January 18, 2020

Season's concerts and lecdems - online channels

The Music season offers so many concerts, lec-dems and many other events that often the timings overlap and you are left to choose only one among the lot. However, some online channels offer live webcast and the videos are available online even after the 'season'.

A welcome initiative by some of the sabhas including The Music Academy to put up concerts and lec-dems online. Some more sabhas update their online channels in the due course.

Here are a few links you can go to and enjoy the Music Season all over!

Arkay Convention Centre in Mylapore is a popular venue for many organisations to host music concerts and talks. The in-house sabha Madhuradhwani organises exclusive monthly concerts, single-mike concerts and an anniversary concert series every year. It is also among the favourite venues for many rasikas. Almost all the concerts that happen at this venue are webcast on their YouTube channel -  https://www.youtube.com/user/arkay1955/videos

Parivadini is another channel that does webcast for sabhas. They also organise concerts under their own banner. Many of the concerts that happen at Raga Sudha Hall in Mylapore are webcast by Parivadini here - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI_ZZUah1img9mg8gNdaCjQ/videos

Narada Gana Sabha's concerts held at its Mini Hall during its Pre-Music festival and during the season are being uploaded to their YouTube Channel. Many are in queue to be updated. The channel is here - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS8P7Qv0Ki2ZT9Z26aTUpZw/videos

The Music Academy has uploaded the lecture demonstrations held during the 'season' on its YouTube Channel. They were online on day-to-day basis. They are available on the channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKmE9i2iW0KaqgSxVFYmZUw/videos

Enjoy watching the concerts and lec-dems all over again!


January 12, 2020

Relive the 'Music Season' moments

It is natural that the music lovers think and reminisce about their attending concerts during the 'season'. Many times they miss a couple of events as all the concerts, lec-dems, discourses, dance events overlap and the rasikas have to choose where they want to be amidst many other favourite concerts. Newspaper reports can bridge this gap. But there aren't many.

Here are two such print publications that bring out the flavour of the season.

One is the 'Season's daily' brought out by Kutcheribuzz.com. Beginning Dec. 15 the daily is distributed in the major sabhas in the evenings till Jan. 1, every year. The free newspaper carries reports on the music and dance events held during the 'season'.

The other is an exclusive newsletter from Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha that comes out at periodical intervals during the festival. This publication carries reports, photos of concerts held at the sabha during the season.

The digital versions of both publications are available on their websites.

Check out Kutcheri Buzz's Season's Daily at - http://www.kutcheribuzz.com/kbdaily-2019

Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabhas's newsletter Sangeeth Sarathy is available at - https://parthasarathyswamisabha.com/2019/12/28/sangeeth-sarathy-issues-isai-vizha-2019-2020/

We will soon consolidate and post the video / webcast links of concerts, lec-dems and other events. Watch out for it.



January 01, 2020

Sadas at The Music Academy, awards and prizes

The curtains of the 'season' at The Music Academy came down with the sadas on Jan. 1, 2020.

The evening began with a Mangala Isai by Adyar D.Balasubramani (Nadaswaram)
G.Vinothkumar (Nadaswaram), Adyar P.V.Dhakchinamoorthi (Tavil) and Adyar D. Senthilkumar (Tavil).

Mr. Suresh Krishna, Chairman, Sundaram Fasteners Ltd., presided over the Sadas and presented the Sangita Kalanidhi award to vidushi Dr. S. Sowmya, Sangita Kala Acharya award to Vidushis Seetha Narayanan and M.S. Sheela, TTK Awards to vidwans Vyasarpadi G. Kothandaraman and Dr. Rajkumar Bharathi and the Musicologist award to Dr. Arati N. Rao.

Vidushi Dr. S. Sowmya - Sangita Kalanidhi Award

Vidushi Seetha Narayanan - Sangita Kala Acharya Award
Vidushi M.S. Sheela - Sangita Kala Acharya Award

Vidwan Vysarpadi Kothandaraman - TTK Award
Vidwan Rajkumar Bharathi - TTK Award

Dr. Arati N. Rao - Musicologist Award

Mr. Suresh Krishna is the son of the illustrious composer Ambujam Krishna spoke passionately about her mother's creations, her love for Tamil language, her connect with the god she worshipped and stressed on the need to include Tamil songs in concerts while performing in the state of Tamil Nadu to relate with the people who understand the language.

The other awards and prizes presented at the sadas are:

  • Senior Best vocalist - Yogam Nagaswamy award - Bombay Jayashri
  • Senior Outstanding Vocalist prize:  Ranjani & Gayathri
  • Senior Outstanding Vocalist Prize : Ramakrishnan Murthy
  • Senior Vocal Prize for best Pallavi Singing: K Gayathri
  • Senior Vocal Prize for outstanding Pallavi singing: Sumitra Vasudev
  • Senior Best Vocal concert Prize: Kunnakudi M. Balamurali Krishna, Akkarai S Subhalakshmi (Violin), B Sivaraman (Mridangam), S V Ramani (Ghatam)
  • Senior Outstanding Vocal Concert Prize: K.Bharat Sundar
  • Senior Best Instrumentalist Prize: Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi
  • Senior Veena Artiste Prize: Jayanthi Kumaresh
  • Senior Best Accompanying Violinist Prize: H.N. Bhaskar
  • Senior Best Mridangam Artiste Prize: Patri Satish Kumar
  • Senior Best Upa pakkavadyam: Bhagyalakshmi M Krishna
  • Sub-senior Best Vocalist: Sriranjani Santhanagopalan 
  • Sub-senior Outstanding vocalist:  R Ashwath Narayan
  • Sub-senior Outstanding lady vocalist: Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath
  • Sub senior Best vocal concert: Vignesh Ishwar, Vittal Rangan (Violin), Akshay Anand (Mridangam), G Ananthakrishnan (Kanjira)
  • Sub-senior Best Pallavi Singing award: Sunil R Gargyan
  • Sub-senior Veena Artiste Prize: N. Ananthanarayanan
  • Sub-senior Flautist: J.B. Sruthisagar
  • Sub-senior Best Accompanying Violinist: Parur M.S. Ananthakrishnan
  • Sub-senior Best Mridangam Artiste: Chidambaram S Balashankar
  • Junior best Vocalist: V. Venkatanagarajan
  • Junior Outstanding Vocalist: Aishwarya Shankar
  • Junior Best Male Vocalist: Vishnudev Namboothiri
  • Junior Best Vocal Concert Prize: Vivek Sadasivam, Sindhu Suchetan, B.S. Prashanth
  • Junior Best accompanying Violinist: Shruthi Sarathy
  • Junior Best Mridangam Artiste Prize: T. Nikshith
  • Junior Best Veena Artiste: Lakshmi Ramasubramanyam
  • Best Lecture Demonstration: Amrita Murali & L. Ramakrishnan
  • Best Lecture Prize: K.V.S. Vinay & Purnima Jayashree

Special Prize: Gopalakrishna Bharathi's Nandanar Charitram (Special prize to the director S. Sowmya and students of Advance College of Music Academy)

HCL Concert series

  • HCL Concert series Best individual Performance: Kripaa Lakshmi
  • HCL Best Concert Prize: R. Sai Vignesh, Thirucherai Karthik, Sivagangai Vishvak Kumaran

Spirit of Youth

  • Best  female vocalist - Deepti Suresh 
  • Best Male Vocalist - Prithvi Harish
  • Best Accompanying Violinist - Madan Mohan N
  • Best Mridangam Artiste - Shankara Prasad Santhanagopalan
  • Best Instrumentalist - Ishwarya Manikarnike - Veena
  • Best Musician prize - Deepti Suresh

Devotional Music

  • I Prize - DAV School, Adambakkam
  • II Prize - Skanda Gana Vidyalaya

Radel Mid Year Music

  • Best Individual Performance prize - S. Girijashankar