Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sivaji Virudhu - 15/3/11

Marumalarchi Arts Academy and All India Sivaji Manram gave the annual " Sivaji Virudhu" awards on the 15th of March, 2011 at Kamarajar Arangam, Chennai, to artists from various fields.

It was a happy moment for me to receive the award from Mr. Ramkumar,the eldest son of Chevalier Sri.Sivaji Ganesan.

Incidentally, here is a photo of me as a school student where I receive a prize from Nadigar Tilagam Sri.Sivaji Ganesan :-)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tyagaraja Aradhana at Tiruvaiyaru - 24/1/11

It was a wonderful experience giving an introduction to the Aradhana (in Tamizh and English) at Tiruvaiyaru, which was telecast Live on Podhigai and National TV Network.

(Photo Courtesy : Kutcheribuzz Website)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

International Music Conference 2011 - Bangalore, 26/1/2011

The Indira Nagar Sangeetha Sabha, Bangalore conducted an International Music Conference and Festival in January 2011.

I presented a Lecture-Demonstration on the topic "Bhairavi as handled by the Music Trinity".

Chairperson for my session was Dr. Suma Sudhindra and reporteur was renowned violinist,H.K.Venkatram.

Talking briefly about the pre-Trinity period, I explained the usage of the Dasa Vidha Gamakas in the Ata Tala Varnam-Viribhoni in Bhairavi and also the characteristic "Bhairavi phrases" in a Kshetragna Padam.

I talked briefly about the evolution of the Raga Bhairavi and went on to explain in detail, the similarities and differences in the handling of the Bhairavi Raga by the Music Trinity, Tyagaraja, Muttuswami Dikshitar and Syama Sastri.

(A section of the audience)