Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha Music Festival Inaugurated
(From left) Tirumala Tirupati Ilayakoil Kelvi Appan Govinda Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyer Swami conferring a title on S. Sowmya at the 111th year December Music Festival of Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha in Chennai on Thursday.: Sudha Raghunathan and Nithyasree Mahadevan are in the picture
“It is unfortunate that Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, one of the oldest in the country and which has been the abode of some of the greatest Carnatic exponents, does not have its own building,” Tirumala Tirupathi Ilayakoil Kelvi Appan Govinda Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swamigal lamented here on Thursday.
Inaugurating the 111th December Music Festival of the sabha, the Jeeyar pointed out that the sabha was established in 1900 and had a glorious heritage. It has promoted every genre of fine arts like music, drama and dance, he added. He urged the president of the sabha, Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, to initiate immediate steps to construct a building and promised that he would declare it open too.
Earlier, he conferred the ‘Sangeetha Kalasarathy’ title on Carnatic musician Sowmya and presented the Palghat Mani Iyer Centenary Award to violinist T.N. Krishnan and the Dr. M.L.V. Award to budding musician Prasanna Venkatraman.
Guru of Carnatic music
Sudha Raghunathan lauded T.N. Krishnan as the “guru” of the entire Carnatic fraternity. As her guru M.L. Vasanathakumari used to say, he is not only a great instrumentalist but also a person of character and humility.
She commended Sowmya as a child prodigy whose repertoire was enormous. “Her concerts give you fulfilment,” she added.
Nithyasree Mahadevan, commended Sowmya’s “mastery over handling rare ragas”.
Even as a child Sowmya had “extraordinary maturity”, she observed. She was “tradition bound” in her musical journey, she added.
Geetha Ramanthan Bennett lauded Sowmya as one “who never gave up tradition”.
At the same time, she is making use of state-of-the-art technology to spread music all over the globe by founding Carnatica, an organisation with this noble objective.
Sowmya said “music is divine” and she also believed, like her guru S. Ramanathan, that “music should be first of all enjoyed.” Like him, she also advocated “art for art’s sake” theory.
T.N. Krishnan said Triplicane had been the abode of music for ages.
He recalled with nostalgia how great Carnatic exponents like Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar and Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer used to sing in the halls overflowing with rasikas that included eminent vidwans.
President of the sabha Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti and Secretary M. Krishnamurthi explained the activities of the sabha.