Chennai Fine Arts celebrated the 105th birth anniversary of renowned violin maestro Mayavaram Govindaraja Pillai on Friday, 12th May at Srinivasa Sastri hall in Luz. Earlier CFA had also celebrated his birth centenary in the year 2012, in which a short documentary on him was presented.
On the occasion yesterday, three students learning at the CFA Academy were presented the musical instrument Nagasvaram. These students are trained by Vidwan Kundrathur T. Venkatesan who is a faculty of CFA. The instruments were sponsored by the Mayavaram ‘Fiddle’ Govindaraja Pillai Trust founded by Shri. Shanmughanathan, son in-law of Govindaraja Pillai. Vidwan Seshampatti Sivalingam presided over the function and presented the instruments. This initiative is to encourage the students to learn sincerely and achieve big. The function was followed by the violin duet concert of Dr M Lalitha and M Nandini. Beginning with Abhogi varnam in four speeds, the duo presented sarasiruhasana in Nattai (Puliyur Duraiswamy Iyer), Siddhiswaraya in Neelambari (Muthuswami Deekshitar), Paraloka in Mandhari and Nannu kanna thalli in Sindhu Kannada besides the main piece Etavunara in Kalyani (all three by Tyagaraja). KH Vineeth, Mrdangam and S Sunil Kumar, Kanjira were the accompanists. The concert which lasted two hours witnessed a full house audience.
(Left to right in the photo: S Nithyasree - Secretary, Chennai Fine Arts, PN Muralidharan - Founder, Chennai Fine Arts, Kundrathur T Venkatesan - Nagasvaram Faculty, Chennai Fine Arts, D Rajeswaran - student, S Kishore - student, vidwan Seshampatti Sivalingam, Shri. Shanmuganathan - Founder Mayavaram 'Fiddle' Govindaraja Pillai Trust, Mohana krishnan - student).
Author: P N Muralidharan
Gangadhar Pradhan Samman Award
Sruti’s senior contributors Leela Venkataraman and Dr. Sunil Kothari were honoured with the Guru Gangadhar Samman by the Orissa Dance Academy in February 2017 during the Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav in Odisha.
Harikatha Choodamani awards
Upanyasa, Vaideeka and Harikatha Choodamani awards were confered on Dr.NY.Sivaramakrishna Ghanapatigal, Dr.M.V.Ananthapadmanabhachariar and Smt.Girija Ramaswamy respectively by YCPA & SKGS Trust in the Holy Presence of Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal and Pujyasri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamigal during the 83rd Jayanthi Celebration of Pujyasri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal
A double celebration for Guru Kalyani Sharma
Mumbai based eminent Carnatic musician, Sangita Kala Acharya, Kalyani Sharma, was recently felicitated by her disciples and others, to mark two milestones in her life—her 80th birthday and 60 years of musical journey. The event ‘Guru Vandanam’ organised by her disciples in Mumbai, was inaugurated by four leading ladies in Carnatic music—Bhagavathi Mani, Alamelu Mani, Radha Namboodiri from Mumbai and R. Subbalakshmi from Thiruvananthapuram. It was a mixed fare comprising felicitation by her disciples, eminent musicians and reputed sangeeta sabhas, followed by a riveting documentary on her life, and group performances by her vocal, veena and violin disciples, titled Sangeeta Samarpanam.
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Author: Janaki Krishnamoorthy
Vainika Mudhra Award for R.S. Jayalakshmi at Veenotsav 2017
Veenotsav 2017, organised from 27-31 August under the aegis of Mudhra, was inaugurated by Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao, Secretary, Music Academy on 27 August at the Infosys Hall, Bazulla Road, Chennai. Two concerts of 90 minutes duration were held each day at Mudhra's studio which was webcast worldwide for rasikas. Such webcasts enable rasikas to listen to concerts on their PCs and mobile phones while sitting in their cosy living rooms or while on the move.
During the inauguration, the Vainika Mudhra Award comprising a shawl, citation, medal and purse, was presented to vidushi R.S. Jayalakshmi—musician, teacher, and musicologist—by Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao. The award is given out of the endowment created by Chitravina N. Narasimhan in the name of his father Gottuvadyam Narayana Iyengar and Bapu Rajalakshmi Sundaram.
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Author: C. Ramakrishnan
Varsity affiliation for Haridhos Giri School of Music
Affiliation has been granted to the Swami Haridhos Giri School of Music by the Madras University. This welcome news was conveyed by the Head of the Department of Indian Music, Madras University, Rajashri Sripathy, while presiding over the seventh anniversary of the music school run by the Narada Gana Sabha Trust. Participating in the function as the chief guest, she complimented the honorary director of the school, vidwan P.S. Narayanaswamy and the other faculty members vidushi R.S. Jayalakshmi and vidwan C.R. Vaidyanathan, and advised the students to avail of the opportunity of utilising the services of such stalwart gurus.
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Guru Dhruba Charan Biswal and Shyamamani Devi were honoured with the NALCO Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award 2017 in the field of dance and music respectively. The NALCO Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Pratibha Samman 2017 was presented to Lingaraj Pradhan (Bhubaneswar) and Namrata Mehta (Mumbai) for Odissi, Jyotsna Jagannathan (Bangalore) for Bharatanatyam and Jateen Kumar Sahoo (Mumbai) for Odissi music. The annual awards were presented by distinguished guests on 10 September 2017, the concluding day of the 23rd OMC Guru Kelu Charan Mohapatra Award Festival organised by Srjan
Prof. Indira Parthasarathy honoured
JustUs Repertory, founded by Gowri Ramnarayan, celebrated ten years in theatre, by organising Just Fest--a two-day, two-play festival on 24 and 25 June at the Alliance Francaise in Chennai. Gowri’s two plays showcased on the occasion were her first play—Dark Horse (2005) and her latest play titled When Things Fall Apart (2017). Eminent playwright and author Prof. Indira Parthasarathy and theatre personality Na. Muthuswamy (inset) were honoured as part of the celebrations.
Book Release - Ustad Amir Khan
A book titled Ustad Amir Khan: Pioneer of Indore Gharana, an English translation by Meena Banerjee (scholar and critic), was released by musicologist Vijay Kichlu and noted theatre critic Samik Bandopadhyay, on 28 April at the auditorium of Bharatiya Bhasa Parishad, Kolkata. The original book in Hindi is Sangeet ke Dedeepyaman Soorya: Ustad Amir Khan by Hindustani vocalist Tejpal Singh (senior among the Singh Bandhu).
Yamini Krishnamurthy and Indira Rajan were conferred the Natya Kalanidhi awards for 2016 and 2017 by Association of Bharatanatyam Artists of India, by Chitra Visweswaran, President-ABHAI on its annual day on 1 May at the TamilNadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram, Chennai. A number of awards were presented to artists.
Saraswathi Awards 2017
The Saraswathi Award 2017, was conferred on senior Carnatic musician Aruna Sairam on 2 September at the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation, Chennai. The award, for lifetime service in music, was presented by Prabha Sridevan and felicitations were offered by Chitra Visweswaran (awardee 2016). Nanditha Krishna, President of the Foundation, also spoke on the occasion. Carnatic music concerts were held on 1 and 2 September.
Kala Sadhanalaya - Award
Darshana Jhaveri, veteran Manipuri dancer and guru, was honoured by chief guest Pappu Venugopala Rao during `Bhaavaarpanam’—Kala Sadhanalaya’s day-long dance festival—organised at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Hall, Chennai, on 20 August 2017. The annual event is conducted by Bharatanatyam dancer Revathi Ramachandran in memory of her guru Mangudi Dorairaja Iyer.
Charubala Mohan Trust honours senior artists
Charubala Mohan Trust, founded by violin maestro M. Chandrasekaran, celebrated its 19th anniversary at the Arkay Convention Centre, Chennai, on 9 September 2017. Honouring senior artists is an annual feature of the Trust, and this year the titles Violin Nadamani and Mridanga Nadamani were conferred on vidwans Nagai Muralidharan and K.S. Kalidas respectively.
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Author: C Ramakrishnan
Melbourne Trinity Festival
The Melbourne Trinity Festival is one of the largest celebrations of the Trinity outside India. Every year, around May, an enthusiastic group of Carnatic music rasikas meticulously plans the grand event which showcases an ever-increasing number of enthusiastic young performers and veteran musicians. Visiting artists from India are featured in the prime time slots which makes the festival an inclusive and holistic experience.
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Author: Roja Kannan
Sai Arts 100th Nrityotsav
Sai Arts International celebrated the 100th edition of Sai Nrityotsav on 1 September 2017 at JSS Auditorium in Bengaluru. The festival series organised by Sai Venkatesh and wife Suparna Venkatesh was inaugurated by Helen Acharya. Veteran arts writer and critic Sunil Kothari was felicitated on the occasion. It was followed by performances by eminent artists, an organisers’ meet and exhibition of dance books and artefacts.
Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal
Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, were conferred with the eighth Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal and citation at the Music Academy on 22 September 2017. The award was presented by the Indira Sivasailam Endowment Foundation established by Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman and CEO, Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, in memory of her mother Indira Sivasailam, along with the Music Academy.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Margazhi Festival
Lifetime achievement awards
Kadri Gopalnath (saxophone)
O.S. Arun (vocal)
Bramha Gana Sabha Season Inauguration
Gaana Padmam - T.V. Gopalakrishnan (see Sruti 363, December 2014)
Natya Padmam - Nandini Ramani
Vaadya Padmam - M. Chandrasekaran (see Sruti 258, March 2006)
Nataka Padmam - B.M. Purushothaman (Augusto)
Mudhra celebrated the 15th anniversary of Samudhra magazine and 250 weeks of Paalam Free Webcast on 19 November 2017 at the Infosys Hall on Bazulla Road in Chennai. Sudharani Raghupathy, veteran Bharatanatyam dancer-guru inaugurated the function and Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, chief patron presided over the proceedings. The highlight was the conferring of the title ofGnana Samudhra on Rama Kausalya, for her outstanding contribution as a musician and musicologist, and presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Yoga, for his contribution as a photographer in the arts field. The much sought after Music Planner cum Directory 2018 was also released on the occasion.
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Author: C. Ramakrishnan
Charubala Mohan Trust honours Ravikiran
The title Chitravina Nada Jnana Mani was conferred on vidwan N. Ravikiran by violin maestro Sangita Kalanidhi M. Chandrasekharan, on behalf of Charubala Mohan Trust on 19 November 2017 in Chennai. Narasimhan, President of Asthika Samajan, Thiruvanmiyur presided over the function. It was followed by a grand chitraveena concert by Sangita Kalanidhi designate N.Ravikiran.
Author: S. Sivaramakrishnan
V. Govindasamy Naicker Centenary Celebrations
The birth centenary of violin vidwan V. Govindasamy Naicker was celebrated at P.S. School, Mylapore, Chennai on 18 November 2017. The chief guest Sangita Kalanidhi A.K.C. Natarajan recalled his long association with the violin maestro, and spoke about the gurukula system and the music of yesteryear. Srimushnam Rajarao and Sirkazhi Sivachidambaram also offered their felicitations.. A vocal concert by the talented great-granddaughters of Govindasamy Naicker--Srutipriya and Neehaara--was widely appreciated.