It's difficult really to make statements like 'classical music lovers in town
never had it so good' for any specific treat - for all the cribs about Western
invasion in our social scene, most of the entertainment that happens in town
is classical performances. But still, this is going to be a weekend to relish
for the Indian music lovers of town. For SICA is having three performances in
a row this month instead of the usual one. And SICA's performances are pay-for-view,
so you know that they'll be good.
B Sugandha Kalamegham, a veteran classical singer, will perform a vocal recital
today at the Dr. Vinjamuri Varadaraja Iyengar 10th memorial concerts organized
by the South Indian Cultural Association (SICA). Sugandha was the disciple of
eminent maestros Kadayam Krishnamurthi and Madhiri Mangalam Ramachandran of
New Delhi. She had her formal training in Hindustani Music at the Gandharva
Maha Vidyalaya, Delhi, and her advanced training under Vidwan Sandyavandanam
Srinivasa Rao and T K Govinda Rao.
She was adjudged the best female vocalist for four years in a row from 1993
to 1997, by the Madras Music Academy. Several of her recordings have been released
under the HMV and INRECO labels.
Sugandha will today be accompanied by Hemalatha on the violin, Neyveli Skanda
Subramaniam on the mridangam, and Srinivasa Gopalan on the morsing. Entry to
this program is by invitation for SICA members, and by tickets for non-members.
Please contact Veeraraghavan at 351-6265/323-5149 for further details.