Sri Chandrasekharendra Sangeeta Educational Society is presenting its 11th Annual Cultural Festival & the 143rd Aradhana of Satguru Thyagaraja
, from 17th to 21st February, at Keyes Girls High School.
The 5-day cultural festival will feature several upcoming artistes - Sruthi Sriram, T Aishwarya, Polipeddi Katyayani & Nalini and Dhulipala Sisters Swathi & Soumya - as well as senior artistes - Carnatica Brothers Sashikiran and Ganesh, O S Arun, Bombay Sisters C Saroja & C Lalitha, R K Srikantan, Sundari Janakiraman and T M Krishna.
O S Arun from Delhi will be performing a Carnatic vocal concert on the 2nd day at 6:30pm. He will be supported by Karaikal S Venkata Subrahmaniam on the violin, B Sivaraman on the mridangam, S Ganapathi on the table and Kalai Selvam on the talam.
O S Vaidyanathan, or Arun as he is more popularly called, is inherits the mantle of singing from a family where music has been a way of life. He began his music lessons under the care of his father Vidwan O V Subramaniam, and later qualified for Alankar Purna from the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. He also topped the Sangeeta Shiromani diploma course in Carnatic music conducted by the Faculty Of Music And Fine Arts at Delhi University.
Arun's performances at various festivals include appearances at the Sanskriti Festival, London; the World Adelaide Festival, Australia; the International Delima Festival, Mauritius; and the 45th Independence Day, Kabul. His trip to Canada every year has given him new directions for collaborative works with jazz musicians. He has several cassette/CD releases of bhajans, Carnatic music, fusion music and devotional music. He also sings for commercial films, and has composed music for private cassette recordings, video films, documentaries, and ballet productions.
Sri Chandrasekharendra Sangeeta Educational Society was founded in 2000, to impart and spread Carnatic vocal music to music lovers of all ages. It was established by S Chandrasekhar, a renowned vocalist, who has a diploma in Carnatic vocal music. He teaches about 50 students, both young and old. Every Sunday, he also teaches Annamacharya Keertanas from 3pm to 5pm, free of cost to anyone eager to learn. The society also organises various music concerts of local upcoming and established artistes, and renowned classical musicians from Chennai.
The entry to the festival is free. Please contact S Chandrasekhar, Secretary of Sri Chandrasekharendra Sangeeta Educational Society, at 2780-5161 / 98661-87955 for further details.