The South Indian Cultural Association (SICA), one of the oldest cultural associations of the twin cities, is presenting a Carnatic vocal recital by Gayathri Venkataraghavan, on 24th May, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. The concert will also have Akkarai Subbalakshmi on the violin, N Manoj Siva on the mridangam and B Janardhan on the ghatam.
Gayathri Venkataraghavan began her training in Carnatic music at a young age, under the tutelage of Rajalakshmi, and later under Padma Veeraraghavan, a disciple of Palaghat K V Narayanaswamy. She was also trained in various kritis by Rukmini Ramani, V Subramaniam and Lakshmi Natarajan. She had her advanced training under Acharya Choodamani Late A Sundaresan, and is currently under the guidance of Padma Bhushan P S Narayanaswamy.
Gayathri is an A-graded artiste of All India Radio. She has performed for Doordarshan's national and regional telecasts, and for various other television channels. She has been performing regularly at various centres in India. Her performances abroad include the ones at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival 2005 and 2008 at Ohio State (USA) and Toronto (Canada). She performed at the SIFA annual festival at Singapore in Feb 2007. She toured the United States and Canada extensively for a concert tour in September and October 2007.
Gayathri won several awards and titles, including the Kalki Krishnamoorthy award; Nada Oli title by Nada Inbam, Madras; Simana award by the Carnatic Music Association of North America; Dr. MLV Endowment by Narada Gana Sabha; Shanmukha Sangeeta Shironmani title by Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha, Mumbai; and the Isai Peroli title by Karthik Fine Arts Chennai.
SICA was founded in the year 1959, by Dewan Bahadur Aramuda Iyengar, patron of Carnatic music and Finance Minister of Hyderabad's Nizam. The association has since organised more than 1,000 concerts. It has provided a platform for many artistes in their initial days, amongst whom are U P Raju and Nagamani, Mandolin Srinivas and the Malladi Brothers. It conducts workshops, felicitates artistes, and provides both moral and financial support to upcoming artistes.
Dr. S Chakravarthy (IAS, former Chief Secretary to Govt. of AP) is the present president of the association, and R Chakrapani is the General Secretary.
Entry is by donor passes of Rs. 30 per head. Please contact R Chakrapani, Secretary of SICA, at 98491-24675 for further details.