S.Rajam’s (Music Appreciation notes)

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Nadasangamam: Annual Music Workshop at Thennangur

29th - 31st January 2016

Nadasangamam, the music wing of Narada Gana Sabha Trust, has been organising residential workshops for musicians and senior students of music since 2011 at  Thennangur, situated 117 km from Chennai. This town is famous for its Panduranga temple.

Dr. R. S.  Jayalakshmi is the convener for this event and Dr. Sumathi Krishnan the coordinator.

This year, the workshop is scheduled to be held during 29th - 31st January.  Thennangur is a unique experience as great gurus come to teach and students gain the rare opportunity to interact with them closely for a few days. The routine is challenging, starting from nada yoga in the early morning, continuing with teaching sessions through the day and culminating in dolotsavam and bhajans at the Panduranga temple in the evening.

This year we are fortunate to have sessions with experts: Sangita Kalanidhi Smt. R. Vedavalli (Varnams of Mudicondan Venkatarama Iyer), Sri Srimushnam Raja Rao (Konnakol, and some of his own tuning of Purandara dasa songs), Dr. N. Ramanathan (Manodharma Sangeetam), Sri Neyveli R Santhanagopalan(Concert Techniques) and Smt. Shyamala Venkateswaran (rare songs).  Dr. R.S. Jayalakshmi  will anchor a session on the structure of  varnams.

Voice training and voice culture are a very vital part of the training and shaping of a musician. Dr. Shyamala Vinod, will conduct  sessions on  Nada Yoga on two consecutive days.

Nadasangamam hopes to encourage young musicians and give them opportunities to meet and interact with senior musicians thus enriching their musical experience. Those interested in registering for the event may collect forms at the Narada Gana Sabha Office/ contact soomty@gmail.com/ download the application form below.

Dr. R.S. Jayalakshmi (Convener)
Dr. Sumathi Krishnan (Coordinator)


Nadasangamam Schedule
29th -31st January, 2016

29th January -    2 p.m. Assembly at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai
                                               5 p.m. Arrival at Thennangur –
                                               6 p.m. Orientation and introduction to the camp  

 29th January   -   7 p.m. Dolotsavam at Temple &  Bhajan session

6:30-7:30 a.m.           9- 10:30 a.m.                          11 a.m. 1 p.m.                       2- 4 p.m.                       4: 15 -5:15.                           7 p.m. 

30th January                                                       Srimushnam Raja Rao               Sri Neyveli                    Dr. R. S. Jayalakshmi            Tiṇṇai session
Nada Yoga                Rare compositions -                Konnakol and relevance                                                 Structure of Varnams              
Shyamala Vinod       Shyamala Venkateswaran           for vocalists 
                                                                          Purandara Dasa song                  Concert Techniques 

31st January                                                                                                      2- 3 p.m.                        3 p.m.                              4 p.m.

Nada Yoga               R. Vedavalli                          Dr. N. Ramanathan                     Presentation                   Valedictory session      Departure for Chennai
Shyamala Vinod     Varnams  of Mudicondan          A closer look at Manodharma      of  Varnams  Composed 
                             Venkatarama Iyer                     Sangeetham                              by students

Narada Gana Sabha Trust (Phone  No. 2499 3201)
29th -31st January, 2016
At Thennangur



Age as on 1st January 2016:

Contact address:

Telephone no:

Mobile no:

Email id:

Name of Guru /Institution:

Details of training in music:

Details of training in any other art form:


Performances if any:

Educational background:

Mother tongue and languages known:

Previous music workshops attended:


Any other relevant information:

Date :                                              Signature:

(Note: Filled in Application forms to be submitted at the Narada Gana Sabha Office  between 5th and 18th  January, 2016.   Contact – 24993201 or soomty@gmail.com)

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