T he 21 {+s} {+t} annual music and dance festival of Hamsadhwani for this year will begin today (January 14). Organised in memory of Obul Reddy and Gnanamba, the festival, to be held at the Youth Hostel Lawns, Indira Nagar, Adyar, will feature concerts, discourses and a special drama series comprising eight plays from January 23 to 30.

Also programmes dedicated to eminent musicians such as GNB and DKP will be held. And special events including Tyagaraja aradhana, organised jointly with Lions Club International, Purandaradasa aradhana (in February), Muthuswami Dikshithar Day (in March) and special programmes on Mahasivaratri and Ramanavami are on the cards.

K. Vaidyanathan, Editor, Dinamani will inaugurate the festival today and A. Natarajan, former director, Doordarshan, will be the guest of honour. This will be followed by N. Ramani's flute recital. For details contact 97909 09567