Bharat Sangeet Utsav, a popular musical event commencing on October 30 in Chennai will showcase the multi-dimensional spectrum of Indian music, featuring concerts by prominent artistes of both the Carnatic and Hindustani styles.

Bharat Sangeet Utsav, one of the most popular musical events in the city, has now become the traditional prelude to the Chennai December music festival. This year’s festival showcases the multi-dimensional spectrum of Indian music, featuring concerts by prominent artistes of both the Carnatic and Hindustani styles.

Organised by Carnatica which is known for its innovation in blending tradition and technology, the festival will kick off in Chennai on 30 October, 2010 at Narada Gana Sabha (Main Hall) and will be formally inaugurated by the Hon. Law Minister of State Durai Murugan, Ms. Kanimozhi MP, Mr. Andrew Simkin, U.S. Consul General, Chennai. Legendary musician-composer, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, will be conferred the lifetime achievement award.

Programme Schedule

Bharat Sangeet Utsav 2010 - An event by Carnatica in association with Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha

Saturday, Oct 30

4.30 pm: Swaralaya by Haridwaramangalam A.K. Palanivel & Party

6.00 pm: Conferring Lifetime Achievement award on Dr. Mangalampally Balamuralikrishna. Guests of Honour: Durai Murugan (Hon. Minister for Law, Govt. of TN), Ms. Kanimozhi (MP), Mohan Parasaran (Addl. Solicitor General), Andrew T. Simkin (U.S. Consul General, Chennai), Dr. Nalli Kuppusami Chettiar, Shri. R. Krishnaswami, Aruna Sairam. Special felicitations to the awardee by mridangam maestro Umayalpuram Dr. K. Sivaraman (Padma Vibhushan awardee)

7.15 pm: Special 90 min. inaugural concert: Aruna Sairam, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, B. Ganapathyraman, Madipakkam Murali

Sunday, Oct 31

10.00 am: Confluence of Doyens: Sangita Kalanidhi R.K. Srikantan R.S. Ramakant with Sangita Kalanidhi M. Chandrasekharan, Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, B. Shreesundar Kumar

2.30 pm: Weekend Special: “Beyond Boundaries” by Kunnakkudi M. Balamuralikrishna with B. Raghavendra Rao, Guruvayur Dorai, E.M. Subramaniam

4.45 pm: Paramparyathai Nokki – In the steps of Tradition: S. Sowmya with Embar S. Kannan, Poongulam Subramanian, K.V. Gopalakrishnan

7.00 pm: “Kirana Gharana”, a grand Hindustani recital by Prabha Atre with Vyasmurthi Katti, Viswanath Nakod

Monday, Nov 1

2.45 pm: Yuva Pratibha: Bharat Sundar & Vidya Kalyanaraman present “1, 2, 12” with Parur M.S. Ananthakrishnan, Trivandrum V. Balaji

4.45 pm: Jugalbandi: Abhishek Raghuram & Jaytirth Mevundi with Mysore Srikanth, Anantha R. Krishnan, Vyasmurthi Katti, Ravindra Yavagal

7.00 pm: Carnatic Fantasy: Isai Natakam – Sikkil C. Gurucharan & S. Ve. Shekher with V. Sanjeev, Neyveli Narayanan (Concept: K.N. Shashikiran)

Tuesday, Nov 2

2.45 pm: Perfect Unison: Trichur Brothers (Srikrishna & Ramkumar Mohan) with Mullaivasal G. Chandramouli, Trichur Mohan, D.V. Venkatasubramanian

4.45 pm: “Jai Hanuman”: Nithyasree Mahadevan with B. Raghavendra Rao, Shertalai Ananthakrishnan, Trichy K. Murali

7.00 pm: Sangeeta Upanyasam: Vishaka Hari and Party

Wednesday, Nov

2.45 pm: Emerging Styles: Students of Neyveli Santhanagopalan (Sriranjani Santhanagopalan & Gokul Chandramouli with R. Rahul, Shertalai Ananthakrishnan)

4.45 pm: Ellame Sangeetham: Anooradha Sriram & Dr. Sriram Parasuram

7.00 pm: Thittikkum Tamizh Isai: Sanjay Subrahmanyan with S. Varadarajan, Neyveli Venkatesh, Alathur Rajaganesh

Thursday, Nov 4 & Friday, Nov 5 – Break for Deepavali

Saturday, Nov 6

10.00 am: Sankeertana Sammelanam: Udayalur Kalyanaraman & Thanjavur Thyagarajan

2.30 pm: Unique Weekend Special Duet: Gayatri Venkatraghavan & Nisha P. Rajagopal with V.V.S. Murari, J. Vaidyanathan, S. Karthick

4.45 pm: Ghazals & Bhajans: Anup Jalota and Party

7.00 pm: Compositional forms in the Carnatic Classical Idiom: T.M. Krishna, Dr. Hemalatha, K. Arunprakash, B.S. Purushotham

Sunday, Nov 7

10.00 am: Ragamalika (Subhasree Tanikachalam)

2.00 pm: Rabindra Sangeet & Semi-classical forms: Nabanita Chowdhury & Party

3.30 pm: Classical concert forms: P. Unnikrishnan with Embar Kannan, K. V. Prasad & Anirudh Athreya

5.15 pm: Carnatic Tukkadas, dance & devotional forms: O. S. Arun with Embar Kannan, Srimushnam V. Raja Rao, Krishnan, Ganapathy

7.00 pm: Hindustani Vocal in the Dagar Gharana: Gundecha Brothers & Party

Monday, Nov 8

2.45 pm: Emerging Styles: Disciples of Sanjay Subrahmanyan (Swarna Rethas & Sandeep Narayanan with V. Sanjeev, Melakaveri K. Balaji, N. Guruprasad)

4.45 pm: Malai Mel: A thematic concert by N. Vijay Siva with R.K. Shriramkumar, J. Vaidyanathan, B. S. Purushotham

7:00 pm: Rajasthani Folk music by the Manganiyar Group (Jamil Khan, Manjoor Khan, Dewoo Khan, Mohammad Khan, Dare Khan, Samsu Khan, Multan Khan)

Tuesday, Nov 9

2.45 pm: Emerging Styles: Disciples of T.M. Krishna (G. Ravikiran, Rithvik Raja, Vikram Raghavan & Vidya Raghavan with Amrita Murali, B. Sivaraman & N. Guruprasad)

4.30 pm: Spectrum – A multi-hues thematic presentation by Ranjani & Gayatri with H. N. Bhaskar, K. Arunprakash, Sai Shravanam

6.30 pm: Valedictory Session

7.00 pm: Grand Finale: “Tri Shakti” – Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. Mangalampally Balamuralikrishna, Sudha Ragunathan & Chitravina N. Ravikiran accompanied by R. K. Shriramkumar, Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan & Dr. S. Karthick

Note: Morning & afternoon performances are free. Entry for evening performances will be by donor passes. (Limited free seats for evening performances may be available on first-come, first-serve basis)

Donor passes for all days will be available online from Oct. 21st at www.carnatica.com, www.kalakendra.com & www.indianstage.in

Passes will also be available from Oct 23 at Narada Gana Sabha lobby (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and at outlets of Landmark, Odyssey & Lakshman Sruti

Passes can be availed at Carnatica office, Jammi Building, 60/119, Royapettah High Road, Mylapore, Chennai – 4. (Ph: 94440 18271 / 4553 5576)

Schedules are subject to change. Please check for updates at www.bharatsangeetutsav.org and in The Hindu (on the days of the event).