Kalasagaram is organising its 41st Annual Cultural Festival of Music, Dance & Drama. The festival starts from 22nd Nov '08 and ends on 30th Nov '08.
The inaugural concert has the famous Parur violin trio - Kalamaimani Parur Prof. M S Anantharaman, Kalaimamani M A Sundareswaran & Kalaimamani M A Krishnaswamy - performing, and they will be accompained by Kalaimamani Srimushnam V Raja Rao on the mridangam and Nemani Somayajulu on the ghatam. Prior to the concert, Kalasagaram will felicitate and confer the title of 'Sangeeta Kalasagara', on Dr. Sripada Pinakapani (vocal), Prof. Parur M S Anantharaman (violin) and Srimushnam V Raja Rao (mridangam). K Swaminathan, Chief Vigilance Commissioner, Government of AP, is the chief guest of the function.
Prof. M S Anantharaman was trained by his father, Parur A Sundaram Iyer. He also learnt Hindustani music, and has been playing the violin for more than 7 decades, right from the age of seven. He worked as a professor at the Central College Of Carnatic Music in Chennai, for 22 years. He even taught the violin at the Sri Venkateswara Temple, Pittsburg (USA), and at Hong Kong. He plays solos, duos and trios, besides accompanying other artistes, including Ariyakudi, Chembai, Maharajapuram, M S Subbalakshmi, D K Pattamal, M L V, K B Sundarambal and others. He was awarded the 'Kalaimamani' (Government Of Tamil Nadu), the Sangeet Natak Academi Award (Government Of India), the 'Sangeeta Kala Acharya' title (Music Academy), and other titles and awards.
Srimushnam Rajarao, who started performing at the age of 7, has a musical heritage going back to his great-grandfather, Sri Sethumadhava Rao, a renowned mridangist. Rajarao got his initial training from his father, Vidwan Venkataramana Rao, and subsequently, from Kumbakonam Rajappa Iyer. He has won several awards, including the 'Kalaimamani' (Government Of Tamil Nadu), the 'Rasika Kalaratna' (Sydney), 'Sangeeta Ratnakara' (Cleveland Aradha Committee) and the Best Mridangist award (Music Academy).
Somayajulu is a well-known player of the mridangam, the ghatam and the jal tarang. He did his diploma in mridangam from the M R College For Music, Viziangaram, in 1972, and has since accompanied many music vidwans, in various parts of the country. He has been into the jal tarang only for the past 5 years, and is probably the only one to play the instrument for Carnatic music, and has compiled a collection of his jal tarang recitals into a CD. He has also performed at the US in 2004.
Entry is by tickets, which can be booked in advance. Season passes for the 9-day festival are available for Rs. 400, Rs. 300 & Rs. 200, and daily passes are priced at Rs. 100, Rs. 50 & Rs. 25. Tickets are available at Keyes High School, everyday, from 5:30pm.
Please contact V Rajagopal, General Secretary at 2773-1775 / R Ramamurthy at 2722-4276 / Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy at 2782-5795 for further details.