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Sabhas in suburbs play to a wider circle

The southern suburbs have been gaining increasingly strong audiences for Carnatic music concerts. With commute to the city centre getting tougher and longer, dozens of organisations in these far-flung areas cater to fans.

Sri Krishna Fine Arts in Nanganallur and Papanasam Sivan Karnataka Sangeetha Sabha in Madipakkam are some of the associations which have been organising music festivals.

“There are over 10 fine arts organisations in Nanganallur and Madipakkam alone. And they organise regular concerts every month. Halls, too, have been constructed for the purpose. The Sathsangam Hall in Madipakkam is quite famous,” says Navalpakkam Narasimhan, who has been organising concerts for the past 10 years under the Bharathi Tamizh Mandram in Nanganallur.

The latest to join the bandwagon is Sanandaa Fine Arts in Madambakkam. Its founder-secretary, S. Anand, said they provide a diverse mix of classical vocal music, instrumental music, and bharatanatyam performances. Ramesh Raghavan of Papanasam Sivan Karnataka Sangeetha Sabha says their annual music festivals have been organised for over two decades now. 

Rasikas, though rueing the lack of full-fledged auditoriums, patronise music festivals organised at temple mandapams, marriage halls and school auditoriums. S. Balasubramaniam, an ardent music lover from Rajakilpakkam, says residents in suburbs prefer to attend concerts closer to home due to the advantages of easier commute and safety.

Click on the respective venues to read about concerts performed there.



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