RmKV Bharat Sangeet Utsav, the pan-Indian musical extravaganza, organised by Carnatica in association with Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, is back. The 7th edition of the festival will be inaugurated on October 29, 5 p.m., at the Narada Gana Sabha, TTK Road. The inaugural concert at 5.30 p.m. is by Sudha Ragunathan. This will be followed at 7.15 p.m., by Mile Sur Mera Tumhara — A Confluence of Indian Musical Styles’ featuring Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan.

The utsav will see some of the biggest names from the Indian music field as well as up and coming artists present classical concerts, jugalbandi, fusion performances, regional and folk music and even Sufi music.

Numerous stars and veterans from the Carnatic genre, including R.K. Srikantan, T.N. Krishnan, T.V. Sankaranarayanan, Neyveli Santhanagopalan, S. Sowmya, Nithyasree Mahadevan, Malladi Brothers, , Sanjay Subrahmanyan, Vijay Siva, Priya Sisters, , Ranjani-Gayathri and P. Unnikrishnan.

Besides, the festival will feature interesting combinations such as flute wizard Shashank with Hindustani maestro Sanjeev Abhyankar. Chitravina Ravikiran and Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan will come together to present a unique duet, and London-based musician Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth will present 'Fusion Dreams'. The lively Manganiyars from Rajasthan are featured again this year, with their soulful folk music. Popular vocalist Hindustani vocalist Shubha Mudgal will be one of the new faces at this year’s event.

The young brigade featured in the afternoon slots include some first-time combinations such as V. Shankaranarayanan & Shaunak Abhisheki, V.R. Dileep Kumar & G. Ravikiran, K. Gayathri & Sriranjani Santhanagopalan, Carnatic Idol winners Bharat Sundar & R. Raghavendra, Vidya Kalyanaraman & Amritha Murali, Shertalai Ranganatha Sharma & Kunnakudy Balamuralikrishna and Nisha Rajagopal & Saketharaman. On the final day Preethi Seth, Manasi Prasad and Savitha Sreeram will jointly present a thematic concert based on Regional Indian music forms. There will also be a 'katha-kutcheri', a combination of Harikatha and Carnatic music by B. Suchitra and Bharathi Ramasubban. The winners of the TV show Hariyudan Naan will also be performing, anchored by Subhasree Thanikachalam of Ragamalika fame.

For details, call 9444018269 or 4302 4024 or log on to www.carnatica.com

Schedule for Bharat Sangeet Utsav 2011

Sat, Oct. 29 2011

5.00 pm: Inauguration

5.30 pm: Sudha Ragunathan, R.K. Shriramkumar, K.V. Prasad, S. Ganapathy

7.15 pm: Amaan Ali Khan & Ayaan Ali Khan (Sons & disciples of Amjad Ali Khan)

Sun, Oct. 30 2011

2.45 pm: Jugalbandi - V. Shankaranarayanan & Shaunak Abhisheki with V. V. S. Murari, Vyasmurthi Katti, Srimushnam V. Raja Rao, Ravindra Yavagal

5.00 pm: S. Sowmya, M. Narmada, Neyveli R. Narayanan, K.V. Gopalakrishnan

7.00 pm: S. Shashank & Sanjeev Abhyankar, Neyveli B. Venkatesh, Ravindra Yavagal

Mon, Oct. 31 2011

3.00 pm: V.R. Dileepkumar & G. Ravikiran with M.A. Sundaresan, Trichur Narendran, E.M. Subramaniam

5.00 pm: Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan, Sangita Kalanidhi M. Chandrasekharan, Mannargudi A. Easwaran, Trichy Murali

7.00 pm: Malladi Brothers, S. Varadarajan, Mannargudi A. Easwaran, S.V. Ramani

Tue, Nov. 1 2011

3.00 pm: K. Gayatri & Sriranjani Santhanagopalan with V.V.S. Murari, B. Sivaraman, Madipakkam Murali

5.00 pm: T.N. Krishnan & Viji Krishnan, Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam, Vaikom Gopalakrishnan

7.00 pm: T.V. Sankaranarayanan, Mahadevan Sankaranarayanan, S. Varadarajan, Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam, Vaikom Gopalakrishnan

Wed, Nov. 2 2011

3.00 pm: "Seetha Kalyanam" a Katha-Kacheri by B. Suchitra & Bharathi Ramasubban with R. Rahul, B. Ganapathyraman

5.00 pm: Nithyasree Mahadevan, M.A. Krishnaswamy, I. Sivakumar, Trichy Murali

7.00 pm: Sanjay Subrahmanyan, Nagai R. Muralidharan, Srimushnam V. Raja Rao, S. Venkataramanan

Thu, Nov. 3 2011

3.00 pm: K. Bharat Sundar & R. Raghavendra with B.U. Ganesh Prasad, Trichur Narendran, G. Chandrasekhara Sarma

5.00 pm: Chitravina N. Ravikiran & Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan, Haridwaramangalam A. K. Palanivel, Anantha R. Krishnan

7.00 pm: The Manganiyars from Rajasthan

Fri, Nov. 4 2011

3.00 pm: Vidya Kalyanaraman & Amrita Murali with Padma Shankar, B. Ganapathyraman, G. Chandrasekhara Sarma

5.00 pm: N. Vijay Siva, Lalgudi J. Vijayalakshmi, Neyveli R. Narayanan, B. S. Purushotham

7.00 pm: 'Uttar-Dakshin' by Subhasree Thanikachalam & the Hariyudan Naan Team

Sat., Nov. 5 2011

3.00 pm: Shertalai K.N. Ranganatha Sarma & Kunnakudi M. Balamuralikrishna with M.A. Sundaresan, Sangita Kalanidhi, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, E.M. Subramaniam

5.00 pm: Priya Sisters, M.A. Krishnaswamy, Delhi Sairam, B.S. Purushotham

7.00 pm: Subha Mudgal, Sudheer Naik, Aneesh Pradhan

Sun, Nov. 6 2011

10.00 am: R.K. Srikantan, M. Chandrasekharan, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, S. Karthick

3.00 pm: Nisha P. Rajagopalan & S. Saketharaman, Padma Shankar, Neyveli R. Narayanan, K. V. Gopalakrishnan

5.00 pm: Ranjani & Gayatri, H.N. Bhaskar, K.V. Prasad, K.V. Gopalakrishnan

7.00 pm: O. S. Arun & Party

Mon, Nov. 7 2011

3.00 pm: Regional Music of India - Preethi Seth, Manasi Prasad & Savitha Sreeram with Krishnan, M. S. Venkatasubramanian, Thyagarajan

5.00 pm: P. Unnikrishnan, Embar S. Kannan, K.V. Prasad, B.S. Purushotham

7.00 pm: Fusion Dreams - Jyotsna Srikanth & Party

This report was corrected for a factual error on October 30