The three-day festival conducted by Carnatica at MFAC will feature leading artistes who will focus on the art of ragam-tanam-pallavi singing

Pallavi Darbar, a unique festival dedicated to the art of ragam-tanam-pallavi singing, is all set to take place between August 7and 9 at the Mylapore Fine Arts Club. The event, in its third year, organised by Carnatica in association with Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, is conducted with an intention to familiarise Carnatic music fans with the art of pallavi singing. It also aims to highlight the challenges posed to the artiste apart from simply encouraging pallavi singing. “Pallavi singing is the ultimate challenge to a musician’s creativity and with a bit of concerted effort we can guide the audience to enjoy this aspect of our music,” says K.N. Shashikiran who conceptualised this festival. ‘On the spot pallavi singing’ will be the highlight this year.

This being the centenary year of Dr. Sripada Pinakapani, the festival is dedicated to the musician who passed away in early 2013. The event will features artistes such as Trichy J. Venkataraman, Chitravina N. Narasimhan, Suguna Purushothaman, Malladi Brothers, Abhishek Raguram, Suguna Varadachari, Saketharaman, T.N.S. Krishna and Akkarai Sisters to name a few.

The last day of the event will host an on-the-spot-pallavi contest ‘Pallavi Puzzle’, with singer Bharat Sundar moderating the event. Teams consisting of up to three people will be allowed to participate in this event. Entries can be sent in either through email to carnaticamusic@gmail.com or via registrations at the venue. Another open-house session on the valedictory day with J. Venkatraman, Chitravina Narasimhan and Suguna Purushothaman will be moderated by K.N. Shashikiran

The event is open to all.

Programme:

Dates: August 7 to August 9

Venue: Mylapore Fine Arts Club

The festival is dedicated to Dr. Sripada Pinakapani's birth centenary year

Aug 7

5.00 p.m.: Open house on Art of Pallavi singing - with Vidwan Trichy J.Venkataraman,

Chitravina N.Narasimhan and Vidushi Suguna Purushothaman

6.00 p.m.: Pallavi concert by Malladi Brothers, S. Varadarajan, K.V. Prasad, Vaikom Gopalakrishnan

7.30 p.m.: Abhishek Raghuram, Akkarai Subhalakshmi, Anantha R. Krishnan

Aug 8

5 .00 p.m.: Pallavi and its intricacies by J. Venkatraman

6.00 p.m.: Saketharaman, Nagai Sriram, Pathri Sathish Kumar, K.V. Gopalakrishnan

7.30 p.m.: Suguna Purushothaman and Suguna Varadachari, R. Hemalatha

Aug 9

3.30 p.m.: Pallavi puzzle - On the spot pallavi contest conducted by Bharat Sundar

5 p.m.: Open house with J. Venkatraman, Chitravina Narasimhan and Vidushi Suguna Purushothaman - Moderator K.N. Shashikiran

6 p.m.: Akkarai Sisters (Subhalaskhmi and Sornalatha), Ranjani Ramakrishnan, Patri Sathish Kumar

7.30 p.m.: T.N.S.Krishna, Nagai Sriram, R. Ramesh