Oothukadu festival

Oothukadu Venkatakavi Jayanthi music and dance festival for 2009 will be held from October 1 to 4 at Dakshinamurthy Auditorium, P.S. High School, Mylapore.

N. Gopalaswamy, former chief election commissioner, inaugurates the function. R. Krishnaswamy, secretary, Narada Gana Sabha, presides. A. Natarajan, former director, Doordarshan Kendra, Chennai, and Chitraveena N. Ravikiran will be the guests of honour. A series of music and dance concerts by eminent musicians will take place during the four-day fest.

Music competition on Venkatakavi’s compositions will be conducted on October 4 from 8 a.m. The evening programme includes prize distribution to the winners of the competition at 4.30 p.m. followed by the vocal recitals of Brindha Manickavasakam (5.15 p.m.) and Nisha Rajagopal (6.45 p.m.). For details call 2464 2664.

Annual mela

Bhagavatha Ratna Udumalaipettai Sri Nagaraja Bhagavathar Bhajan Seva Mandali in association with Sri Panduranga Bhajana Mandali, Triplicane, is celebrating the first annual Bhagavatha Namasankirtana mela from October 1 to 4 at S.R.K. Mahal, 53, Draupathy Amman Koil Street, Ullagaram (near St. Thomas Mount).

The mela begins at 5 a.m. with Ganapathy homam, Vasantha Madhava puja and ashishekam on October 1.

Discourse on ‘Anugraha Bhaashanam’ will be delivered by Namanandagiri Swamigal, Paranur Krishna Premi, Muralidhara Swamigal and Pudukottai Ramananda Saraswathi. Many eminent scholars will perform sampradaya bhajan with Radha Kalyanam and abhanga bhajan as per the Marathi tradition. Anjaneya utsavam is on October 4, 6 p.m.

Donations in the form of cheque/Demand Draft may be drawn in favour of Udumalaipettai Sri Nagaraja Bhagavathar Bhajan Seva Mandali and sent to 7/5, Fifth Street, Lakshmi Nagar, Nanganallur, Chennai-600061. For further details call 93828 75664, 98407 92929, 99623 57709.

Namasankirtanam

Asthika Samajam, Thiruvanmiyur, has organised namasankirtanam by Udayalur Kalyanarama Bhagavatar on September 26, at Amarabharati, 12, West Tank Street, Thiruvanmiyur. For details call 2452 1955.

Purattasi festival

Purattasi festival is being celebrated from September 19 at Sri Bhaktha Anjaneya Temple, Fourth Cross Street, AGS Colony, Kottivakkam, Chennai - 600041.

The festival will be celebrated till October 17 on all five Saturdays in the Tamil month of Purattasi. Suprabhatha seva, Govinda namavali and abishekam will be conducted on all these days. Vennai Kaapu alankaram for the deity, Chanting of Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam and Hanuman Chalisa followed by namasankirtana bhajans will also take place on the occasion.

Contributions in cash/cheque may be drawn in favour of Sri Bhakta Anjaneyar Cultural, Charitable and Spiritual Association.

Navarathri celebrations

Sri Sarada Navarathri will be celebrated at Sankara Mutt, West Mambalam, till September 28. Apart from Navavarna pooja and Lalitha Sahasranama Parayanam, music concerts are being held during this period. The Tambaram unit of Sri Jagadguru Badari Sankaracharya Samasthanam, Sakatapuram, is celebrating Sharan Navaratri with homam and puja. For details contact 22397900