On the occasion of entering its golden jubilee year, SICA is organizing two grand Carnatic vocal concerts by Sanjay Subramaniam and Nitya Sri Mahadevan, on 26th & 27th May, at Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. Today, the second and the final day, there will be a vocal concert by Nitya Sri Mahadevan. Mahadevan will be accompanied by Sanjeev on the violin, P Satish Kumar on mridangam, and P V Ramana Murthy on ghatam.
Nitya Sri Mahadevan is the granddaughter of the legendary D K Pattammal and mridangam maestro Palghat Mani Iyer. She trained initially under her mother Lalitha Sivakumar, and later on with D K Pattammal. She has been performing since 1987, and is currently an A-grade artiste of the AIR. She has received many awards, notably Yuva Kala Bharathi, Sangeetha Sikhamani, Ugadi Puraskar, Nadabhushanam and Kalaimamani.
Endowed with a rich voice and a wide repertoire, Mahadevan is one of the most sought-after and top-ranking artistes of the country, having performed at all major sabhas in India and having also toured USA, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Geneva, Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi for concerts. She has rendered her voice to various movies and TV serials, apart from more than 100 CDs and cassettes.
SICA was founded in 1959 by Dewan Bahadur Aramuda Iyengar, the Finance Minister of Hyderabad's Nizam and a great patron of Carnatic music. The association has since organised more than 1,000 concerts. It has provided a basic platform for upcoming artistes like 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 the Govt. of AP, is the current President of the association, and R Chakrapani is the General Secretary.
Entry is free for members and invitees, and for others by donor passes of Rs. 100 / Rs. 50 / Rs. 25 per head. Please contact R Chakrapani at 2742-5374/98491-24675 or V Ramachandran at 92461-61420 for further details.