A vibrant performance in the GNB style by vocalist Trichur Ramachandran, young dancers performing a lovely medley of three thillanas, a ‘face to face' featuring singer P. Unnikrishnan and actor Karthik Kumar — an interesting potpourri of performances were among those on day one of ‘Svanubhava', a festival of arts that was inaugurated here on Monday.

Organised by Matrka, founded by vocalists Bombay Jayashri and T.M. Krishna to celebrate and showcase Indian arts and culture, in association with the Youth Association for Classical Music (YACM), the six-day festival is aimed at giving students of arts a rich exposure to various art forms.

‘Svanubhava' is being held at Kalakshetra, The Government Music College, Adyar, The Music Academy, Chettinad Hari Shree Vidyalayam, PSBB K.K. Nagar and Vidya Mandi, Mylapore over the next five days. “The arts are not really part of mainstream education and this festival seeks to give students an exposure to a variety of arts.” said Bombay Jayashri. T.M. Krishna said that the event, which started out focussing on Carnatic music, has now expanded to include other art forms such as Hindustani music, dance, theatre, folk arts and cinema. A discussion between playback singer S.P. Balasubramaniam and director-cinematographer Rajiv Menon on music in films and a session on humour in films featuring Y. Gee. Mahendra, A. R. Srinivasan and ‘Crazy' Mohan are also scheduled.

YACM president Rithvik Raja said the organisation, which works in the area of promotion of arts among youth, coordinated with various institutions to partner the event. N. Murali, Senior Managing Director, Kasturi & Sons Ltd., who participated in the inaugural function earlier, commended the organisers for their effort. Deivanai Muthuganeshan, principal, Chettinad Hari Shree Vidyalayam, Bhavani Raghunandan, principal, Vidya Mandir and Leela Samson, director, Kalakshetra, were among others present. For details of the event, visit: www.svanubhava.blogspot