TAMIL NADU

Festival offers a variety fare for music lovers

Quality performance: Gayathri Girish (vocal), B.V. Ganesh Prasad (violin), and Delhi Sairam (mridangam) performing at the festival in Thanjavur.

Quality performance: Gayathri Girish (vocal), B.V. Ganesh Prasad (violin), and Delhi Sairam (mridangam) performing at the festival in Thanjavur.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: M. Srinath

Special Correspondent

A slew of programmes lined up for weeklong event

THANJAVUR: A weeklong music festival is under way here. Organised by Sri Thyagabrahma Sabha, the festival offers the audience a variety of programmes such as vocal, instrumental, religious discourses such as Harikatha and dances like Mohiniyattam.

R. Veerappan, Chief Regional Manager of Indian Overseas Bank, who inaugurated the festival on Friday, said that the bank was patronising Carnatic music programmes, besides engaged invarious social welfare activities. Temples abound in Thanjavur and the district remained the cradle of art and culture, he said.

The festival began with Nadaswaram performance by Kalahasthi N.K. Subramanyam and Sholavaram N. Venkatesan.

On Saturday, it was a vocal programme by Gayathri Girish. Accompanied by B.V. Ganesh Prasad on violin and Delhi Sri Sairam on Mridangam, Ms. Girish enthralled the audience with Kritis of saint composer Sri Thyagaraja, Shyama Sastrigal, Andal’s Thirupavai and Tamil devotional songs.

On Sunday, Kalyanapuram Aravamudachariyar presented Harikatha on ‘Thyagaraja Vaibavam.’

Schedule

Other programmes line up in the coming days are rendering of Devaram and Divya prabantham by Pavatharini and party on Monday, music by N.Vijay Siva on Tuesday, violin duet by A. Kanyakumari and L. Ramakrishna on Wednesday and Mohiniyattam by Usha Nandhini and Jaya Sujitha on Thursday.

V. Kannan, sabha president, said that patronage for Carnatic music was slowly coming down due to film and other media gaining more popularity. But the youth needed a positive and good deviation from the clutches of computers and media. Carnatic music was a good option and parents should train their wards to listen to it. Festivals such as this were aimed at achieving just that.

K. Padmanabhan, secretary, R. Nandakumar, treasurer, and V.S. Ramalingam, vice-president, sabha participated.

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