She has no shortage of awards and records. She has no shortage of crowds either. Yes, get here well in time tonite for a ring-side view.
The 17th Annual Cultural Festival and the 160th Aradhana of Sri Thyagaraja Swamy is being organised by Sharada Cultural Trust from 10th to 18th February at Srirangam Srimad Andavan Ashramam. The 9-day music festival will feature kacheris of renowned artistes, like I S Thiyagarajan, Sikkil Gurucharan, Malladi Brothers, Chinmaya Sisters, Sudha Raghunathan and Lalgudi G J R Krishnan.
Today, the sixth day, Gayathri Girish will be performing a Carnatic vocal recital. Gayathri is a disciple of maestro Madurai T N Seshagopalan. She has been performing regularly at the leading sabhas in Chennai and throughout the country. Her overseas concert tours include ones to the United States in 1999, Singapore in 1997, Malaysia in 1997, and Sri Lanka in 1997 & 2000. She is a an A-grade artiste of the AIR, Chennai.
Gayathri is a recipient of several awards and titles like the Sahithyapriya, Sangeetha Bhaskara, Gaana Ratna, Yuva Kala Bharathi, and K V Mahadevan Award of Excellence. She was also the recipient of the Dr. M L V Endowment Award from Narada Gana Sabha, instituted by CMANA, United States, in December 2002. She has several audio cassettes and CDs to her credit, sung for companies like HMV, Sangeetha, Amutham, AVM and INRECO.
Sharada Cultural Trust was formed in 2000 by a group of female musicians and music-loving housewives. The trust trains youngsters and housewives in Carnatic vocal and instrumental music. Every year during January-February, the trust conducts a grand Thyagaraja festival where renowned musicians participate, but utmost preference is given to youngsters. Without draining too many resources on shamianas and garlands, the trust comes up with some of the best music festivals.
The entry to the festival is free of cost. For further details, please contact 2786-0680/2780-1662.