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Glorious 50 years service
The disciples of mrudangam maestro Srimudshnam V. Raja Rao Sir held a special felicitation function to honour him on completing fifty years of illustrious service to the cause of Karnatic music. Dr. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman felicitated. Madurai T.N.Seshagopalan released the commemorative souvenir publication and DVDs. Narasimhan Secretary, Asthika Samajam was the guest of honour.
Mridangam repairers Selvaraj (Selvam), S Arulraj(Raju), C Varadhan, Valangaiman S Muruganandam (Son of Thavil maestro Valangaiman Shanmughasundaram and
R Balaguru Sambamurthy were honoured on the occasion.

Talk on Music
Dr.Radha Bhaskar along with Dr.Gayathri Venkatesan gave an illuminating talk cum demonstration on “Music…. a way of life” for the annual day of ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association ). The members had a delightful evening with Radha elucidating the fundamental aspects of music, its relevance to society, its forms and then explaining the salient features of Karnatic music. Together, Radha and Gayathri sang a number of popular songs and enthralled the audience.

Narayana Theerthar Aradhana
The Krishnapaksha Ashtami Thithi of Maasi month (Feb- Mar) marks the Samadhi Day of Saint Narayana Theertha Swamigal. This year, it was the 268th Aradhana which was observed in a befitting manner from 6th to 8th March at the Samadhi Sthalam of the divine composer at Thirupunthuruthi, 16 km. from Thanjavur. Krishna Leela Tarangini is revered by devotees as well as musicians as it is a noble source of Stotra and Sangita. The function started early morning with Veda Parayanam followed by Namasankeertanam, Vishnu Sahasranama Parayanam, Nadaswara concert. The formal inauguration took place in the evening with Dr. N.Kamakoti, Chairman of City Union Bank inaugurating it.
The inaugural concert was by T M Krishna who gave a solemn vocal recital after the function. The accompanists were R K Sriram Kumar (violin), Manoj Siva (mridangam) and Anirudh Athreya (kanjira). The first kriti he rendered was the evergreen Krishnam kalaya sakhi
sundaram in Mukhari, with a few rounds of kalpana swaras for the pallavi sahitya. Vanabhuvi Govindam (Kannada- Adi) which came next, was preceded by an alapana justly returned by Sriramkumar. Detailed Niraval was taken up at the Charana passage beginning 'Nigamasaroruha'. This was followed by Paramapurusham in Kedaragoula (Adi) and rendered devoutly. The main composition selected for detailed rendering was 'Sanke sankaram sarada samayam' in Misra Chapu. The Charana sahityam taken up for Niraval and swaraprastara was at 'Ithi Gopavadhoo geetham.' Swaras were rendered only in first tempo to suit the kalapramaanam. The three concluding pieces were quite familiar and brilliantly rendered. They were Govaradhanagiri Dhara (Durbari kanada), Madhava maamava(Neelambari) and Pahi pahi jaganmohana krishna (Nadanamakriya).
- Reported by S.Sivaramakrishnan

Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam
The Department of Music, University of Madras in association with Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha recently organized “Vaggeyakara Vaibhavam,” featuring concerts of different composers presented by the Alumni and other students of the Department. The programme began with a group rendition of Thevaram, Divyaprabandham and a Thyagaraja kriti by the first and second year M.A students. Composers featured included Suguna Purushothaman by K.Gayathri, Swathi Thirunal by Bharat Sundar, Papanasam Sivan by Dr.Radha Bhaskar, Kotiswara Iyer by TV Ramprasad, Thanjavur Sankara Iyer by Sriranjiani Santhanagopalan, Thyagaraja by Dr.Pramila Gurumurthy. Other composers covered were Gopalakrishna Bharathi, , Patnam Subramania Iyer, Maha Vaidyanatha Iyer, Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar , Oothukaadu and Muthuthandavar.

Book release
A function was held under the auspices of Shri Puandaradaasar Trust recently at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore to release a book titled `Musical Gems of Sri Purandaradasar', containing 24 rare compositions of Sri Purandaradasar with swara notations. K.Ramakrishnan, Secretary welcomed the gathering. S.Chandrasekaran, Managing Trustee honoured P.S.Narayanaswamy, the Chief Guest, who released the book and Dr.Subhalakshmi Krishnamoorthi, musician from Bangalore, who received the first copy. Narayanswamy commended the efforts taken by the Trust in bringing out the book. The function was followed by a Lecture-cum-demonstration by Dr.Subhalakshmi Krishnamoorthi on the `Life History and Musical Compositions of Sri Purandaradasar.'

Fest inaugurated
The Nalli Nadhaswara Thavillisai Festival 2014 of Brahma Gana Sabha was inaugurated on 23rd January by R. Natraj in the presence of noted nadaswara vidhwan S.R.D. Rajanna, Dr. Nalli Kuppuswami presided and A. Natarajan felicitated. This was followed by a clarinet concert by AKC Natarajan accompanied by Thiruvalaputhur T.A. Kaliyamurthy, Kovilur K.G. Kalyanasundharam and T.A.K. Shanmuganathan on the Thavil.

Maestro violinist honoured
The Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar Award for Excellence was presented to violin maestro T N Krishnan.
K Anandkumar Reddy, President, TTD Local Advisor Committed was the chief guest Dr B M Sundaramand Vizha Vendani N K T Muthu participated.. This was followed by a violin concert by Prof. T N Krishnan with Srimushnam V Rajarao and Trichy Murali.

Mrudangam vidhwan remembered
Mrudanga Vidhwan Mellakkaveri Krishnamurthy's remembrance day was observed by his son and disciple Melakkaveri Balaji on 20th January at Raga Sudha Hall, Chennai. The function began with a concert by B.Prathyanka and Pravarthika (daughters of Balaji). Welcoming the gathering, Balaji said, “we have been observing my father's Remembrance day every year and this is a joint effort of my family and disciples. If at all I have made a mark in the field, it is because of my father and mother's blessings.” A performance of TV Ramprasad accompanied by BU Ganesh Prasad, R Ramesh and
BS Purushotham followed.

Prize for young flutist
Poornima Emani won the 1st prize in the National level competition as part of National youth festival in the classical Instrumental solo- Flute category, organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra & Ministry of Youth Affairs- Govt. of India on the eve of Swami Vivekananda Birthday. This was held at Ludhiana-Punjab from 12th-16th Jan-2014.The prize was given by Union Minister for PWD-Government of India.

Group singing by children
The Aseema Trust in association with U.S. Consulate General, Sarvodaya International (TN) and Sri Krishna Gana Sabha observed Marks Martyrs Day on the 66th anniversary of the martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi and the 85th birth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. on 30thJanuary 2014.
Students from different schools came to sing the various songs recorded specially for the occasion. Images and videos of Gandhiji and Martin Luther King were projected on the screen as they sang along. It was truly an energy packed singing in perfect unison. Students of Premnath at Rukminidevi Natyakshetra performed Bharathanatyam for the song Aadu Raattai. As the children danced, one lady was made to sit in the corner of the stage and weave the Charka (in fact, most children were seeing a Charka for the first time).TM Krishna was the chief guest and addressing the children, he gave an inspiring speech.
What was significant about the five songs that were rendered was that all of them were in chaste Karnatic ragas and the children sang them so beautifully, immaterial of whether they knew what the raga was. It was also a testimony to the magical adaptability of Karnatic music to any kind of lyrics and its unique power to be used as an effective tool to inculcate social and moral values among children.

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