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Annual Youth Festival 2012. 17-19th February

Annual Youth Festival 2012. 17-19th February
17.02.12 - 19.02.12 
The Indian Heritage Academy Hall - 6th Block, Koramangala,BangaloreMap

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17th February 2012- Friday

4.00 PM                  Inauguration of Youth Festival
4.15 PM                  Vocal Music by students of Nadaloka School of Music
                              Performers: Neha ,Tejaswini, Srinath and Raghu  
                              (Guru Vidwan R.Vasudevan)

5.00 PM                   Kum. Aiswarya Vidya Raghunath -  Vocal
    To                       Kum. Aditi Krishnaprasad                  -Violin
7.30 PM                   Master Adamya.R.                             -Mridangam
                                Master Sunaad                                  -Khanjira

Kum Aiswarya is a disciple of Sangeetha Kalacharya Smt.Seethalakshmi Venkatesan, Padma Bhushan Sri. P.S. Narayanaswamy and Smt. Vegavahini Vijayaraghavan. An ‘A’ graded artiste of All India Radio, Aishwarya has performed at many prestigious organizations like The Madras Music Academy, Sri Venkateshwara Bhakthi Channel (Tirupati), Narada Gana Sabha, Krishna Gana Sabha, Shanmukhananda Sabha (Mumbai), Chembur fine Arts (Mumbai),Bangalore Gayana Samaj, Mylapore Fine Arts, Hamsadhwani, to name a few.

1. Award of Excellence instituted by Rasika Fine Arts
2. Best Vocalist award from the Bangalore Gayana Samaj
3. Yagnaraman Endowment Award from Krishna Gana Sabha
4. 1st Prize in the All India Radio competition. She’s also a recipient of the scholarship for carnatic music instituted by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

18th February 2012- Saturday

4.00 PM                    Vocal Music by students of Eshwaralaya - Centre for Music Excellence
                                Performers: Devika, Raaga, Uthara, Smrithi, Sneha 
                                (Guru Vidushi Usha Srinivasan)

5.00 PM                    Kum. Sriranjani Santhanagopalan -  Vocal
    To                        Master Vittala Rangan                     -Violin
7.30 PM                    Master Akshay Anand                    -Mridangam
                                Master Sunaad                               -Khanjira

Kumari Sriranjani is daughter and disciple of senior carnatic vocalist Neyveli Sri. Santhanagopalan.. She has performed in all major sabhas like Shri Krishna Gana Sabha, Bharat Kalachar, Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, Narada Gana Sabha, Brahma Gana Sabha in Chennai and also in several places in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Trivandrum and so on. She has also made frequent appearances in the Jaya T V, SRGMP, Margazhi Mahotsavam, tiruppavai show , navaratri utsavam , Zee tv margazhi special show & Tyagaraja Pancharatna mahotsav


1. Mazhalai Medaigal award at the age of 4
2. Winner of the ALL INDIA RADIO competition( vocal, carnatic )
3. Best junior award from Parthasarathy Swami Sabha
4. Best Raga Alapana from Indian Fine Arts
5. “Best Performer” in the Isai Velvi , conducted by the “International Society for Laya Awareness”

19th February 2012- Sunday

4.00 PM                  Grand Bharatanatyam performance

'Paalaya Jatadhara' thematic presentation on Lord Shiva by Natyasruti 
Lakshmi Ramesh,
Sruthi Vasudevan,
Shreegowri Bhat and
Priya Radhakrishnan
Nattuvangam and Vocal: Smt. Sumitra Nitin
Vocal: Smt. Sujatha Vijayaraghavan
Vocal Support: Smt. Subha Sampath
Mridangam: Sri. Janardhan
Violin:Smt. Meera Rajkumar 

5.45 PM                   Saints Purandara Dasa and Thyagaraja Aradhana
Group Rendering of Pillari geethas and Pancharathna Kritis. (All vidwans and vidushis and students of carnatic music who can render one or more Pancharatna kritis are requested to participate with enthusiasm and pay their respects to the saint composers)

Distribution of Prasadam


Programme Review

Nadasurabhi presents Youth Festival with Aplomb

Nadasurabhi's Annual Youth Festival 2012 held on the 17th , 18th and 19th February 2012 at the Indian Heritage Academy Hall, Koramangala, showcased the twin idea of giving a stage opportunity to talented youngsters and simultaneously presenting star performances of young artists.



On 17th  February there were two events - first a group rendering of carnatic vocal songs by students of  Guru Vidwan Vasudevan consisting of popular compositions of Saint composer  Thyagaraja.





Later a full vocal concert of young upcoming artist from Bangalore Kumari Aishwarya Vidya Raghunath.  Aishwarya was well supported by Aditi on violin, Adamya on mridangam and Sunaad on Khanjira. It was a regular two and a half hour concert which was well received by the audience.




18th February similarly saw the highly synchronised well trained group rendering of carnatic songs by students of Guru Vidushi Usha Srinivasan.





The second item of the day was a full concert by chennai's young artist Kumari Sriranjani Santhanagopalan. Sriranjani is daughter and disciple of leading carnatic vocalist Sri.Neyveli Santhanagopalan. She was accompanied by Vittala rangan on violin, Akshay Anand on mridangam and Sunaad on Khanjira. It was a very mature presentation which can be compared to that of any seasoned artist on the carnatic stage. Akshay looked too young for the task but did a decent job.



The grand finale consisted of a Bharatanatyam presentation by students of Guru Sumitra Nitin's troupe consisting of dancers, Lakshmi Ramesh, Sruthi Vasudevan, Sreegowri Bhat and Priya Radhakrishnan. Sumitra Nitin herself led the orchestra as its lead singer and nattuvanar. She was supported by her mother Vidushi Sujatha Vijayaraghavan, Subha Sampath, Janardhan and Meera Rajkumar were on mridangam and violin respectively. Choosing the title of "Paalaya Jatadhara" the recital was on Lord Shiva to fit the Mahashivarathri festival which fell on the following day. The programme opened with the invocatory number Todaya Mangalam (Interestingly the name mangalam is used for the final song in a traditional carnatic concert format!). The originality of Sumitra was amply demonstrated by Pushpanjali that followed, after which there was the beautiful dance presentation for Thyagaraja's Pantuvarali kriti Shiva Shiva Shiva enaraada.

The main piece of the evening was the dance interpretation of Oothukkadu Venkata kavi's "Jatadhara Shankara" . The elaboration in bharatanatyam of this grand thodi song was brilliant and mesmerising. Myriad moods, nuances , and stories were brought out through abhinaya. It is mindboggling for a lay admirer of our art forms, how so many parameters can be controlled at the same time- vocal and instruments presenting exactly same number of sangathis each time, such that the dancers have a different expression for each sangathi, sychronisation of dancers, aligning to the different taalams and also to convey the bhava intended by the composer to be brought out by the face and body language of the dancers. Sumitra sums it up just by saying "This is the complete art form". Very true indeed.The programme concluded with a devarname and thillana.

The three day extravaganza had a serene and pleasant ending with the Thyagaraja and Purandaradasa aradhana function wherein Thyagaraja Pancharathna kritis and pillari geethas were presented.