The six-day festival, conducted by Matrka and YACM, begins on August 2. Trichur Ramachandran sets the ball rolling at Kalakshetra and the festival will be inaugurated by Jawahar Sircar, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

Youth! Put away your books and get immersed in music. It is that time of the year when academics takes the back seat and art dominates. ‘Svanubhava,' the six-day festival, conducted by Matrka and YACM, begins on August 2. Trichur Ramachandran sets the ball rolling at Kalakshetra, where the festival will be inaugurated at 9 a.m., by Jawahar Sircar, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

Upbeat on the eve of the event, T.M. Krishna and Bombay Jayashri quickly go over the highlights of ‘Svanubhava 2010.' The festival has been a hit in the past two years and the third edition is bigger in scale with new elements. To begin with, more schools are participating this year. “Schools always sent bus loads of children, learning music and interested in the art. But this year they have offered to be hosts,” says Krishna. Thus we find Chettinad Harishree Vidyalayam, Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan and Vidya Mandir, Mylapore, among the venues. Kalakshetra and the Music Academy are the other places.

The Government Music College is out of the picture since the premises is under renovation. The overwhelming response from the student community in the past two years has warmed the hearts of the organisers, who have included several new programmes.

Classicism in films

Cinema makes its entry in the form of a discussion on the humour element (August 3) with Y.G. Mahendra, ARS and Crazy Mohan on the panel. Rajiv Menon and S.P. Balasubramaniam will talk about classicism in film songs (August 4).

“SPB is a veteran, who has sung for all the composers. Menon is an avid follower of Carnatic music with good knowledge. The dialogue is sure to be absorbing and will kindle interest among the youth,” say the vocalists.

Stars of the future will present a concert supported by leading accompanists (August 5) at PSBB. Vidushi Vedavalli has given shape to the concept and the artists are Kunnakudy Balamuralikrishna, Prasanna Venkatraman, Amrita Murali and Nisha Rajagopal, H.N. Bhaskar and Poongulam Subramaniam. Another new player is Koothupattarai, which will present a play, post-lunch at the venue.

The audience will have a taste of a rare art on August 4 at Harishree Vidyashram. A 15-member Panchavadyam team led by Chottanikkara Subash Narayan Marar will present a concert.

Three generations combine to thrill the listeners on August 6, at the Music Academy. N. Rajam, daughter Sangeetha Shankar and grand daughters Ragini and Nandini will present a grand violin concert.

Heritage takes centrestage on August 7, the curtain coming down with the Varkari Sampradaya Bhajans sung by Tukaram Ganapathy Maharaj.

There is much more in the form of debates, dance presentations by eminent personalities such as Malavika Sarukkai and Alarmael Valli, quiz sessions and regular concerts.

It is going to be a sumptuous feast for the young audience. “We expect a turn out of 1,500-2,000 each day,” say the organisers.

“The base is broadening and we are happy that students from various backgrounds will be participating. After all, that is the aim of Svanubhava – reaching art to the youth, across strata and status,” they sum up.

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Schedule for Svanubhava 2010

Dates: August 2nd - August 7th

Time: 9 AM - 3 30 PM

2nd August - Kalakshetra


Performance by the students of Kalakshetra

Concert - Thrissur V Ramachandran with M.A. Sundareswaran, Mannargudi A. Easwaran, T.V. Vasan

Dance – ‘Samanvaya’ by Alarmelvalli and Madhvi Mudgal

Face to face - P. Unnikrishnan with Karthik Kumar

Tala Vadya Concert - T.K. Murthy with B. Sivaraman, K.P. Parameshwaran,

A.M. Hari Narayanan, N. Guruprasad, V. Anirudh Athreya

3rd August - Kalakshetra

Performance by the students of Tamilnadu Government Music College

Concert - A.K.C Natarajan Clarionet and group

Folk Theatre presented by V.R. Devika

Pallavis - Creation, Evolution and Innovation - Chitravina N. Ravikiran

with M.A. Sundareswaran, K Arun Prakash

Humour in films - Y.G. Mahendran, A.R. Srinivasan, Crazy Mohan

4th August - Chettinad Harishree Vidyalayam

Performance by the students of Chettinad Harishree Vidyalayam

Pancha Vadhyam Concert - Chottanikkara Subash Narayana Marar

Vina Concert - E. Gayathri with B. Ganapathiraman, Trichy K Murali

Music in films - Rajiv Menon and S.P. Balasubramaniam

Special Concert - O.S. Thyagarajan, O.S. Sundar and O.S. Arun with

Suresh, M.R. Gopinath, A.V. Manikandan, Ramakrishnan, Ganapathy, Kumar

5th August - PSBB, K.K. Nagar

Performance by the students of Padma Seshadhri Bala Bhavan

Special concert by stars of the future with leading accompanists

Concept and Direction by R. Vedavalli

Kunnakudy M. Balamuralikrishna, Prasanna Venkatraman, Nisha Rajagopal, Amrita Murali with HN Bhaskar and Poongulam Subramaniam

Concert - Priya Sisters with M.A. Krishnaswamy, Patri Satish Kumar, B. Shree Sundar Kumar


Talk about the role of Upa Pakkavadhyam in a concert by

S. Karthick, B.S. Purushothaman, Bangalore S. Rajasekhar with

G. Ravikiran, H.N. Bhaskar, Sherthalai Ananthakrishnan

6th August - Music Academy

Performance by the students of The Music Academy

Concert - N. Rajam, Sangeetha Shankar, Ragini Shankar and Nandini Shankar with Ojas Adhiya

Dance - Malavika Sarukkai

Concert - S. Shashank with B.U. Ganesh Prasad, Parupalli Phalgun, Sai Giridhar

Our guru Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. T. Viswanathan - His Unique Musical Legacy, Style and Vision By Sriram Parasuram and Anooradha Sriram

7th August - Vidya Mandir

Performance by the students of Vidya Mandir

Concert - Hyderabad Brothers (D. Raghavachari and D. Seshachari) with Sri Sriram Parasuram, K.V. Prasad, T.V. Vasan

Concert - S. Sowmya, Nithyasree Mahadevan with M.A. Krishnaswamy, Poongulam Subramaniam


‘Varakari Sampradaya Harikeerthan’ by Tukaram Ganapathy Maharaj

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