Song of Surrender

Friday, 8 February 2013

Aradhana at Tyagaraja Vidwat Sabha

The 166th Tyagaraja Aradhana was inaugurated at the Thyagaraja Vidwath Sabha, Mylapore, on 30 January by V Ramnarayan of Sruti. The welcome address was delivered by Madurai R Rajaram and the presidential address by TN Seshagopalan, followed by a concert by senior vocalist Madurai GS Mani.

The aradhana highlighted by Tyagaraja’s pancharatna kritis rendered by a devout group was held the next morning at 10.30 am. The artists included PS Narayanaswami, V Ramachandran, SR Janakiraman, Mannargudi Eswaran, Carva Rajasekhar, Kunnakudi M Balamuralikrishna, Tiruvarur Girish, Mohan Santhanam, PB Srirangachari, and other regulars of the concert circuit. The weeklong concerts were launched with a Harikatha performance by Seshagopalan in the evening.

The conduct of the aradhana has been in the competent hands of the tireless Mannargudi S Rajaram, son of the late Mannargudi Sambasiva Bhagavatar, one of the architects of the Sabha. Sambasiva Bhagavatar’s centenary year concluded in December 2012.

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