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NotableM. D. Ramanathan's concert held under the aegis of Sree Poornathrayeesa Sangeetha Sabhaphoto: by Special Arrangement
NotableM. D. Ramanathan's concert held under the aegis of Sree Poornathrayeesa Sangeetha Sabhaphoto: by Special Arrangement

ORIGIN: The Tripunithura-based Sree Poornathrayeesa Sangeetha Sabha was formed in 1975 by a group of dedicated music lovers. In its formative years, the members of the royal family had taken a keen interest in its activities. Today it has a little over 500 members of which 250 are life members.

ACTIVITIES: The Sangeetha Sabha, right from its beginning, has been putting up cultural programmes without a break. In four decades, the Sangeetha Sabha has presented several hundreds of artists from budding ones to living legends.

The list of vocalists who have performed for the Sangeetha Sabha includes the who’s who of Carnatic music. K. J. Yesudas, who shares an emotional bond with Tripunithura, has done several programmes for the Sabha. From 2000, the Sangeetha Sabha has been honouring music maestros with a lifetime achievement award titled ‘Sangeetha Sampoorna’. It also organises an annual classical music contest in memory of Augustine Joseph. Organising Thyagaraja Aradhana is an integral part of their activities. In recent years, they have also instituted an award in memory of Mavelikkara Prabhakara Varma for artists under 35 years.

A concert by S. Kalyanaraman was the maiden programme organised by the Sabha. And the latest one, held early this week, was presented by Prasanna Venkitaraman. During the earlier days, Rs 5 was charged as monthly membership. And even after successfully ticking for over three-and-half decades, the monthly membership fee stands at a nominal Rs. 50, which allows entry for two. A life membership can be had for Rs. 5000 which will entitle entry for three. Laudably, it has never bungled to put up its monthly programme since its inception. It has also remained largely unaffected by the constantly changing socio-cultural equations. Besides, the Sangeetha Sabha has also attempted at infusing bold experiments through jugalbandis and fusion.

IMPACT: The regimented style with which the Sangeetha Sabha has been functioning is what makes its journey a melodious one. Over the years, its stature has grown to such an extent that musicians consider it an honour to present a concert at Sree Poornathrayeesa Sangeetha Sabha. “The artists come very prepared as they are quite aware of the benchmark standards of Sangeetha Sabha’s audience”, says Mavelikkara S.R. Natesan, president of the Sabha.

GETTING IN TOUCH: To know more about Sree Poornathrayeesa Sangeetha Sabha and its programmes, call 9633181900 (President) 9447179087 (Secretary). Email: spssabha@gmail.com

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