The Navratri Music Festival in Mayur Vihar – Delhi (India) 2008

Mrs. Lakshmi Rajagopalan
Mrs. Lakshmi Rajagopalan

Every Indian festival has a reason and significance behind its celebration. It is not only celebrated for fun and enjoyment. But there is a proper meaning behind its celebration. Similarly with the festival of Navaratri there is a significance and meaning attached to it. The festival celebrates the worship of Three Goddess, Durga (the god of power and strength), Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth) and Saraswati (the Goddess of knowledge and learning).

The Navratri Music Festival at the Mayur Vihar Sri Subha Sidhi Vinayaka Mandhir Socity Pocket IV, Mayur Vihar Phase One, Delhi 110091, in collaboration with the Music Society "Issai Kudumbam" is scheduled from the 30th Sep. to the 08th of Oct.08 from 0645 PM onwards.

The festival leads to spiritual growth of a person. It gives the person inner strength to fight against all odds of life – the courage to fight for the weaker section of the society and against all evils of the society. So the first three days is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Shakti. The next most important requirement in life is wealth and prosperity and for that the next three days of the festival is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi (the Goddess of wealth and prosperity). Knowledge and learning is another important aspect of life. And for that the last three days of the festival is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. She is worshipped so that she blesses us with power of knowledge and helps us to attain spiritual enlightenment.

It gives the occasion for all the ladies here to bring out and display the artistic potential assets within each individual and expressed in the florish of the way they decorate the ‘Golu’ stage and also the resplendent dress they deck themselves and the irresistible taste Prasad they dish out.

And there it goes, among other rituals, A Grand Music Festival!!

Bombay Smt. Lakshmi Rajagopalan embellishes the festival with a recital on the 05th Oct (Sun.).Smt. Lakshmi Rajagopalan initially obtained training from her mother right at the tender age of 3, Completed 5 years course from Bharatiya Music & Fine Arts, Matunga, Mumbai & advance training in Ragam, Thanam, Pallavi under the tutelage of Smt. T. R. Balamani.

She has been the recipient of various awards in recognition of her sterling performance and won several First Prizes including "GOLD MEDAL" and prestigious "TAMBURA" Prizes in the competitions conducted by "Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts", Mumbai, "Swathi Thirunal Kalakshetra", Mumbai & Music Academy, Chennai" and "Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai".

Details of her Performances all over India are another chapter.

She has also been recognized with various titles and to name a significant one is her appointment as the "Asthana Vidhushi" (permanent music artist for the Sakatapuram Matt in Karnataka) and was also conferred upon with the title of "Sangeet Visharada" by the Shankaracharya of Badri Sakatapuram Sri Vidya Peetam, recently.

Well Delhi is all agog to hear this fine artist from Mumbai and all are welcome

Author: Dr. Saroja Raman

Dr. Saroja Raman is a vocalist who has been pursuing Carnatic music from the age of 7. She has a Doctorate PhD in Music from the Delhi University, India


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