The South India Cultural Association (SICA), one of the oldest cultural associations of the twin cities, is organising a Carnatic vocal concert by R V Panduranga Sarma, on 27th January, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium.
Panduranga Sarma learnt Carnatic music initially from Mulukutla Sastry, and then from senior vocalist Puranam Purushottama Sastry and the living legend D K Pattammal. Sarma has been performing since two decades, and follows a sampradaya system of kutcheri. He has performed at various sabhas of the country, winning appreciation from various vidwans and rasikas. He now works for the Indian Overseas Bank in Hyderabad, and also trains students in Carnatic vocal music.
SICA was founded in the year 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 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.
The entry is by invitations, for members. Please contact R Chakrapani at 98491-24675 for further details.