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Friday, 16 December 2016

Rare appearance by Yella Venkateswara Rao

Sannidi Academy's Annual Festival

By Samudri

Sannidi Academy's 6th Annual Festival on Saturday17th and Sunday 18th December 2o16, will feature a range of artists in an intimate setting.

The festival has been lovingly curated every year since its inception by  mridanga vidwan  TR Sundaresan, who served as faculty for over a decade at the Kalakshetra Foundation and then went on to teach for many years for the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society. He has performed alongside many of the great musicians of our time over the years.

The highlight of theSannidi festival is mridangalayavinyasam on the opening day(6-7 pm) by Sundaresan's guru YellaVenkateswara Rao,  a disciple of Palghat Mani Iyer and Padmashri awardee. Known for his ability to produce extraordinary tones on the mridangam and for his innovative and sensitive playing of the instrument, Dr Rao is a Guinness record holder for nonstop performance on the mridangam for 36 hours.  

This is a rare Chennai appearance by the maestro, thanks to the efforts of Sundaresan, his devoted disciple. 

On Saturday, 17 December , the festival features concerts by JA Jayanth (flute) in the morning and Bangalore Shankar (vocal) in the evening. 

On Sunday, 18 December the headlining artists are Sripriya Vijay (vocal), MuraliPavithran (violin), Karaikkal R Jayshankar (vocal), B Seetharaman and VimalanGopalan(vina duet), S Srivathsan (vocal), VijayalakshmiSubramaniam (vocal), and TV Ramprasadh (vocal). 

Sannidi Academy's festival reflects the honest effort of a distinguished vidwan and teacher to honour his guru and serve the music community with an impressive lineup of stalwarts and burgeoning talent that emphasizes instrumental and vocal music alike. 

The festival will be held at the Tamil Virtual Academy Auditorium (next to Anna Centenary Library), Gandhi Mandapam Rd, Kotturpuram, Chennai 600025 (contact 88616-31828). All are welcome.

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