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Reign of melody

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The Rasika Ranjana Sabha, Tiruchi, organised the 15 annual L.V. Memorial Music, Dance and Drama festival at its FGN Hall in the city from August 12 to 17.

The inaugural concert was by young Kashyap Mahesh (vocal) who was accompanied by AIR artists, N.C. Madhav on the violin, Salem Srinivasan on the mridangam, Alathur Rajaganesh on the ganjira and Vishnupuram Raghu on the morsing.

Starting with a fast Saveri varnam, he rendered a Dikshitar kriti, ‘Vallaba Nayakasya’ in Begada and followed it up with a melodious composition of Patnam Subramanya Iyer. He ended the concert with Papanasam Sivan’s ‘Srinivasa Thiruvenkatadamudaiyan’ in Hamsanandhi. The supportive artists gave an amazing performance throughout and the thani was absorbing.

Suguna Purushothaman with her daughter Kumudha, gave a mellifluous concert the next day. Suguna, a disciple of stalwarts such as Musiri Subramania Iyer, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Prof. Sambamoorthy, commenced with a fast-paced Varnam by Dikshitar in ragam Kannada and went on to deliver more kritis of Dikshitar and Tyagaraja. The accompanying violinist, Hemalatha, delighted the audience with her assertive delivery.

Thanjavur Kumar’s thani was sukham throughout and in tune with this veteran singer, who was known for her expertise in tala prayoga.

Ashok Ramani, grandson of the great composer Papanasam Sivan, presented a vocal concert on the third day. True to his ancestry, he sang ‘Enna Thavam Seidhanai’ in Kapi and ‘Karpagame Kanpaaraai’ in Madhyamavati (both by Papanasam Sivan) for his tukkadas, and rendered them beautifully. Mention should be made about the delectable rendition by violinist Nagai Sriram who stole the show that day.

The temperate mridangam of Ramadoss, a disciple of Palghat Mani Iyer, was superb throughout and his thani stood out.

It was melody throughout in the classic concert of flautist Prapancham Mukyaprana along with Pudukkottai Ambikaprasad on the violin, Koviladi Madhwaprasad on the mridangam and Andhanallur Renganathan on the ghatam. With a Sri raga Varnam the maestro presented a commanding Nattai and an enjoyable Ritigowla.

It was an enjoyable presentation on the violin by Ambika Prasad and the tala vidwans, Madhwaprasad and Renganathan made an impact, although unobstrusive.

The rhythmic and meticulous swaraprayoga and sargam throughout the concert by Sikkil Gurucharan, along with T.K.V. Ramanujacharyalu (violin) and Sankaranarayanan (mridangam) kept the audience captivated on the concluding day. He presented kritis of Tyagaraja, Papanasam Sivan and Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar.

With his versatility and experience Ramanujacharyalu made the concert heart-warming. The thani by young vidwan Sankaranarayanan was memorable.

The Rasika Ranjana Sabha conducted L.V. Memorial Carnatic music competition for school students. S. Swaminathan, from Chennai, emerged winner.

Suguna Purushothaman, presented the L.V. Memorial award at the inauguration of the music festival. She also gave away a purse to P. Rama Kausalya, founder - Marabu Foundation, and former principal of the Government Music College, Tiruvaiyaru, in recognition to her yeoman service to the promotion of art and culture.

N. Gopalaswamy, director, Dalmia Cements, and vice-president of R.R. Sabha, offered felicitations.


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Gotipua dancers capture students’ imagination

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An ancient art form that combines the grace of dance movements with the strength of acrobatics, the Gotipua dance staged at Alpha Group of Institutions was punctuated by bated breaths and incessant rounds of applause.

Abhinna Sundar Gotipua Nrutya Parishad, the dance group from Puri, Odisha, was brought down to Tiruchi by the institution to mark the inauguration of ‘Aakkam’, part of Aikya 6i- 360 degree learning programme, which hopes to combine six aspects of creative intelligence.

Dance of single boys

Specifically dedicated to inculcating interest into the students in classical dance forms, the event showcased Gotipua, which is said to have evolved from the Devadasi tradition.

Performed by eight boys aged below 13 years, the Gotipua (Goti-single; pua-boy) dance pieces staged included scenes from the Mahabharatha, the Dasavathar and the exploits of Lord Krishna.

The Bandha Nrutya, which is the presentation of yogic postures through acrobatics, was the most popular aspect of the performance.

Balancing acts of grace

While the live musical accompaniments set the tempo, the dancers dressed in female costumes, constructed human pyramids and structures by contorting their excessively flexible bodies. The hour-long show was characterised by sustained balancing acts that involved stunts like standing upright on shoulders, stomachs and thighs; radha-krishna poses composed with upending torsos and limb-locks; and over synchronised three-tier formations. The over 10 formations were choreographed in ways that lent the frames strength, with each dancer supporting as well as receiving support from another. Dressed in bright colours with painted faces, the dancers nimbly wound their way through the pieces. The event wound up with a brief introduction to Gotipua’s history and evolution.

Rooted in Bharathanatyam

Among the audience were students of dance from Kalaikaveri College of Fine Arts, who were invited by the school. “Not all of us can read and understand the Vedas and other ancient scriptures, the substance of which has been condensed into easily understood dance pieces,” said Madhan Kumar, an assistant professor of Bharathanatyam at Kalaikaveri.

Adding that Bharathanatyam was the first fully evolved dance form in these regions, Mr. Madhan said that Mohiniattam and Kuchipudi draw heavily from it.

Part of Alpha’s Aikya 6i- 360 degree learning programme, the inauguration of Aakkam is its penultimate aspect, according to R. Palani, correspondent, Alpha Group of Institutions.

“The other aspects such as Arogiyam (health), Anbu (love), Arivu (intelligence), and Atral (strength) have already been inaugurated with similar events,” he said. Aanmigam, the last aspect will be inaugurated soon.


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Focus on social issues

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The Tiruchi Karthikeswarar Kalaimanram presented a historical and social play ‘Bharati’ at the FGN hall of the Rasika Ranjana Sabha in Tiruchi recently.

The well-scripted story revolved round the national poet, Subramania Bharatiyar, and the present political scenario prevailing in the country.

After his demise, poet Bharathi and his wife Sellammal meet in heaven and render his famous patriotic song ‘Aaduvomae.. Pallu Paaduvomae.. Aanandha Sudhandhiram Adainthuvittom Endru…” Attracted by the song God appears before the couple and commends his patriotism.

Later God requests the poet and his wife to visit India again and render more poems on the selfless sacrifices rendered by the freedom fighters for attaining independence. God also directs Bharati to render poems on the present political scenario and the developments achieved by the country on different fronts.

Bharati and Sellammal happily return to India from heaven. Their joy turns out to be short-lived as they are utterly shocked to witness the various atrocities being committed by leaders and others with vested interests. Communal riots, caste clashes, corruption, irregularities in all fields shock them to the core. Unable to bear the prevailing bad situation, Bharati composes the poem ‘Nenju Porukkudhilaiyae… Indha Nilai Ketta Manidharai Ninaithu Vittaal’ and once again leaves for heaven to meet God.

However, God consoles Bharati by saying he need not bother much about the atrocities taking place in India. He further says, “As per your wishes, democracy will flourish in its true sense and the human rights will be established. Then you can visit your much-loved country again.”

Till then God directs Bharati to lead a peaceful and happy life in heaven by rendering his old patriotic songs which won him fame world over.

Poet Bharati accepts God’s views and renders the song ‘Paripoorananukkae Adimai Seidhu Vaazhvom,’ much to the delight of all those present in the heaven.

Arasangudi R. Bharathi Jothi was in charge of the story and director. He had also brought poet Bharati live by his impeccable portrayal of Bharati.


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Bhajan sammelanam

Tiruchi Sri Ram Bhajan Mandali has organised the annual Bhagavata Bhajan Sammelanam, from August 3 to 5, at Tiruchi Chintamani Chidambaram Mahal. Namasankirtanam, music concerts, upanyasam and Sita Kalyana mahotsavam will be held on the occasion.

The sammelanam begins on August 3, with Ganapathy homam. This will be followed by Thiruvidaimarudur Venkatarama Bhagavathar’s namasankirtanam and bhajan rendition by the women bhajan mandali from 1 p.m. Divyanama Sankirtanam by Villupuram Jayatheertha Bhagavathar and Unjal utsavam will also take place on the first day.

The second day will begin with Vishnu Sahasranama paarayanam and Ekadina Vishnu Sahasranama archanai, followedby the rendition of Thodayamangalam and Ashtapathi. Veda parayanam, namasankirtanam, upanyasam and music programmes will take place on the second and third day from 1 to 9 p.m.

Sita Kalyanam and the vocal concert of Varsha Ravikumar, from the U.S., will take place on the concluding day. The three-day event will end with divyanama sankirtanam followed by Anjaneya utsavam.

The function has been organised with the help of K. Sivaraman, president and N. Santhana Gopala Krishnan, general secretary, Bhagavatha Bhajan Sammelanam. For details call 9842472293.


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Nadhadweepam Trust: Anniversary celebrations and birth anniversary of Semmangudi R.Srinivasa Iyer, vocal concert by S.Mahathi & party, Sri Sringeri Vidya Bharathi Bhavanam, Amma Mandapam Road, Srirangam, 7 p.m.

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‘Nadhadweepa Kalanidhi’ title conferred on mridangam exponent

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Honouring 90-year-old mridangam exponent T.K.Murthy with the title ‘Nadhadweepa Kalanidhi’ marked the beginning of the 14th anniversary celebration of Nadhadweepam Trust, Srirangam, here on Friday.

‘Alathur’ S. Thiagarajan, secretary, Sri Sathguru Sangeetha Sabha, presented the title at a function held at the Sringeri Sankara Mutt, Srirangam. N.Gopalaswamy, director, Dalmia Cements, presented Mr.Murthy, a contemporary of legendary Mani Iyer, a gold coin and a purse.

The award was in recognition of the doyen’s contribution to Carnatic music over eight decades. Mr.Murthy had accompanied M.S.Subbulakshmi, the doyen of Carnatic music, for four decades in various concerts. He also had the honour of accompanying several great musicians , including Arikesanallur Muthiah Bagavathar, Alathur brothers, Tiger Varadachariar, Mazhavarayam Subbaraya Bagavathar, Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer, Maharajapuram Santhanam, and Flute Mali , the citation said.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Thiagarajan said that the Nadhadweepam Trust was fortunate enough to honour the veteran artiste. He recalled the role played Mr.Murthy in the successful conduct of Tiruvaiyaru Thiagarajar Urchavam, when he was the treasurer of the organising committee.

‘Nagai’ R.Muralidharan, violin artiste, S.Gopalakrishnan of Agasthiar Publications, and Rajagopal, manager of the Srirangam branch of Canara Bank, offered felicitations. Nagai Muralidharan and Nagai R.Sriram presented violin duet at the end. They were accompanied by Mr.Murthy and Sivasubramanian on mridangam and Tiruchi S.Krishnaswamy on gatam.


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‘Motivate youth to understand ancient Tamil compositions'

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Tamil music is a symbol of the heritage and culture of ancient era, said Tamil lovers and music patrons at a function organised by the Tiruchi Tamizh Isai Sangam to mark its monthly music festival here recently. They underlined the need for encouraging Tamil music singers and artistes so as to popularise the art among the masses.

P. Gnanadurai Michael, a social worker, said that the youth should be motivated to understand the importance of ancient compositions.

To achieve this goal, parents should play Tamil music on cassettes and sensitise their children to the revolution created by Tamil music.

Nagappa Lakshmanan, president of the Sangam, said that the monthly programme on Tamil music has gone down well with the Tamil lovers and the singers. Srinivasan, former director of AIR station, Tiruchi, A. Zameer Basha, physician and N. Mohan, vice president of the sangam, were present.

S. Mahathi, noted singer, presented a vocal concert. She was accompanied by N.C. Madav on the violin, Koviladi R. Madhwaprasad on mridangam and Malaikottai R.M. Dheenadayalan on moharsing.


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Carnatic music contest invites applications from young talent

With the aim of providing students of music and budding professionals with right kind of platform, the Rasika Ranjana Sabha is back with its annual musical fete - Music Competition 2012.

As patrons of Carnatic music for the past 98 years, the sabha invites musicians from within the state as well as outside to take part in the competition.

The competition, which will be held in June, will test competitors for their prowess in four areas of music, - vocal, violin, veena, and mridhangam.

While the junior level will test the participants in the compositions of 12 composers, the senior level participants will be tested upon the composition of 35 composers under the vocal category.

Apart from the first three places for each contest, the overall winner in the junior level will be awarded the L.V. Memorial Shield instituted in the memory of the sabha's former secretary late L. Venkataraman.

The coveted ‘Sangeetha Sri' award will be bestowed upon a senior level participant who has taken part in 24 competitions and stands first overall.

Applications for the competition are available at the sabha's office on East Boulevard Road between 5 pm and 8 pm on all days except Sundays.

It can also be received through email by sending a request to the id, rrsabha@gmail.com. May 31 has been fixed as the deadline for receiving applications for the competition and participants from other states will be provided accommodation by the sabha.


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Tiruchi artist bags award

S.Gunasekaran, an artist from Devadhanam in the district, has bagged the award for the ‘best fine arts artist' instituted by the Sardar Vallabhbai Patel Foundation. Mr.Gunasekaran is noted for his paintings on rice grains and got the award in recognition of his craftsmanship. He has to his credit 50 such paintings. The youth called on Jayashree Muralidaran, Collector, on Monday. He informed the Collector that apart from rice paintings, he had drawn paintings on mustard. He had also painted 1,800 images on a single post card and 700 images in a stamp-size card.

Mr.Gunasekaran got the award from N.N.Vohra, Governor, Jammu and Kashmir, at a function held in New Delhi recently.


Dear Mr. Raja,

It would be nice if some images of his crafts can be attached.

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Thanks for all,

I am Shri. Gunasekaran Sundarraj, I saw this message in the trichyportal today i am happy that people are recognizing me.

Please find this link http://www.indianyoungachiever.in/profile.php


Good work Mr. Gunasekaran Sundarraj, Proud of you.
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MR.Raja wrote:
Tiruchi artist bags award

S.Gunasekaran, an artist from Devadhanam in the district, has bagged the award for the ‘best fine arts artist' instituted by the Sardar Vallabhbai Patel Foundation. Mr.Gunasekaran is noted for his paintings on rice grains and got the award in recognition of his craftsmanship. He has to his credit 50 such paintings. The youth called on Jayashree Muralidaran, Collector, on Monday. He informed the Collector that apart from rice paintings, he had drawn paintings on mustard. He had also painted 1,800 images on a single post card and 700 images in a stamp-size card.

Mr.Gunasekaran got the award from N.N.Vohra, Governor, Jammu and Kashmir, at a function held in New Delhi recently.


Dear Mr. Raja,

It would be nice if some images of his crafts can be attached.

Thanks


Thanks for all,

I am Shri. Gunasekaran Sundarraj, I saw this message in the trichyportal today i am happy that people are recognizing me.

Please find this link www.indianyoungachiever.in/profile.php


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