Several big names in the music world to be honoured too

A veritable fiesta awaits classical music lovers in the city with three fests slated this week.

The M.A. Narasimhachar Music Foundation, started by the musician-musicologist’s children and students in 2001, is honouring violinist H.K. Venkatram in its 11th Annual Music Fest (November 22-25, Bangalore Gayana Samaja).

The foundation will confer the Gaana Vaaridhi on Venkatram on November 25, a professional who balances his career in Intel Corporation and performs across the globe. Venkatram and his family took upon themselves to run the Vijaya College of Music — started in 1953 by his father H.V. Krishnamurthy. Known to be a trendsetter in his own right, he has accompanied top musicians — from veterans such as Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, M. Balamuralikrishna, R.K. Srikantan, Nendanuri Krishnamurthy to flautist N. Ramani, Sanjay Subrahmanyam and Mandolin Shrinivas. His passion for technology inspired him to release a multimedia CD on Tyagaraja’s Ghana Raga Pancharatnam in 1999.

Honour for flautist

The Nadasurabhi Annual Music Festival (November 20 to 25, New Auditorium, St. John’s College of Nursing, Medical College Campus, 100 Ft. Road, Koramangala) will honour and bestow the title Sangeetha Surabhi on flute maestro N. Ramani on the final day at 10 a.m.

Born in Tiruvarur in Tamil Nadu, Ramani, disciple of the legendary T.R. Mahalingam, took forward his guru’s bani of playing the eight-hole Carnatic flute (in contrast to the six-hole bansuri). His distinctive style is said to have transformed Carnatic flute into the voice of a proficient Carnatic vocalist. He believes that while Mali’s teaching methods were worth emulating, his guru was also open to learning from his students! “Mali learnt Aahiri raga from me, which I had learnt from T. Vishwanathan, Balasaraswathi's brother.”

The Sri D. Subbaramaiah Fine Arts Trust, steered by vocalist Vasanthamaadhavi, is celebrating its 20th Ragashree Sammelanotsava 2012 (November 24 to 26, Sevasadana, 14th Cross, Malleswaram) and will honour (on November 25) Belakawadi Rangaswamy Iyengar with the title Gandharva Vidyanidhi.

K.N. Anantharamaiah, president, BTM Cultural Academy, will be honoured with Lalitha Kalashraya for propagating innovative music programmes through his sabha since several decades.

Nonagenarian Rangaswamy Iyengar, born to a family of musicians, had his early tutelage from his father and went on to learn special pallavi aspects from several yesteryear vidwans, and was known as ‘Pallavi Iyengar’. He had, for several years, been the Chief Examiner for junior, senior and Vidwat music examinations and had been on the selection panel of the All India Radio. With nearly two dozen awards to his credit, Iyengar even now remains a diligent teacher to several students.

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