On the occasion of the birth centenary of the legendary carnatic vocalist late G N Balasubrahmaniam, South Indian Cultural Association (SICA) is organising a grand Carnatic vocal recital by Padma Bhushan Trichur V Ramachandran, on 20th November, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. He will be accompanied by A Sundaresan on the violin, Umalyapuram Mali on the mridangam and N Rajaraman on the ghatam.
Trichur V Ramachandran had his early training in carnatic music under the late Varkala Subramania Bhagavathar, and under Thripunithura R Krishna Iyer. He gave his first public concert at the age of 14. Soon after, he came under the tutelage of the late G N Balasubramaniam, and completed his advanced training in the Gurukula style, for 5 years. He has accompanied GNB in many of his concerts all over India.
Ramachandran received the Government of India Cultural Scholarship during 1965-67 for study under the late M L Vasanthakumari. He sings in the tradition laid down by the old masters, and his style is full of Madhyama Kala.
G N Balasubrahmaniam, popularly known as GNB, was born in Chennai in the year 1910. He composed several kritis, and was famous for his brikhas and gamakams. He also invented many ragas. He trained several disciples, notable among them being Radha Jayalakshmi, M L Vasantha Kumari and Trichur Ramachandran. He acted in a couple of Tamil films, including Bhama Vijayam and Shakuntala. 2009-2010 is being celebrated by his rasikas in South India as his birth centenary.
Entry is for members, by invitation. Please contact SICA at 2742-5374 for further details.