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Ranjani Govind
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Umayalpuram Sivaraman will perform at the music festival

Magic on the mridanga: Musician Umayalpuram Sivaraman (
Magic on the mridanga: Musician Umayalpuram Sivaraman (

The cultural organisation, Nadasurabhi, is celebrating its 17th anniversary with a six-day ‘Classical Music Festival' from November 21 to 26 featuring several leading Carnatic musicians.

Sanjay Subrahmanyan (vocal), Mysore brothers Nagaraj and Manjunath (violin duet), O.S. Thiagarajan (vocal), S. Sowmya (vocal), Malladi brothers Sriram Prasad and Ravikumar (vocal), and vidwan R.K. Srikantan will perform during the programme at 6 p.m..


The music series would also feature R. Vasudevan (November 22); Ramya Narasimhan (November 23); Vittala Rangan (November 24) and Vrinda Acharya (November 25) in the 4.30 p.m. slots.


The valedictory function on November 26 will see Nadasurabhi bestow the ‘Sangeetha Surabhi – 2010' award on senior mridanga vidwan Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, after which the master will accompany the doyen R.K. Srikantan in the evening concert.

His depth

Padma Vibhushan recipient Sivaraman is synonymous with Umayalpuram in interior Tamil Nadu.

An exponent of tonal percussion, Sivaraman's curiosity in sound, pace and rhythm in several genres made him spend a decade learning the nuances of north Indian percussion, after which he produced an Indian synthesis by replicating bols and tans on the mridanga.


The study of western percussion and research in mridanga for the next few years helped him showcase new techniques in accompaniment, solo renditions, and jugalbandhis with his north Indian counterparts and earning him a niche in the world of music.

His magnum opus project ‘Mridanga Cintamani' is considered a treasure trove of rhythmic lessons that runs for 22 hours in seven DVDs brought out for four levels of learning. “The DVDs contain everything that I have seen, learnt and experienced through my 60-year career,” says the vidwan.

The programme is being held at St. Francis High School and Junior College Auditorium, Sarjapur Road, Opp. Krupanidhi College, Koramangala 3rd Block.

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