The five-day Pallavi Darbar festival, organised by Carnatica in association with Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha was inaugurated on 29 June 2016 at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai. The festival this year is dedicated to the centenary celebrations of Alathur Brothers. The programme commenced with a listening session of rare pallavis of the duo. Following this was an insightful lecture demonstration by Dr T.S. Sathyavathi on the 'Art of tanam singing'.
It was heart-warming to see a packed hall for an award ceremony. This shows the respect and admiration the students and well wishers have for Chitravina N. Narasimhan, recipient of the Pallavi Chakravarthy title this year. It is indeed a fitting recognition for the Gottuvadyam guru, who also turns 75 next month. Sangita Kalanidhi Umayalpuram K Sivaraman, chief guest for the evening, honoured Narasimhan and presented the award. N. Gopalaswami, (Chairman, Kalakshetra Foundation), Tadepalli Dr. Lokanadha Sarma (musician and scholar), T.K. Ramachandran (IAS, principal secretary, Information Technology Department), were the other guests of honour.
Chitravina Ravikiran had specially composed a kriti for the occasion – Narasimham Upasmahe – in Darbar highlighting his father's achievements. The kriti was ably sung by his students Anahita and Apoorva and supported by baby Akshara (daughter of Kiranavali).
Credit must be given to K.N. Shashikiran for successfully conceptualising and partnering many events like the Pallavi Darbar. This year’s festival has a promising line up for the next four days (30 June to 3 July), which also includes a guided listening session of pallavis from the Carnatica archives, a pallavi competition and a pallavi jam session with young musicians.
Yagnaraman July Fest
Veteran violin vidwan M. Chandrasekaran was honoured with the 'Yagnaraman Living Legend Award' by R.T. Chari, Managing Director of Tag Corporation, on the valedictory day of the Yagnaraman July Fest organised by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in Chennai. The 'Yagnaraman Awards of Excellence' were presented to Carnatic musicians Ramakrishnan Murthy (vocal), V. Sanjeev (violin) and J.B.Sruti Sagar (flute), in the presence of Krishna Gana Sabha office bearers Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti - President, Y. Prabhu - General Secretary, and R. Venkateswaran - Joint Secretary.
Father and son honoured for contribution to Tamil theatre
Tamil stage actor-playwright-director, K.S.N. Sundar was conferred the title ‘Nataka Kala Sarathy’ by the Governor of Tamil Nadu, K. Rosaiah, on the occasion of the 116th anniversary of Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, on 14 June at the Sadguru Gnanananda Hall in Chennai. Just a few minutes prior to this, his father ‘Kalanilayam’ K.S. Nagarajan – veteran stage actor and director – was honoured by the Governor, for attaining 100 years and continuing to perform on stage. (He acted in the play Yaar Payyan? penned by K.S.N. Sundar the previous day).
Not many father-son duos have had the privilege of being honoured on the same stage and it was a rare sight for the audience. While the sabha secretary M. Krishnamurthy welcomed the gathering and read out the citations, Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, President of the sabha heaped praise on both the artists for this unique honour. “Perhaps, this is the first time, or the one and only occasion that such an honour is bestowed upon the father and son,” he declared. The federation of city sabhas had performed ‘kanakabishekam’ on the centenarian a fortnight ago and this was the second occasion that the 100-year old was being felicitated in the presence of a large number of rasikas.
Former Solicitor General of India, Mohan Parasaran felicitated the centenarian for his contribution to Tamil theatre. Tiruppur Krishnan, Editor, Amudasurabhi eulogised the role played by the veteran actor in shaping several stage actors like Poornam Viswanathan, ‘Kalanilayam’ Chandru, Karur Rangaraj and a dozen other artists. He mentioned Nagarajan's innovation in presenting the ‘Janavasam’ procession in the auditorium itself when he staged Savi’s Washingtonil Thirumanam. Nagarajan has produced plays of writers like Anuradha Ramanan, Devan, Sujatha, ‘Marina’, Indira Parthasarathy, ‘Deepam’ Na. Parthasarathy. He brought over hundred artists on stage when he presented Na.Pa’s Kurinji Malar. Krishnan congratulated K.S.N. Sundar for staging the ‘Manikodi’ era writer Swaminatha Athreya’s Anubhava Aradhanai, depicting the life of saint Tyagaraja. In his acceptance speech, K.S.N. Sundar thanked the organisers and all those who had stood by them throughout their journey in Tamil theatre.
Felicitations to Rudrapatnam Brothers for 60 years in music
The Rudrapatnam Brothers -- R.N. Thyagarajan and R.N. Tharanathan -- are a senior vocalist duo in Carnatic music. Starting with a chamber concert in Mysore in 1956, the brothers have been giving performances ever since, in India and abroad, enthralling music lovers through the decades. Their music is known for its aesthetic appeal and purity, and their erudite rendition of compositions. Their vast repertoire has been a hallmark of their career. Recipients of many awards and graded in the top rank by All India Radio, the brothers were recently nominated to receive the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
Their students have made plans to honour and felicitate them in a programme scheduled for 16 July 2016, at Vyalikaval Ramamamandira, Vyalikaval in Bengaluru. Dignitaries who will felicitate the Rudrapatnam Brothers include N.S. Krishnamurthy, retired Director of All India Radio, and vidwans R.K. Padmanabha and B.K. Chandramouli.
The event will also feature a flute concert by Amith Nadig, accompanied by Mathur Srinidhi (violin), K.U. Jayachandra Rao (mridangam) and Omkar Rao (ghatam).
SKGS Sankeerthana Choodamani award
The Sri Krishna Gana Sabha Sankeerthana Choodamani award was presented to Kanthimathy Santhanam in the presence of the pontiffs of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, during the 15th Namasankeerthana Vizha organised by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in association with Integrated Academy For Performing Arts and Bhagavatha Seva Trust, on 31 January in Chennai. Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, R. Venkateswaran, Y. Prabhu and N. Kamakodi participated in the proceedings.