Sharada Cultural Trust is organising its 21st Annual Cultural Festival of Music & the 164th Aradhana of Sadguru Sri Thyagaraja Swamy
from 31st January to 6th February at Keyes High School. The 7-day festival will feature several renowned Carnatic musicians from all over the country - T N Seshagopalan, N Vijay Siva, Rajani and Gayathri, Lakshmi and Subiksha Rangarajan, Manda Sudha Rani, and Balasai and U P Raju - providing a musical fiesta for Carnatic music lovers of the twin cities.
N Vijay Siva will perform a Carnatic vocal recital on 1st February.
Born to Akhila Siva and A N Siva in 1967, Vijay Siva initially learnt music under his mother Akhila, who was a vocal musician from Carnatic Music College, Chennai. Vijay Siva later learnt music from D. K. Jayaraman and D. K. Pattammal. Vijay Siva is also an accomplished mridangist, and received training from Kumbakonam Rajappa Iyer.
Vijay Siva went to Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Senior Secondary School, Chennai. He graduated with a first class from Vivekananda College, Chennai, and secured masters degree in commerce from Madurai Kamaraj University. He has performed in all major sabhas all over India, and has presented concerts in the United States Of America, Canada and Singapore.
Vijay Siva has received more than 100 prizes for both Carnatic music and mridangam including first prize for Thevaram, Tiruvachakam and Thiruppugazh in 1974, and the coveted "Rajaji Tamboora" in 1981 from Tamil Isai Sangam, Chennai. He also received first prizes in classical and light classical music competitions (1984) which were conducted by AIR. He was awarded titles like "Isai Peroli" (1995) from Karthik Fine Arts, and received the Youth Award for Exellence by Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust in 1995, and was the first recipient of Kalki Krishnamurthy Award (1996) presented by Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Trust, Chennai.
The Sharada Cultural Trust is an all-women voluntary organisation that has been working for the last 19 years in the field of cultural activities. The programs conducted by the organisation include the annual music festival and Thyagaraja Aradhana, annual music competitions, donation of rice to veda pathashalas, and donation of money to Sri Vidya School For Special Children and Devnar School For The Blind.
Entry is free for everyone. Please contact Sharada Krishnan at 98851-44412 / 97034-44542 for further details.