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Thursday, 12 January 2017

A musical homage to Ariyakudi

By Alepey Venkatesan

Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, a doyen of Carnatic music, may truly be hailed as the musician of the 20th century, not only in light of his monumental contributions to the growth of concert music but also because he was a margadarsi (inspiration and role model) for other great musicians who appeared on the scene in the trail he blazed.

The significant contributions of  Ariyakudi include the unique style of singing he fashioned, the modern concert structure/format of which he was the architect (a structure/format which has stood the test of time and is still in vogue in 99% of the music concerts being performed today), his rich and varied repertoire and his vast and significant work in tunesmithy. 

Ariyakudi’s influence was not limited to his own disciples. His musical ideals, aesthetic values, voice delivery style, technical prowess, concert plan and other virtues of his musicianship have left a deep and wide impression, spanning generations of musicians drawn from diverse schools of music.

The 50th anniversary of the demise of Ariyakudi falls on 23rd January 2017.

Carnatica, in association with the Ariyakudi Legacy Centre, will be presenting a musical homage under the overall theme Sri  Ariyakudi: the Legacy Lives On.

In the fitness of things, this musical homage is to be paid by generations of singers, hailing from different schools of music. It is with this idea that various singers have come together to participate.

Programme of Events

Date and Time

Ariyakudi’s Tunesmithy

Saturday 21 January 2017, 6 p.m.

Arkay Convention Centre, Luz, Mylapore, Chennai

Alepey Venkatesan

·         Rendering of Tiruppavai by Vaishnavi Anand and Shruti Jayaraman (Disciples of Alepey Venkatesan)

·         Vidushi Dr. S. Sowmya presents Arunachala Kavi’s Ramanatakam(Participating singers: Bharat Sundar, Aswath Narayanan, K. Gayatri)

The Ariyakudi Bani

Friday 27 January 2017, 6.30 p.m.

Smt. Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, Alwarpet, Chennai

·         Lecture on “The Ariyakudi Bani” by Alepey Venkatesan

Chief Guest
·         Sri. N. Gopalaswami, Former Chief Election Commissioner and Chairman, Kalakshetra,  releases the DVD “Compendium on Ariyakudi” by Alepey Venkatesan

Guest of Honour
·         Padma Bhushan Awardee Sangita Kalanidhi Vidushi Smt.  Sudha Ragunathan receives the first copy

The Ariyakudi Bani       Concert by Vidushis Ranjani & Gayatri

Ariyakudi’s Pallavis

Saturday 28 January 2017, 6 p.m.

The Mylapore Fine Arts  Auditorium, Mylapore, Chennai

·         Alepey Venkatesan speaks on Ariyakudi’s Pallavis

Ariyakudi Hits and Pallavis by Alepey Venkatesan and Abhishek Raghuram

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