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 inaugaral day, there will be a vocal concert by Sanjay Subramaniam, accompanied by M R Gopinath on violin, Neyveli B Venkatesh on mridangam, and Trichy Murali on ghatam.
Sanjay Subramaniam, known as the foremost Carnatic vocalist amongst the younger generation, stormed the country in the '90s, and continues to give his best to people all over the world - art lovers and critics alike. Trained initially in the violin by V Lakshminarayana for over 7 years, he switched over to vocal under Rukmini Rajagopalan and Calcutta K S Krishnamurthy. A regular performer at the Music Academy, Chennai, he's won many laurels in home country and abroad. Chartered Accountant by profession (and where does he find this kind of time to devote to music?), he is the treasurer of Sampradaya, a premier Research Institute of South India.
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.