Tally-ho and Ramba-ho take a backseat all this week, as one of the biggest classical music festivals of Hyderabad kicks off at Ravindra Bharathi. And starting it all is a man who was once deemed impaired.
The South India Cultural Association (SICA), one of the oldest cultural associations of the twin cities, is organising its 47th Annual Festival of Music and Dance from 17th to 24th February, at Ravindra Bharathi. The week-long festival will witness some of the best Carnatic musicians and classical dancers of the country, like Sanjay Subrahmanyam, U P Raju and Nagamani, Sudha Ragunathan, T V Sankaranarayanan, P Unnikrishnan, Dr Ananda Shankat Jayant, Gopika Varma, Revathi Ramachandran and Deepika Reddy, sharing the stage.
Today, the inaugural day, Sanjay Subramanyam will be rendering Carnatic vocal recital. He will be supported by N Muralidhar on the violin and Ramabhadran on the mridangam. Sanjay Subramaniam's introduction to Carnatic music started at the young age of 7, with the violin. He started his training from V Lakshminarayana, until his manual dexterity was impaired by an accident.
He took to singing and received his initial training from his grand aunt, Rukmini Rajagopalan. The training under Calcutta K S Krishnamurthy led to innovations, and a blending of tradition and modernity further sharpened his skills. Sanjay is a graduate in Commerce, and a qualified Chartered and Cost Accountant.
Sanjay has performed with excellence and has enchanted music-loving audiences in Chennai as well as in Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangalore, Delhi and other places all over India. He has also toured Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, USA, Canada, UK and Oman. He is an A-grade artiste of the All-India Radio, Madras, and is a regular performer on Doordarshan and Sun TV.
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 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 Govt. of AP, is the present president of the association, and R Chakrapani is the General Secretary.
The entry is by season passes for the members, and daily tickets of Rs. 100 & Rs. 50 per head per day are available at the venue. For further details, please contact R Chakrapani at 2742-5374, 2383-5222, 2351-6399 or 98491-24675.