The South India Cultural Association (SICA), one of the oldest cultural associations in the twin cities, is organizing its 52nd Annual Festival Of Music, Dance And Drama, from March 18th to 22nd and again from March 28th to 29th, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. The 7-day festival will feature performances by renowned musicians including Bombay Jayasree, Shashank and Sudha Raghunathan, and danseuse Anita Ratnam, and 2 Tamil plays by Y G Mahendran.
The schedule of the dance and music festival is as under:
6:30pm - Bharatanatyam By Anita Ratnam
6:30pm - Carnatic Vocal By Bombay Jayasree
6:30pm - Carnatic Flute Recital By Shashank
6:30pm - Carnatic Vocal By Madurai T N Seshagopalan
SICA was founded in the year 1959 by Dewan Bahadur Aramuda Iyengar, who was a patron of Carnatic music, and was the finance minister of Hyderabad's Nizam. The association has organized more than 1,000 concerts. It has provided a basic platform for upcoming artistes amongst whom are U P Raju and Nagamani, Mandolin Srinivas, and the Malladi Brothers. It conducts workshops, felicitates artistes, and provides both moral and financial support to struggling artistes. Dr. S Chakravarthy, IAS, former Chief Secretary to the Government of AP, is the present president of the association, and R Chakrapani is the general secretary.
Entry is by donor passes. The season passes cost Rs. 400 / Rs. 250 for 2 persons for the music and dance fest from March 18th to 22nd; and Rs. 500 / Rs. 300 for all the 7 days of the festival. Daily passes cost Rs. 100 / Rs. 50 / Rs. 30 per head. Please contact R Chakrapani at 98491-24675 for further details.