30 a.m. -  Lect.  Demo.:Voice Culture: Care and Management -  Interactive  Session by  Anant Vaidyanathan,  Abhishek Raghuram,   Yoga  Venkatraman With  K.N. Shashikiran  
10.00 a.m. -  S. Mahathi (Vocal), Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth (Violin), Patri Satish Kumar (Mrudangam), Alathur Rajaganesh (Kanjira)
6.30 p.m. -  DR. K.J. YESUDOSS (Vocal), Mahadeva Sharma (Violin), Thiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam (Mrudangam), Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (Ghatam)

Dec. 22, 2014
8.30 a.m. - Lect. Demo : Structuring a Raga Alapana  by Rama Ravi
10.00 a.m. - Subhashini Parthasarathy  (Vocal) – Pakkala Ramadas  (Violin) – J. Vaidyanathan  (Mrudangam) -B.S. Purushotham (Kanjira)
12.30 p.m. - Sushma Somasekaran  (Vocal) – Sudha Iyer (Violin) – Praveen Kumar  (Mrudangam)
2.00 p.m. -  K. Bharat Sundar (Vocal) – Parur M.S. Ananthakrishnan (Violin) – Trivandrum V. Balaji (Mrudangam)-  S. Venkatramanan (Kanjira)
4.00 p.m.-  Dr. SRIRAM PARASURAM & ANOORADHA SRIRAM  (Vocal) -  K.J. Dileep (Violin) – K.V. Prasad (Mrudangam) – Umakant Puranik (Harmonium)-Gurumurthy Vaidya (Tabla)
6.30 p.m. -  GAYATHRI VENKATARAGHAVAN (Vocal)  – R.K. Shriramkumar (Violin) – Manoj Siva  (Mrudangam)– Trivandrum Rajagopal (Kanjira)

Dec. 23, 2014
8.30 a.m.- Lect. Demo : Melodic Identity of selected Hindustani & Karnatic Ragas by
Dr.  Premeela Gurumurthy
10.00 a.m. - Sriranjani Santhanagopalan  (Vocal) - R. Rajiv ( Violin ) - Sumesh Narayanan (Mrudangam)- Anirudh Athreya (Kanjira)
12.30 p.m. - Shiv Subramaniam (Vocal) – Vignesh Thyagarajan (Violin)  - Sai Raghavan  (Mrudangam)
2.00 p.m. - Rithvik Raja (Vocal)  - M. Rajeev (Violin) - Sumesh Narayanan (Mrudangam)- G. Chandrasekara Sharma (Ghatam)
4.00 p.m. -  GAYATHRI GIRISH (Vocal) - Kandadevi Vijayaraghavan (Violin) - B.Sivaraman-  (Mrudangam) -K.V.Gopalakrishnan (Kanjira)
6.30 p.m. -   T.V. SANKARANARAYANAN (Vocal)  – M.A. Sundareswaran (Violin)  – Thanjavur Murugaboopathy (Mrudangam)-  H. Prasanna (Ghatam)

Dec. 24, 2014
8.30 a.m.  -  Lect. Demo :  Sancharas – the life line of Rakthi Ragas By Dr. R.S. Jayalakshmi
10.00 a.m. -  P. Nisha Rajagopal (Vocal) -  V. Sanjeev  (Violin) - R. Sankaranarayanan  (Mrudangam)-  N. Guruprasad (Ghatam)
12.30 p.m. - Vignesh Ishwar (Vocal) -  M. Rajeev (Violin) -    N.C. Bharadwaj  (Mrudangam)             2.00 p.m. -  Sandeep Narayan  (Vocal) - M.  Rajeev (Violin) - Thanjavur Praveen Kumar (Mrudangam) -  Anirudh Athreya (Kanjira)
4.00 p.m. -  SANGEETHA SIVAKUMAR (Vocal)  - B.U. Ganesh Prasad  (Violin) - K. Arun Prakash -   (Mrudangam) - N. Guruprasad (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. -   N. VIJAY SIVA (Vocal)  –  R.K.Shriramkumar (Violin) - Bombay Balaji (Mrudangam)-  N.Guruprasad (Ghatam)

Dec. 25, 2014
10.00 a.m. -  “ Geetharthamu Sangeethanandamu” (Geethayum Sangeethamum)  By VISAKHA HARI – Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth ( Violin)  – B. Ganapathy Raman (Mrudangam) – Trichy Murali  (Ghatam)
12.30 p.m. - Shruthi Shankar Kumar( Vocal)  – Mysore Sangeetha (Violin) - K.H. Vineet  (Mrudangam)
2.00 p.m.  - Jayashree Vaidyanathan (Vocal) – Karaikal  Venkatasubramanian (Violin)  - Manikudi Chandrasekaran (Mrudangam) - N. Narasimhan (Ghatam)
4.00 p.m. -  HYDERABAD BROTHERS  D. Raghavachari & D. Seshachari  (Vocal) -  Nagai Sriram (Violin)  - Trivandrum V.Balaji  (Mrudangam)– Papanasam S. Sethuraman (Kanjira)
6.30 p.m. -  SIKKIL GURUCHARAN (Vocal) – Nagai Sriram  (Violin) – Umayalpuram Dr.K.  Sivaraman  (Mrudangam)– Shree Sundarkumar (Kanjira)

Dec. 26, 2014
8.30 a.m. -   Lect. Demo : Layanubhava- Understanding and appreciation of rhythmic aspects By K. Arun Prakash,  K.V.Gopalakrishnan  and  N. Guruprasad 10.00 a.m. -  Maharajapuram Ramachandran (Vocal) -  Nagai Muralidharan  (Violin) – Thiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam (Mrudangam) –  V. Sai Subramaniam (Morsing)
12.30 p.m. - Mayuri Vasan (Vocal) – S.V. Sudarsan (Violin) – Delhi Sridhar (Mrudangam)
2.00 p.m. -   Amrutha Venkatesh (Vocal)  – R. Madhavan (Violin)  – Vijay Natesan (Mrudangam)
4.00 p.m.  -  Dr. ASHWINI BHIDE (Hindustani vocal )- Vyasmurthy Katti (Harmonium)- Ravindra Yavagal (Tabla)
6.30 p.m. -  PRIYA SISTER  Shanmukhapriya and Haripriya (Vocal)  -  Mysore Srikanth (Violin) – Neyveli Skandasubramaniam (Mrudangam) – B.S. Purushotham (Kanjira)

Dec. 27, 2014
8.30 a.m. -  Lect. Demo : Pratimadyama,  Dha-na  Melas by Prof. S.R. Janakiraman
10.00 a.m. -  ‘Rangam Srirangam’ Sublime Observation  Sri. Srinidhi Swami,  Musical Presentation by  Vasundara Rajagopal  (Vocal) with R. Raghul(Violin)  and  Nellai Balaji (Mrudangam)
12.30 p.m. - Akshay Sridhar(Vocal)  – Sruti Sarathy (Violin) – Korattur Karthick Narayanan  (Mrudangam)
2.00 p.m. - J.A.  Jayanth ( Flute ) – Parur Ananthakrishnan (Violin) – Mannarkoil Balaji  (Mrudangam)– Nerkunam Shankar (Kanjira)
4.00 p.m. -   CARNATICA BROTHERS  K.N. Shashikiran & P. Ganesh (Vocal) -  S. Varadarajan (Violin) – Thanjavur Murugaboopathy (Mrudangam)– S.V.Ramani (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. -  SUDHA RAGHUNATHAN (Vocal)  -  B.V.  Raghavendra Rao (Violin) – Patri Satishkumar (Mrudangam)– R.Raman (Morsing)

Dec. 28, 2014
8.30 a.m. - Lect. Demo : Concert Pattern:  Planning-Practice-Presentation.  A panel discussion.
by Chitravina. N. Ravikiran,  S. Shashank, Suguna Varadachari. Co-Ordinator : Dr.Radha Bhaskar
10.00 a.m. - T.M. Krishna  (Vocal) -  R.K. Shriramkumar (Violin) - Rajna Swaminathan  (Mrudangam)- B.S. Purushotham (Kanjira)
12.30 p.m. - Kruthi Bhat  (Vocal) -  H V Raghuram (Violin)  -  Vignesh Venkataraman  (Mrudangam)
2.00 p.m.  -  Amrita Murali (Vocal)  –  M. Rajeev (Violin) – N.C. Bharadwaj (Mrudangam)–  G.Chandrasekara Sharma ( Ghatam)
4.00 p.m.  - TRICHUR BROTHERS  Srikrishna Mohan and Ramkumar Mohan (Vocal) -  V.V. Ravi (Violin) – Trichur R. Mohan (Mrudangam)– S. Venkataramanan (Kanjira)
6.30 p.m. -   P. UNNI KRISHNAN (Vocal)  – Embar Kannan (Violin) – Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan –  (Mrudangam) - Vazhappally Krishnakumar (Ghatam)

Dec. 29, 2014
8.30 a.m. -  Lect. Demo : Contributions of Talapakka Annamacharya and Badrachala Ramadasa to Carnatic Music by   Malladi Suribabu and  Malladi Brothers
10.00 a.m. - K. Gayatri  (Vocal) – Charulatha Ramanujam (Violin) – Poongulam Subramaniam –  (Mrudangam ) -K.V.Gopalakrishnan (Kanjira)
12.30 p.m. - Hariharan Ravi  (Vocal) - Kamal Kiran (Violin) – Akshay Venkatesh ( Mrudangam )
2.00 p.m. -  D.B. Ashvin  (Vocal) – M. Rajeev (Violin) –  R.Ramkumar (Mrudangam)– Nanda Masti (Kanjira)
4.00 p.m. -  Papanasam ASHOK RAMANI (Vocal) – Mysore Nagaraj  (Violin) – Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (Mrudangam) – Trichy Krishnaswamy (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. -   Dr. S. SOWMYA (Vocal) –  Parur M.S. Ananthakrishnan (Violin) – Poongulam Subramaniam  (Mrudangam) –  Chandrasekara Sharma – (Ghatam)

Dec. 30, 2014
8.30 a.m.  - Lect. Demo : Role of Mrudangam in enhancing a concert By  Prof. Trichy Sankaran, Supported by B.S. Purushotham
10.00 a.m.  - Namasankeerthanam by Udayalur Kalyanaraman Bhagavathar & Party
12.30 p.m. -  Mandolin Sisters  Sree Usha & Sreesha (Mandolin )– Thirucherai Kaushik  (Mrudangam)–  S. Venkatramanan  (Kanjira)
2.00 p.m. -  Nadha Brahmam –Essentially Divine Concert by Swasthi Prabhu (Vocal)  – Vijaya Ganesh (Violin) – Sai Navaneethan (Mrudangam)– N. Sundar (Tabla) – Nagarathinam(Spl. Effects)
4.00 p.m. - Mysore Brothers MYSORE NAGARAJ AND MYSORE MANJUNATH ( Violin Duo)- Srimushnam V. Rajarao  (Mrudangam)– Giridhar Udupa (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. -  SANJAY SUBRAHMANYAN  (Vocal) -  Nagai Sriram (Violin) – Mannargudi A. Easwaran  (Mrudangam)– Dr.S. Karthick (Ghatam)

Dec. 31, 2014
8.30 a.m.  - Lect. Demo : The Importance of Compositions for Manodharma  Sangeetham by
R.K. Shriramkumar
10.00 a.m. -  V.K. Manimaran (Vocal)  – V. Sanjeev (Violin) – Poongulam Subramaniam   (Mrudangam)– N. Guruprasad (Ghatam)
12.30 p.m. -  Vikram Raghavan (Vocal) -  Sandeep Ramachandran (Violin) - K. Praveen Kumar  (Mrudangam )
2.00 p.m. -   V. Deepika  (Vocal) -  S.P. Ananthapadmanabha (Violin) – Srivanchiyam Sriram  (Mrudangam )
4.00 p.m. -  Neyveli  R. SANTHANAGOPALAN (Vocal) – V.V. Ravi (Violin)  – Thiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam (Mrudangam)– Thirupunitura Radhakrishnan (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. -  ‘ Bajan Sandhya’ By  O.S. ARUN  (Vocal) -  Mullivasal Chandramouli (Violin) – J. Vaidyanathan  (Mrudangam)– Chandrasekar  (Harmonium) - Ganapathy (Tabla)– Kalaiselvam (Talam)

Jan. 1, 2015
10.00 a.m. -  Abang and Bajans by Pushpa Anand & Party.
12.30 p.m. - Kalyanapuram Aravind (Vocal) –  B. Ananthakrishnan (Violin) – R. Ramkumar
2.00 p.m. -  Maharajapuram Ganesh Viswanathan (Vocal) – M.A. Sundareswaran (Violin)  – Sherthalai Ananthakrishnan (Mrudangam) – Trichy Murali (Ghatam)
4.00 p.m. -   Madurai T.N.S. KRISHNA (Vocal) – Delhi P. Sundarrajan (Violin)  –  Neyveli B. Venkatesh  (Mrudangam)- S. Sunil Kumar (Kanjira)
6.30 p.m. -   Dr. NITHYASHREE MAHADEVAN (Vocal)  –  B.V.  Raghavendra Rao (Violin) – I. Sivakumar (Mrudangam), Madipakkam Murali (Ghatam)

Jan. 2, 2015
10.00 a.m. - Chinmaya Sisters  (Vocal) – Mysore Srikanth (Violin) – Ramesh Srinivasan –  (Mrudangam) Madipakkam Murali (Ghatam)
12.30 p.m. - Deepa Divya Sisters  (Vocal) -  Nagerkoil Anand (Violin) - Ammangudi S. Ramanarayanan (Mrudangam)
2.00 p.m.  - Akshay Padmanabhan (Vocal) – B. Ananthakrishnan (Violin) – Guru Raghavendra   (Mrudangam)
4.00 p.m. -  DR. R. GANESH  (Vocal) – Bharathi Gopalakrishnan (Violin) – Umayalpuram Mali   (Mrudangam )– H. Sivaramakrishnan (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m.  - ABISHEK RAGHURAM  (Vocal) – Charulatha Ramanujam (Violin) – Patri Satishkumar – (Mrudangam) Guru Prasanna (Kanjira)

December 11, 2014

Nanganallur Music Festival

December is also the time of many celebrations. Margazhi Bhajans & Hanumath Jayanthi form part of the singing schedules for artistes and are extensions of the Decembeer Season in Chennai.
Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple is celebrating a music festival for the Hanumath Jayanthi for the last 20 years. This year the festival begins on Dec. 22 and goes on till Dec. 31, 2014

The schedule:

Dec. 22, 2014
5.30 p.m. - Srinivasan & Party - Nadswaram
6.30 p.m. - T. V. Sankaranarayanan (Vocal), H N Baskar (Violin), R Ramesh (Mridangam), Bangalore Bhargava (Kanjira)

Dec. 23, 2014
4.30 p.m. - Sunil Gargeyan (Vocal), Anayampatti Venkatasubramanian (Violin), Balasri Rasaiah (Mridangam)
6.30 p.m. - S. Sowmya (Vocal), Parur Ananthakrishnan (Violin), Poongulam Subramanian (Mridangam)

Dec. 24, 2014
4.30 p.m. - Vishveshwar (Flute), Vignesh Thyagarajan (Violin), Gopal Ravindran (Mridangam)
6.30 p.m. - O S Thiagarajan (Vocal), T. H. Subramaniam (Violin), Srimushnam V Rajarao (Mridangam), Udupi Sridhar (Ghatam)

Dec. 25, 2014
4.30 p.m. - Kum RAMYA (Vocal), Sanjay Sharma (Violin), Ashwin Selvanathan (Mridangam)
6.30 p.m. - KADRI GOPALNATH (SAXOPHONE), A Kanyakumari (Violin), B.Harikumar(Mridangam),Rajendra Nakod (Tabla), B Rajasekar(Morsing)

Dec.26, 2014
4.30 p.m.- SARADHA KARTHICK (Vocal), Melakaveri Thiagarajan (Violin), Trivandrum Balaji (Mridangam), N Rajaram (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m.- MYSORE H N BASKAR & Ashwin (Violin Duet), Shiva Bharadwaj (Mridangam), Murali (Ghatam), Harihara Sharma(Kanjira), Shankar Viswanathan(Morsing)

Dec.27, 2014
4.30 p.m. - KARUR SISTERS VIDHYA (Vocal), Mukhathala Anandu Lal (Violin), Gajendra Ganesan (Mridangam), K B Hariharan (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. - O S ARUN (Vocal), Mullaivasal Chandramouli (Violin), Tiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam (Mridangam), Adambakkam Sankar (Ghatam)

Dec.28, 2014
4.30 p.m. - SOWNDARYA RATHNAMALA & Party(Group Music)
6.30 p.m. - GAYATHRI VENKATRAGHAVAN (Vocal), Charumathi Raguram (Violin), Sherthalai Ananthakrishnan (Mridangam), Trichy S Krishna (Ghatam)

Dec.29, 2014
4.30 p.m. - JAYASHREE VAIDYANATHAN (Vocal), Villivakkam Raghuram (Violin), Thillai Suryanarayanan (Mridangam),Tiruvarur K Venkatesh (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. - U RAJESH (Mandolin), V V Srinivasarao (Violin), Madirimangalam Swaminathan(Mridangam), S V Ramani(Ghatam), Srirangam Kannan(Morsing)

Dec.30, 2014
4.30 p.m. - SAMYUKTA RANGANATHAN (Vocal), Thirumarugal Dineshkumar(Violin), R Kishore (Mridangam)
6.30 p.m. - RANJANI & GAYATHRI (Vocal), B U Ganesh Prasad (Violin), K Arunprakash (Mridangam), Trichy Murali(Ghatam)

Dec.31, 2014
4.30 p.m. - S MALAVIKA (Vocal), K J Dileep (Mridangam), Sumesh Narayanan (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. - S SAKETHARAMAN (Vocal), S Varadarajan (Violin), Mannargudi Easwaran (Mridangam), Anirudh Atreya (Kanjira)

Simple person. Great music. Maha award.

Guests, patrons, awardees, felicitators, sabha secretary were seated in a row on the dais at The Mylapore Fine Arts Club, as seen in all the inaugural functions. Customarily, a musician and a dancer are chosen for the awards. This year is no exception. Both the awardees this year are well-known and have received many awards earlier, It was apt to decorate a senior vidwan, who has received many titles in his career of more than 70 years with a 'maha' title.

'Cleveland' Sundaram felicitated violinist M. Chandrasekar and informed the audience the roles the vidwan plays - violinist, vocalist, composer, guru and above all a 'rasika'. He related the title 'Maha' given to the musician-composer of the 1800s Maha Vaidyanatha Sivan with the title of Sangeetha Maha Kala Nipuna to the maestro. "To me, he is 'Chandru Sir', though he is many talents rolled into one," Sundaram said. He also hailed the Veena Dhanammal bani in the violinist's way of playing the instrument.

Nandini Ramani, who felicitated the dancer Rajeswari Sainath vouched for the Pandanallur Bani and the layam inbuilt in the dancer's performances. Nandini did not forget to mention T. Balasaraswati and T. Jeyammal though.

Some pictures from the inaugural function:
Photos by Sripriya Ayyangar & Smita Joshi

December 07, 2014

Shanthi Fine Arts & Endowments (SAFE) begins its music festival on Dec. 8, 2014

Chitravina vidwan N. Ravikiran will be honoured with the title ‘Sangeetha Sasthra Virpannar’ on the inaugural day. ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ will be conferred on M. A. Sundhareswaran, Neyveli B. Venkatesh,
Sikkil Mala Chandrasekahar and Patri Satish Kumar. The artistes who will receive the title 'Sangeetha Saptha Sagara' are vocalists Gayathri Girish, Sumithra Vasudev, Amritha Murali and voilinists Akkarai S. Subhalakshmi, Dr. R. Hemalatha and Charumathi Raghuraman.

The inauguration will be followed by Chitravina concert by N. Ravikiran with M.A. Sundareswaran on the violin, Neyveli B. Venkatesh on the mridangam and Vaikom Gopalakrishnan on the ghatam

The venue is Srinivasa Sastri Hall, Mylapore. Concerts are open to all.
The festival is on till Dec. 17, 2014.


Dec. 8, 2014
6.45 p.m. - N. Ravikiran (Chitravina), M. A. Sundhareswaran (Violin), Neyveli B. Venkatesh (Mridangam), Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (Ghatam)

Dec. 9, 2014
4.30 p.m. - M.R. Subramaniam (Vocal),  Madurai S. Balasubramanian (Violin), S. J. Arjun Ganesh (Mridangam)
6.30 p.m. - Sumitra Vasudev (Vocal), PakkalaRamadas (Violin), K. Arun Prakash (Mridangam)

Dec. 10, 2014
4.30 p.m. - Kanaka Durga Venkatesh (Vocal), Neela jayakumar (Violin), V.R. Jayakumar (Mridangam)
6.30 p.m. - M. Lalitha & M. Nandini (Violin Duet), A.V. Manikandan (Mridangam)

Dec. 11, 2014
4.30 p.m. - Rithvik Raja (Vocal), R. Raghul (Violin), N.C. Bharadwaj (Mridangam), Sunil Kumar (Kanjira)
6.30 p.m. - Gayathri Girish (Vocal), V. Sanjeev (Violin), B. Ganapathiraman (Mridangam)

Dec. 12, 2014
4.30 p.m. - Akkarai Sister (Vocal), M.R. Gopinath (Violin), K. Sai Giridhar (Mridangam), V. Anirudh Athreya (Kanjira)
6.30 p.m. - G. Srikanth (Vocal), V.V. Ravi (Violin), Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar (Mridangam)

Dec. 13, 2014
4.30 p.m. - C.S. Sajeev (Vocal), H.N. Bhaskar (Violin), Poongulam Subramaniam (Mridangam)
6.30 p.m. -Vasundhara Rajagopalan (Vocal), H.M. Smitha (Violin), R. Sankaranarayanan (Mridangam)

Dec. 14, 2014
4.30 p.m. - Ratnaprabha (Vocal), V. Dipika (Violin), Thillaisthanam R. Suryanarayanan (Mridangam)
6.30 p.m. - Madurai R Sundar (Vocal), AkkaraiSornalatha (Violin), Dr. K. Ashok (Mridangam)

Dec. 15, 2014
4.30 p.m. - K. Bharat Sundar (Vocal), ParurAnanthakrishnan (Violin), Papanasam R Kumar (Mridangam)
6.30 p.m. - Geetha Raja (Vocal), K.J. Dileep (Violin), T.K. Ramakrishnan (Mridangam)

Dec. 16, 2014
4.30 p.m. - Vimarshini Jairam (Vocal), Sudha R. S. Iyer (Violin), S. Ramaswamy (Mridangam)
6.30 p.m. - Shankar Ramani (Vocal), B. Ananthakrishnan (Violin), K.R. Ganesh (Mridangam)

Dec. 17, 2014
4.30 p.m. - Varalakshmi Anandakumar (Vocal), Shreya Devnath (Violin), Sumesh S. Narayanan (Mridangam)
6.30 p.m. - Mambalam Sisters (Vocal), Dr. R. Hemalatha (Violin), Nellai A. Balaji (Mridangam), K. S. Rangachari (Kanjira)

Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society inaugurates its Chennai festival

A music school and a socirty that promotes Fine Arts in Singapore comes to Chennai every year durting December and showcases the best of talents from their organisation.

A five day festival begins on Dec. 8 this year and goes on till Dec. 12, 2014 at the Music Academy Mini Hall.

Here is the schedule of concerts.

Dec. 8, 2014
4.30 p.m. - Mangala Isai - T.K.R. Iyyappan & T.K.R. Meenakshisundaram (Nagaswaram), T.K. Sekar and T.G. Babu (Thavil)
6.00 p.m. - Inauguration. Chief guest H.E. Roy KOH Ngee Seng, Consul General of Republic of Singapore in Chennai
6.45 p.m. - Nishanth Thiagarajan (Vocal), Shreya Gopi (Violin). Sai Akileshwar (Mridangam)

Dec. 9, 2014
5.45 p.m. - Sharad Ramanathan (Vocal), Shreya Gopi (Violin), Sudharshan Narasimhan (Mridangam)
8.00 p.m. - Nanditha Gurunath (Vocal), Sharad Rajaraman (Violin), Sri Akileshwar (Mridangam)

Dec. 10, 2014
5.45 p.m. - Sudarshan Narasimhan (Vocal), Srikanth Radhakrishnan (Violin), Thulasidas Vasudevan (Mridangam)
8.00 p.m. - Meera Balasubramanian (Bharatanatyam)

Dec. 11, 2014
5.45 p.m. - Mythili Rajaraman (Vocal), Srikanth Radhakrishnan (Violin), Sudharshan Narasimhan (Mridangam)
8.00 p.m. - Madhumitta Venkatesan (Bharatanatyam)

Dec. 12, 2014
5.45 p.m. - Srikanth Radhakrishnan (Violin), Sharad Rajaraman (Violin), Sai Akhileshwar (Mridangam)
8.00 p.m. - Manasa Sri Ganesh (Bharatanatyam)

December 06, 2014

Paddhati Festival is on. Live webcast of all concerts

Sri Parthasarthy Swamyu Sabha and Carnatica is hosting 'Paddhati festival at Arkay Convention Centre, Mylapore from Dec. 3 to 11, 2014

All the concerts are webcast at

A few pictures of the inaugural day events and concerts:

Sri. Krishnamurthy of Ari Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha and Sri K.N. Sashikiran of Carnatica
at the inauguration of the festival

Inaugural concert by Vidwan Nagai R Muralidharan and Nagai Sriram 

A section of the audience at Arkay convention Centre

Music, art, dance and theatre come together in 'Fire and Ash'

'Fire and Ash' is a confluence of three art forms - music, dance and theatre. The theme focuses on the destruction of negative forces and rejuvenation of positive energies.

Conceived and directed by Gowri Ramnarayan, playwright, theatre director and founder of the theatre group JustUs Repertory,this production was premiered on Nov. 14, 2014 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for Kartik Fine Arts.

Today the show is again being staged at Kalakshetra at 6 p.m.

Inspired by Indian poets of the olden era, Kalidasa in Sanskrit, Appar and Muthuthandavar in Tamil, Akka Mahadevi in Kannada, Surdas in Hindi, Shahaji Raja in Telugu and Rabindranath Tagore in Bengali, this production Fire and Ash sees prehistoric archetype Siva as a contemporary metaphor to make sense of the world to find ways of empowering the individuals and the community.

With Dance and Choreography by young dancer Anjana Anand, Vocal and Paintings by musician Savita Narasimhan and Bharatanatyam by Indu Nidheesh and Nidheesh Kumar (Alumni, Kalakshetra), 'Fire and Ash' is once again on stage at Rukmini Auditorium, Kalakshetra, Tiruvanmiyur.

Here are a few photos shot at the premier at BHaratiya Vidya Bhavan by L. Baba Prasad.

December 03, 2014

A festival of music on 'paddhati'

Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha and Carnatica jointly organise a festival that focuses on 'paddhati'. This festival is held in Arkay Convention Centre, R.H. Road, Mylapore.

Beginning Dec. 3, 2014, this festival will for 9 days bringing the traditional kritis and patantharam in the concerts.

The concerts are open to all and not ticketed.


Dec. 3, 2014
6.15 p.m: Nagai Muralidharan & Nagai Sriram (Violin Duet), Tiruvavur Bhakthavatsalam (Mridangam), Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (Ghatam )

Dec. 4, 2014
5.00 p.m: Radha Bhaskar (Vocal), Melakaveri Tyagarajan (Violin), Kumbakonam Swaminathan (Mridangam )
7.00 p.m: Hyderabad Sisters -  Lalitha & Haripriya (Vocal), Ranjani Ramakrishnan (Violin), Melakaveri Balaji (Mridangam), Trichy Murali (Ghatam)

Dec. 5, 2014
5.00 p.m: Rudrapatnam S. Ramakanth (Vocal), M.R. Gopinath (Violin), Melakaveri Balaji (Mridangam), Anirudh Athreya (Kanjira )
7.00 p.m:  Kunnakudi Balamuralikrishna (Vocal), V. Sanjeev (Violin), Anantha R. Krishnan (Mridangam)

Dec. 6, 2014
2.00 p.m: Swetharanyam Sisters - Nithya & Vidya, (Vocal), Mannargudi Srinivasan (Violin), Guru Raghavendra (Mridangam)
3.30 p.m: Varalalakshmi Anandkumar (Vocal), Melakaveri Tyagarajan (Violin), Nellai Balaji (Mridangam )
5.00 p.m: Palghat Sreeram & Baby Sreeram (Vocal),  Avaneeswaram Vinu (Violin), Palghat Hari narayanan (Mridangam), Sree Sundar Kumar (Kanjira)
7.00pm:  R. Vedavalli (Vocal), M.A. Krishnaswamy (Violin), Neyveli Narayanan (Mridangam), Madipakkam Murali (Ghatam)

Dec. 7, 2014
2.00 p.m: Rakesh Raghunathan (Vocal), Parur Harini Srivatsa (Violin), Mysore Vadhiraj (Mridangam)
3.30 p.m: T. C .A. Sangeetha (Veena), Manakkal Sriram (Mridangam)
5.00 p.m: Aruna Ranganathan (Vocal),  Ambika Prasad (Violin), Thanjavur Ramdoss (Mridangam )
7.00 p.m: Malladi Suri Babu (Vocal), V.V.S. Murari (Violin), Thanjavur Murugaboopathy (Mridangam), Adambakkam Shankar (Ghatam)

Dec. 8, 2014
5.00 p.m:  S.Srinivasan (Veena), Trichur Narendran (Mrudangam), Pudukottai N. Ramachandran (Kanjira )
7.00 p.m: Vijayalakshmi Subramanyam (Vocal), Mysore Srikanth (Violin), Neyveli Skandasubramaniam (Mridangam), Alathur Rajaganesh (Kanjira)

Dec. 9, 2014
5.00 p.m:  Rudrapatnam Brothers - R.N. Thiyagarajan & R.N.Tharanathan (Vocal), M A Sundaresan (Violin), Srimushnam V. Raja Rao(Mridangam), Kovai Mohanram (Ghatam)
7.00 p.m:  Sriram Parthasarathy (Vocal), B.U.Ganesh Prasad (Violin),  B.Sivaraman (Mridangam), K V Gopalakrishnan (Kanjira)

Dec. 10, 2014
5.00 p.m:  Shankari Krishnan (Vocal), Anuradha Sridhar (Violin), Nellai Balaji (Mridangam), D.V. Venkatasubramaniam (Ghatam)
7.00 p.m: Rama Ravi (Vocal), Mysore Srikanth (Violin), Mannarkoil Balaji (Mridangam), Srisundar Kumar (Kanjira)

Dec. 11, 2014
5.00 p.m: Dr.K.Krishnakumar & Binny Krishnakumar (Vocal), Padma Shankar (Violin), Sai Giridhar ( Mridangam)
7.00 p.m: R.K. Shriram Kumar (Violin Solo), N. Manoj Siva (Mridangam), K.V. Gopalakrishnan (Kanjira)

December 01, 2014

Margazhi Maha Utsavam in Indira Nagar, Adyar

The 15 year legacy of Margazhi Maha Utsavam put together by Maximum Media began this year's series at Hamsadhwani, Youth Hostel, Indira Nagar, Adyar today.

Mrs. Meena Muthiah, the Kumara Rani of Chettinad inaugurated the festival. Rasikas began taking their seats as Tiruvavaduthurai SNR Krishnamurthy along with accompanists presented the Mangala Isai. The steady flow of audience made it houseful when T.M. Krishna was on stage.

The first day hiccups did show up as the audio was low and couldn't reach those in the back rows. Many seniors braved the chill weather in Chennai since last weekend. The sides are closed with Shamiana and the hall is not fully closed or air-conditioned. Still, this venue is a boon to those living in the neighbouhood of Adyar and beyond till the colonies in ECR, as most of the concert venues are around either Mylapore or T.  Nagar.

Here are some pictures of the scene at the Margazhi Maha Utsavam on the inaugural day.
Photos: Ramya Vasudevan

Jaya TV inaugurates Margazhi Utsavam

On Dec. 1, as in the past, the auditorium at Chettinad Vidyashram in R.A. Puram plays host to a 15 day long music festival by Jaya TV. The difference this time is just that it dropped 'Maha' from its banner and was called Jaya TV Margazhi Utsavam.

Veteran musician Dr. M. Balamurali Krishna and R. Nataraj IPS were the guests of honour at the inauguration. Young dancer Krithika Shurajit was the master of ceremonies. E. Gayathri presented the inaugural concert, amidst tight security in the campus.

A few photos from the venue and concert.
Photos: L. Baba Prasad

Meenakshi Sundararajan Fine Arts Academy

A three -week long annual Fine Arts Festival is organised in the campus of Meenakshi College for Women, Arcot Road, Kodambakkam, to coincide with the December Music Season in Chennai.

The concerts are open to all.


Dec. 4, 2014
5.30 p.m. - Inauguration
6.00 p.m. - Vasundhara Rajagopal (Vocal)

Dec. 5, 2014
11.30 a.m. - Sathya Sangeetha (Bharatanatyam)
6.00 p.m. - Geetha Krishnamurthy (Veena)

Dec. 6, 2014
11.30 a.m. - Bharathi Thirumagan (Discourse)
6.00 p.m. - Trichur Ramachandran (Vocal)

Dec. 7, 2014
6.00 p.m. - Dr. Radha Bhaskar (Vocal)

Dec. 8, 2014
11.30 a.m. - Shwetha (Vocal)
6.00 p.m. - Dr. Subhashini Parthasarathy (Vocal)

Dec. 9, 2014
11.30 a.m. - Ramakrishnan Murthy (Vocal)
6.00 p.m. - Sailaja (Bharatanatyam)

Dec. 10, 2014
11.30 a.m. - Shreya Kolathaya (Vocal)
6.00 p.m. - Urmila Sathyanarayana (Bharatanatyam)

Dec. 11, 2014
11.30 a.m. - Srividya Sridharakumar (Vocal)
6.00 p.m. - A.K.C. Natarajan (Clarinet)

Dec. 12, 2014
11.30 a.m. - Bombay Sharada (Vocal)
6.00 p.m. - Bhargavi Gopalan (Bharatanatyam)

Dec. 13, 2014
11.30 a.m. - Gayathri Chandrasekaran (Vocal)
6.00 p.m. - Mambalam Sisters R. Chitra & R. Vijayalakshmi (Vocal)

Dec. 14, 2014
6.00 p.m. - Archana Narayanamurthy (Bharatanatyam)

Dec. 15, 2014
11.30 a.m. - Shyamala Venkateswaran (Vocal)
6.00 p.m. - S. Sowmya (Vocal)

Dec. 16, 2014
11.30 a.m. - Rajini Hariharan (Vocal)
6.00 p.m. - Roja Kannan (Bharatanatyam)

Dec. 17, 2014
11.30 p.m. - M.R. Subramanian (Vocal)
6.00 p.m. - Smitha Madhav (Bharatanatyam)

Dec. 18, 2014
11.30 a.m. - Bhavani Natarajan (Vocal)
6.00 p.m. - Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala (Bharatanatyam)

Dec. 19, 2014
11.30 a.m. - N. Harish (Vocal)
6.00 p.m. - Gayathri Balagurunathan (Bharatanatyam)

Dec. 20, 2014
11.30 a.m. - K.R. Srivaths (Veena)
6.00 p.m. - Shobana Ramesh (Bharatanatyam)

Dec. 21, 2014
6.00 p.m. - Papanasam Ashok Ramani (Vocal)

Dec. 22, 2014
11.30 a.m. - S. Gokulakrishnan (Vocal)
6.00 p.m. - Gayathri Girish (Vocal)

November 29, 2014

Kalakshetra December Art Festival 2014

The serene campus of Kalakshetra and the aesthetic auditorium are among the places one cannot affort to miss in Chennai city.

Kalakshetra Foundation hosts annual art festival during December and this year is their 62nd Art Festival.


Dec. 20, 2014
6.00 p.m. - Andal Charithram – Dance Drama by Kalakshetra Foundation

Dec. 21, 2014
6.00 p.m. - Bharatanatyam by Urmila Sathyanarayanan

Dec. 22, 2014
6.00 p.m. - Bharatanatyam by Kalakshetra Foundation

Dec. 23, 2014
10.30a.m to 12.00 noon - 'Black, White and Grey : Shades of the Feminine Divine' - A Special Mythology and Music
Presentation by Devdutt Pattanaik, author
and mythologist with Anil Srinivasan, classical pianist.
6.00 p.m. - Harikatha by Vishaka Hari

Dec. 24, 2014
6.00 p.m. - Dr.Pantula Rama (Carnatic Vocal)

Dec. 25, 2014
6.00 p.m. - Buddha Avatharam – Dance Drama by Kalakshetra Foundation

Dec. 26, 2014
5.00 p.m. - Sattriya Dance by Dr. Menaka PP Bora & Indira PPBora
6.30 p.m. - Arpana presents Stories in a Song - A Musical Collage of Theatre, Literature and History Conceived by Shubha Mudgal & directed by Sunil Shanbag

Dec. 27, 2014
6.00 p.m. - Mohiniattam by Gopika Varma
7.30 p.m. - Hindustani vocal by Madhup Mudgal

Dec. 28, 2014
6.00 p.m. - N. Ravikiran (Chitravina)
7.30 p.m. - Bharatanatyam by Mavin Khoo

Dec. 29, 2014
6.00 p.m. - Sabari Moksham - Dance Drama by Kalakshetra Foundation

Dec. 30, 3014
6.00 p.m. - Choodamani Pradanam - Dance Drama by Kalakshetra Foundation

Dec. 31, 2014
76.00 p.m. - Maha Pattabhishekam - Dance Drama by
Kalakshetra Foundation

November 28, 2014

Sri Kapali Fine Arts December Festival 2014

The 45th year of Art Festival of Sri Kapali Fine Arts will be held from Dec. 18 to 30, 2014.

The sabha has been hosting its concert at the redone, air-conditioned yet humble and traditional Srinivasa Sastri Hall, Mylapore. If the lights on the stage for artists and the walls were a little brighter at this hall, it makes a perfect ambiance for a cozy chamber concert.

The concerts are open to all.


Dec. 18, 2014
3.00 p.m. - Nama Sankeerthanam by Kumbakonam Ananthanarayana Bhagavathar & party
5.00 p.m. - K. Subhiksha (Vocal), Sruthi Sarathy (Violin), Vignesh Venkataraman (Mridangam)
7.00 p.m. - Vidya Kalyanaraman (Vocal), M.S. Ananthakrishnan (Violin), Kumbakonam Swaminathan (Mridangam)

Dec. 19, 2014
5.00 p.m. - Kashyap Mahesh (Vocal), Durai Srinivasan (Violin), Uthamarkoil Hariprakash (Mridangam)
7.00 p.m. - J.A. Jayanth (Flute), Vittal Ramamurthy (Violin), Neyveli Venkatesh (Mridangam)

Dec. 20, 2014
5.00 p.m. - Subha Ganesan (Vocal), A.S. Ananthapadmanabha (Violin), Kumbakonam Ramakrishnan (Mridangam)
7.00 p.m. - Geetha Raja (Vocal), Usha Rajagopalan (Violin), Mannarkoil J. Balaji (Mridangam)

Dec. 21, 2014
2.00 p.m. - G. Vishwanath (Vocal), Sai Rakshit (Violin), Mayavaram Sridhar Pandian (Mridangam)
3.30 p.m. - K. Ameya (Vocal), R. Priyamvadaa (Violin), Karthik Narayanan (Mridagam)
5.00 p.m. - Namasankeerthanam By Srtivanjiyam Shri Guruji Kripa Mandir Sri Murali Bhagavathar and his disciples
7.00 p.m. - Sangeetha Swaminathan (Vocal), Ragul (Violin), Nellai Balaji (Mridangam), Nanganallur Swaminathan (Ghatam)

Dec. 22, 2014
5.00 p.m. - Anahita & Apoorva (Vocal), Apoorva Krishna (Violin), Akshay Ram (Mridangam)
7.00 p.m. - R. Surya Prakash (Vocal), Melbourne Murali Kumar (Violin), Thanjavur Ramadas (Mridangam)

Dec. 23, 2014
5.00 p.m. - Chitra Poorima Satish (Vocal)
7.00 p.m. - Manda Sudha Rani (Vocal), Shiva Ramamurthy (Violin), T.K. Ramakrishnan (Mridangam)

Dec. 24, 2014
5.00 p.m. - Mathangi Sankar (Vocal), Supraja (Violin), Akshay Venkatesh (Mridangam)
7.00 p.m. - Akkarai Sisters (Violin duet), Shetalai Ananthakrishnan (Mridangam), A.S. Krishnan (Ghatam)

Dec. 25, 2014
3.00 p.m. - J.B. Keerthana (Vocal), K.J. Dilip (Violin), K.H. Vineeth (Mridangam)
5.00 p.m. - Murali Pavithran (Vocal),Ravi Srimnivasan (Violin), Akshay Anand (Mridangam)
7.00 p.m. - Ragam Sisters - Nalinakanti and Sivaranjani (Vocal), Srilakshmi Venkataramani (Violin), Kudanthai Saravanan (Mridangam)

Dec. 26, 2014
5.00 p.m. - Brinda Manickavasagam (Vocal), Usha Rajagopalan (Violin), Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar (Mridangam)
7.00 p.m. - K. Bhaskaran (Flute), N. Ramakrishnan (Violin), Jayadev Bhaskaran (Mridangam)

Dec. 27, 2014
3.00 p.m. - Deekshitha Venkatraman (Vocal), Thirumarugal Ganesh Kumar (Violin), Akshay Ram (Mridangam)
5.00 p.m. - Venkata Nagarajan (Vocal), Melakaveri Thyagarajan (Violin), Papanasam Kumar (Mridangam)
7.00 p.m. - Vasudha Keshav (Vocal), V.V. Srinivasa Rao (Violin), Thillaisthanam R. Suriyanarayanan (Mridangam)

Dec. 28, 2014
3.00 p.m. - Jayashree Vaidyanathan (Vocal), Kovai Chandran (Violin), Manikudi Chandrasekar (Mridangam)
5.00 p.m. -Vidya Subramanian (Vocal), H.V. Raghuram (Violin), Raghunath TRajaram (Mridangam)
7.00 p.m. - Vijayanagaram D. Vardhani (Vocal), Karaikal Venkatasubramaniam (Violin), Aswin Sridharan (Mridangam)

Dec. 29, 2014
3.00 p.m. - Shruthi Kumar (Vocal), Priyamvadaa (Violin), Prashanth (Mridangam)
5.00 p.m. - Ragul Narayanan (Vocal), Nagercoil Anand (Violin), Palghat Hari Narayanan (Mridangam)
7.00 p.m. - Chinmaya Sisters - Uma & Radhika (Vocal), V.V. Ravi (Violin), Delhi Sairam (Mridangam)

Dec. 30, 2014
3.00 p.m. - Namasankeerthanam by Kalyani Margabandhu Gnandha Madhar Mandali
5.00 p.m. - Radhika Rajesh (Vocal), Vignesh Thiyagarajan (Violin), L. Subramanian (Mridangam)
7.00 p.m. - Varalakshmi Anandakumar (Vocal), Kandadevi Vijayaraghavan (Violin), Neyveli Ramkumar (Mridangam)

Jaya TV Margazhi Utsavam

One of the popular music festivals that is held in auditorium and telecast later on TV channel is Jaya TV's Margazhi Mahotsavam. 

The concert series happens at Kumara Raja Muthiah Hall, Chettinad Vidyashram, R.A. Puram, Chennai - 29 from Dec. 1 to 15, 2014. Entry is free to all the concerts.

The concerts will be telecast on Jaya TV fron Dec. 16 onwards.


Dec. 1, 2014
3,30 p.m. - Inauguration by Dr, M, Balamuralikrishna
4.00 p.m. - Naadha Pravaham - Mangala Isai - Injikudi Subramanian (Nadhaswaram) & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi (Violin), Mannargudi Subramaniam (mridangam),. Gangaikondan Sudarshan (Tavil), Adambakkam Shankar (Ghatam)
5.00 p.m. - E. Gayathri (Veena), Thirukadaiyur T.G. Babu (Spl Thavil), Thirunageswaram T.R.S. Manikandan (Mridangam), N. Guruprasad (Ghatam), B. SreeSundarkumar (Kanjira)
6.30 p.m. - Iniya Thamizh Isai T.V. Gopalakrishnan (Vocal), S. Varadharajan (Violin), Patri Satishkumar(Mridangam), Tripunithura Radhakrishnan (Ghatam), 

Dec. 2, 2014
4.30 p.m. - 'Kandha Ganamrutham' Sikkil Mala Chandrasekar (Flute), M.R. Gopinath (Violin), Shertalai Ananthakrishnan (Mridangam), N. Guruprasad (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. - 'Sree Ramajayam' Nithyasree Mahadevan (Vocal), Parur M.A. Krishnaswamy (Violin), I. Sivakumar (Mridangam), Rajaraman (Ghatam)

Dec. 3, 2014
4.30 p.m. - Singame Unnai Kanden - Dushyant Sridhar (Upanyasam), Villivakkam Raghuraman (Violin), Rajiv Nagarajan (Mridangam)
6.30 p.m. - 'Seven Strings' Rajhesh Vaidya (Veena), Mohanraman (Nridangam), Chandrajith (Tabla), Paramasivam (Kanjira), Sai Hari (Ghatam), Karthik (Keyboard), Subramaniam (Spl. effects)

Dec. 4, 2014
4.30 p.m. - 'Essentially Divine' Saashwati Prabhu (Vocal), Atul Kumar (Flute), Vaidyanathan (Mridangam). S. Karthik (Ghatam), nagarathnam (Spl. Effects)
6.30 p.m. - Malladi Brothers (Vocal), B. Ravishankar (Mridangam), S.V. Ramani (Ghatam)

Dec. 5, 2014
4.30 p.m. - 'Compositions of Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar' T.N.S. Krishna (Vocal), Shertalai R. Sivakumar (Violin), B. Ganapathyraman (Mridangam)
6.30 p.m.- 'Mattram Kanda Mahangal' Vishaka Hari (Harikatha), B. Ananthakrishnan (Violin), S.J. Arjun Ganesh (Mridangam), Trichy Mjrali (Ghatam)

Dec. 6, 2014
4.30 p.m. - Kadri Gopalnath (Saxophone), A. Kanyakumari (Violin), G. harikumar (Mridangam), Rajendra Nakod (Tabla). B. Rajasekar (Morsing)
6.30 p.m. - 'Rama Raghava' Priya Sisters (Vocal), B. Raghavendra Rao (Violin), Parupalli Phalgun (Mridangam), B.S. Purushotham

Dec. 7, 2014
4.30 p.m. - 'Shivarpanam' P. Unnikrishnan (Vocal), Avaneeswaram Vinu (Violin), Neyveli Venkatesh (Mridangam), Harihara Sharma (Kanjira)
6.30 p.m. - 'Azhagan Maal Marugan' Sudha Ragunathan (Vocal), Pakala Ramadas (Violin), R. Raman (Morsing). Palladam Ravi (Mridangam)

Dec. 8, 2014
4.30 p.m. - 'Ragamalika' Carnatica Brothers (Vocal), Raghavendra Rao (Violin), J. Vaidyanathan (Mridangam), K.V. Gopalakrishnan (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. - 'Krishna Bhakthi' S. Shashank (Flute), Akkarai Subhalakshmi (Violin), K. Saigiridhar (Mridangam)

Dec. 9, 2014
4.30 p.m. - 'Rama Bhakthi Samrajya' Mysore Nagaraj & Manjunath (Violin Duet), Thiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam (Mriodangam), Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. - 'Azhagar Kuravanji' Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan (Vocal), V.V. Ravi (Violin), Trichur Narendran (Mridangam), B. Sree Sundarkumar (Kanjira)

Dec. 10, 2014
4.30 p.m. - 'Bhakthi Rasam' A.K.C. Natarajan (Clarinet), Kalahasthi Munikumar (Nadaswaram), Mambalam Arul (Thavil), Perambalur Manikandan (Thavil)
6.30 p.m. - 'Pasuramum Pandurangamum' Aruna Sairam (Vocal), Padma Shankar (Violin), Sai Giridhar (Mridangam). S.V. Ramani (Ghatam), Chandrajith (Tabla)

Dec. 11, 2014
4.30 p.m. - 'Sakthi Sthuthi' Allam Durgaprasad (Gottuvadyam), V.V. Ravi (Violin), B. Sivaraman (Mridangam), H. Prasanna (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. - 'Ezhil Mozhi Ezhu Mozhi' Ranjani & Gayathri (Vocal), B.U. Ganesh Prasad (Violin), N. Manoj Siva (Mridangam), Chandrasekara Sharma (Ghatam)

Dec. 12, 2014
4.30 p.m. -  'Haunting Melodies' Suma Sudheendra (Veena), Mysore V. Srikanth (Violin), Annur Ananthakrishna Sharma (Mridangam), Trichy K. Murali (Ghatam)
6.30 p.m. - 'Nama Mahimai' Udayalur Kalyanarama Bhagavathar (Namasankeerthanam), V. Sankararaman (Harmonium), R. Babu Rajasekaran (Mridangam), R. Balaguru (Dolak), S. Pichumani and S, Balasubramanian (Vocal Support)

Dec. 13, 2014
4.30 p.m. - 'Madhavam' Dr. K. Krishnakumar & Binny Krishnakumar (Vocal), V.L.Kumar (Violin), K.V. Prasad (Mridangam), Trichy K. Murali (Ghatam) 
6.30 p.m. - 'Shivam Sundaram' O.S. Arun (Vocal), M.R. Gopinath (Violin), B. Sivaraman (Mridangam), S. Ganapathi (Tabla). Selvamal (thalam), O.S. Mukundan (Harmonium)

Dec. 14, 2014
4.30 p.m. - 'Shanmuga' Classical Fusion by Guru Kaaraikudi Mani. B.V. Bala Sai (Flute), U.P. raju (Mandolin), B.V. Raghavendra Rao (Electric Violin), Sandyevens (sax), V. Suresh (Ghatam), V.B. Madhusudhanan (tabla & Percussion), N. Amrit (Kanjira)
6.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. - 'Ganga Kaveri' Violin - Sarod Jugalbandi by Ganesh (Violin) and Narayan Majumdar (Sarod)

Dec. 15, 2014
4.30 p.m. - 'Hanumanai Thudhippom' Dr. K. Vaageesh (Vocal), Surya Deepthi (Violin), Mannargudi Subramaniam (Mridangam)
6.30 p.m. - 'Sendhil Aandavan' - M. Lalitha & M. Nandini (Violin Duet), Sridharan Sankaran (Mridangam), H. Sivaramakrishnan (Ghatam)

November 26, 2014

Margazhi Maha Utsavam 2014

Popularly hosted by a Tamil Television Channel, Margazhi Maha Utsavam, into its 15th year of festival moves on as independent fest. Produced by Maximum Media with idea conception and hosting by Subhashree Thanikachalam and V.K. MAnimaran, This festival will be held in Adyar this year. The fest is supported by ARTery, an arts magazine.

The concerts are open to all and not ticketed.

Venue: Youth Hostel Grounds, 2nd Avenue, Indira Nagar, Adyar, Chennai

Dec. 1, 2014
5.00 pm - Nadaswaram - Tiruvavaduturai SNR Krishnamurthy & party
6.30 pm - TM Krishna - Inaugural concert

Dec. 2, 2014
5.00 pm - Ramakrishnan Murthy (Vocal)
6.30 pm - Dr. S. Sowmya (Theme: Thiru Arutpa)

Dec. 3, 2014
5.00 pm - Amritha Murali (Vocal)
6.30 pm - Neyveli Santhanagopalan (Theme: Ramanatakam - Kaatchiyum Gaanamum)

Dec. 4, 2014
5.00 pm - Sriranjani Santhanagopalan (Vocal)
6.30 pm - Abhishek Raghuram (Theme: Thyaaga Raga)

Dec. 5, 2014
5.00 pm - Trichur Brothers (Vocal)
6.30 pm - P. Unnikrishnan (Theme: Sarvam vishnu mayam)

Dec. 6, 2014
5.00 pm - Sandeep Narayan (Vocal)
6.30 pm - Sudha Ragunathan (Theme: Triyambakam)

Dec. 7, 2014
5.00 pm - V. Shankaranarayanan (Vocal)
6.30 pm - Aruna Sairam (Theme: Thamizhe)

Dec. 8, 2014
5.00 pm - Bharat Sundar (Vocal)
6.30 pm - Nithyasree (Theme: Mayilerum Murugan)

Dec 9, 2014
5.00 pm - K. Gayatri (Vocal)
6.30 pm - Vijay Siva (Theme: Vanna kalanjiyam)

Dec. 10, 2014
5.00 pm - Lakshmi & Subiksha Rangarajan (Vocal)
6.30 pm - Malladi Bros (Theme: Kaveri)

Dec. 11, 2014
5.00 pm - V.K. Manimaran (Vocal)
6.30 pm - Priya Sisters (Theme: Venkatava velava)

Dec. 12, 2014
5.00 pm - Nisha Rajagopalan (Vocal)
6.30 pm - Sanjay Subrahmanyan (Theme: Tamizh padam)

Dec. 13, 2014
5.00 pm - Carnatica Brothers (Vocal)
6.30 pm - Ranjani-Gayatri (Theme: Sivanuku sivan moovar)

Dec. 14, 2014
5.00 pm - Special Function
6.30 pm - Vishaka Hari - Harikatha (Theme: Valli tirumanam)

Dec. 15, 2014
5.00 pm - Kruthi Bhat (Vocal)
6.30 pm - Gayathri Venkataraghavan (Vocal)

Houseful early season concerts

The season has already begun to see full houses at concerts.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Mylapore is a favourite place for many rasikas to turn to before the December season actually begins.
The reasons are many.
One, Bhavan hosts the top class and popular musicians.
Two, the concerts are not ticketed,
Three, winter is yet to begin and there is still some warmth in the evenings in November.

From day one, that began with the concert of Bombay Jayashree, Bhavan has been seeing steady houseful concerts. The auditorium was overflowing yesterday for another revered artiste S. Sowmya. The same with today's concert of Priya sisters.
Audience in the foyer near the entrance at Priya Sisters' concert in
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on Nov. 26, 2014 
The organisers provide additional seating and CCTV display in corridors and at the foyer leading to the hall. And these parts at the venue are also full.

Arkay Convention Centre, the venue of Madhuradhwani is also a place, rasikas love to be in for music concerts. The enhanced listening experience and the rightly set audio equipments is the plus at this venue.

The 'Season' is all set to catch up in the next 4 days with four more sabhas - Kartik Fine Arts, Narada Gana Sabha, rasika Ranjani Sabha and Sri Rama Bhaktha Jana Sabha - inaugurating their fests on Dec. 1.

The rasikas are getting ready to brave the Calendar planning, sabha hopping, irresistible taste buds and the chill of Chennai December. 

November 25, 2014

December Music Season extends to Greater Chennai

Rasikapriya Fine Arts Academy, an initiative of a group of young Carnatic music connoisseurs residing in the IT corridor of Chennai is conducting a special event called 'OMR Music Season 2014' with a series of four concerts in various genres. The series is held on the weekends from Nov. 30, 2014.

An evening discussion on the day of Saraswathi pooja about the music concerts during the December season, soon veered into the lack of opportunities to witness live performances of popular artists on the IT corridor.  The group of arts lovers thought of the need for an institution that will bring world class musicians, dancers and artists to perform for the residents of OMR. Rasikapriya was thus born!

The Academy wishes to hold concerts every month and plans to hold music festivals periodically. Encouraging the young talents by conducting competitions, lec-dems are also in the annual agenda.

The OMR Music Season this year is open to all.

On Nov. 30, 2014, ' Mandolin' Balaji 's presents a concert with Kalmady S Poornaprajna  on the violin, Sai Sankar on the mridangam, Nerkunam Sankar on the kanjira. At Hiranandani Multipurpose Hall between 6 and 8.30 p.m.

On Dec. 7, 2014, Bharat Sundar's vocal concert with Parur AnanthaKrishnan on the violin and Trivandrum Balaji  on the mridangam is at The City Club, DLF Gasrden City between 6 and 8.30 p.m.

On Dec. 13, 2014, an Fusion music ensemble by 'Drums' Murali will be at Kriyates, Okkium Thoraipakkam (Cricketdrome Campus) between 6 and 8.30 p.m.

On Jan. 3, 2015, Jugalbandhi concert by Arvind Bhargav (Mandolin) and Rohan Dasgupta (Sitar) with Jain Painadathe on the tabla and Guru Raghavendra on the mridangam is scheduled at HUS, Hiranandani between 6 and 8.30 p.m.

This year the concerts are planned at different apartment complexes and each of these complexes house more than a 1000 apartments, says one of the group members.

If you are on the extended part of greater Chennai, you should keep a tab on Rasikapriya's website  - - for information regarding monthly performances. 

Sri Krishna Gana Sabha Art & Nritya Festival

In the T. Nagar Neighbourhood, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, which is closer to both the east and western mambalam, hosts a longer art festival. It includes a dance festival and a nadaswaram festival that stretches to end January.

The sabha also hosts a Natya Kala Conference for 5 days during the season bringing discussions and demo of various forms of dance.

The aesthetically redone main auditorium named after the patron 'Nalli' Kuppuswamy Chetti and the smaller Kamakoti hall create a very good ambiance for concerts and recitals.

This year the December festivals at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha begin on Dec. 11, 2014


Dec. 11, 2014
4.00 p.m. - Mangala Isai by G.Ramesh & Party
5.30 p.m - Inauguration by Pujyasri Swami Dayananda Saraswati
7.30 p.m. - 'Dayananda Rasa' – Kritis of Sri Dayananda Saraswathi - Bharathanrityam by Dr.Gayatri Kannan & Ms.Mahathi Kannan

Dec. 12, 2014
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 a.m. - Discourse  on ‘Pennum Pannum ‘  by Kidambi Narayanan
10.45 a.m. - Ratipriya (Vocal), Shraddha Ravindran (Violin), Ambur Padmanabhan (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - Chaitrra Sairam (vocal), Anayampatti G.Venkatasubramanian (Violin), B.Guru Raghavendra (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Divya Arumugam (Disciple of Revathi Ramachandran)
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Shruthipriya (Diisciple of J.Suryanarayanamurthy)
6.30 p.m. - Sriram Parthasarathy (Vocal), M.A.Krishnaswamy (Violin), B.Ganapathiraman (Mridangam), B.Shree Sundar Kumar (Kanjira)

At Main Hall
7.00 p.m. - Namasankeerthanam by Udayalur K.Kalyanarama Bhagavathar
1.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Priya Murle
4.00 p.m. - S.Sowmya (Vocal),  R.K.Shriram Kumar (Violin), Neyveli Narayanan (Mridangam), K.V.Gopalakrishnan (Kanjira), G.Chandrasekara Sharma (Ghatam)'
7.00 p.m. - Kuchipudi   by ‘Nritya Choodamani’ Deepika Reddy

Dec. 13, 2014
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 a.m. - Delhi P.Sunderrajan (Vocal)  -  Nagai Sriram (Violin), Neyveli Narayanan (Mridangam), N.Guruprasad (Kanjira)
10.45 a.m. - Mudikondan Sowmya  (Veena), Hariharan Sundarraman (Mridangam), Shri Sainath (Ghatam)
1.15 p.m. - Tapovanam Dr.G.Leelavathi (Vocal), Kovai Chandran (Violin), Thillaisthanam Suryanarayanan (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathnatyam by Samyuktha  Balaji (Disciple of  Divyasena)
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Sri Devi .T.M  (Disciple of Prof.Sudharani Raghupathy
&  Priya Murle)
6.30 p.m. - Shreya Devnath (Solo Violin), Ramaiah Vittal (Mridangam), N.Rajaraman (Ghatam)

At Main Hall
7.00 p.m. - Namasankeerthanam by Udayalur K.Kalyanarama Bhagavathar
1.30 p.m. -  Bharathanatyam by V.Balagurunathan & Gayathri Balagurunathan
4.00 p.m. - Maharajapuram S.Ramachandran (Vocal), M.A.Sundareswaran (Violin), Mannargudi A.Easwaran (Mridangam), A.S.Sankar (Ghatam)
7.00 p.m. -  'Sri Krishnarasa Panchamrutham' – ‘Katha’ alongwith ‘Geetham’ & ‘Nritya’ – Dr.Rajalakshmi Srinivasan & Dr.Jayanthi S.Ravi  will render Stories and Songs. Adit Ravi - Bansuri (Hindustani) and Krupa Ravi  shall offer interludes at the holy feet of Lord Krishna

Dec. 14, 2014
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 a.m. - Veena,Venu ,Vioilin Concert by B.Kannan,C.K.Pathanjali & B.Anand, Poongulam Subramanyam (Mridangam), Trichy Murali (Ghatam), N.Sundar (Kanjira)
10.45 a.m. - K.Subiksha (Vocal), Sudha R.S.Iyer (Violin), Guru Bharadwaj (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - K.Mahathi (Keyboard), Meera Sundar (Violin), Karthik Narayanan (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathnatyam  by S.Sanath Kumar (Disciple of  M.S.Hariharan & Pramila Hariharan)
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Sukanya Kumar (Disciple of  Priyadarshini Govind )
6.30 p.m. - MSG Day Dr. M. Narmada (Violin Solo),  B.Sivaraman (Mridangam), Trivandrum Rajagopal (Ghatam)

At Main Hall
7.00 a.m. - Namasankeerthanam by Udayalur K.Kalyanarama Bhagavathar
9.30 a.m. - 'Anubhava Araadhanai' Drama on Thyagaraja Kritis by Chandru
1.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  J. Suryanarayanamurthy
4.00 p.m. - S.P.Ramh (Vocal), M.R.Gopinath (Violin), A.S.Ranganathan (Mridangam), Pudukottai N.Ramachandran (Ghatam)
7.00 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Zakir Hussain

Dec. 15, 2014
At Kamakoti hall
8.30 a.m. - Discourse on ‘Thamizhil Chirukathai’  by Tiruppur Krishnan
10.45 a.m. - Tarun Rathitra (Vocal), Subhashree (Violin), Vignesh Venkataraman
1.15 p.m. - Uma B.Money (Vocal), Neela Jayakumar (Violin), V.R.Jayakumar (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathnatyam by Sruthy Anand (Disciple of  Sasirekha Rammohan)
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Nivedha Viswanathan (Disciple of M.V.N.Murthy)
6.30 p.m. - G.Ravikiran (Vocal), Raghuraman (Violin), K.Sai Giridhar (Mridangam), G.Harihara Sharma (Kanjira)

At Main Hall
7.00 a.m. - ‘Abhang Namasankeerthanam’  by  Savita Sreeram
1.30 a.m. - Bharathanatyam by Parvati Ravi Ghantasala
4.00 p.m. - Sikkil C.Gurucharan (Vocal), T. V. Ramanujacharyalu (Vocal), Guru Karaikudi R.Mani(Mridangam), G.Guruprasanna (Kanjira)
7.00 p.m. - ‘Panchali Sabatham’ -  Choreography: Jayanthi Subramaniam, Music: Rajkumar Bharathi

Dec. 16, 2014
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 a.m. - Discourse  on ‘Iru Aanmiga Vadhikal’  -Aandavan  Pichi  & Sakkaraiamma by Tiruppur Krishnan
10.45a.m. - Gayatri Sathya (Vocal),  Roopa Rajagopal (Violin), K.S.Ramana (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - Thanmayee Krishnamurthy (Vocal), Apoorva Krishna (Violin), Akshay Ananthapadmanabhan (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathnatyam by Sriranjani. V  (Disciple of  Sai Kripa Prasanna )
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Sahiti Saikumar (Disciple of Sarayusai)
6.30 p.m. - K.Bharath Sundar (Vocal), V.V.S.Murari (Violin), Trivandrum Balaji (Mridangam), Dr.S.Karthick (Ghatam)

At Main Hall
7.00 a.m. - Harinamasankeerthanam & Maha  Bhaktha Vijayam  by Sengalipuram Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Dikshithar Maharaj
9.30 a.m. - T.V.Sankaranarayanan (Vocal), H.N.Bhaskar (Violin), Srimushnam V.Raja Rao (Mridangam), Alathur T.Rajaganesh (Kanjira)
1.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Nrithya Pillai
4.00 p.m. - Gayathri Venkataraghavan (Vocal), Mysore V.Srikant (Violin), B.Ganapathiraman (Mridangam), Trivandrum D.Rajagopal (Kanjira)
7.00 p.m. - 'Mahabharatham' – Vana Viraata Vijayam –Part-I by Bharathanjali & Guest Artistes-  Lyrics & Music –  Neyveli Santhanagopalan  & P.R.Venkatasubramanian

Dec. 17, 2014
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 a.m. - Discourse by Nagai Mukundan
10.45 a.m. - Sujith S.Naik (Flute), Thirumarugal S.Dinesh Kumar (Violin), Sumesh Narayan (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - Vignesh Ishwar (Vocal), K.P.Nandini (Violin), Tanjore K.Praveen Kumar (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathnatyam  by Samyuktha Swaminathan (Disciple of  Sheela Unnikrishnan  )
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Bhuvaneswari Vaidyanathan (Disciple of  Zakir Hussain)
6.30 p.m. - Akkarai Sisters Subhalakshmi & Sornalatha (Vocal duet), M.Rajeev (Violin), Palladam Ravi (Mridangam), N.Guruprasad (Ghatam)

At Main Hall
7.00 - Harinamasankeerthanam & Maha  Bhaktha Vijayam  by Sengalipuram Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Dikshithar Maharaj
9.30 a.m. - Bombay Sisters  C.Saroja & C.Lalitha (Vocal), Usha Rajagopalan (Violin), K.R.Ganesh (Mrodangam), Madipakkam Murali (Ghatam)
1.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Vidhya Subramanian
4.00 p.m. - O.S.Thyagarajan (Vocal), B.U.Ganesh Prasad (Violin), M.Ravichandra (Mridangam), V.Suresh (Ghatam)
7.00 p.m. - 'Mahabharatham' – Vana Viraata Vijayam –Part-I by Bharathanjali & Guest Artistes-  Lyrics & Music –  Neyveli Santhanagopalan  & P.R.Venkatasubramanian

Dec. 18, 2014
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 a.m. - G.Ramanathan (Saxophone), B.Guru Raghavendra(Mridangam), S.Venkataramanan (kanjira)
10.45 a.m. - T.Kalaimagan (Vocal), Mannargudi Srinivasan (Violin), T R S Manikandan (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - Dr. Sanjay Subramanian (Vocal), Ravi Srinivasan (Violin), Kalakkad Srinivasan (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathnatyam by Madhurya Srikrishnan (Disciple of  Gayathri Sashidaran  )
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Sahana Sridhar (Disciple of Renjith Babu & Vijna Vasudevan )
6.30 p.m. - Madurai T.N.S.Krishna (Vocal), Delhi P.Sunderrajan (Violin), Neyveli Narayanan Mridangam), B.S.Purushothaman (Kanjira)

At Main Hall

7.00 a.m. - Harinamasankeerthanam & Maha  Bhaktha Vijayam  by Sengalipuram Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Dikshithar Maharaj
4.00 p.m. - Dr.Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman Presents A Grand Music Cum Dance Concert – 'Soul Speaks' (Aathma Speaks) – Participating Artistes – Dr.Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman -  Mrudangam , Priya Murle – Dance , Roja Kannan - Dance , G.Srikant – Vocal , Kandadevi S.Vijayaraghavan – Violin, Anantha R.Krishnan – Tabla & K.S.R.Anirudha – Nattuvangam and Konnakol
7.00 p.m. - Sridevi Nrithyalaya  Presents “Sivamayam” -  Dance Drama – Choreography:Smt.Sheela Unnikrishnan , Music: Dr.S.Ghatam Karthick,  Lyrics: Dr.S.Raguraman

Dec. 19, 2014
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 a.m. - Discourse by Nagai Mukundan
10.45 a.m. - Mumbai Govind Balakrishnan (Vocal),   Thirumarugal S.Ganesh Kumar (Violin), Srivanchiam R.Sriram (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - Anirudh Venkatesh (Vocal), Arunachala Karthik (Violin), P.Rohith (Mridangam)
3.15p.m. - Bharathnatyam by Srinithiy & Swethasree (Disciples of  J.Suryanarayana Murthy)
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Bhagyalakshmi & Madhumanthi Banerjee (Disciples of Shijith Nambiar & Parvathi Shijith)
 6.30 p.m. - Aruna Ranganathan -  V.V.Srinivasa Rao – K.R.Ganesh – E.M.Subramaniam (Ghatam)

At Main Hall
7.00 a.m. - Harinamasankeerthanam & Maha  Bhaktha Vijayam  by Sengalipuram Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Dikshithar Maharaj
9.30 a.m. - Madurai T.N.Seshagopalan (Vocal), M.Chandrasekaran (Violin), Patri Satishkumar (Mridangam)
1.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Divya Devaguptapu
4.00 p.m. - Lalgudi G.J.R.Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi (Violin duet), Dr.Trichy Sankaran (Mridangam), Thirupoonithura Radhakrishnan (Ghatam)
7.00 p.m. - 'Sri Andal Kalyanam' by Kalakshetra

Dec. 20, 2014
At Mini Hall
8.30 a.m. - Mavelikara P.Subramaniam (Vocal), Padma Shankar (Violin), K.Arun Prakash (Mridangam), Srirangam Kannan (Morsing)
10.45 a.m. - Gokul Chandramouli (Vocal), Shivakumar Anantharaman (Violin), Rohit Prasad (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - Suchithra Balu (Vocal), G.Suresh Kumar (Violin), M.S.Venkatasubramaniam (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathnatyam by Aharika Bhaskar (Disciple of  Swamimalai Suresh)
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Medha Hari & Sathvikaa Shankar (Disciples of Anitha Guha)
6.30 p.m. - Sangeetha Sivakumar (Vocal),  Dr.R.Hemalatha (Violin), Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar (Mridangam), V.Anirudh Athreya (Kanjira)

At Main Hall
7.00 a.m. - Harinamasankeerthanam & Maha  Bhaktha Vijayam  by Sengalipuram Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Dikshithar Maharaj
9.30 a.m. - Musical Discourse on 'Alwargal Vaibhavam' - Part I  by  Visaka Hari accompanied by  B.Ananthakrishnan (Violin), S.J.Arjun Ganesh (Mridangam), Trichy K.Murali (Ghatam). Vocal Support: Kruthi Keerthana
1.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Lakshmi Ramaswamy
4.00 p.m. - Hariharan & Party  Presents Ghazals and Tumris
7.00 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Dr.Srinidhi Chidambaram

Dec. 21, 2014
At Mini Hall
8.30 a.m. - A.S.Murali (Vocal), V.L.Kumar (Violin), R.Ramesh (Mridangam), B.Shree Sundar Kumar (Kanjira)
10.45 a.m. - Mysore Sangeetha (Vocal), Sruthi Sarathy (Violin), Gomathi Sankar (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - Balu Masti (Veena), Ranjani Venkatesh (Mridangam), N.Narasimhan (Ghatam)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathnatyam by G.Priyadharshini (Disciple of  A.Lakshman)
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Ashin Maria Mathew (Disciple of The Dhananjayans)
6.30 p.m. - Alamelu Mani (Vocal), V.V.Ravi (Violin), Madipakkam Suresh (Mridangam), Papanasam Sethuraman (Kanjira)

At Main Hall
7.00 a.m. - Harinamasankeerthanam & Maha  Bhaktha Vijayam  by Sengalipuram Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Dikshithar Maharaj
9.30 a.m. - Musical Discourse on 'Alwargal Vaibhavam'- Part II  by  Visaka Hari accompanied by B.Ananthakrishnan (Violin), S.J.Arjun Ganesh (Mridangam), Trichy K.Murali (Ghatam). Vocal Support: Kruthi Keerthana
1.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Shobana Balachandra
4.00 p.m - Bombay Jayashri Ramnath (Vocal), H.N.Bhaskar (Violin), V.V.Ramanamurthy (Mridangam), U.N.Giridhar Udupa (Ghatam)
7.00 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Actor Rukmini Vijayakumar

Dec. 22, 2014
At Mini Hall
8.30 a.m. - Mala Ramadorai (Hindustani Music) & Party
10.45 a.m. - R.Arjun Sambasivam & R.Narayanan (Keyboard Duet), Nagerkoil K.Anand (Violin), P.V.Srivatsa (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - J.B.Keerthana (Vocal) & J.B.Sruti Sagar (Flute), Raghul (Violin), N.C.Bharadwaj (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Mohiniattam by Vipina Ramachandran (Disciple of Gopika Varma)
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  N.Vaijayanthi (Disciple of Krishnakumari Narendran)
6.30 p.m. - H.V.Srivatsan (Vocal), Kandadevi Vijayaraghavan (Violin), B.R.Srinivas (Mridangam), Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (Ghatam)

At Main Hall
7.00 a.m. - Harinamasankeerthanam & Maha  Bhaktha Vijayam  by Sengalipuram Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Dikshithar Maharaj
4.00 p.m.  - Dr.Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman Presents  A  Fantastic Music Concert “Jwaalaa-Looking Beyond”- Participating Artistes:Dr.Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman -Mrudangam, Stephen Devassy – Piano & Keyboard , U.Rajesh – Mandolin , Attukkal Balasubramanian – Electric Violin, Anantha R.Krishnan – Tabla , Spl.Appearance Rahul Vanamali on Marimba & Kum.Saashwathi Prabhu on Vocal
7.00 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Meenakshi Chitharanjan

Dec. 23, 2014
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 a.m. - Discourse by Zakir Hussain
10.45 a.m. - Sriranjani Darbha (Vocal), Anuthama Murali (Violin), R.Ramkumar (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - Cuddalore S.J.Jananiy (Vocal), N.C.Madhav (Violin), M.L.Vadhiraj (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathnatyam by Anvitha Mohankumar (Disciple of  Archana Narayanamurthy)
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanrityam  by Ramya Venkatraman  (Disciple of  Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam)
6.30 p.m. - Jayasri Vaidyanathan (Vocal), Poorna Vaidyanathan (Violin), Manikkudi Chandrasekaran (Mridangam), S.Hariharasubramanian (Ghatam)

At Main Hall
7.00 a.m. - Harinamasankeerthanam & Maha  Bhaktha Vijayam  by Sengalipuram Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Dikshithar Maharaj
9.30 a.m. - T.M.Krishna (Vocal) & R.K.Shriram Kumar (Violin)
1.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Sreelatha  Vinod
4.00 p.m. - Jugal bandhi Concert by Chitravina Ravikiran (Chitravina)  & Saheed Parvez  (Sitar), K.V.Prasad (Mridangam) & Ravindra Yavagal (Tabla)
7.00 p.m. - Mohiniattam by  Gopika Varma

Dec. 24, 2014
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 a.m. - Discourse by  Zakir Hussain
10.45 a.m. - Srividhya Sridhara Kumar (Vocal),  S.P.Ananthapadmanabha (Violin), Akshay Ananthapadmanabhan (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - G. Aditya Prakash (Vocal), Dr.Nishanth Chandran (Violin), T.R.Sundaresan (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathnatyam by S.Sahana (Diisciple  of  Roja Kannan)
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam  & Kuchipudi nrithya samanvaya  by  Dr.Draupati Praveen & Dr.Padmini Krishnan (Disciples of Lavanya Ananth & Jai Kishore Mosalikanti & Padmavani Mosalikanti)
6.30 p.m. - ‘Essentially Divine Concert’  by  Saashwathi Prabhu (Vocal), R. Athul Kumar (Flute), K.Sai Giridhar (Mridangam), N.Sundar (Tabla)

At Main Hall
7.00 a.m. - Harinamasankeerthanam & Maha  Bhaktha Vijayam  by Sengalipuram Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Dikshithar Maharaj
9.30 a.m. - ‘Veda Bharathi’ – Thematic Presentation of Subramanya Bharathi’s songs on Bharathanatyam by  Natyarangam (Narada Gana Sabha Trust) – Music by Lalgudi G.J.R.Krishnan & Laludi Vijayalakshmi ,  Dancers : Apoorva Jayaraman, Medha Hari, Manasvini , Sai Santhosh Radhakrishnan
1.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Revathi Ramachandran
4.00 p.m. - Vocal Trio by Malladi  Suri Babu , Malladi  Sriram Prasad &Malladi  Ravikumar, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi (Violin), J.Vaidyanathan (Mridangam), Alathur T.Rajaganesh (Kanjira)
7.00 p.m. - Leela Samson with the Spanda Dance Company  Presents ‘Hari-Hara’

Dec. 25, 2014
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 a.m. - Discourse by  Zakir Hussain
10.45 a.m. - Kruthi Bhat (Vocal), Kamalakiran Vinjamuri (violin), Palghat A.Harinarayanan (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - Vittal Ramamurthy & Padma Shankar (Violin Duet), K.Arun Prakash (Mridangam), V.Anirudh Athreya (Kanjira)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathnatyam by Divya & Krithika (Disciples of  Jayasree Narayanan)
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Nandini Ganesan (Disciple  of Chitra Visweswaran)
6.30 p.m. - Mahadevan Sankaranarayanan (Vocal), Pudukottai Ambika Prasad (Violin), N.C.Bharadwaj (Mridangam), Nerkunam Sankar  (Kanjira)

At Main Hall
7.00 a.m. - Harinamasankeerthanam & Maha  Bhaktha Vijayam  by Sengalipuram Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Dikshithar Maharaj
9.30 a.m. - Sudha Raghunathan (Vocal), R.K.Shriram Kumar  (Violin), Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (Mridangam), N.Guruprasad (Ghatam), R.Raman (Morsing )
1.30 p.m. - 'Shivoham' -  Solo Kuchipudi Dance  by  Yamini Reddy (Daughter and Disciple of Dr. Raja & Radha Reddy
4.00 p.m. - Sanjay Subrahmanyan (Vocal), S.Varadarajan (Violin), Thanjavur Ramadas (Mridangam), Bangalore B.Rajasekar (Morsing)
7.00 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Alarmelvalli

Dec. 26, 2014
At Mini Hall
8.30 a.m. - Poorna Pragna Rao (Vocal), Delhi Sridhar (Violin), Umayalpuram Mali (Mridangam), D.V. Venkatasubramaniam (Ghatam)
10.45 a.m. - Sruthi Sarathy (Vocal), Aarti Shankar (Violin), Arjun Raghavan (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - Shankar Ramani (Vocal), M.Vijay (Violin), B.Sivaraman (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. -Bharathnatyam by Shahana  Disciple of  Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala)
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Deeptha Jayakar (Disciples of Jayanthi Subramaniam)
6.30 p.m. - Padma Sugavanam (Vocal), Vittal Rangan (Violin), B.Ganapathiraman (Mridangam), Nerkunam Manigandan (Morsing)

At Main Hall
7.00 a.m. - Harinamasankeerthanam & Maha  Bhaktha Vijayam  by Sengalipuram Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Dikshithar Maharaj
9.30 a.m. - Inauguration of 34th Natya Kala Conference
Natya Kala Conference – Day  1
1.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Shafeekudeen & Shabana (Disciples of The Dhananjayans)
4.00 p.m. - Hyderabad Brothers  D.Raghavachari & D.Seshachari (Vocal), Embar Kannan (Violin), Tiruvarur Bakthavatsalam (Mridangam), Ravi Balasubramaniam (Ghatam)
7.00 p.m. - Odissi Natyam  by Ratikant Mohapatra &Sujata Mohapatra

Dec. 27, 2014
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 A.M Dr.herthalai K.N.Renganatha Sharma (Vocal), Sherthalai Sivakumar (Violin), Sherthalai Ananthakrishnan (Mridangam), Trichy Murali (Ghatam)
10.45 a.m. - Dr.K.Vandana (Violin), Mysore Sangeetha (Violin), M L N Raju (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - Lakshmi Surya Teja .B (Vocal), Pappu Gyandev (Violin), Pappu Jayadev (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Concerts by Musicians Living Abroad

At Main Hall
7.00 a.m. - Harinamasankeerthanam & Maha  Bhaktha Vijayam  by Sengalipuram Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Dikshithar Maharaj
9.30 a.m. - Natya Kala Conference – Day  2
1.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Uma Nambudripad Sathyanarayanan  (Disciple of Chitra Visweswaran)
4.00 p.m. - Suma Sudhindra (Veena), H.K.Venkatram (Violin), Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma (Mridangam), S.N.Narayanamurthy (Ghatam)
7.00 p.m. - Odissi Natyam  by  Nrityagram’s  Surupa Sen & Bijayini Satpathy

Dec. 28, 2014
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 a.m. - AGA Gnanasundaram & M.Vijaya Ganesh (Violin duet), B.Sivaraman (Mridangam), Hariharasubramanian (Kanjira)
10.45 a.m. - Vikaasa Ramdas (Mandolin), Parur Harini (Violin), Ajay Gopi (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - Rithvik Raja (Vocal), Shivakumar Anantharaman (Violin), B.Ganapathiraman (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Concerts by Musicians Living Abroad

At Main Hall
7.00 a.m. - Harinamasankeerthanam & Maha  Bhaktha Vijayam  by Sengalipuram Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Dikshithar Maharaj
9.30 a.m. - Natya Kala Conference – Day  3
1.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Priya Venkataraman
4.00 p.m. - Priya Sisters  Shanmugapriya & Haripriya (Vocal), Mysore V.Srikant (Violin), Delhi Sairam (Mridangam), Madipakkam Murali ( Ghatam)
7.00 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Shobana

Dec. 29, 2014
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 a.m. - Talk by Dr.Chitra Madhavan
10.45 a.m. - Shruthi S.Bhat (Vocal), Srividhya R.S.Iyer (Violin), K.Parthasarathy (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - Swarna Rethas (Vocal), M.Vijay Ganesh (Violin), Rajesh Srinivasan (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathnatyam  by Niranjana. A.P,  & Deepanjali   (Disciples of  Binesh Mahadevan   )
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Amirtha Varshini Murali (Disciples of Urmila Satyanarayana )
6.30 p.m. - Jayashri Jayaramakrishnan (Vocal), Srilakshmi Venkataramani (Violin), Burra Sriram (Mridangam), Sunil Kumar (Kanjira)

At Main Hall
7.00 a.m. - Harinamasankeerthanam & Maha  Bhaktha Vijayam  by Sengalipuram Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Dikshithar Maharaj
9.30 a.m. - Natya Kala Conference – Day  4
1.30 p.m. - Kuchipudi by Shobha Korambil
4.00 p.m - Neyveli Santhanagopalan (Vocal), H.K.Venkatram (Violin), K.Arun Prakash (Mridangam), B.S.Purushothaman (Kanjira)
7.00 p.m. - Bharathanrityam by Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam’s Troupe

Dec. 30, 2014
8.30 a.m. - Talk by Dr.Chitra Madhavan
10.45a.m. - Vishnu Bhat Sisters Saraswati & Krishnaveni  (Vocal duet), Deepak Murti (Violin), V.V.S.Prasad (Mridangam)
1.15 P.M Sudha R.S.Iyer & Srividhya R.S.Iyer  (Vocal duet), K.J.Dileep (Violin), K.H.Vineeth (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathnatyam by Sambhavi Shankar (Disciple  of Gayatri Balagurunathan)
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Satvika Venkatesh (Disciple of  Lakshmi Ramaswamy )
6.30 P.M B.Vijayagopal (Flute), M.A.Sundareswaran (Violin), Tanjore Ramadas (Mridangam), S.Venkataramanan (Kanjira)

At Main Hall
7.00 a.m. - Harinamasankeerthanam & Maha  Bhaktha Vijayam  by Sengalipuram Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Dikshithar Maharaj
9.30 a.m. - Natya Kala Conference – Day  5
1.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Navia Natarajan
4.00 p.m. - Dr. Nithyasree Mahadevan (Vocal), Mullaivasal Chandramouli (Violin), Poongulam Subramanyam (Mridangam), Trichy S.Krishnaswamy (Ghatam)
7.00 p.m. - Swapnasundari & her disciples Present ‘Nata-Veysha Krishna’ –  a thematic dance Performance on Vilasini Natyam & Koothipoodi. Conceived, Scripted,horeographed ,tuned & sung by Swapnasundari

Dec. 31, 2014
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 a.m. - Shimoga Kumaraswamy (Saxophone), Kandadevi Vijayaraghavan (Violin), Mambalam S.P. Arulanandham (Thavil), Adambakkam Shankar (Ghatam)
10.45 a.m. - Anirudh Bharadwaj (Flute), M.Vijay (Violin), M.L.Vadhiraj (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - Mandolin Sisters Sree Usha & Sreesha  - Sumesh Narayan (Mridangam), B.Subba Rao (Ghatam)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathnatyam by V.Vyshali, V.Anupama & Vanditha Mohan  ( Disciples of  Shivakumar   )
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Sahana & Sadhana Lakshmi Venkatesh (Disciples of Zakir Hussain)
6.30 p.m. - Nirmala Rajasekar (Veena), Sherthalai Sivakumar (Violin), Tanjore Murugaboopathy (Mridangam), Trichy S.Krishnaswamy (Ghatam)

At Main Hall
7.00 a.m. - Harinamasankeerthanam  “Dhivya Namam” by  Sengalipuram   Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Dikshithar Maharaj
9.30 a.m. - Natya Kala Conference –Cconcluding Day
1.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Roja Kannan
4.00 p.m. - N.Vijay Siva (Vocal), Vittal Ramamurthy (Violin),  Manoj Siva (Mridangam), S.V.Ramani (Ghatam)
7.00 p.m. - ‘Swappnam – Dreams’ -  Soundscape,Music & Compositions by  Isaignani  Ilaiyaraaja. Produced by Krithika  Subramanian, Sreshta & Namaargam Dance Company

Jan. 1, 2015
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 a.m. - Anuradha Sridhar (Solo Violin), Shriram Brahmanandam (Mridangam), G.Chandrasekara Sharma (Ghatam)
10.45 a.m. - Thirupunithura R.K.Renjith (Vocal), Sriram Sridhar (Violin), V.S.Raghavan (Mridangam)
1.15 a.m. - S.Aishwarya (Vocal), Aishwarya Venkataraman (Violin), B.Sivaraman (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathnatyam by Bhavya Kumaran (Disciple of  Sowmya Kumaran)
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by S. Sri Gayathri (Disciple of Vijay Madhavan)
6.30 p.m. - Smitha Madhav (Vocal), V.V.S.Murari (Violin), Papanasam Kumar (Mridangam), Nerkunam Sankar (Kanjira)

At Main Hall
7.00 a.m. - Harinamasankeerthanam 'Radha Kalyanam' by  Sengalipuram  Brahmashri Vittaldas Jayakrishna Dikshithar Maharaj
10.30 a.m. - Dr.N.Ramani (Flute), Nagai Muralidharan (Violin), Tiruvarur Bakthavatsalam (Mridangam), E.M.Subrahmanyam (Ghatam)
4.00 p.m. - Geetha Krishnamurthy (Veena) & Party
7.00 p.m. - Pandit Viswamohan Bhat (Mohan Veena) & Ambi Subramaniam (Violin)

Jan. 2, 2015
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 a.m. - Dr.K.Krishnakumar (Vocal), Mullaivasal Chandramouli (Violin), Srimushnam V.Raja Rao (Mridangam), Coimbatore V.Mohanram (Ghatam)
10.45 a.m. - Lakshmi Abhishek (Vocal), S.V.Sudarsan (Violin), Thalaignayiru S.Harishkumar (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - Vishaal Sapuram (Chitravina), H.V.Raghuram (Violin), R.Akshay Ram (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathnatyam  by Nikita Srikanth (Disciple of  Divya Shivasundar)
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  S.Shreya Varshini (Disciple of Shobana)
6.30 p.m. - Shanthala Subramaniam (Flute), V.V.Srinivasa Rao (Violin), Melakaveri Balaji (Mridangam), G. Harihara Sharma (Kanjira)

At Main Hall
7.30 a.m. - 'Valli Kalyanam' -  Discourse by E.Sindhuja
4.00 p.m. - P.Unnikrishnan (Vocal), S.Varadarajan (Violin), Anantha R.Krishnan (Mridangam), Trichy Murali (Ghatam)
7.00 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Rama Vaidyanathan

Jan. 3, 2015
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 a.m. - Prabhavathi Ganesan (Veena), S.J.Arjun Ganesh (Mridangam), Madipakkam Murali (Ghatam)
10.45 a.m. - Sai Brindha (Vocal), Abhishek Balakrishnan (Violin), G.Sundaram (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - Aishwarya Srinivasan (Vocal), C.N. Srinivasamurthy (Violin), Uzhavoor P.K.Babu (Mridangam)
3.15 p.m. - Bharathnatyam by Sridaya Srivatsan (Disciple  of  Anuradha Jagannathan )
4.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Nritya & Niveditha  (Disciples of Radhika Shurajit)
6.30 p.m. - Chinmaya Sisters Uma & Radhika (Vocal), B.V.Raghavendra Rao (Violin), V.Subramanian (Mridangam), H.Sivaramakrishnan ( Ghatam)

At Main Hall
7.30 a.m. - Harikatha on 'Sabari Moksham' by Sattanatha Bhagavathar
4.00 p.m. - Dr.K.J.Yesudas (Vocal), S.R.Mahadeva Sarma (Violin), K.V.Prasad (Meridangam), Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (Ghatam)
7.00 p.m. - Dance by Trinity Arts

Jan. 4, 2015
At Kamakoti Hall
8.30 a.m. - Kanakadurga Venkatesh (vocal), S.P.Ananthapadmanabha (Violin), Kumbakonam Ramakrishnan (Mridangam), Nerkunam S.Manigandan (Morsing)
10.45 a.m. - Rakesh Raghunathan (Vocal), Pappu Gyandev (Violin), R.Akshay Ram (Mridangam)
1.15 p.m. - Kavitha Devarajan & Srilata Renjith (Vocal duet),  Mysore Sangeetha (Violin), B.S.Prashanth (Mridangam)
6.30 p.m. - Jugal bandhi concert  by S.Aravind Bhargav (Mandolin) & Rohan Doss Gupta (Sitar), Jain Painadathe (Tabla), B.Guru Raghavendran (Mridangam)

At Main Hall
7.30 a.m. - Katha –Kutcheri by Suchithra Balu & Shaindavi
4.00 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Divya Ramesh (Disiciple of Gayathri Sriram)
5.45 p.m. - Kuchipudi  by Deepika Potarazu (Disciple of Dr.Vempati Chinna Satyam & Vempati Ravishankar)
7.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Geetha &  Actor Sukanya

Jan. 5, 2015
At Kamakoti Hall
6.30 P.M Delhi V.Muthukumar (Vocal), Pakala Ramadas(Violin), Mudhra Bhaskar (Mridangam), Adambakkam K.Shankar (Ghatam)

At Main Hall
5.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Krupa Ravi (Disciple of Dr.Ananda Shankar Jayant)
7.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Madhura Viswanathan

Jan. 6, 2015
At Kamakoti Hall
6.30 p.m. - Palghat R.Ramprasad (Vocal), H.N.Bhaskar (Violin), Trichur C.Narendran (Mridangam), K.V. Gopalakrishnan (Kanjira)

At Main Hall
5.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Meenakshi Venkatraman  (Student of Mudhrika Foundation)
7.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Pavithra Srinivasan (Disciple of The Dhananjayans)

Jan. 7, 2015
At Kamakoti Hall
6.30 p.m. - Vaikom Jayachandran (Vocal),  AGA Gnanasundaram (Violin), Kumbakonam Swaminathan (Mridangam), Adambakkam K.Shankar (Ghatam)

At Main Hall
5.45 p.m. - 'Lalgudi’s Creations' - Bharathanatyam by Vijayashri Vittal (Disciple of Vijay Madhavan)
7.30 p.m. - Kathak Natyam by Madhura Pathak

Jan. 8, 2015
At Kamakoti Hall
6.30 p.m. - Lakshmi Sriram (Vocal), Karaikkal Venkatasubramanian  (Violin), Nellai Balaji (Mridangam), Nanganallur Swaminathan (Ghatam)

At Main Hall
5.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Harini Jeevitha (Disciple of  Sheela Unnikrishnan)
7.00 p.m. - Sri Aurobindo’s 'SAVITRI' -  A Solo Presentation of dance,drama and mime by Latha Krishna

Jan. 9, 2015
At Kamakoti Hall
6.30 p.m. - Kunnakudi M.Balamuralikrishna (Vocal),   V.L.Kumar (Violin), K.R.Ganesh (Mridangam), B.Subba Rao (Ghatam)

At Main Hall
5.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by N.Aishwarya & N.Soundarya (Disciples of Zakir Hussain)
7.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Ritika Ravi  (Disciple of Meenakshi Chitharanjan)

Jan. 10, 2015
At Kamakoti Hall
6.30 p.m. - Sumitra Nitin (Vocal), C.N.Srinivasamurthy (Violin), Tanjore Kumar (Mridangam), Pudukottai Ramachandran (Ghatam)

At Main Hall
4.00 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Meritz Zavan (Disciple of Prof.C.V.Chandrasekar)
5.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Aishwarya Ananth (Disciple of Sudharani Raghupathy)
7.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by  Bavya Balasubramaniam (Disciple of  Dr.Padma Subrahmanyam)

Jan. 11, 2015
At Kamakoti Hall
6.30p.m. - Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath (Vocal),  Dr.M. Narmada (Violin), Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar (Mridangam), Sunil Kumar (Kanjira)

At Main Hall
4.00 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Akshayaa.V (Disciple of Binesh Mahadevan)
5.45 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Sudharma Vaidyanathan  (Disciple of A. Lakshmanaswamy)
7.30 p.m. - Bharathanatyam by Kavitha Ramu (Disciple of K.J.Sarasa)

Jan. 12, 2015
At Kamakoti Hall
6.30 p.m. - Saralaya Sisters Kavitha & Triveni (Vocal), Rajasree (Violin), M.S.Varadan (Mridangam), Trichy Murali (Ghatam)

Jan. 13, 2015
At Kamakoti Hall
6.30 p.m. - Dr.R.Ganesh (Vocal), Kalpana Venkat (Violin), Mannarkoil Balaji (Mridangam), Madipakkam Gopalakrishnan (Kanjira)

Pongal Nagaswara Isai Vizha

Jan. 14, 2015
At Main Hall
5.00 p.m. - Inauguration of 27th Pongal Nagaswara Isai Vizha
7.00 p.m. - ‘Sangeetha Choodamani’ Seshampatti Sivalingam (Nagaswaram), ‘Sangeetha Choodamani’ Thanjavur T.R.Govindarajan (Spl.Thavil), Veliyambakkam   V.M.Palanivel (Spl.Thavil)

Jan. 15, 2015
At Kamakoti Hall
3.00 p.m. - Vittalsamastan Asthana Vidwan Tirukondeeswaram T.P.Manoharan & T.S.Kalaivanan (Nagaswaram), T.P.Pasupathi (Spl.Thavil), T.P.Sekar (Spl.Thavil)

At Main Hall
4.00 p.m. - Vyasarpadi G.Kothandaraman (Nagaswaram), Vellore V.R.M.Vengatesan (Spl.Thavil), Iyyappanthangal T.R.Sethuraman (Spl.Thavil)
6.15 p.m. - Mambalam  M.K.S.Siva (Nagaswaram),  Mannargudi M.R.Vasudevan (Spl.Thavil), Mambalam S.P.Arulanandam (Spl.Thavil)

Jan. 16, 2015
At Kamakoti Hall
3.00 p.m. - Delhi Brothers P.S.A.Balamurugan & P.S.A.Venkatesh (Nagaswaram), Needamangalam Govindaraj  (Spl.Thavil), Velukkudy K.Sankar Das  (Spl.Thavil)

At Main Hall
4.00 p.m. - Injikkudi E.M.Subramaniam  (Nagaswaram),    Pondicherry Saravanan (Spl.Thavil), Gangaikonda Cholapuram Sudharsan (Spl.Thavil)
6.15 p.m. - Thiruppambaram Brothers T.K.S. Meenakshisundaram & T.S.N.Seshagopalan  (Nagaswaram), Vedaranyam V.G.Balasubramanian  (Spl.Thavil), Thirunageswaram T.R.Subramaniam  (Spl.Thavil)

Jan. 17, 2015
At Kamakoti Hall
3.00 p.m. - Pandanallur P.G.D.Manivannan & Thirukovilur D.Balaji (Nagaswaram), Cuddalore M.P.Ramadas (Spl.Thavil), CuddaloreT.G.Venkatachalam (Spl.Thavil)

At Main Hall
4.00 p.m. - T.K.R.Ayyappan & T.K.R.Meenakshisundaram  (Nagaswaram), Thirukkadaiyur T.G.Babu  (Spl.Thavil), Veliyambakkam V.M.Ganapathy  (Spl.Thavil)
6.15 p.m. - Kasim.S & Babu.S (Nagaswaram), Kovilur K.G.Kalyanasundaram  (Spl.Thavil), Kalyanapuram K.G.Rajan (Spl.Thavil)

Jan. 18, 2015
At Kamakoti Hall
3.00 p.m. - Thiruppambaram Brothers T.S.N.Kunchithapatham & T.S.N.Seshagopalan (Nagaswaram), Kurumbalur M.V.Manikandan (Spl.Thavil), Chidambaram C.S.Sunil    (Spl.Thavil)

At Main Hall
4.00 p.m. - Thirumailai P.Varamoorthy (Nagaswaram),   Triplicane K.Sekar (Spl.Thavil), Nandambakkam H. Dakshinamurthy  (Spl.Thavil)
6.15 p.m. - Mannargudi M.S.K.Sankaranarayanan & M.S.K.Venkatesan (Nagaswaram),  'Sangeetha Choodamani'  Thiruvalaputhur T.A.Kaliyamurthy (Spl.Thavil), Thiruppungoor T.G. Muthukumaraswamy  (Spl.Thavil)