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Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha honours Artistes

December 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha honours artistes

Sriperumbudur Ramanuja Embar Jeeyar Swami with Chitravina N. Ravikiran. Also seen (from left) are Sabha president Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, M. Balamuralikrishna and Sabha vice- president Mohan Parasaran. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

The Hindu Sriperumbudur Ramanuja Embar Jeeyar Swami with Chitravina N. Ravikiran. Also seen (from left) are Sabha president Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, M. Balamuralikrishna and Sabha vice- president Mohan Parasaran.

The 113th December music festival of Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha began at the Vidya Bharathi hall in the city on Sunday, with Parakala Ramanuja Embar Jeeyar Swami of Sriperumbudur conferring the title of Sangeetha Kalasarathy on Chitravina N. Ravikiran.

The award includes a citation, a shawl and a cash award of Rs. 1 lakh instituted by P. Vijayakumar Reddy and Preetha Reddy.

In his address, the Jeeyar Swami said that the 113 year-old Sabha had served as a link to three centuries. “It has had excellent patrons in the form of rasikas and those providing financial support through the centuries, which is why it continues to exist,” he said.

The Jeeyar also presented awards to four artists — the Palghat Mani Iyer Centenary Award to Trichy Sankaran, Dwaram Venkataswami Naidu Award to Nagai Muralidharan, Dr. M.L.V. Award to Ramakrishnamurthy and G. Ramanathan Award to R. Suryaprakash.

Felicitating the awardees, Cleveland V.V. Sundaram said that for Chitravina N. Ravikiran music was a sadhana. A perfectionist, a teacher par excellence and a composer, he had many facets.

Accepting the award, Mr. Ravikiran said that concerted steps must be taken to encourage children to appreciate Indian classical music. “In the West though people appreciate our music, they also have pride in their own music. We should encourage students to attend concerts thus bringing a younger breed of rasikas,” he said.

Solicitor General of India Mohan Parasaran said that the Sabha had tied up with the Shanmukhananda Sabha in New Delhi and in April a Tyagaraja Utsavam would be organised there. Industrialist and Sabha president Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti and Carnatic vocalist M. Balamuralikrishna spoke.


Mudhra Award of Excellence to “Umayalpuram Sivaraman”

December 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Umayalpuram Sivaraman honoured at fine arts festival


Leela Samson, chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi, presents the Mudhra Award of Excellence to mridangam exponent Umayalpuram Sivaraman. Also seen is Nalli Kuppusami Chetti. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Leela Samson, chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi, presents the Mudhra Award of Excellence to mridangam exponent Umayalpuram Sivaraman. Also seen is Nalli Kuppusami Chetti

The funds allocated for the development of fine arts in the country are too meagre, said Leela Samson, chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi, at the inauguration of Mudhra’s 19th Fine Arts Festival at Ramakrishna Mission School on Friday.

“I hope, someday, the nation wakes up and artistes’ voices come out as one,” Ms. Samson said. She emphasised the need for a national archives for music and drama and digitisation of arts.

On the occasion, mridangam exponent Umayalpuram Sivaraman was conferred the Mudhra Award of Excellence.

“You cannot even see his hands move but amazing complex rhythms come out (of his mridangam). As a dancer, it moved me to see that the movement of his hands were the essential minimum; yet the greatest music emerged from it,” Ms. Samson said. Mr. Sivaraman said Carnatic music should be taken to a global level.

The fine arts festival will be held from December 6 to January 5 at Infosys Hall in Ramakrishna Mission School.

On Friday, the inaugural ceremony was followed by a concert by violinist duo Ganesh-Kumaresh.

Keywords: Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Mudhra Fine Arts Festival, Mudhra Award of Excellence, chennai margazhi season

S.V. Sahasranamam Centenary Celebration

December 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Stage, Service and Sahasranamam


The awardees at the SVS Centenary event. Photo: Kalaimaamini P.R. Durai

The birth centenary celebration for S.V. Sahasranamam was a fitting tribute.

Could an artist have been so socially conscious, so selfless to take a back seat and promote the other members of his troupe and so completely committed to the cause of theatre? “Leaf through the pages of his autobiography, ‘Thirumbi Paarkiraen,’ and you will understand the virtues of the man,” said poet and painter S. Vaitheeswaran, about his father-in-law S.V. Sahasranamam. Reiterating it, Sahasranamam’s son, S.V.S. Kumar, in his vote of thanks said, “Though Seva Stage was his own troupe, he took up only characters that suited his age. That was the reason for many film heroes such as Muthuraman emerging from there.” Veterans such as Sivaji Ganesan had acted in Seva Stage’s plays, which was also the training ground for heroines such as Devika.

Lofty ideals

The journey through the lofty ideals and purposeful life of Sahasranamam was a worthy revelation for the audience gathered at Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, on Friday last. The celebration marked the birth centenary of ‘Bharati Kalaignar,’ as he was known. His love and passion for Bharatiyar’s verses were exemplified in Seva Stage’s plays, ‘Panchali Sabatham’ and ‘Kuyil Paattu.’

“Those were the times when plays were staged on all 365 days of the year. I still remember watching ‘Vadivelu Vathiyaar,’ and Muthuraman as Duriyodhana in ‘Panchaali Sabatham.’ The performances of the actors of Seva Stage fascinated me,” recalled Nalli Kuppuswamy, the chief guest of the evening.

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Animated Encounters

February 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Negotiating different cultural spaces and finding resonance with an audience from a country with a strong tradition of puppet theatre like India is never easy, but not impossible either. Stephan V Lowis, the producer of ‘Sanjay and His Master’, an Indo-German puppet theatre performance, tells Varshini Murali.

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International Theatre Festival Kerala (ITFOK) – The Reach Out Festival

February 13, 2012 Leave a comment

The Reach Out Festival organised as an ancillary of the International Theatre Festival Kerala (ITFOK) entertained Trivandrumites with multi-lingual plays from all over India. This six day long drama fiesta enlightened theatre lovers of Trivandrum with Tamil folklores, legendary plays penned by Kalidasa and Tagore along with the musical symphony of Rajasthan. The festival…

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Notes from the Past, Baaja Gaaja Festival

February 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Sunil Shanbag’s More Stories in a Song returned to Baaja Gaaja festival with new tales, lots of music and bonhomie.

The musical traditions of India are not about music alone. They are about the Indian society, their practitioners and aficionados. And if you go by Sunil Shanbag’s theatrical production, More Stories in a Song, which premiered at the latest edition of Baaja Gaaja festival in the city on Saturday, they are also so much about our past. The play — which strings together seven stories and many anecdotes — offers unique slices of Indian history through the making of music and musicians.

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Hamsadhwani NRI Art Festival

December 17, 2011 Leave a comment

NRI arts festival inaugurated

Jennifer McIntyre, U.S. Consul General, inaugurating Hamsadhwani’s 17th NRI music and dance festival in Chennai on Friday

Hamsadhwani’s 17th NRI Music and Dance Festival was inaugurated by Jennifer Mcintyre, Consul General, U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, here on Friday.

Lauding Hamsadhwani for providing a platform to artistes of Indian origin living abroad, Ms. Mcintyre said the music festival of Chennai is replicated in the United States now. A good example of this is the ‘Thyagaraja Aradhana’ festival in Cleveland, U.S..

“I did not want to miss my first music season in Chennai and decided not to go to the U.S. for Christmas and New Year celebrations,” she added.

Carnatic music is like Test cricket, which provides ample opportunity to the artistes to exhibit their talents, said R. Chandrasekaran, president and managing director (Global Delivery), Cognizant Technology Solutions.

In his opinion, three important factors were needed for Carnatic music: support from the youth, a global platform for the performing artistes and patronage for the programmes.

R. Subramanian, patron-in-chief, Hamsadhwani, also spoke.