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Notes in confluence: G. Ramaoss and party performing at Nadhasangamam, a music festival, in Thanjavur on Friday.
Notes in confluence: G. Ramaoss and party performing at Nadhasangamam, a music festival, in Thanjavur on Friday.

Special Correspondent

Programmes to continue till July 29

THANJAVUR: A six-day music festival organised by the Sri Thyagabrahma Sabha at Thanjavur commenced with Nadhasangamam (Confluence of Music) by seven artists on Friday.

Nadhasangamam with Saliamangalam G. Ramadoss, Kanchi Kamakoti Asthana Vidwan on veena, Kalyanapuram G. Srinivasan on Nagaswaram, Thennur N. Srinivasan on violin, Thanjavur G. Sankarasubramanian on Mrithangam, Kundakudi Solaimalai on Ghatam, Tenkasi H. Paramasivam on Ghanjira and R. M. Deenadayalan, Kanchi Kamakoti Asthana Vidwan on Mhursingh, captivated the audience at Jayaram Mahal where the programme was held for more than two hours.

The artistes established harmony of music with different instruments earning the appreciation of the audience.

The programme commenced with “Vathabhi Ganapathim” and reached its peak with the playing of “Entharo Mahanubavulu,” – a ‘pancharathna kriti’ of saint composer Sri Thaygaraja. The sabha has been organising the festival every year.

Art lovers thronged the auditorium to enjoy the music programme. S. Balasubramanian, Chairman, City Union Bank, inaugurated the festival by lighting the lamp.

He said that the music festival has been going on at Thanjavur for the past 65 years. While noting that bhakti and carnatic music could not be separated, he said that most of the patrons of music hailed from Thanjavur.

He expressed regret that now the number of artistes was on the declineat Thanjavur. “There were not enough teachers to teach music now. Youth should be taught music. Programmes like this will help in popularising carnatic music and evince interest among the youth,” he said. Shanthakumar, Assistant General Manager of State Bank of India launched the website of the sabha.

G. Naga Pillai, former president of the sabha was honoured on the occasion. V. Kannan, president and K. Padmanabhan, secretary participated.

Music programmes would continue every evening till July 29.

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