December 19, 2023

Heritage Tour of The Music Academy - Dec 25, 2023

The Music Academy is 95 years old and yet it is conducting its 97th conference and concerts even while the Season turns 96! Sriram V, the resident historian, and one of the secretaries of the Music Academy, regularly conducts heritage walks across the city of Chennai. This is a special walk conducted by him during the 'season'. 

The walk will be followed by breakfast at the Music Academy canteen on Monday, December 25th, 2023.

Timings: 6.00 to 7.30 am, followed by breakfast.

Cost per person: Rs 1050/- including GST.


To register and pay online via UPI:


 or via bank transfer for which the details are below.

Account Name: Past Forward

Account Type: Current

Bank Name: The Federal Bank Ltd

A/c No. 12820200104237

Branch: Royapettah



WhatsApp @ +91 75300 00414 ; Email :

Website :

December 14, 2023

Ekaantha Sangeetha Seva-Dec. 16, 2023 to Jan. 14, 2024

VVS Foundation and Sri Raghavendra Swami Mutt, Mylapore organise early morning concerts at Srikara Anjaneya Swami Sannidhanam, 8, Saalai Street (Near R R Sabha) in Mylapore.

The concerts are held in a serene atmosphere of oil lamp lighting without electrical lights.

An experience of early mornings in Margazhi


December 13, 2023

Global Heritage Music & Arts Fest 2023 - Dec 14 - 23, 2023

Carnatica and Sri Parthasarathy swami Sabha organised a 10-day Global Heritage Music & Arts Fest every year. This year the fest is on between Dec. 14 and 23, 2023

Venue: Sri Sankara Vidyashramam Matric. Hr. Sec. School Auditorium, 1, Kamaraj Nagae 6th East Street, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai 41.

The concerts are free to attend and enjoy.


December 12, 2023

A guide to the 'Season' in memory of S. Kannan

Come December, Chennai's passionate Carnatic music enthusiasts eagerly anticipate S. Kannan's meticulously crafted compact calendar, a cherished annual tradition. This pocket-sized treasure has been the faithful companion for many, guiding them through a bustling array of concerts, dance recitals, enlightening lec-dems, and vibrant art events.

Following two subdued seasons owing to the pandemic, Chennai rekindled its vibrant musical spirit in 2022, hosting numerous in-person concerts. However, the joy was tempered by the somber news of S. Kannan's passing on January 26, 2023, just after the season. His invaluable contribution to the music world and his dedicated efforts in creating the indispensable season guide were fondly remembered by every music aficionado.

In a heartfelt tribute to Kannan, a small, devoted team resolved to uphold his legacy by continuing the tradition of publishing the Reckoner for the Music Season. Though unfamiliar with the sheer scale of Kannan's work, this determined team embarked on the task of compiling details. Despite facing challenges such as power outages and limited connectivity due to Cyclone Michaung, and personal adversities including inundation and health issues, the team persevered. They have managed to present a digital edition - an eBook, albeit not reaching the perfection of Kannan's standards.

You can access the eBook (PDF) through this link -

The team extends a warm invitation to all rasikas to save, download, and share this tribute to Kannan's legacy.

Sri Rama Bhaktha Jana Samaj - Dec 16 - 31, 2023

The 27th annual music festival will be held from Dec 16 to 31, 2023.

Venue: Mahodaya Hall, Ashok Nagar, Chennai 83

The concerts are open to rasikas.


The Indian Fine Arts Society - Dec 17 to 31, 2023

The 91st South Indian Music Conference & Festival of the Indian Fine Arts Society will be on from Dec. 17, 2023 till the year-end.

The organisation conducts its music festival at Ethiraja Kalyana Nilayam, 87, TTK Road. Alwarpet, Chennai 18

The evening concerts at 4.30 and 7.00 pm are ticketed. 

Day/Season tickets can be purchased online at


(Click on the image)

December 11, 2023

Bharat Kalachar Awards 2023

The various 'Kala Bharathi' awards by Bharat Kalachar will be awarded on the inaugural day of their 35th edition of  Margazhi  Mahotsav on Dec. 16, 2023 at 4.30 p.m.

Here are the details:

VVS Foundation & SAMAA Arts Mangala Isai Vizha - Dec 13 - 22, 2023

An exclusive nagaswaram festival is organised by VVS Foundation and SAMAA Arts LLC (USA) from Dec 13 to 22, 2023.

Venue: Srinivasa Perumal temple (Vedantha Desikar Devasthanam), Kesava Perumal Sannidhi Street, Mylapore. 

The foundation welcomes donations (Exempt under Sec 80 C of the IT Act)


December 09, 2023

Naadhabrahmam - Sangeetha Raga Mahothsavam - Dec14 - 19, 2023

The 22nd Year music festival of Naadhabrahmam will be held from Dec. 14 to 19, 2023.

Venue: Srinivasa Sastri Hall, Luz, Mylapore, Chennai - 4

Concerts are free for rasikas.

Will be streamlined online at Dinamalar YouTube channel


Krishna Gana Sabha - Margazhi Mela Dec 14, 2023 to Jan 3, 2024

The 67th Margazhi Mela of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha will be held from Dec. 14, 2023 to Jan 3, 2024

Venue; Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, 20, Maharajapuram Santhanam Salai, T. Nagar, Chennai

Tickets at

Schedule: (Please click on the images)

December 03, 2023

Gayathri Fine Arts Global Music Festival - Dec. 23 to 26, 2023

The 5th edition of Gayathri Fine Arts Global Music Festival will be held from Dec. 23 to 26, 2023

Venue: Lakshmi Giri Convention Hall, 7, North Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai - 4

Concerts are open to all rasikas.


December 02, 2023

Sastra Satsangh Margazhi Mela - Dec. 16, 2023 to Jan. 15, 2024

A month-long music festival is organised by Sastra Satsangh.


Morning programmes (7 am - 9 am) at Sastra Satsangh, Karnan Street, Rangarajapuram, Kodambakkam, Chennai 24

Evening programmes (6.30 a.m - 8.30 am) at SASTRA Chennai Campus, AVM Road, Vadapalani, Chennai 24

Events are open to all rasikas. Seating on a first-come-first-served basis.
Concerts may be available on astra Satsangh's YouTube Channel -


Sruti and The Music Forum Lecdem Mela - Dec. 2 and 3, 2023

A series of Lecture-demonstrations  organised by Sruti Foundation and The Music Forum will be held for two days on Dec. 2 and 3, 2023.
Theme:  Melodic Marvels - Exploring the compositions of Iconic Musicians
Venue: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Mini Hall 2and Floor, East Mada Street, Mylapore


December 01, 2023

Margazhi Matram by SciArtsRUs - Dec. 2023 - Jan 2024

Marghazhi Matram is a unique programme conceived and curated by Dr. Ranjini Ramachander Kaushik, Founder, SciArtsRUs to honour and showcase the visual artists with disabilities who have made a mark in their areas of expertise. The main objective of Marghazhi Matram is to bring the nuances of numerous talents across all strata of society and to offer a deep musical experience that goes beyond entertainment and individual virtuosic display to tap the hidden talents and artistic abilities of differently-abled people.

The fourth edition of Marghazhi Matram or Marghazhi with a change, will be held for 8 days on December 3, 6, 8, 9,10, 28, 29, and 30 in Chennai in three different venues.

The following awards will be presented this year:

- Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to visually impaired veteran Veena artist St. Hemalatha Mani

- Padmashri Kalaimamani Dr. Narthaki Nataraj with the Trailblazer Award for her contributions to the transgender fraternity  

- Rising Star Awards will be given to artists, Smt. Vaikom Vijayalakshmi and Ms. Kanmoni Sasi, from Kerala with visual and physical impairment respectively

- Vasantha Ramachander Memorial Scholarship will be given to Arjun Srinivas

- Ms. M Lalithambigai, President, SFRWD with the Role Model Award and

- Shri Chetan Upadhyay, Founder, Nav Utthan with the Spotlight Award

The concerts, inclusive events, are held at different venues. Dakshinamurthy Auditorium (PS High School), Mylapore, NCAHT-IIT Madras, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Mylapore).

Concerts are open to rasikas.