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Sri Rama Seva Mandali concerts at Fort High School from today

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GRACE:Dance returns to the Mandali platform after five years with Shobana’s performance.— FILE PHOTO
GRACE:Dance returns to the Mandali platform after five years with Shobana’s performance.— FILE PHOTO

Chamarajpet is all set for a feast of music, and the Sri Rama Seva Mandali is ready at the historic Fort High School grounds for the 36-day music extravaganza (April 11 to May 16).

The humungous banner has a three-foot long listing announcing its programmes from April 11 to May 16.

“Hanuman’s tail is growing by the year,” says S.N. Varadaraj of the Mandali, tongue firmly in his cheek.

“This year is extra special as it is our 75{+t}{+h}year. The S.V. Narayanaswamy Rao National Award will be presented to flute N. Ramani and vocalist Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan. Our revered Ramanavami platform will also host dance after five years by Shobana, on April 14, with a special Ramayana dance wherein she has choreographed the entire Sundarakanda. We have a good mix of Carnatic musicians coming over from all the four southern States.”

While the Hindustani stars Rajan and Sajan Mishra “were delighted to be a part of this ‘Temple of Music’” on April 21, Nada-Ranjani, a 75-veena ensemble put together by Suma Sudhindra and Anuradha Madhusudan, takes off on April 24.

Founders Day on April 28 will see Nityasree Mahadevan taking the stage. Rudrapatnam Brothers, Kasaravalli Sisters, the Mysore violin brothers Nagaraj and Manjunath form the State artistes taking part, Yesudas, Malladi Brothers, Ramavarma, Shertallay Ranganatha Sharma and Vishaka Hari are some of the outstation stars coming over.

The jugalbandis are interesting — Mysore Manjunath and Pravin Godkhindi; Flute Shashank and Rakesh Chaurasia (bansuri); Mysore Nagaraj and Purbayan Chatterji (sitar).

The young and upcoming get a special two-hour slot at 4.45 p.m. with T.N.S. Krishna, Balu Masti and Deepak Murthy, Sandeep Narayan and Sriranjani Santhanagopalan taking part.

Call 26604031 for details.

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