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Chembai Sangeetholsavam at Guruvayur
The famous Chembai Sangeetholsavam (carnatic music festival) was held from 24th November 2008 to 6th December 2008.
Only Hindus are permitted to participate in the music festival. Those below the age of 10 years are not eligible to apply. The applicant should have at least 3 years training in Carnatic music. Eminent maestros in the field of carnatic music will take part in the musical fete held at Guruvayoor temple, a prominent abode of lord Krishna. We will be updating details of next years Chembai Music Festival, as soon as the schedule is available
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'Vasantholsavam', The music dance feast
Vasantholsavam, the complete music and dance feast organized at Kochi provided an unprecedented opportunity for music and dance enthusiasts of Kerala. The festival was organized by the State and Central departments for tourism for a consecutive second time. The programme presented to the aspiring audience a number of concerts that too by eminent maestros from various branches of Indian Music.
The Inaugural concert was by the maestro; Dr. Balamuralikrishna who started the concert with the varnam in Gambheeranattai . It was followed by another spectacular piece in Chandrajyothi raga . After that Dr.Balamuralikrishna elaborated the Deshakshi raga in his typical style. The Krithi that he selected was the Saraseeruha nabhamudaaram by Maharaja Swatitirunal . This piece was followed by Lavangi raga , the one that everyone expected next. Attukal Balasubrahmaniom provided excellent support on the violin.
The second days programme was marked by Ghulam Ali 's concert with a variety of popular pieces coming to life in front of the listeners. He started with 'Mein Khayal hoon kisi aur ka' with a few vibrant tihais and sargams . The much sought after piece, 'chupke chupke raat din ' was also received by great applause. The piece that he rendered in Raag 'darbari' was also worth attention.
This year, the Malliyoor Ganesha Sangeetholsavam started with the concert named 'Pushkarom', directed by the Mridangam maestro, Sri.Karaikudi.R.Mani. The programme gave a flying start to the sangeetholsavam, which is ongoing for the coming 77 days. The concert was a combination of Gottuvadyam and flute, which was totally unknown for Keralites. A.Durgaprasad on Gottuvadyam gave a refreshing experience for the audience. The flute by Sri.B.V.Balasai was extremely perfect and was turbulent with his Manodharma swaras.
Ghatam played by maestro V.Suresh was fabulous and was in well support for his counterpart. The concert started with Kalyani varnam followed by Mahaganapathim in Nattai. The Panthuvarali and Kanada ragas were elaborated. On both the instruments. Ninnanera nambina in charukeshi was received by the audience with a grand applause. The main Kriti played was Parama pavana with great elaboration of the raga Poorvi kalyani and was followed by a rollicking Thaniyavarthanam in Aditaalam randukala. The maestros really amazed the audience. V.Suresh was well noted with his talent in playing in a reverse manner.
The concert also consisted of Thanam by the Gottuvadyam. The audients really enjoyed the difference in Pani in Mridangam and Ghatam as well as the nouvelle instrument Gottuvadyam. The concert started at 7.PM and concluded by 9.30 Am.
The author Mr.Vishnuraj.S is a Mridangam artist
who hails from Kottayam, Kerala.