A 5-day festival of music starts today at Keyes High School. For several people in town, every raison d'etre changes for the next 5 days.
Sri Chandrasekharendra Sangeeta Educational Society is organising the 8th Annual Festival & Aradhana of Satguru Sri Thyagaraja Swamy at Keyes High School For Girls, from 24th to 28th January. Some of the best artistes of Carnatic music will be performing at the 5-day festival, including O S Thiyagarajan, Nithyasree Mahadevan, Sanjay Subramanyam, S Sashank, Garimella Balakrishna Prasad, Peri Thyagaraju, and many young and upcoming artistes.
Today, the inaugural day, renowned Carnatic vocalist O S Thiyagarajan will be performing. Thiyagarajan was born at Thanjavur and is the son of Sangeetha Bhushanam O V Subramaniam. Besides from his father, he had his early training under Tiger Varadachariar and Tanjore Ponniah Pillai. To enhance his knowledge, he had his advanced training under Lalgudi Jayaraman and T M Thyagarajan.
He works as an Accounts Officer in Shalimar Paints Ltd, Chennai. He is a senior vocalist of repute, besides being ardent devotee of music. An A-grade artiste of the All-India Radio and of Doordarshan, he has been giving numerous concerts in India and abroad, that have been highly appreciated and relished.
Sri Chandrasekharendra Sangeeta Educational Society was founded in the 2000, with the objective of imparting and spreading 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. 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 program is free. For further details, please contact the S Chandrasekhar at 2780-5161/93910-11704/98661-87955.