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A Double Delight For Carnatic Music Fans in Muscat

 

Fresh from the memory of momentous inaugural concert by Prince Rama Varma, music fans in Muscat are being treated to a double delight by Nadopasana. A totally voluntary organization dreamed up by a bunch of die-hard rasikas of classical Carnatic music, Nadopasana is in its very first year of service to the music lovers of Oman. Encouraged by the support provided by its well-wishers, the organizing team has arranged for two concerts by promising young musicians who are currently making waves in the Indian music scene.

 

Mrs Nandini Neelakantan

 

The concerts, planned for the 25th of March 2017 at the Krishna Temple, Darsait, Muscat, will feature Mrs Nandini Neelakantan in the morning session and Mr Vignesh Ishwar in the evening.

Mrs Neelakantan (nee NJ Nandini of Trivandrum), stormed the Carnatic music scene a few years back by winning many of the reality competition shows on Indian television channels. Blessed with a lovely voice and a matching countenance, she has imbibed everything from her Gurus and created an enchanting style of her own. Yet to be 25, she is already an “A” grade artiste with All India Radio, and has performed over 700 concerts in India and abroad. If her track record is any indication, the discerning audience in Muscat is in for a real treat on Saturday, the 25th March. Her concert starts at 10.00 am.

Sri M. S. Ananthakrishnan

 

She will be accompanied by Sri M S Ananthakrrishnan, the youngest torch bearer of the great Parur style of violin playing, made internationally famous by his grandfather Sri M.S. Anantharaman and the legendary Sri M. S. Gopalakrishnan.

The Parur style emphasizes strict adherence to sruti and focuses on the gayaki style of playing the violin. In recent years, young Ananthakrrishnan has repeatedly won laurels for upholding the trend set by his illustrious predecessors.

The percussion accompaniment for Nandini will be by her brother Sri Nandagopal, already a well-known and much sought after mridangist, vocalist and teacher in Muscat. As a loving elder sibling, Nandagopal has been nurturing Nandini’s career and his presence and support on the mridangam is bound to bring the very best out of Nandini.

 

Sri N. J. Nandagopal

 

The evening concert, scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm, will feature another rising star in the Carnatic scene, Sri Vignesh Ishwar. Born with the advantage of belonging to a musically evolved family, Vignesh has grasped the essence of Carnatic music, which is revealed in impressive stage presence, and confident rendition of alapanas, kritis and kalpana swarams.

Making good use of his technical background (he holds a masters in sound and music technology), Vignesh has been involved in many innovative schemes to improve and preserve the great heritage of classical Indian music. He has a bagful of honors and awards to his credit, and there is no doubt he will leave his mark on the Muscat audience.

 

Sri Vignesh Ishwar

 

Young Ananthakrishnan will be Vignesh’s violin accompanist. It is creditable that Ananthakrishnan has agreed to play the violin for a lead female and male artiste on the same day, as this can be technically demanding.

 

R Srinivasan

 

The mridangist for the evening will be Delhi R Srinivasan, who has an enviable track record as an accompanist to almost all the great vocalists and instrumentalists who have visited Delhi in the last thirty odd years. He has been chosen to accompany many of these artistes abroad on their concert tours, such is his level of understanding the role of a percussionist. Another Muscat boy, Srinivasan is bound to delight the many locals who already know his prowess.

Saturday the 25th March promises to be an exciting day, alright!

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The Festival of Indian Classical Music @ Sunad

 

If Spring Season cometh to Delhi can the The Festival of Indian Classical Music @ Sunad be far behind.

This year’s Musical Festival is indeed a kaleidoscopic pattern, integrating various subtle genres of the Indian Classical Music. It starts with a Hindustani Instrumental rendering by veteran Suvir Misra on the rudhra veena. Suvir Misra is an Indian musician – vocalist, musicologist, and is an expert in the rudhra veena. He is accompanied by Pandit Mohan Shyam Sharma who is one of the leading pakhawaj players of India.

 

Suvir Misra

 

This is immediately followed by a grand Carnatic music Vocal concert by Sandeep Narayan (who has relocated to India from Los Angeles purely for his passion for music) accompanied on the violin by Delhi P. Sunder Rajan and on the mridangam by Delhi M.V. Chander Shekar. So much for the morning session menu for the 18th Mar. Saturday.

Sunday the 19th evening features another Double delight. It starts with a Carnatic music vocal duet by young Kumari Archana and Kumari Samanvi. They are accompanied on the violin by Delhi R. Sridhar and on the mridangam by Vinod Shyam.

 

Saraswati Rajagopalan

 

This is followed by the unique Samvad which is a musical fusion based on the harmonious exchange of musical expressions and rhythms. This is featured by the versatile Veena Vidushi Saraswati Rajagopalan on the veena; Ajay Prasanna on flute; Anil Chawla on keyboard; Anoor Anantha Krishna Sharma on mridangam; Vinod Shyam on tabla; and S. Pranav Dath on rhythm pad.

Saraswati Rajagopalan has the distinction of having featured on all the Sunad events in various formats as Solo, Jugalbandhi, Orchestra/Fusion music and now the Samvad. This is supported and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Government of India. All are Welcome.

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Smt. Kalyani Varadarajan – Outstanding Carnatic Music Woman Composer of the Century

Kalyani Varadarajan
Kalyani Varadarajan

Smt. Kalyani (1926-2003), daughter of Sriman Nadadoor Ammal Narasimhachariar and Srimati Singarammal, has been one of the very few modern woman composers of Camatic music of 20th Century. She has the distinction of composing in all the 72 melakarta ragas and also in very rare/Apoorva ragas. Her father Sriman Narasimhachariar who was a teacher, Head Master and then Inspector of schools, was a distinguished poet in Telugu and Sanskrit in Andhra Region.

She had an in-born quality to compose lyrics and set them into music herself from an early age. Being brought up in family of scholars in Telugu and Sanskrit, Smt. Kalyani started her initiation in Camatic music in Veena and vocal at a very early age under her mother and sister and also under able gurus. Thereafter she learnt Violin in Madras. She started composing songs at a very early age on Lord Yoga Narasimha of Gatikakshetrarn – Solangipuram- Tamil Nadu, who was her Ishta Daivata. Her first debut in Veena concert was in AIR Madras at the age of 16.

After her marriage with Sri Varadarajan, who was then working in the Indian Army and then in Indian Railways, Smt. Kalyani shifted to Mumbai and settled there. In the year 1956 she performed in the Maharashtra Sangeeta Sammelan where she was honored with gold medal by the then Chief Minister Sri Morarji Desai. That was the time when she joined All India Radio, Mumbai by invitation in the Camatic music department (perhaps one of the first in that department). During her tenure in AIR, for about 30 years, she has accompanied a number of artists on Violin and has participated in orchestra (s).

Her quest for composing kritis in Camatic classical music in Telugu, Sanskrit and Tamil was ever growing with her. She could compose with ease number of kritis in different rare ragas. Due to her rich study and knowledge in Hindustani Music and her acquaintance with great musicians like Pt. Gajaanan Rao Joshi, VV Jog and others. She was able to sing/play Hindustani ragas effortlessly. This she applied in her kritis also. She has composed a number of kritis in Hindustani ragas like Bahar, Dundubi, Bagasri, Jayajayawanti (Dwijavanti) Gowda Malhar, Jonpuri, Gurjari Todi, Madhukauns, and Chandrakauns.

Smt. Kalyani’s compositions are on different God/Goddess/Godheads in different language. Her Kaanada composition on Lord Venkateswara – ‘Saptagirisam sada Bhajeham’ is a popular kriti sung by many veteran artists of Camatic music. She has composed kriits in rare ragas like Bhavapriya, Bhavani, Yagapriya, Vijayanagari etc. She has composed on Lord Venkateshwara (Saptha Girisham in Kaanada, Maha Venkateswara in Raga Bahudari), Ranganatha of Srirangam temple (Vainatheya Vaahanam in raga Mohanam).

It is understood that she composed songs when ever and where ever she visited a temple. That was her way of admiring and expression of feelings. For instance when she had visited Yadagiri district, Jwala Narasimhan temple, she composed a kriit in the raga Kanada. Similarly when she visited Chamundeshwari temple she composed ‘Chandikeshwareem Asrayamyaham’ in the raga Abhogi. Apart from this she has composed two vamams – one tana vamam in raga Subhapanthuvarali (Pahimam Payorasi Putri) and One pada vamam in the raga Vachaspathi on Raja-rajeswari- This is a Pada vamam is more apt for the dance concert. She has composed a Thillana in the raga Bhushavali and a raga malika in rupaka tala. Her compositions are well appreciated and rendered by many musicians all over. Her works were popularized and propagated by various senior performing musicians like (late) Prof. Sh. T.R. Subramaniam, Tanjore S. Kalyanaraman, Madurai Somasundaram (Somu), S. Rajam etc.

Her compositions carry Chittaswaras, madyamakala sahitya and a careful application of grammatical aspects of Camatic music like Yati, Prasam, Samasam, Vibhakti etc. Perhaps she has followed the footsteps of Muthuswami Dikshitar in her compositions. The words incorporated in the sahitya are of very high order with appropriate usage. She used the Svanama Mudra ‘Kalyani’ or ‘Kalyani Varada’as her signature in the compositions. The mudra blends with the sahitya, as it appears.

Smt. Kalyani Varadarajan had the rare distinction of being a performing musician in three different genres and graded in Vocal, Violin and Veena and has given concerts on the AIR (All India Radio) and also on the stage. She has toured to USA and Japan etc. for concerts during the days when global travel was not all that common like the present day.

Smt. Kalyani passed away on 28th October 2003, and her memories are cherished through her compositions.

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Grand Carnatic Music Recital in Delhi

Neyveli Santhanagopalan
Neyveli Santhanagopalan
The Andhra Cultural & Welfare Society of Delhi cordially invites all music lovers of Delhi to the grand two day series of Indian Classical Music. The details are:

25th April. 2015 (Saturday) at 06:00 PM at the Delhi Andhra/TS Bhavan, 1 Ashoka Road.

Grand Carnatic music recital by

Vidwan Neyveli Santhanagopalan – Vocal
Shri Kalaimamani VSK Chakrapani – Violin
Shri Kumbakonam N. Padmanabhan – Mridangam

Vidwan N Santhanagopalan has distinguished himself with numerous concerts worldwide, and is the recipient of many awards from music associations in India and overseas. He is known for his traditional and purist styles of rendering ragas, musical compositions and swaras.

Ronu Majumdar
Ronu Majumdar
26th April. 2015 (Sunday) at 04:00 PM at the Sri Satya Sai International Centre, Lodhi Road

Grand Hindustani/Carnatic Jugalbandi concert by Pandit Ronu Majumdar on flute & Vidushi Saraswati Rajagopalan on veena. Accompanied by Ustad Akram Khan on tabla and Shri P Jayabhaskar on mridangam.

Pandit Ronu Majumdar is among the more popular musicians on the flute, and is especially popular with the younger generation for his creative improvisations. Pt Majumdar’s music is rooted in the Maihar gharana which has musicians of eminence like Pt Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan to its credit.

Saraswati Rajagopalan
Saraswati Rajagopalan
Vidushi Saraswati Rajagopalan is a top graded artist of the All India Radio, empanelled artist with the ICCR. She has traveled widely not only within the country but also worldwide as a Cultural Ambassador for ICCR in exotic places like the Fiji islands, and the reputed Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival etc.

All are cordially invited.

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Sunaad Springtime Music Festival In Delhi

Sangamam_2015

 

Sunaad has organized a two-day music festival Sangamam 2015, featuring a veena, venu, violin ensemble by Vidushi Saraswati Rajagopalan, Vidwan R Thiagarajan and Vidwan C.S. Anuroop on the first day. All three are acclaimed as leading artists of Carnatic music today. Together, their rich repertoire of classical compositions reflects a fine awareness of the idiom of raga and rhythm.

 

Saraswati Rajagopalan
Vidushi Saraswati Rajagopalan

 

R Thiagarajan
Vidwan R. Thiagarajan

 

C.S. Anuroop
Vidwan C.S. Anuroop

 

Rooted in tradition, their music abounds in nuances akin to vocal singing, gayaki ang, rendered with flawless technique, and virtuosity on the instrument with rich tonal quality. Their blend of innovative and interpretative aesthetics makes them sought after artists in their respective disciplines.

They are accompanied on the mridangam by Vidwan Patri Satish Kumar and on the ghatam by Vidwan Thripunithura N Radhakrishnan.

The second day features a Hindustani vocal dhrupad by Pandit Nirmalya Dey and followed by a Carnatic violin recital by Padma Bhushan Prof. T.N. Krishnan.

Pandit Nirmalya Dey established his position as performer and teacher of dhrupad in India and abroad. Inspired by his mother, he started initial dhrupad training with Prof. Nimaichand Boral, who was a disciple of Ustad Nasir Moinuddin Khan Dagar. From 1988 he has taken advanced training from Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, a celebrated master of Dagar tradition.

Prof. T.N. Krishnan, a child prodigy, at a very young age accompanied legends like Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Musiri Subrmania Iyer, Alathur Brothers, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar and Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer. He was a Professor of Music at a music college in Chennai and later he was Dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts at the University of Delhi.

Prof. Krishnan was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1974 and became a fellow of the academy in 2006. He received the Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 1980. Krishnan was awarded the Padma Shri in 1973 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992 by the Government of India. He is one of the few instrumentalists who can provide the rasikas a unique listening experience and create in their minds nostalgic memories of a bygone era.
He is accompanied by Vidwan Thrissur KMS Mani on the mridangam and Vidwan Thripunithura N. Radhakrishnan on the ghatam.

Details:

12th February, 2015 Veena – Venu – Violin Ensemble. 7:00 pm
13th February, 2015 Hindustani Vocal Dhrupad and Carnatic Violin: 7:00 pm onwards.

Venue: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003

The concerts are supported by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.
All are welcome.

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Sparkling vocal concert by Dr. P.B. Knna Kumar

Dr. P B. Kanna Kumar
Dr. P B. Kanna Kumar
Gayatri Fine Arts, (GFA) Rohini, Delhi celebrated its first Silver Jubilee Function on the 29th June, 2014 at 10 am at the Thiruvalluvar Hall of Delhi Tamil Sangam, Delhi. This was in collaboration with Delhi Tamil Sangam, New Delhi. The event started off with a scintillating vocal concert by Dr. P B. Kanna Kumar, Asst. Professor, Delhi University.

The concert started with a Dikshitar kriti in raga Hamsadwani – Parvathi Pathim followed by a Tyagaraja kriti – Nannukannathalli naa bhagya ma in the raga Kesari also known as Sindu Kannada. This was followed by a Tamil composition of Papanasam Sivan in Hindolam- Maa ramanam. Then a brief kriti Saravanabhava Guhane in the raga Kannada set to Adi Tala.

The artist gave salutation to the god/goddess and god heads through Tyagaraja kriti –in the raga Mayamalava gowla- Vidhulaku mrokeda befitting the occasion. He concluded the concert with a Tamil song of Rajaji – ‘Kurai ondrum illai’. Though just a brief concert of just about one hour and fifteen minutes, Dr. Kanna Kumar kept the audience spell bound with his rich majestic voice and voice modulation.

Hindolam raga alapana was distinctive and had clarity and easy to follow and also learn by learners of music. Mayamalavagowlai alapana and the kriti were very apt for the function. The rendition of this Tyagaraja Kriti was made very interesting with innovative swara prastara, especially with the ample sprinkling of the abhyasa ganam (basic lessons) and was commendable. The concert though very brief, made a very good impact on the listeners and certainly merits another chance for a full time concert. Sri. R. Saravanan (Violin), Kumbakonam Sri. N. Padmanaban (Mridangam), and Sri. Mannai N. Kannan (ghatam) gave able support on accompaniment.

Thereafter the function was followed by an Award Giving Ceremony to 18 artists and persons who have contributed to the promotion of Fine Arts in Delhi region. The GFA also recognized the excellent performance of three young artists in the field of Carnatic music (those who have been selected by the Ministry of Culture – for scholarships) and awarded them with a cash honorarium of Rs. 5000/- each. This is a great encouragement for the upcoming students in the field of music.

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Spring time Indian classical Music in New Delhi

Sangaman_2014All are welcome to the grand spring time Indian classical Music festival being organized by Sunaad for their 2014 Sangamam. The concerts will take place at India Habitat Centre March 22-24, 2014.

Performances include Jugalbandi – Carnatic-Hindustani Vocal duet Dr. Sriram Parasuram and Vidhushi Anooradha Sriram & Party on Saturday, 22 March 2014; Carnatic Vocal by K Venkateshwaran & Party and Carnatic Veena Solo by Vidhushi Saraswati Rajagopalan & Party on Sunday, 23 March 2014; and Carnatic Violin Solo with Vidhushi A. Kanyakumari & Party.

Jugalbandi – Carnatic/Hindustani Vocal duet Dr. Sriram Parasuram

Dr. Sriram Parasuram, one of India’s leading musicians today, hails from a family steeped in musical tradition. He started learning the violin at the age of 4 and as a child prodigy he gave his first public performance at the age of 8. Since then he has given well over 2500 violin solo concerts all over the world. He is also one of India’s topmost accompanists having accompanied all leading vocalists of the current as well as the previous generation. His mother Smt. Parvathy Parasuram is his primary Guru. For Hindustani music he is one of the primary sisya (student) of the doyen Padmabhushan Pandit C.R.Vyas and is now undergoing advanced guidance from Padmabhushan Pandit Rajan Misra.

Sriram is also a noted musicologist and has published papers in many reputed music journals and publications. His lectures and lecture demonstrations in many music forums, conferences, sabhas and universities all over the world have been greatly appreciated. He has been awarded The Best Paper presentation/Lecture Demonstration Prize at the prestigious Madras Music Academy’s Annual Conference a record breaking 5 times.

Dr. Sriram  Parasuram & Vidhushi Anooradha  Sriram
Dr. Sriram Parasuram & Vidhushi Anooradha Sriram
In recent years, along with his wife Anooradha Sriram, he has evolved a most unique and thrilling concert format of the Carnatic–Hindustani Jugalbandhi. Their ongoing weekly music programme on National TV (Doordarshan)-“Ellaame Sangeetham Thaan” (Everything is Music)-has also been an exceptional hit having completed more than 120 successful episodes.

Jugalbandi – Carnatic/Hindustani Vocal duet Vidhushi Anooradha Sriram

Vidhushi Anooradha Sriram, one of India’s leading playback singers, started her music training at the tender age of Six. Well versed in both Carnatic and Hindustani classical music, she is a double gold medal winner at both the B.A. and M.A. levels from Madras University. Anooradha is a student of musical luminaries such as Sri Tanjavur S. Kalyanaraman, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. T.Brinda and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri T.Viswanathan. She has also trained extensively in Hindustani music under the veteran Pandit Manikbua Thakurdas. She is also an accomplished Western Classical opera singer, having undergone intensive training from Prof. Shirley Meier in New York, U.S.A. She also has a Master of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, U.S.A.

She also collaborates with her husband Sriram Parasuram on their very successful Classical Music Jugalbandhi concerts and their Hit TV programme “Elaame Sangeetham Thaan”. She has also anchored many hit music programmes on TV and continues to be a much sought after celebrity judge in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu TV music reality shows.

Carnatic Vocal: K Venkateshwaran

K Venkateshwaran (also known as Satish) is a highly talented and upcoming Carnatic vocalist from Delhi. He has given multiple solo as well as dance accompaniment performances. He has continued to enthral audiences in India and abroad for over 10 years and is one of the most promising professional vocalists as well dance music composer for Bharathnatyam and Kuchipudi.

Venkateshwaran began learning music at the age of eleven years under the guidance of his mother Geeta Swamy. His prodigious talent was soon noticed by his mother who took him to various other gurus.

Saraswati Rajagopalan
Vidhushi Saraswati Rajagopalan
Venkateshwaran has sung for most of the top dancers of contemporary times such as Padmashri Jayarama Rao and Vanashri Rao, Padmashri Geeta Chandran, Padmabhushan Swapna Sundari, Padmabhushan Raja Radha Reddy, Padmashri Padmabhushan Dr. Saroja Vaidhyanathan, Smt. Rama Vaidhyanathan and several others

As the main vocal accompanist to several dance troupes, he has travelled to China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Brazil, Canada, London and Sri Lanka.

Carnatic Veena Solo: Vidhushi Saraswati Rajagopalan

On Veena, Vidhushi Saraswati Rajagopalan has been acclaimed as one of the leading Veena artists of Carnatic music today. Hailing from a music loving family, she started rendering solo performances from the age of 12. Initial training was from Smt. Radhamani Sharma of Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer School and was later trained by Sangeeta Kalanidhi Shri. KS Narayanaswami and Shri TS Raghavani. She is a senior graded artist from the All India Radio, and also in the panel of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. She has been a cultural ambassador of India by virtue of effectively performing in many places across the world. Her versatility is seen in her acumen to perform in various formats like – a veena Solo, a Jugalbandi, Fusion Music, Orchestra etc wherein she has shown her ease and marvel at each genre. She has been featuring in all the events of Sunaad over the years.

Carnatic Violin Solo: Vidhushi A. Kanyakumari

Vidhushi. A. Kanyakumari is a top rank Carnatic violinist who is popular not only as a soloist and as an accompanist but also as innovator and organizer of Carnatic instrumental ensembles. She is creative yet classical and has extended the limits of Carnatic music through various innovative experiments, retaining its core values. She is a great teacher who is friendly and caring guide to her large number of students many of them are now prominent artists. It is rare to find a female violinist with so many roles and achievements.

Vidhushi. A. Kanyakumari
Vidhushi. A. Kanyakumari
Groomed by her Gurus Sri. Ivaturi Vijayaeswara Rao of Dwaram school, Sri. M. Chandrasekaran and Dr. M.L. Vasanthakumari, her vidwat (erudition) is such that even in her earlier days of music life, the great music critic Sri. Subbudu mentioned that her music glittered like the nose ring of Goddess Kanyakumari.

Some of her notable international performances have been at the prestigious Kennedy centre, Washington DC, USA, at Albert hall London, at the famous Jazz festival in Germany along with Sri. Kadri Gopalnath and other Jazz artists and many more.

Details:

Venue: India Habitat Centre

Saturday, 22 March 2014 – 7 PM

Jugalbandi – Carnatic-Hindustani Vocal duet Dr. Sriram Parasuram and Vidhushi Anooradha Sriram & Party

Sunday, 23 March 2014 –

7 PM Carnatic Vocal: K Venkateshwaran & Party

7.45 PM Carnatic Veena Solo: Vidhushi Saraswati Rajagopalan & Party

Monday, 24 March 2014 – 7 PM

Carnatic Violin Solo: Vidhushi A. Kanyakumari & Party

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Melody Day Celebrations in Delhi

Suma Surendra, one of the participating artists
Dr. Suma Sudhindra., one of the participating artists
Veena Foundation and Bharat Veenalaya – Delhi are organizing a grand Veena Festival in Delhi on the 2nd October 2013 which falls on the Gandhi Jayanti Day.

The veena is one of the most ancient string instruments of India. Its origin can be traced back to the ancient yazh, a stringed instrument, similar to the Greek harp. Revered as the consummate music instrument it is named after the Hindu goddess Saraswati, who is usually depicted holding or playing the instrument.

It is very appropriate that ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) and the IIC (India International Centre) are partners in organizing this Veena Festival. ICCR with its exemplary service in their efforts in sustaining the rich Indian heritage and culture, also show case it both in India and all around the Globe.

The Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated in India to mark the occasion of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the “Father of the Nation”. The United Nations announced on 15 June 2007 that it adopted a resolution which declared that October 2 will be celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence and Peace. And what better way than a Veena Festival to venerate it!

Mrs. Saraswati Rajagopalan, a participating artist
Mrs. Saraswati Rajagopalan, a participating artist
All music connoisseurs are cordially invited to attend the grand veena recitals by eminent Veena artists to commemorate this day dedicated to world peace and Harmony. The Organizers are also honoring the following Veena Artists with an award/Title “Veenavadana Shastragna”.

Details:

Wed. 02 Oct. – 10:30 AM Felicitation and Award ceremony at the IIC Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi – 110003

Awardees: Vidushi Rugmimi Gopalakrishnan
Vidushi Dr Suma Sudhindra
Vidushi Saraswati Rajagopalan

Wed. 02 Oct. – 1045 AM Morning concert at IIC Auditorium

Veena Recital:

Vidushi Saraswati Rajagopalan. Followed by Vidwan B.Sivakumar.

Wed. 02Oct : 06:00 PM Evening Concerts

At the ICCR Azad Bhawan Auditorium, Indraprastha Estate, New Delhi-1100

Veena Recital:

Vidushi Dr. Suma Sudhindra followed by Vidushi Rugmini Gopalakrishnan.

Festival is conducted in other cities like Chennai, Bangalore, and some select International venues like in the USA, Canada, Singapore, Europe & Australia.
All are Welcome.
RSVP: issaikudumbam@gmail.com (Lakshmi)

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Eminent Musician and Musicologist Prof. T R Subramaniam to inaugurate the Guruguha Music Festival

Muthuswami Dikshitar
Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts is organizing a grand Guruguha Music Festival with an inaugural talk on the eminent Carnatic music composer Muthuswami Dikshitar by Prof. TR Subramaniam. This is aptly followed by a concert on the compositions of Muthuswami Dikshitar by acclaimed musician Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan.

Guruguha Music Festival takes place 30 September 2012 at Auditorium C V Mess Building, Janpath in New Delhi.

About the Artists:

Muthuswami Dikshitar (March 24, 1775 – October 21, 1835) is a South Indian poet and composer and is one of the Musical Trinity of Carnatic music. His compositions, of which around 500 are commonly known, are noted for their contemplative nature and for capturing the essence of the raga forms through the vainika (veena) style that emphasises gamakas. They are typically in a slower speed (chowka kala). He is also known by his signature name of Guruguha. His compositions are widely sung and played in classical concerts of Carnatic music.

T. R. Subramanyam (b. 20 September 1929)

T. R. Subramanyam
T. R. Subramanyam, or TRS as he is more popularly known amongst most music loving rasikas is a vidwan with uncommon traits. He is unconventional in the sense, that he is a daredevil willing to explore new avenues, regardless of whether his new ideas are accepted or not. He may not start his concert with a traditional varnam or a kriti on Ganesha. On one occasion, the opening item of his concert was a javali in Kapi ragam!

TRS is scholarly and original in his approach to learning new kritis. Though TRS is a multilinguist, until he is confident of the meaning of song- whether the kriti is in Telugu, Kannada, Sanskrit or Tamil, he will not attempt to sing it. Before presenting a new kriti at a concert he pays particular attention to learn the correct words of the sahitya and the correct pronunciation of each word. When TRS renders a kriti, each sangati is rendered with clarity allowing the listener to pick up the words of the song. He has discovered and popularized exquisite compositions of contemporary composers like late Mrs. Kalyani Varadarajan, Ambujam Krishna, Balamurali Krishna etc. to name a few.

TRS as a teacher is unmatched for his enormous patience and understanding. He quickly becomes aware of the limitations of each of his students. He modifies his teaching technique to each individual student in such a way that the student is easily able to comprehend the nuances of the raga bhavam and develop an understanding of the different sangatis in a particular sahityam. It is always a pleasure to listen to his expositions as much in his concerts.

Neyveli R.Santhanagopalan:

Neyveli R.Santhanagopalan
Neyveli R.Santhanagopalan is a versatile musician who breathes, walks and sings music. To him music is his lifeblood and it is more than just a profession. It is a way of life to him. In an age where achieving name and fame is becoming more than an objective, the self-effacing persona in him makes him distinctively unique artist.

He is a musician steeped in tradition and yet highly creative and innovative. His music is deeply evolved around “bhakthi’ and “bhava” and also attractive and entertaining. His music is couched in traditional classicism and yet most popular and mass appealing. He is an effective bridge between the traditional convention and the present day environment.

Details:

Guruguha Music Festival 30 September 2012.
Venue: Auditorium C V Mess Building, Janpath, New Delhi 110001
0500 PM. Illustrative Lecture by Prof. T R Subramaniam
0600 PM Music Concert: Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan – Vocal
PV Ajay Namboodiri – Vocal Support
M A Sundareswaran – Violin
K V Prasad – Mridangam
Vaikom R Gopalakrishnan – Ghatom

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Amazing Music Concert by Aditya Mohan Just Out Of The Teen Age

Aditya Mohan
SUNAAD in collaboration with the Subha Sidhi Vinayak Mandhir, Mayur Vihar, Delhi celebrated the Tamil New Year and the Vishu on the 14th April with a quaint vocal music concert by the young boy Aditya, just 20, at their Concert Hall. For this young age – just out of the teens one would have probably assembled with a little condescension to encourage a youngster. But he took all by surprise with his mature and able rendering.

One really can’t but attribute such gifts at this tender age to the Almighty’s grace and gift. Aditya known as a child prodigy in music started giving concerts at the tender age of 11. Although a prey to autism, Aditya has faced it with astute determination and courage to the challenges of life by gliding on his unique gift of music. There was absolutely no indication of this while on the stage – he was just a little master performer on the stage.

A little introduction to young Aditya before coming to his feats on the stage during the concert: Young Aditya was spotted at an early age for his acumen for Carnatic music and his parents rightly and wisely groomed him with his natural gift and aptitude. He responded well and was in a position to learn under the able tutelage of veteran musicians. Initially he was trained by his father and Smt. Sethu Mahadevan elder sister of the famed Bombay sisters. This was followed up with the guidance of Sri. Ravikiran, chitra veena exponent.

Having needed to relocate to Delhi from Chennai, now Aditya is pursuing his music learning with the eminent Veena artist Vidushi Saraswati Rajagopalan.

Aditya has already given over 100 concerts so far. Music is his passion and seems to be his sustenance also. Some of his credits are:

• Won the young achiever’s award 2005 from Sornammal Education Trust.
• Was conferred the title ‘Iraiarul Isai Selvan’ by Ilakkia Peravai Pudukkottai during 2005.
• Won Yuva kala Bharathy Award during 2007 conferred by the Bharat Kalachar Music Organization – Chennai
• Won Sahitya Kala Parishad scholarship during 2012-13 (for 2 years)

His performance on this day 14th April was inkling to the factor of the wonder of Music and music’s role in the present acknowledged theme of Music Therapy.

Young Aditya kept the audience spell bound by his masterly rendering from the word go.

He started off the concert with a sprightly Raave Himagiri Kumari by Shyama Shastry set to Adi talam. This Was followed by the invocation song to Lord Ganesha Pahi Pahi Bala Ganapathe, in Raag Hamsadwani. This was set in Rupaka Talam. Aditya’s kalpanaswara rendering was very spontaneous and remarkable. His body language casting his eye at the accompanying violinist and the mridangist during the gush of the swara prastara with the impish confidence and challenge was quite amusing. Here, his spirit was one of seeking matching accompaniment on the violin and the percussion rhythm with tinges of open challenge and sports.

Aditya Mohan
The concert followed on with such brisk and confident renderings of Ela Theliyaleru in raga Durbar, Kelano Hari Thalano in Raag Hamir Kalyani. Then Aditya took up Muthuswamy Dikshithar’s composition Maragathavalli in the raga Kambodhi where, he showed his caliber in the raga alapana, which was relaxed and adequate. The niraval and kalpana swara rendering was scholarly and showed his potential and this was followed by a very neat taniavarthanam by shri Jayandas on mridangam and Kannan on the Ghatam.

The concert went on with delight and concluded with the traditional mangalam preceded by a lilting Thilana in Raag kadana Kuthukalam.

The selection of the kritis was quite a mix of the popular and the rare ones.

This being a transitional age for the adolescent boy, the voice was a little unsettled and lacked in melody but was made up with his strong points on the grip of the system.

Saravanan on the violin, Jayan Das on the mridangam and Kannan on the ghatam gave able support.

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