Kalasagaram is organising its annual Youth Festival of Music, from 22nd to 24th February, at the Keyes High School for Girls, Secunderabad. The 3-day festival will feature 3 young and upcoming vocalists of Carnatic music, Poornima Krishnan, Maharajapuram S Ganesh Viswanathan and N Harish, performing everyday at 6:30pm.
Today, the 2nd day, Maharajapuram S Ganesh Viswanathan from Chennai will be performing a Carnatic vocal concert. Viswanathan hails from a family of great musicians. He is the great grandson of Sangeetha Bhoopathy Late Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer, grandson of Maharajapuram Santhanam and son of Maharajapuram S Srinivasan. He is fortunate to have been born in the family of eminent musicians, and in the direct sishya parampara of Saint Thyagaraja.
He was initiated into music when he was barely out of the cradle, his first guru being his grandfather the legendary Maharajapuram Santhanam himself. He was selected by the Tamil Nadu Lyal Isai Nataka Mandram under the Young Talent Promotion Scheme in 2004 to give performances at different centers. His red-lettered day was when he gave a solo performance at the Thyagaraja Aaradhana at Thiruvaiyaru, which was his maiden concert. Ever since, he has been giving several solo concerts, apart from accompanying his father Maharajapuram Srinivasan.
Viswanathan has won first prizes in many music competitions conducted by prestigious organisations such as Sri Thyagabrahma Gana Sabha, Indian Fine Arts, Raga Tharangini and YACM, among others. He has also sung a playback track for K Balachander's Jannal, a teleserial, and has given solo music concerts in Vijay TV, Bharat TV and Anna FM Radio Channel. He has gone on concert tours along with his father to the US in 2005 and to Singapore in 2006. Endowed with a vibrant expressive voice, Ganesh Viswanathan sings with raga, bhava and emotion.
He will be accompanied on the violin by Peri Thyagaraju, son and disciple of the noted violinist Peri Sreerama Moorthy of Hyderabad, and on the mridangam by P Vidyasagar, disciple of V Kamalakar Rao.
Kalasagaram is a South-Indian cultural association situated in the East Nehru Nagar of East Marredpally, and has been organising Carnatic music concerts for more than 35 years. The concerts are usually held in the open-air theater of the Keyes High School campus. The singers are generally from outside Hyderabad, usually amateurs and upcoming artistes, and quite competent. Kalasagaram also occasionally stages South-Indian classical dances and Tamil plays.
Please contact Rajagopalan of Kalasagaram at 2773-1775 for further details.