D.K. Pattammal

Saturday, 16 June 2018

ABHAI awards 2018

On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, ABHAI -- Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India, honoured several senior artists on 1 May at an elegant function organised at Vani Mahal in Chennai. The invocation was rendered by dancer and musician Ananthasree. This was followed by a group dance choreographed by dancer Binesh Mahadevan and presented by 30 dancers to signify ABHAI's 30th anniversary.

The prestigious Natya Kalanidhi awards were presented to veteran dance gurus Sudharani Raghupathy and Padma Subrahmanyam (in absentia). Senior Bharatanatyam dancers and teachers Jayanthi Subramaniam and J. Suryanarayana Murthy received the Nritya Perunjothi and Narthaka Nipuna awards respectively. The Gandharva Nipuna award was presented toveena vidwan Mudicondan S.N. Ramesh. The awards were given away by chief guest Sangita Kalanidhi Umayalpuram  K. Sivaraman.

The award ceremony was followed by a group presentation in Bharatanatyam of a varnam learnt during the summer workshop conducted by senior dancer-guru Sathyanarayana Raju in 2017.

Kamala Narayan

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Friday, 15 June 2018

Sikkil Kunjumani

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C Saraswati Bai

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15.6.1892 - 1974
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Zia Fariduddin Dagar

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15.6.1932 - 8.5.2013
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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Sarada Hoffman

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Palghat Mani Iyer

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12.6.1912 - 30.5.1981
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Monday, 11 June 2018

Guru C.V. Chandrasekhar receives Utsav Nritya Ratna title

The title of Utsav Nritya Ratna was conferred on Bharatanatyam guru Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar by chief guest Deborah David, Vice Consul General, U.S. Consulate, Chennai, on the occasion of the International Dance Day celebrations organised by Utsav on 29 April 2018 organised at the Nalli Gana Vihar of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha. Utsav Music was founded in 1999 by Churchill Pandian to take classical arts to the people and to draw in the younger generation. The award function was followed by an interesting presentation of Bharatanatyam (Priyadarsini Govind), Kuchipudi (Bhavana Reddy), and Kathak (Sanjukta Sinha).

Kanak Rele

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T V Gopalakrishnan

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Indira P P Bora

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M S Gopalakrishnan

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10.6.1931 - 3.1.2013
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Friday, 8 June 2018

Ganesa Natyalaya honours the Dhananjayans

Natyacharyas Shanta and V.P. Dhananjayan were honoured with the title and award Shreshta Kalaa Pracharak by Saroja Vaidyanathan’s Ganesha Natyalaya, New Delhi on 9 April 2018. The award function was held in the Delhi Tamizh Sangam auditorium, R.K. Puram, and the award was presented by Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha.

H R Keshavamurthy

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8.6.1920 - 22.7.2006

V Kamalakara Rao

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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Ghatam Karthick

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Carnatic music tradition of Sri Lanka

Amshan Kumar             Thedchanamoorthy
Renowned documentary film maker Amshan Kumar gave a talk entitled ‘Carnatic Music Tradition of Sri Lanka’ followed by the screening of his documentary on tavil vidwan Yazhpanam Thedchanamoorthy on 5 May 2018 at Arkay Convention Centre under the auspices of Tamil Heritage Trust. The Trust offers monthly programmes celebrating the Tamil heritage besides conducting regular tours and site visits of historical and archaelogical interest.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Neyveli Santhanagopalan

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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

SKGS Chithirai Nataka Vizha Awards

At the 26th Chithirai Nataka Vizha organised by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in Chennai, chief guest mridanga maestro  Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman conferred the title 'Nataka Choodamani' on S.B. Khanthan, and presented the  'Poornam New Theatres' Rolling Trophy for the best drama troupe to Vivek Shankar's Prayatna  and the 'Iyakunar Sigaram K.Balachander Award for Excellence in Theatre' to S.N. Parvathi. Also in the picture are Vivek Shankar, Crazy Mohan, Kathadi Ramamurthy, Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti (President, SKGS, Saashwathi Prabhu and R. Venkateswaran, Joint Secretary, SKGS).

Geetha Raja

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Govind Sadashiv Tembe

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5.6.1881 - 9.10.1955

T.Balasaraswati's 100th birthday

As part of the celebration of T. Balasaraswati’s 100th birthday, the Dr. V. Raghavan Centre for Performing Arts (Nandini Ramani, Managing Trustee), honoured veteran dance critic and scholar, V.A.K. Ranga Rao on 13 May at Ragasudha Hall, Mylapore in Chennai. Cleveland V.V. Sundaram, organiser and arts administrator, presided over the function. Revathi Ramachandran (Director - Kalakshetra Foundation), and Roja Kannan (President ABHAI), felicitated the awardee. It was followed by a special concert of padams and javalis rendered by S. Sowmya.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Lalitharam's brilliant presentation on GNB's music

Lalitharam, author and Carnatic music conservationist, made a brilliant presentation (featuring a listening session) on G.N. Balasubramaniam’s music on 1 May 2018—GNB’s death anniversary— on the occasion of the release of Prince of Music, by V. Ramnarayan, an English translation of Lalitharam’s GNB biography Isai Ulaga Ilavarasar. The hall was packed at Raga Sudha, Mylapore, the venue of the event. G.N. Balakrishnan (GNB’s brother), received the first copy of the book. Another close relative, T.V. Gopalakrishnan, GNB’s disciple Sangita Kalanidhi Trichur V. Ramachandran and Mathangi, granddaughter of another disciple, the late T.R. Balasubramaniam, also received copies.

Friday, 1 June 2018


Sruti May 2018
The Sri Lankan Tamil contribution to Carnatic music, especially to the nagaswaram-tavil tradition of mainly temple music is perhaps not widely known. Some 20th century vidwans of Tamil Nadu had close ties with their Lankan counterparts and there was considerable artistic traffic between the two nations, with the Tamils of Eelam in particular thirsting for such exchanges. Well known documentary filmmaker Amshan Kumar recently exhibited a documentary on Yazhpanam Thedchanamoorthy (1933-1975), regarded by many as the greatest tavil vidwan in history, prefacing the film wth a Powerpoint presentation titled  Carnatic Music Tradition of Sri Lanka. Amshan Kumar has every reason to be proud of his accomplishment, as the task of making it—at the request of the the Tavil legend Yazhpanam Thedchanamoorthy Foundation of London whose chairman Gana Natkunan and chief advisor R. Pathmanaba Iyer in particular were the prime movers behind the project—presented a huge challenge with precious little documentation available on the life and work of the artist.
It took Amshan Kumar more than two years to complete the production, but supplementing the handful of photographs of the vidwan and his family with rare recordings and interviews with the family and fellow musicians in both countries, he completed the work in 2015. Despite the inadequacy of the material, he has delivered a remarkable product, which gives the viewer excellent insights into the genius of the great percussionist. Unsurprisingly, the documentary went on to win a national award.
The maestro`s forefathers migrated from India and settled there. Born at Inuvil village in northern Sri Lanka, on 26 August 1933 he was barely 42 when he died, on 15 May 1975, to be precise, following lengthy periods of ill health. As a child of eight, he had been put by his tavil vidwan father through several gruelling hours of practice. Thanks to his precocity in the art, he was taken to India for advanced lessons from the eminent vidwan Nachiarkoil Raghava Pillai. Within 18 months, Raghava Pillai was so impressed by his ward that he sent him back to Sri Lanka to perform and learn on his own, because he felt he had nothing more to teach his brilliant pupil.
When he returned years later to perform in Tamil Nadu, he was already  a star and mesmerised his audiences with his extraordinary skill (Here’s a sample: https://tinyurl.com/y9bpujx5).  Many local tavil stalwarts acknowledged his influence on their music, while others attended his concerts incognito! The recordings of his extraordinary tavil playing and his iconic photographs featured in the film offer proof of the maestro’s consummate artistry and charisma. The film describes him as the greatest tavil player the world has known, and it is hard to disagree.
For someone who claims no special qualifications to make a documentary film on a musician, Amshan Kumar has shown a rare understanding of the ethical, psychological and sociological factors that can determine the growth and evolution of a musician, as well as the pride and love that nurture and protect his family, in this case, both during his life and after his premature demise. Kumar earlier made a documentary on Carnatic vocalist Manakkal Rangarajan, while his films on Subramania Bharati and Ashokamitran are perhaps his best known works.

M Chandrasekaran receives Vellore Ramabhadran award

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).