Song of Surrender

Tuesday, 15 May 2018


The two-day celebration of Padma Swaminathan’s 100th birthday on 1 December at Brindavan Hill, Coimbatore was attended by her family including (L to R): Nandini Shankar (great granddaughter), Shankar Devraj (Sangita’s husband), T.S. Jairam (son) and Vani Jairam, Padma Swaminathan, N. Rajam and T.S. Subramanian (son), Sangita Shankar (granddaughter) and Ragini Shankar (great granddaughter). It was followed by a violin concert by N. Rajam (daughter-in-law) with Sangita, Nandini and Ragini accompanied by Kedar Kharaton (tabla). Vocalist Vani Jairam (daughter-in-law) rendered a few compositions.

The 34th Kinkini Nrithyotsava was inaugurated by Prathibha Prahlad (senior Bharatanatyam dancer, organiser and writer) on 21 January 2018 in Bengaluru. The five-day festival featured solos, duets and thematic group presentations in Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi and Mohini Attam, as well as a Mohini Attam-Kathakali jugalbandi titled Radha Madhavam directed by guru Sadanam Balakrishnan.

The third Vellore G. Ramabhadran Award was presented on 27 January 2018 to violin maestro M. Chandrasekaran by chief guest Trichur V. Ramachandran at the Tattvaloka auditorium in Chennai. The award, instituted in 2016 to recognise outstanding contribution in the field of Carnatic music, carries a citation and a purse for 10,000 rupees. The speakers, including Cleveland V.V. Sundaram and ‘Hamsadhwani’ R. Sundar, narrated incidents highlighting the qualities of Ramabhadran as a person and a mridanga vidwan. This was followed by a violin concert by M. Chandrasekaran and his daughter G. Bharathi. They were accompanied by Vellore Ramabhadran’s senior disciple Ramesh Srinivasan (mridangam), S.V. Ramani (ghatam) and Girija (tambura).

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