Apollo Bharat Sangeet Utsav, a pan-Indian musical extravaganza, organised by Carnatica in association with Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, is back.

The musical event is seen as a prelude to the Chennai Music Festival.

The Utsav began on November 2 at Narada Gana Sabha and was formally inaugurated by the M. Jennifer A. Mclntyre, Consul General, U.S. Consulate, Chennai. Dr. Preetha Reddy, Managing Director Apollo Hospitals, lighted the ceremonial lamp.

K.N. Shasikiran, Managing Trustee, Carnatica said: “This year being the centenary year of Sri Madurai Mani Iyer, the first three days of the festival will be dedicated it to the legend. Nalli Kuppusamy Chetti; R. Natraj, Chairman, TNPSC; Cleveland V.V. Sundaram; T.V. Sankaranarayanan; M. Balamuralikrishna; Dr. Umayalpuram Sivaraman will pay tribute to him.”

The Utsav features numerous stars and veterans from the Carnatic genre, including Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan, Neyveli Santhanagopalan, Vijay Siva, Nithyasree Mahadevan, Sanjay Subrahmanyan, T.M. Krishna, Gayathri Venkatraghavan and others. In addition to this, the festival features popular duo combinations of V.V. Subramaniam and V.V.S. Murari, Hyderabad Brothers, Malladi Brothers, Priya Sisters, Ranjani-Gayathri, Visakha Hari and Saketharaman, Trichur Brothers.

Fusion and jugalbandhi segment consist of performances by Chitravina Ravikiran and Ronu Mazumdar, Anil Srinivasan and Sikkil Gurucharan with world percussion maestro Prof. Mark Stone (US), who is on his first visit in India.

The other fusion concert by Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth and Carnatica Brothers will be part of an unique thematic programme called ‘Carnatic Fusion Dream.’ The team consists of Keith Peters, Shadrach Soloman, Tumkur Ravishankar, N.S. Manjunath and Karthik Mani. A special programme by Jaya TV Subhashree Thanikachalam’s – Chinnakuyilgalum Singaravelanum, a peep into Lord Murugan songs in Tamil films, will also be part of the festival.

Schedule –

Nov 2

4.00 pm – Mangala Isai: Seshampatti Sivalingam, 5.30 pm - Inauguration & Madurai Mani Iyer Centenary Celebrations, 6.45 pm - Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, M. Chandrasekharan, Umayalpuram Dr. K. Sivaraman, Dr. S. Karthick

Nov 3

10.00 am - Amrutha Sankaranarayanan,V.V.S. Murari, J. Vaidyanathan, E. M. Subramaniam, 2.30 pm - Mahadevan Sankaranarayanan, Delhi P. Sundarrajan, Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam, Vaikom Gopalakrishnan, 4.45 pm - Chitravina. N. Ravikiran & Ronu Mazumdar , K. V. Prasad ,Ravindra Yavagal, 7.00 pm - T. M. Krishna, H. K. Venkatram, V. V. Ramanamurthy, Tripunithura Radhakrishnan

Nov 4

9.00 am - Ananya Ashok, K. P. Nandini, Kumbhakonam Swaminathan, 10.30 am - Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan, Dr. M. Narmada, Mannarkoil J. Balaji, N. Guruprasad, 2.30 pm - Excerpts from live concerts of Madurai Mani Iyer, 4.45 pm - Nithyasree Mahadevan, Akkarai Subhalakshmi, Poongulam Subramanian, B. S. Purushotham, 7.00 pm - T. V. Sankaranarayanan, Nagai R. Muralidharan, Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam, E. M. Subramaniam

Nov 5

2.45 pm - Sandeep Narayan, Delhi P. Sundarrajan, Neyveli B. Venkatesh, 4.45 pm - Priya Sisters, M. A. Krishnaswamy, Neyveli Skandasubramanian, B. S. Purushotham, 7.00 pm - N. Vijay Siva, Charulatha Ramanujam, N. Manoj Siva

Nov 6

2.45 pm - Ramakrishnan Murthy, Nagai Sriram, Mannargudi A. Easwaran, Chandrasekara Sharma, 4.45 pm - V. V. Subramaniam & V. V. S. Murari, Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam, Vaikom Gopalakrishnan, 7.00 pm - Sanjay Subrahmanyan, S. Varadarajan, Trichy B. Harikumar, Trichy K. Murali

Nov 7

2.45 pm - Amritha Murali, Dr. R. Hemalatha, J. Vaidyanathan, Chandrasekara Sharma, 4.45 pm - Carnatic Fusion Dreams led by Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth with Carnatica Brothers, Keith Peters, Shadrach Solomon, Tumkur Ravishankar, N. S. Manjunath, Karthik Mani, 7.00 pm - Sikkil C. Gurucharan & Anil Srinivasan with World Percussionist Prof. Mark Stone

Nov 8

2.45 pm - Rithvik Raja, Dr. M. Narmada, K. Arun Prakash, B.S. Purushotham, 4.45 pm - Gayathri Venkatraghavan, Mysore Srikanth, Neyveli Skandasubramanian, Alathur Rajaganesh, 7.00 pm - Malladi Brothers, Embar S. Kannan, Mannargudi A. Easwaran, Vaikom Gopalakrishnan

Nov 9

2.45 pm - Nisha Rajagopal, M. A. Krishnaswamy, J. Vaidyanathan, Alathur Rajaganesh, 4.45 pm - Ranjani & Gayatri, M. R. Gopinath, Poongulam S. Subramanian, N. Guruprasad, 7.00 pm - Abhishek Raghuram, Mysore V. Srikanth, Anantha R. Krishnan, Guruprasanna

Nov 10

10.30 am - Sampradaya Bhajana: Udayalur Kalyanaraman, 2.45 pm - B. Suchitra &. S. Saindhavi, Kalyani Shankar, S. J. Arjun Ganesh, 4.45 pm - Subashree Thanikachalam presents "Chinnakuyilgalum Singaravelanum", 7.00 pm - Vishaka Hari & S. Saketharaman, Akkarai Kum. Subhalakshmi, J. Vaidyanathan, Dr. S. Karthick

Nov 11

9.00 am - Jayashree Vaidyanathan, Mysore Sangeetha, Delhi Raja Subramaniam, 10.30 am - Madurai T. N. Seshagopalan, M. Chandrasekharan, Neyveli B. Venkatesh, Trichy K. Murali, 2.30 pm - Trichur Brothers, Mullaivasal G. Chandramouli, Trichur R. Mohan, B. S. Purushotham, 4.45 pm - Hyderabad Brothers, H. N. Bhaskar, Mannargudi A. Easwaran, 7.00 pm - Subha Mudgal, Sudhir Nayak, Aneesh Pradhan.

Season donor passes are available for Rs. 3000, Rs. 2000, Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500. Daily passes are priced at Rs. 300, Rs. 200, Rs. 100 and Rs. 25.

For further details, call 94440 18269.