2004-05

A six day music festival was organized in the year 2005 which was named as the ‘Tarana Varusha Utsavam’.  The festival was inaugurated by Chitravina Shri N. Narasimhan and Nadopasana Shri R. Srinivasan.  The inaugural concert was performed by Smt. Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam along with Smt. Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi and Tiruvarur Shri Vaidyanathan.

Since the year witnessed the sad demise of Vidushi Bharata Ratna Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi, the festival was dedicated to her memory. The concluding concert of the festival was held on 25th January, the 101st birthday of Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar, on the centenary year of whose memory CFA was founded.  Aptly it was performed by his grand children, the Carnatica Brothers – Shashikiran and Chitravina P Ganesh.

Details of Concerts - December 2004

Date

Artists

11.01.2005

Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam – Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan

12.01.2005

Sreyas Narayanan – Vittal Ramamurthy, Umayalpuram Mali

13.01.2005

Gayathri Venkatragavan – Akkarai Subbulakshmi, Trivandrum Balaji, K V Gopalakrishnan

14.01.2005

Trichur Brothers – Srikrishna Mohan & Ramkumar Mohan – V V Ravi, Trichur Mohan, D V Venkatasubramaniam

15.01.2005

Palghat R Ramprasad – Palghat T R Rajaram, Trichur C Narendran

25.01.2005

Carnatica Brothers – K N Shashikiran & Chitravina P Ganesh – M A Krishnaswamy, Srimushnam V Rajarao, Trichy Murali

 

2005-06

A nine day music festival was organized in the year 2005 which included concerts and lectures by young and senior musicians and eminent scholars.

Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam:

Six programmes were featured during this year's vaggeyakkara vaibhavam series.  The compositions of devotional composers were exclusively taken up.  A lecture and concert following it were held.

Details of Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam Concerts - 2005-06

Date

Topic

Concert by

7.12.2005

Azvargal aruliya amudangal

Dr. S Sunder

8.12.2005

Purandaradasa

T.M. Krishna

9.12.2005

Oothukadu Venkatakavi

Chitravina N Ravikiran

10.12.2005

Syama Sastri

R. Ganesh

11.12.2005

Swati Tirunal

Sreevalsan J Menon

12.12.2005

Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna

Aswati Tirunal Rama Varma

Visesha Vadyanubhava:

Visesha Vadyanubhava provides platform to variety of musical instruments.  Chennai Fine Arts is one of the pioneers in organizing instrumental music concerts of veterans and youngsters.

Details of Visesha Vadyanubhava Concerts - 2005-06

Date

Artists

Instrument

04.12.2005

Chitravina P Ganesh

Chitravina

05.12.2005

B. Sivakumar

Veena

09.12.2005

U.P. Raju & Ms. Nagamani

Mandolin Duet

11.12.2005

G.S. Rajan

Flute

Details of Other Concerts - December 2005

Date

Artists

04.12.2005

O.S. Thiagarajan - Embar Kannan, Srimushnam Rajarao, H.S. Sudheendra

Smt. Ranjani Chander (Bhajans & Abhangs) - Shertalai Sivakumar, B. Sivaraman

T.K. Ramachandran - T.K. Padmanabhan, B. Sivaraman

Chitravina P Ganesh - Mysore V Srikanth, Mannargudi Eswaran, N. Amrit

05.12.2005

Savita Narasimhan - Charumathi Raghuram, R. Sankaranarayanan

B. Sivakumar - K.V. Prasad, T.V. Vasan

06.12.2005

Baby Sriram - Shertalai Sivakumar, Trivandrum Balaji

Dr. T. Lokanadha Sharma - Akkarai Subbulakshmi, Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan, Trichy K. Murali

07.12.2005

Trichy Pradeep Kumar - Karaikal Venkatasubramaniam, B. Srivatsan

Dr. S. Sunder - Charulatha Ramanujam, Neyveli Narayanan, Madipakkam Murali

08.12.2005

S. Mahathi - S.P. Ananthapadmanabha, M.S. Varadan, Nerkunam S. Shankar

T.M. Krishna - Vittal Ramamurthy, K. Arunprakash, S. Karthick

09.12.2005

U.P. Raju & Mrs. Nagamani - Neyveli B. Venkatesh, Trichy K. Murali

Chitravina N Ravikiran - Latha Ganapathy, M.A. Sundareswaran, Guruvayur Dorai, B.S. Purushotham

10.12.2005

Srividya Ganesan - Kandadevi S Vijayaraghavan, Madipakkam Suresh, Madipakkam Gopalakrishnan

R. Ganesh - R. Kumaresh, P Satishkumar, S.V. Ramani

11.12.2005

G.S. Rajan - Viju Anand, Lalgudi Sriganesh

Sreevalson J Menon - M.A. Sundareswaran, Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam, V Suresh

12.12.2005

Aparna Thiagarajan - Melakaveri Thiagarajan, Aswin Sridhar

Aswathi Tirunal Rama Varma - S. Varadarajan, Shertalai Ananthakrishnan, Udupi Sridhar

 

2006-07

December 2006 was another grand year for CFA with the twelve-day music festival. The festival featured concerts and lectures categorized under the themes of Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam, Visesha Vadyanubhava and Yuvakala Vaibhavam. A variety of artistes and scholars took part in the festival.  Smt. Suguna Purushothaman, Dr. B.M. Sundaram and Shri Nadopasana Srinivasan were among the dignitaries who attended the inaugural function.  The inaugural concert was a violin performance by the Akkarai Sisters Subbulakshmi and Swarnaltha.

   

Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam:

A lecture demonstration and a concert based on the topic of the lecture are the contents of a Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam programme.  The lecture focuses on the compositions and contributions of a composer of Carnatic music. During the year under consideration, nine lectures and concerts were featured in Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam series.

Details of Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam Concerts - 2006-07

Date

Topic

Concert by

16.12.2006

Varnams

Seetha Rajan

17.12.2006

Compositions of Subbaraya Sastri

N. Vijay Siva

18.12.2006

Tanjore Quartette

Suguna Varadachari

19.12.2006

Patnam Subramanya Iyer

Bangalore S Shankar

20.12.2006

Sanskrit compositions of Tyagaraja

Chitravina N Ravikiran

21.12.2006

Padams and Javalis

Rama Ravi & Nanditha Ravi

22.12.2006

Thanjavur Shankara Iyer

Dr. S. Sunder

23.12.2006

Nagasvaram

Injikkudi E.M. Subramaniyam

24.12.2006

Veena

S. Srinivasan

Visesha Vadyanubhava:

Instrumental music - more specifically of instruments which belong to the south Indian classical music genre is featured exclusively in the Visesha Vadyanubhava Concerts. Chennai Fine Arts has remained one of the pioneers in supporting instrumental music performances.

Details of Visesha Vadyanubhava Concerts - 2006-07

Date

Artists

Instrument

16.12.2006

Akkarai sisters – Subbulakshmi & Swarnalatha

Violin duet

23.12.2006

Bhargavi Ganesh

Chitravina

Thiruvallur K.J. Perumal

Nagasvaram

Injikkudi E.M. Subramanyam

Nagasvaram

24.12.2006

Seetha Duraiswamy

Jalatharangam

Rama Raghuram

Veena

S. Srinivasan

Veena


25.12.2006

S. Gopakumar, S.G. Vijayasri, T.R. Aravind Koushik, L. Janarthanan, C. Saravanan

Arumukhanam

Anayampatti Ganesan

Jalatharangam

Iyer Brothers – Ramnath & Gopinath

Veena

26.12.2006

Lavanya & Subbulakshmi

Saxophone Duet

27.12.2006

Lalitha & Nandini

Violin Duet

Details of Other Concerts - December 2006

Date

Artists

17.12.2006

A. Gayathri Devi – Akkarai Swarnalatha, Aswin Sridhar

M. Balamuralikrishna (Junior) – Padma Shankar, S. Gopakumar

18.12.2006

Pallavi Prasanna – Anayampatti Venkatasubramaniam, Venkatasubramaniam

S.R. Veeraraghavan – Ranjani Ramakrishnan, Erode Nagaraj

19.12.2006

N. Harish – M.S. Ananthakrishnan, S.J. Arjun Ganesh

Salem Gayathri Venkatesh – V. Suresh Babu, Nellai Balaji

20.12.2006

K. Gayathri – Jayanthy Kesav, Delhi Rajasubramaniam

Sriram Parthasarathy – Karaikkal Venkatasubramaniam, H.S. Sudheendra

21.12.2006

Uthra Rajamani – T.K. Padmanabhan, R. Bhaskaran

Girish S – V.V. Srinivasa Rao, B. Sivaraman

22.12.2006

Prarthana Rao – R. Kailasam, R. Sankaranarayanan

Delhi P. Sunderrajan – Avaneeswaram S.R. Vinu, K. Sadgurucharan

Thanjavur Shankara Iyer – Pakala Ramadas, Umayalpuram Mali

Dr. S. Sunder – Pakala Ramadas, Umayalpuram Mali

26.12.2006

Aiyyar sisters – Srividhya & Sudha – Vijay, Harishkumar

Poornapragna Rao – Kandadevi Vijayaraghavan, Trichur Narendran

27.12.2006

Niranjana Srinivasan – Neela Jayakumar, Jayakumar

Calcutta Shankar – Melakaveri Thyagarajan, Tanjavur Subramaniam

Akkarai Subhasree – Akkarai Murugan, Chromepet G. Suresh, Madipakkam Gopalakrishnan

2007-08

December 2007 was eventful for CFA with the twelve-day grand music festival. The festival featured concerts and lectures on the themes of Vaggeyakara Vaibhava, Visesha Vadyanubhava, Ragam Tanam Pallavi and Yuvakala Vaibhavam. A spectrum of artistes ranging from the veterans to the amateurs was part of the festival.  Shri M. Krishnaswamy presided over the inaugural function.  Shri Raghunathan of Bhimas Hotel Tirupathy was the Chief Guest and Shri Nadopasana Srinivasan was the Guest of Honor.  Legal consultant Shri Parameswara Iyer lit the lamp.  The inaugural concert was performed by Smt. Bushany Kalyanaraman.

 

Apart from the December festival, CFA also organized a special lecture on Nagasvaram on the 21st of July, 2007.  Dr. B.M. Sundaram presented the lecture which was followed by an exclusive concert by Shri Kalyanapuram Srinivasan and party.  The seminar was inaugurated by Mr. Ramji of Makkal Kural. Noted musicians and musicologists like Dr. N. Ramanathan were among the dignitaries present.

Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam:

Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam aimed at exposing various great composers of Carnatic music apart from the well-known trinity, pre-trinity and post-trinity composers is held every year in which a lecture on the musical contributions of a particular composer is presented by a scholar.  This is followed by the rendition of a few of his/her compositions. During the year under consideration, seven lectures and concerts were held categorized under Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam.

Details of Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam Concerts - 2007-08

Date

Topic

Concert by

12.12.2007

Compositions of Dandapani Desikar

Bushani Kalyanaraman

13.12.2007

Compositions of Neelakanta Sivan

Thiruvaiyaru Brothers - Narasimhan & Venkatesan

14.12.2007

Compositions of Thiruvarur Ramasamy Pillai

Dr Subhashini Parthasarathy

15.12.2007

Compositions of Kavikunjara Bharati

Shertalai Ranganatha Sharma

16.12.2007

Compositions of Thiruvotriyur Tyagayyar

Suguna Purushothaman

17.12.2007

Compositions of Madurai G S Mani

Madurai G S Mani

18.12.2007

Compositions of Dr. V V Srivatsa

Neela Ramgopal

Visesha Vadyanubhava:

This program acts as a platform for instrumental music - more specifically of instruments which belong to the south Indian classical music genre. Chennai Fine Arts has remained one of the pioneers in supporting instrumental music concerts.

Details of Visesha Vadyanubhava Concerts - 2007-08

Date

Artists

Instrument

19.12.2007

Nirmala Rajasekar

Veena

Allam Durgaprasad

Gotuvadyam

20.12.2007

N Anantanarayanan

Veena

Atul Kumar

Flute

Jayanthi Kumaresh

Veena

RTP Series:

Pallavi rendition is considered one of the most challenging aspects of Carnatic music.  A special programme featuring Ragam Tanam Pallavi (RTP) was organized in which young artistes performed. The series of concerts enthralled the audience and performers alike.

Details of Ragam Tanam Pallavi Concerts - December 2007

Date

Artists

Ragam - talam

13.12.2007

Charulatha Mani - Kandadevi Vijayaraghavan, Melakkaveri Balaji

Saveri - Adi (Kanda nadai)

14.12.2007

Sikkil Gurucharan - S Varadarajan, Neyveli Skandasubramanian

Lathangi - Misra Triputa

15.12.2007

Nandita Ravi - Padma Shankar, S J Arjunganesh

Shanmukhapriya - Khanda Triputa

16.12.2007

V Sankaranarayanan - V Sanjeev, Mannarkoil J Balaji

Kalyani - Misra Jhampa (Tisra gati)

17.12.2007

Nisha Rajagopal - Shertalai Sivakumar, Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar

Ranjani - Misra Triputa

18.12.2007

Kalpana Venkat - Kalyani Shankar, Neyveli Narayanan

Bhairavi - Chatusra Jhampa (4 Kalai)

2008-09

During 2008, the festival was classified under three major categories namely Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam, Visesha Vadyanubhava and RTP Festival.  Chevalier Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna was the Chief Guest of the inaugural function.  Shri R. Kumar, Managing Director of Navin Housing Properties Pvt. Ltd., was the Guest of Honor and the felicitations were rendered by Vidvan Madurai G.S. Mani.  Kumari K. Gayathri rendered the invocation song of the festival.  The inaugural concert was performed by Smt. Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam along with Smt. Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, Shri Kallidaikuruchi Sivakumar and Shri P.S. Ramanujam.

Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam:

Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam is ideally an exposition of various great composers of Carnatic music apart from the well-known trinity, pre-trinity and post-trinity composers.  A program under this category comprises of a lecture on the musical contributions of a particular composer followed by the rendition of a few of his/her compositions.

Details of Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam Concerts - December 2008

DATE

TOPIC

CONCERT BY

09.12.2008

Compositions of Dr B M Sundaram

Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam

10.12.2008

Compositions of Mysore Veena Seshanna

Rudrapatnam Brothers - Dr Taranathan & Tyagarajan

11.12.2008

Compositions of Gopalakrishna Bharati

Vasundra Rajagopal

12.12.2008

Compositions of Walajapettai Venkatramana Bagavathar

Prema Rangarajan

13.12.2008

Compositions of 'Poochi' Srinivasa Iyengar

Lakshmi Rangarajan

14.12.2008

Compositions of Vaideeswarankoil Subbarama Iyer

Nirmala Parthasarathy & Dr Subashini Parthasarathy

15.12.2008

Compositions of Smt Suguna Purushothaman

Suguna Purushothaman

16.12.2008

Mukhaveena

Injikudi Subramaniam

17.12.2008

Sanskrit Compositions of Madurai G S Mani

Madurai G S Mani

Visesha Vadyanubhava:

This program is exclusively for the showcase of instrumental music - more specifically of instruments which belong to the south Indian classical music genre.  In times when concerts of instrumental music are a rarity, Chennai Fine Arts ensures the upkeep of our cultural tradition by organizing concerts featuring instruments like Chitraveena, Veena, Jalatarangam, Mukhaveena and so on.

Details of Visesha Vadyanubhava Concerts - December 2008

Date

Artists

Instrument

14.12.2008

B. Sivakumar

Veena

16.12.2008

Injikudi Subramaniam

Mukhaveena

Manjari Chandran Ramesh

Veena

RTP Series:

During the December Music Festival, a special programme exclusively for Ragam Tanam Pallavi (RTP) was organized.

Details of Ragam Tanam Pallavi Concerts - December 2008

Date

Artists

10.12.2008

Delhi Muthukumar - V V Srinivasa Rao, A M Harinarayanan

11.12.2008

Bhavadharini - Akkarai Swarnalatha, Erode Nagarajan

12.12.2008

R Sooryaprakash - K Venkatasubramaniam, Neyveli Venkatesh

13.12.2008

Vizianagaram D Vardhani - R Ambikaprasad, T R Sundaresan

14.12.2008

B Sivakumar (Veena) - Thumkur Ravishankar, Udupi Balakrishnan

15.12.2008

K Gayathri - S P Ananthapadmanabha, R Sankaranarayanan

16.12.2008

Manjari Chandran Ramesh (Veena) - Tanjore K Praveen Kumar, Nanganallur Swaminathan

17.12.2008

D J Balakrishna - R kailasam, Aswin Sridharan

2009-10

The seventh year festival was exclusively for Ragam, Tanam and Pallavi. Vibrant young artistes rendered thought-provoking pallavis during the four day RTP festival. Dr. Sridhar, IAS, was the Chief Guest of this year's inaugural function.  Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna presided over the function and Dr. B.M. Sundaram was the Guest of Honor.  The inaugural concert was a violin duet performed by Prof. T.N. Krishnan and Smt. Viji Krishnan.

Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam:

Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam is ideally an exposition of various great composers of Carnatic music apart from the well-known trinity, pre-trinity and post-trinity composers.  A program under this category comprises of a lecture on the musical contributions of a particular composer followed by the rendition of a few of his/her compositions. During the year a number of lectures and concerts were held categorized under Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam.

Details of Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam Concerts - 2009-10

Date

Topic

19.04.2009

Compositions of Mysore Veena Seshanna

26.04.2009

Compositions of Gopalakrishna Bharati

26.09.2009

Compositions of Vaideeswarankoil Subbarama Iyer

11.12.2009

Compositions of K Ponnayya Pillai

12.12.2009

Compositions of Jayachamaraja Wodeyar

13.12.2009

Compositions of Pallavi Gopala Iyer, Mambalam Sisters - Vijayalakshmi & Chitra

14.12.2009

Sangita Sthita Prajna Prof T R Subramanian, Dr Radha Venkatachalam

Visesha Vadyanubhava:

This program is a platform for instrumental music - more specifically of instruments which belong to the south Indian classical music genre. Chennai Fine Arts has remained one of the pioneers in supporting instrumental music concerts.

Details of Visesha Vadyanubhava Concerts - 2009-10

Date

Artists

Instrument

22.05.2009

D J Balakrishna

Veena

29.07.2009

Chitraveena P Ganesh

Chitraveena

10.12.2009

Prof. T N Krishnan & Smt Viji Krishnan Natarajan - Guruvayur Durai, T V Vasan

Violin duet

RTP Series:

In the seventh year of Chennai Fine Arts' December Music Festival, a special programme featuring Ragam Tanam Pallavi (RTP) was organized in which young artistes performed with acumen.

Details of Ragam Tanam Pallavi Concerts - December 2009

Date

Artists

11.12.2009

Niranjana Srinivasan - Akkarai Sornalatha, M S Venkatasubramaniam

12.12.2009

T K Ramachandran - Shertalai Sivakumar, T R Sundaresan

13.12.2009

G Madhavan - Dr R Hemalatha, K S Ramana

14.12.2009

Srividya Ramnath - Srividya R S Iyer, Erode Nagarajan

2010-11

This festival was dedicated to the great musician and artiste Shri. S. Rajam who made outstanding contributions to music by way of his vocal renditions and also his thematic paintings.

Vidvan Shri Chitravina Narasimhan lit the lamp and inaugurated this year's festival.  Shri Balasubramaniam, Chairman of City Union Bank was the Chief Guest and Shri N. Murali, President of Music Academy and Managing Director of The Hindu, presided over the function.  Dr. B.M. Sundaram rendered felicitations to Violin wizard Shri V. Narasimhan, who was the recipient of the maiden Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar Award for Excellence.  The inaugural concert was performed by the String Quartette, led by Shri V. Narasimhan.

Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam:

Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam is ideally an exposition of various great composers of Carnatic music apart from the well-known trinity, pre-trinity and post-trinity composers.  A program under this category comprises of a lecture on the musical contributions of a particular composer followed by the rendition of a few of his/her compositions.

Details of Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam Concerts - December 2010

Date

Topic & Concert by

06.12.2010

Compositions of Lalgudi Shri. G. Jayaraman

  • Sankari Krishnan, followed by S.P. Ramh, Vittal Ramamurthy – Violin, B. Sivaraman - Mrudangam

07.12.2010

Compositions of Mysore Vasudevacharya

  • Rudrapatnam Brothers – Dr. R.N. Taranathan & R.N. Thiagarajan, M.R. Gopinath – Violin, Srimushnam V Rajarao – Mrudangam

08.12.2010

Compositions of Mazhavai Chidambara Bharati

  • Dr. Premeela Gurumurthy, Pakala Ramadoss – Violin, A.S. Ranganathan – Mrudangam

09.12.2010

Javalis

  • Dr. Subhashini Parthasarathy, Padma Shankar – Violin, Tanjavur Kumar – Mrudangam

10.12.2010

Compositions of Koteesvara Iyer

  • Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam, V.V.S. Murari – Violin, Melakkaveri Balaji – Mrudangam

11.12.2010

Comparative study of Indian Music

  • Dr. M. Narmada, Kudanthai A. Saravanan – Mrudangam, M.N. Munesh - Tabla

Visesha Vadyanubhava:

This program is exclusively for the showcase of instrumental music - more specifically of instruments which belong to the south Indian classical music genre.  In times when concerts of instrumental music are a rarity, Chennai Fine Arts ensures the upkeep of our cultural tradition by organizing concerts featuring instruments like Chitravina, Veena, Jalatarangam, Mukhaveena and so on.

Details of Visesha Vadyanubhava Concerts - December 2010

Date

Artists

11.12.2010

S. Srinivasan – Veena, Shertala R Ananthakrishnan (Mrudangam), Vaikom R Gopalakrishnan (Ghatam).

12.12.2010

Chaitanyakumar – Flute – Kandadevi S Vijayaraghavan (Violin), Tanjavur R Praveenkumar (Mrudangam)

Chitravina P Ganesh – Chitravina, Mysore V Srikanth (Violin), Tanjore R Murugabhoopathy (Mrudangam), Dr S Karthik (Ghatam)

13.12.2010

Aanayampatti Ganesan – Jalatarangam, Anayampatti Venkatasubramaniam (Violin), Madrimangalam Swaminathan (Mrudangam), Trichy K Murali (Ghatam)

Yuvakala Vaibhavam:

Yuvakala Vaibhavam is organized to provide a platform to the young up-coming artists to exhibit their musical prowess.  By encouraging young talents Chennai Fine Arts is taking a step forward in preserving Carnatic music and making it available in its pristine form to posterity.

Details of Yuvakala Vaibhavam Concerts - December 2010

Date

Artists

14.12.2010

K. Subiksha (Vocal), Kaushik Sivaramakrishnan (Violin), M S Venkatasubramanian (Mrudangam)

Cuddalore S K Janani (Vocal), Jayanthy Keshav (Violin), K Parthasarathy (Mrudangam)

Maharajapuram Ganesh Viswanathan (Vocal), Melakaveri Thiagarajan (Violin), T R Sundaresan (Mrudangam)

15.12.2010

J B Sruti Sagar (Flute), Sangeetha (Violin), Srivanchiam R Sriram (Mrudangam)

15.12.2010

Arundathi Krishnan (Vocal), R Kailasam (Violin), Udupi Balakrishnan (Mrudangam)

Trichur Brothers - Srikrishnamohan & Ramkumar Mohan (Vocal duet), Kandadevi Vijayaraghavan (Violin), Trichur R Mohan (Mrudangam), Anirudh Athreya (Kanjira)

16.12.2010

Uthra Rajamani (Vocal), Parur M S Ananthakrishnan (Violin), N C Bharathwaj (Mrudangam)

Gayathri Sathya (Vocal), C K Vijayaraghavan (Violin), Madipakkam Suresh (Mrudangam), P S Ramanujam (Morsing)

Dr. B. Vijayagopal (Flute), V L Kumar (Violin), H S Sudheendra (Mrudangam)

2011-12

December 2011 saw a number of activities at the festival organized by Chennai Fine Arts. A total of twenty-four concerts and four lecture demonstrations were performed by veteran artistes and eminent scholars.  The festival was classified under three major categories namely Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam, Visesha Vadyanubhava and Yuvakala Vaibhavam.  The festival spanning twelve days began with a grand inauguration on the 21st of December 2011. 

Shri. S.S. Jawahar, I.A.S., Commissioner of Art & Culture, Government of Tamil Nadu, presided over the function and Mrudangam Maestro Prof. Trichy Sankaran delivered the felicitation address.  The inaugural concert was by Shri. R.K. Srikantan with Shri. R.S. Ramakanth, Chitravina Shri. N. Ravikiran, Srimushnam Shri. V. Rajarao and Trichy Shri. Murali.

Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam:

Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam aims at elucidating the works of various great composers of Carnatic music apart from the well-known trinity, pre-trinity and post-trinity composers.  A program under this category comprises of a lecture on the musical contributions of a particular composer followed by the rendition of a few of his/her compositions. About fifty rare composers have been featured under this category in the festival of Chennai Fine Arts over the years.

Details of Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam Concerts - December 2011

Date

Topic & Concert by

22.12.2011

Varalakshmi Anandkumar with Melakaveri Tyagarajan and B. Ganapathyraman

22.12.2011

Compositions of Margadarsi Seshayyangar by Dr. Prema Rangarajan with Usha Rajagopalan  and Melakkaveri Balaji

23.12.2011

Compositions of Irayimman Thampi by Madhavan Namboothri with M.R. Gopinath and Udupi Sridhar

24.12.2011

Compositions of Chitravina N Ravikiran by B. Bhargavi with Ranjani Ramakrishna, H S Sudheendra

24.12.2011

Compositions of Chitravina N Ravikiran by Kunnakudi M Balamuralikrishna with V.L. Kumar and Kallidaikurichi Sivakumar

Visesha Vadyanubhava:

Traditional instrument belonging to the south Indian classical music genre are featured in the concerts held under the category Visesha Vadyanubhava.  In times when concerts of instrumental music are a rarity, Chennai Fine Arts ensures the upkeep of our cultural tradition by organizing concerts featuring instruments like Chitraveena, Veena, Jalatarangam, Mukhaveena and so on.

Details of Visesha Vadyanubhava Concerts - December 2011

Date

Artists (Instrument)

23.12.2011

Nirmala Rajasekar (Veena), B Sivaraman (Mrudangam), Nanganallur Swaminathan (Ghatam)

25.12.2011

M.S. Gopalakrishnan, Dr. M. Narmada & G. Sureshkumar (Violin Trio), Neyveli Narayanan (Mrudangam), Adambakkam Shankar (Ghatam)

26.12.2011

Mudikondan Ramesh (Veena), A S Ranganathan (Mrudangam), Srirangam S Ravikrishnan (Ghatam), P S Ramanujam (Morsing)

Injikkudi E.M. Subramaniam (Nagasvaram), Talachankodu T M Ramanathan and Sembanarkoil S M Babu (Tavil)

27.12.2011

B. Kannan (Veena), M A Krishnaswami (Violin), Akshay Ram & Bhairav Chandrasekar (Double Mrudangam), N Sundar (Tabla & Morsing)

Dr. N. Ramani (Flute), Nagai Muralidharan (Violin), Mannargudi Eswaran (Mrudangam), Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (Ghatam)

28.12.2011

U.P. Raju & Smt. Nagamani (Mandoli Duet), Australia Ravichandran (Mrudangam), Trichy Murali (Ghatam), Sai Nivedhan (Kanjeera)

Yuvakala Vaibhavam:

Yuvakala Vaibhavam is organized to provide a platform to the young up-coming artists to exhibit their musical prowess.  By encouraging young talents Chennai Fine Arts is taking a step forward in preserving Carnatic music and making it available in its pristine form to posterity.

Details of Yuvakala Vaibhavam Concerts - December 2011

Date

Artists

28.12.2011

S. Nithyasree (Veena) - Ashwin Sridharan (Mrudangam)

Manasi Prasad (Vocal) - R. Kailasam (Violin), Ashwin Sridharan (Mrudangam)

29.12.2011

Akkarai Subhasree (Vocal) - Villivakkam Raghuraman (Violin), Udupi Balakrishnan (Mrudangam)

29.12.2011

Kishan Jayendran (Mandolin) - Sudha R.S. Iyer (Violin), M.S. Venkatasubramaniam (Mrudangam)

Vidya Kalyanaraman (Vocal) - Sudha R.S. Iyer (Violin), Tanjore K. Praveen Kumar (Mrudangam)

31.12.2011

Vallivalam Venkatraman (Vocal) - Villivakkam Raghuraman (Violin), M.S. Venkatasubramaniam (Mrudangam)

Ragavendra R (Vocal) - R. Rahul (Violin), R. Parthasarathy (Mrudangam)

Smt. Pushpa Anand (Pandurangan Abhangs) & Party

2012-13

Balamurali Music Festival:

Chennai Fine Arts inaugurated the first-ever ‘Balamurali Music Festival’ named after the living legend Dr Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna, on Sunday, 5th August, 2012. This is one of the major events this year.

Details of Concerts

Date

Concert by

05.08.2012

INAUGURAL CONCERT
Gayathri Venkatraghavan
Poongulam Subramaniam – Mrudangam, Padma Shankar – Violin, Anirudh Athreya – Kanjira

06.08.2012

Shreya Devnath – Violin Solo
Kumbakonam Swaminathan – Mrudangam, Chandrasekara Sharma – Ghatam

Trichur V Ramachandran
M.R. Gopinath – Violin, Umayalpuram Mali – Mrudangam, Papanasam Sethuraman - Kanjira

07.08.2012

R Lakshmi – Veena
Sivasubramanian S – Mrudangam, Nanganallur Swaminathan - Ghatam

Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi – Violin Duet
J Vaidyanathan – Mrudangam, S Venkatramanan - Kanjira

08.08.2012

Pallavi Prasanna
B. Ganapathy Raman – Mrudangam, Akkarai Sornalatha – Violin

Sikkil Mala Chandrasekar – Flute
Dr R Hemalatha – Violin, Kallidaikuruchi Sivakumar – Mrudangam, K.V. Gopalakrishnan - Kanjira

09.08.2012

Rithvik Raja
M. Vijay – Violin, Tanjore K Praveenkumar – Mrudangam

Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh – Veena
Neyveli R Narayanan – Mrudangam, Trichy Krishna – Ghatam

10.08.2012

Deepak Krishnamurthy
R. Kailasam – Violin, Nellai Srikrishnan – Mrudangam

M.S. Anantharaman, M.A. Sundaresan, M.A. Krishnaswamy & M.S. Ananthakrishnan – Violin Quartet
Shertalai R Ananthakrishnan – Mrudangam, Trichy K Murali – Ghatam

11.08.2012

Anahita & Apoorva – Vocal duet
S.P. Ananthapadmanabha – Violin, M.S. Venkatasubramanian – Mrudangam

Suguna Purushothaman
Dr. M Narmada – Violin, Tanjavur Kumar – Mrudangam, Pudukkotai N Ramachandran - Ghatam

 

Centenarians’ Carnival

This year witnesses the rarest combination of the birth centenaries of eight great carnatic musicians. It includes Alathur Srinivasa Iyer, T K Rangachari, Madurai Mani Iyer, Brinda (vocalists), Mayavaram Govindaraja Pillai (Violinist), Palghat Mani Iyer (Mrudangam), Alangudi Ramachandran (Ghatam) and Mannargudi Sambasiva Bhagavatar (Vocalist, Composer and Harikatha artiste). To celebrate this unique occasion, Chennai Fine Arts organised the Centenarians’ Carnival. It was inaugurated on Friday, the 28th December, aptly by London Shri V G Sundaram, a connoisseur of music who completed 100 years of age this year.

Date

Concert by

28.12.2012

INAUGURAL CONCERT
Dr T V Gopalakrishnan
Guruvayur Durai – Mrudangam, V V Subramaniam – Violin,Vijay Natesan – Kanjira

29.12.2012

Madhumohan – Vocal
Kalakadu Srinivasan – Mrudangam, V L Sudharsan – Violin

Prapancham Balachandran - Flute
V V Srinivasa Rao – Violin, R Ramesh – Mrudangam,

Dr R Vedavalli – Vocal
Dr R Hemalatha – Violin, K Arunprakash – Mrudangam, N Guruprasad - Ghatam

30.12.2012

Ranjani Sivakumar – Vocal
S P Anantapadmanabha – Violin, Ramkumar - Mrudangam

S Sivakumar – Veena
Mannarkoil Balaji – Mrudangam, Trichy Krishna - Ghatam

Suguna Varadachari – Vocal
Usha Rajagopalan – Violin, Melakaveri Balaji – Mrudangam, Madipakkam murali - Ghatam

31.12.2012

S Srinivasan - Veena
Neyveli Narayanan – Mrudangam, Madipakkam Murali – Ghatam

V V Subrahmanyam & V V S Murari – Violin duet,
Dr T V Gopalakrishnan – Mrudangam, Tirupunithura Radhakrishnan - Ghatam

 

Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar Music Festival

The grand music festival organised by Chennai Fine Arts commemorating the 110th birth anniversary of Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar as well as the tenth anniversary of the organisation was inaugurated on Monday, the 28th January. Senior vocalist Smt Suguna Purushothaman inaugurated the festival and delivered inaugural address. Mrudangam maestro Dr T K Murthy was presented the Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar Award for Excellence. Vidwan Kalaimamani Madras A Kannan presided over and presented the award. Renowned musicologist Dr B M Sundaram felicitated Dr T K Murthy and went down the memory lane to share rare information about him. Dr T K Murthy, in his acceptance speech, thanked CFA for presenting him the award. He also gave interesting anecdotes from his performance career spanning more than eighty years.

Date

Concert by

28.01.2013
Monday

Inaugural Function
Presentation of Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar Award for Excellence to Dr T K Murthy (Mrudangam maestro).

Inaugural concert – Kum A Kanyakumari, V Sanjeev & Embar Kannan (Violin)
Mannargudi Eswaran (Mrudangam), B S Purushotham (Kanjira)

29.01.2013
Tuesday

Vadya Tarangini
V L Kumar (Violin), Allam Durgaprsad (Atichitravina), Tiruvarur Swaminathan (Flute), K V Prasad (Mrudangam) & Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (Ghatam)

T V Sankaranarayanan – Vocal
H N Bhaskar (Violin), Patri Satishkumar (Mrudangam), K V Gopalakrishnan (Kanjira)

30.01.2013
Wednesday

Vishal Sapuram - Chitravina
Akkarai Sornalatha (Violin), T.K. Ramakrishnan (Mrudangam), Papanasam Sethuraman (Kanjira)

O.S. Tyagarajan – Vocal
Mysore V Srikanth (Violin), Mannargudi Eswaran (Mrudangam), S Venkatramanan (Kanjira)

31.01.2013
Thursday

Akkarai Sisters Subbulakshmi & Sornalatha – Vocal duet
H N Baskar (Violin),Neyveli Narayanan (Mrudangam), Dr S Karthik (Ghatam)

Prof T.N. Krishnan – Violin
Manoj Siva (Mrudangam), N Amrith (Kanjira), N Guruprasad (Ghatam)

01.02.2013
Friday

Trichur Brothers Srikrishna Mohan & Ramkumar – Vocal duet
Mullaivasal Chandramouli (Violin), Trichur Mohan (Mrudangam), D V Venkatasubramaniam (Ghatam)

Ramakrishnan Murthy - Vocal
Delhi Sunderrajan (Violin), Mannarkoil J Balaji (Mrudangam), Madipakkam Murali (Ghatam)

02.02.2013
Saturday

Mambalam Sisters Vijayalakshmi & Chitra – Vocal duet
Dr R Hemalatha (Violin), B Ganapathyraman (Mrudangam), Chandrasekara Sarma (Ghatam)

Madurai T N Seshagopalan – Vocal
M Chandrasekaran (Violin), Trichur Narendran (Mrudangam), B S Purushothaman (Kanjira)

2013-14

DIVINE COMPOSERS

CFA is known for its thematic presentations on composers (vaggeyakaras). Every year it organizes programs on many rare composers and documents them for archival, publications and future references. The event on divine composers was held between 4th and 10th December 2013 and it focused on eight composers namely Annamacharya, Badrachala Ramadas, Manambuccavadi Venkatasubbayya, Maha Vaidyanatha Sivan, Arunachala Kavi, Veena Seshanna, Mannargudi Sambasiva Bhagavatar and Tadepally Venkata Subrahmanya Sastri.

Details of Concerts

Day & Date

5.00-6.30 p.m.

6.30-8.30 p.m.

 Wednesday, 04.12.2013

Sunil Gargyan
S P Anantapadmanabha
Guru Raghavendra

Vocal

Violin
Mrudangam

Compositions of Veena Seshanna
Prof. Mysore Subramanya
Ganakala Bushana Prof. Rajalakshmi Thirunarayanan &
Vidushi Rathnaprabha Krishnan

Vasudha Keshav
Raghul
Kallidaikuruchi Sivakumar

Adambakkam Shankar

 

 

Veena Duet
Vocal
Violin
Mrudangam
Ghatam

 Thursday, 05.12.2013

Raghav Krishna
Melakaveri Tyagarajan
M S Venkatasubramaniam

Vocal

Violin

Mrudangam

Compositions of Badrachala Ramadas
Dr Premeela Gurumurthy
Shertalai R Sivakumar
Mannarkoil J Balaji

S Venkatramanan

 

Vocal
Violin
Mrudangam
Kanjeera

 Friday, 06.12.2013

 Jayakrishnan
G Sureshkumar
Ashwin Sridharan

Vocal
Violin
Mrudangam

Compositions of Mannargudi Sambasiva Bhagavatar
Dr M Chandrasekar
Mysore Srikanth
Guruvayur Durai & Vazhuvoor Babu
Trichy Murali

 

Vocal
Violin
Mrudangam
Ghatam

 Saturday, 07.12.2013

C K Pavandeep
M rajeev
Vijay Natesan

Vocal
Violin
Mrudangam

Compositions of Annamacharya
Dr S Sunder (C)
V L Kumar
Kudanthai Saravanan

K B Hariharan

 

Vocal
Violin
Mrudangam
Ghatam

 Sunday, 08.12.2013

Keerthana J B
C K Vijayaraghavan
Erode Nagarajan

Vocal
Violin
Mrudangam

Compositions of Tadepalli Subramanya Sastri
Dr Tadepalli Lokanadha Sarma
V V Srinivasa Rao
A S Ranganathan

S Hariharasubramaniyam

 

Vocal
Violin
Mrudangam
Ghatam

 Monday, 09.12.2013

S Girijashankar
K J Dileep
Sumesh Narayanan

Vocal
Violin
Mrudangam

Compositions of Arunachala Kavi
R Surya Prakash
V Sanjeev
Tanjore Kumar

Papanasam Sethuraman

 

Vocal
Violin 
Mrudangam
Kanjeera

 Tuesday, 10.12.2013

Sreesha & Sreeusha

K S Ramana
G Subbarao

Mandolin duet
Mrudangam
Ghatam

Compositions of Manabuchavadi Venkatasubbayya &
Maha Vaidyanatha Sivan
Dr Rajshri Ramakrishna
S Nithyasree
Srividya R S Iyer
Guru Ragavendra

 

 

Vocal
Veena
Violin
Mrudangam

 

 

GOTUVADYAM NARAYANA IYENGAR MUSIC FESTIVAL

The GNI Music Festival of CFA marked the inaugural of its eleventh year music festival. The inaugural function which was held at the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam Information Centre at T Nagar turned out be divine indeed! Prof T N Krishnan was presented the Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar Award for Excellence.

Saturday, 25th January, 2014, 6.00 p.m.


Delhi Shri. R. Sridhar

Violin Solo

Shri. S.V. Ramani

Mrudangam

Madipakkam Shri. Murali

Ghatam

Sunday, 26th January, 2014, 6.00 p.m.


Madurai Shri. TNS Krishna

Vocal

Shri. Nagai Sriram

Violin

Trichur Shri. C. Narendran

Mrudangam

Papanasam Shri. Sethuraman

Kanjira

Monday, 27th January, 2014, 6.00 p.m.


Ms. Shantala Subramanyam

Flute

Shri. M.R. Gopinath

Violin

Shri. Patri Satishkumar

Mrudangam

Shri. Sreesunderkumar

Kanjira

Tuesday, 28th January 2014, 6.00 p.m.


Shri. V. Shankaranarayanan

Vocal

Shri. V.V.S. Murari

Violin

Trivandrum Shri. Balaji

Mrudangam

Shri. K.V. Gopalakrishnan

Kanjira

 

Wednesday, 29th January 2014, 6.00 p.m.


Shri. Mahadevan Shankaranarayanan

Vocal

Shri. H.N. Bhaskar

Violin

Shri. R. Ramesh

Mrudangam

Shri. Anirudh Athreya

Kanjira

Thursday, 30th January 2014, 6.00 p.m.


Mudikondan Shri. S.N. Ramesh

Veena

Tirunageswaram Shri. TRS Manikandan

Mrudangam

Adambakkam Shri. Shankar

Ghatam

Friday, 31st January 2014, 6.00 p.m.


‘Carnatica Brothers’
Shri. K.N. Shashikiran & ‘Chitravina’ Ganesh
Grandsons of Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar

Vocal Duet

Shri. S. Varadarajan

Violin

Neyveli Shri. R. Narayanan

Mrudangam

Shri. B.S. Purushotham

Kanjiram

 

2014-15

DASARATHI SANGEETHOTSAVAM

The 'Dasarathi Sangeethotsavam', commemorating Sri Rama Navami was organized jointly by Chennai Fine Arts and Sri Krishna Mandiram from 9th to 21st April 2014 at Sri Krishna Mandiram's premises located at Canal Road, Kamarajar Nagar, Tiruvanmiyur. The festival was inaugurated on 9th April. Ms. Leela Samson, Chair Person, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.

Details of Concerts

10th April 2014, Thursday, 6.30 p.m.
Ms. Rasika Viswanath – Vocal
Tirumarugal Sri. S. Dineshkumar – Violin Hanumantapuram Sri. Bhuvarahan – Mrudangam

11th April 2014, Friday, 6.30 p.m.
Smt. Usha Padmanabhan – Vocal
Sri. Haricharan Padmanabhan – Violin
Sri. Akshay Anantapadmanabhan – Mrudangam

12th April 2014, Saturday, 6.30 p.m.
Kottarakkara Shri. V.S. Balamurali – Vocal
Prof. V. Thanikachalam – Violin
Sri. P.K. Ranganathan – Mrudangam

13th April 2014, Sunday, 6.30 p.m.
Bengaluru Shri. G. Balakrishnan – Vocal
Tirumarugal Sri. S. Ganeshkumar – Violin
Sri. B. Gururaghavendra – Mrudangam

14th April 2014, Monday, 6.30 p.m.
Sri. V.L. Sudarshan – Viola
Tirunageswaram Sri. T.R.S. Manikandan – Mrudangam  Sri. K.B. Hariharan – Ghatam

15th April 2014, Tuesday, 6.30 p.m.
Sri. B.V. Ganesh – Vocal
Sri. Gyandev Pappu – Violin
Sri. Sumesh Narayanan – Mrudangam

16th April 2014, Wednesday, 6.30 p.m.
‘Chittoor Brothers’ Sri. C.K. Pathanjali &
Sri. C.V. Mahalingam – Flute duet
Sri. C.K. Vijayaraghavan – Violin
Sri. A.S. Ranganathan – Mrudangam

17th April 2014, Thursday, 6.30 p.m.
Smt. S. Nithyasree & Ms. R. Lakshmi – Veena duet
Sri. B. Guru Raghavendra – Mrudangam

18th April 2014, Friday, 6.30 p.m.
Sri. Eswaran Bhattathiri – Vocal
Sri. Pakkala Ramadas – Violin
Sri. R. Ramesh – Mrudangam
Sri. K.V. Gopalakrishnan – Kanjira

 

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