Published August 30th, 2014 by


Bengaluru International Arts Festival 2014

This year the Bengaluru International Arts Festival 2014 is from September 5th until 21st, 2014
Bengaluru International Arts Festival 2014 is now celebrating its 7th year in epitomizing “Celebration of Harmony through Arts”. Thought provoking and well cultured art presentations by artists from both India and abroad are being featured in BIAF 2014.

This year BIAF has collaborated with various countries like Netherlands, Sri Lanka, France, Suriname, and Rwanda to perform for Bengaluru audience. Folk groups are flying in from Sri Lanka, Odissa, Gujarat and North East. Bengaluru Metro is one of the prime venues.

On the inaugural day, September 5th at 6:30 PM, there is a Grand Fusion Concert at Chowdiah Memorial Hall by Dr.Suma Sudhindra playing the Veena and Edward Ned McGowan on Western Flute, Violin by N.N.Ganesh Kumar, Mridangam and Konnakol by B.C.Manjunath, Tabla & Other Instruments by Anooru Anantha Krishna Sharma and Drums/percussion by Karthik Mani.


Published August 27th, 2014 by

Venue : PS 115 Auditorium

80-51 261st Street, Floral Park, NY 11004

Deadline for Application: September 18, 2014

Shruti Laya is organizing Tamil Compositions Day on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Shruti Laya is focusing on compositions other than Papanasam Sivan and Swathi Thirunal this year.

All students of music and dance are invited to perform in groups. Performances will be grouped by the teacher, so please contact your teacher immediately and have her or him contact Shruti Laya with details of the participants. Artists and teachers in the area are also invited to participate on their own. In order to defray some of the costs of this program, there will be a $5 participation fee per participant.

In addition to the student groups, Shruti Laya is also planning to have a grand musical concert or a dance performance at the end of the day.

To avoid repetitions, requesting all teachers to inform the choice of songs at the earliest.

This is the chance for all the young artists to sing or perform on stage, and show their skills. Due to the expected large turnout, group preformances are preferred. Shruti Laya will work with the area music and dance teachers, so please contact your teacher if you want to participate.


Published August 27th, 2014 by

Place :  Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Date :    24th September – 2nd October
Time :   6.00 pm to 8.30 pm
Venue : Navarathri Mandapam, Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple

This year the Navarathri Mandapam concerts begin on September 24th and go on till
October 2nd from 6.00 to 8.30 pm.

The ambience at the concert venue is something to be experienced to be believed. Perfectly balanced acoustics, lighting by oil lamps, the divine grace of the Goddess in whose honour the concerts are conducted, utterly disciplined and informed audience, the feeling of having travelled back in time by around two centuries…..the list is endless.

There are some restrictions though.

1) Only Hindus are allowed inside since it is a temple.

2) Men have to wear a mundu/veshti/dhothi and take off their shirts.

3) Everybody has to be seated by 6:00 pm.

4) Nobody can leave before the concerts finish.

5) The concerts start at 6:00 pm Sharp and finish at 9:00 pm Sharp this year, except on the last two days. (Please check out the timing for each day)

6) Since the concerts are done as offerings to the Devi and not as “Performances” there is no applause.

7) Mobile phones are STRICTLY Forbidden inside.

8) The main krithi for each day is fixed. A speaker will be kept outside the steps of the Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple (Which is adjacent to the Navarathri Mandapam) for the benefit of those who wouldn’t be prepared to follow all the restrictions listed above, but would still like to enjoy the concerts. A chunk of each concert would normally be broadcast by the All India Radio, Trivandrum on all days from 9:30 pm till 11:00 pm.

The schedule of the concerts is as follows:

24.09.2014 – Wednesday (6 PM – 8.30 PM)

Main Kriti & Raga : “Devi Jagath Janani” – SANKARABHARANAM

Vocal : Smt Baby Sreeram, Violin : Avaneeswaram Sri S.R.Vinu,
Mridangam : Dr. G. Babu , Ghatam : Vazhapalli Sri Krishnakumar

25.09.2014 – Thursday (6 PM – 8.30 PM)

Main Kriti & Raga: “Pahimam Sree Vageeswari” – KALYANI

Vocal: Prof. Parassala B. Ponnammal, Violin : Sri S.R.Mahadeva Sharma,
Mridangam: Nanjil Sri Arul, Ghatam: Manjoor Sri Unnikrishnan

26.09.2014 – Friday (6 PM – 8.30 PM)

Main Kriti: Devi Pavane – Saveri

Vocal: Prof K.Venkataramanan, Violin: Trivandrum Sri Sampath,
Mridangam: Sri Anilkumar Wadagara, Ghatam: Adichanalloor Sri Anilkumar

27.09.2014 – Saturday (6 PM – 8.30 PM)

Main Kriti : Bharati Maamava- Thodi

Vocal: Prince Rama Varma, Violin: Avaneeswaram Sri S.R.Vinu,
Mridangam: Sri B. Harikumar, Ghatam: Dr. S.Karthick, Morsing: Payyanur Sri Govindaprasad

28.09.2014 – Sunday (6 PM – 8.30 PM)

Main Kriti & Raga: ‘Janani Mamava’ – BHAIRAVI

Vocal: Sri Sanjay Subrahmanyan ,Violin: Sri S.Varadarajan,
Mridangam: Dr B.Harikumar, Ghatam: Dr. S.Karthick

29.09.2014 – Monday (6 PM – 8.30 PM)

Main Kriti : Saroruhasana Jaaye – Kamavardhini

Vocal: Sri T.V. Gopalakrishnan, Violin: Sri S.Varadarajan,
Mridangm: Sri Vijay Natesan, Ghatam: Tripunitura Sri Radhakrishnan

30.09.2014 – Tuesday (6 PM – 8.30 PM)

Main Kriti & Raga: ‘Janani Pahi’ – SHUDDHA SAVERI

Veena: Kum.Amrutha Venkatesh, Mridangam: Palghat Sri. K.S.Maheshkumar, Ghatam: Udupi Sreedhar, Morsing: Payyanur Sri Govindaprasad

01.10.2014 – Wednesday (6 PM – 8.30 PM)

Main Kriti & Raga: ‘Pahi Janani’ – NATTAKURINJI

Vocal: Smt. R.Vedavalli, Violin: Sri. R.K.Shriramkumar,
Mridangam: Mannargudi Sri Easwaran, Ghatam: Perumkavu Sri P.L. Sudheer

02.10.2014 – Thursday (6 PM – 8.30 PM)

Main Kriti & Raga: ‘Pahi Parvathanandini’ – ARABHI

Vocal: Sri.Ashwath Narayanan, Violin: Attukal Sri Balasubramaniam,
Mridangam: Sri N.C Bharadwaj, Morsing: Kottayam Sri Murali


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National Level Competition of Muthuswamy Dikshitar Krithis

The competition is open to those in the age group 8-25 (Junior and Senior)

Bangalore: Aug 31st (Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira, BSK)

Registration can be done via email ( or Facebook (

Few clarifications about the National Level Dikshitar Kritis Competition:
1) Only Krithis are required (No manodharma sangeetham required)
2) Juniors (8-14) must come prepared with atleast 3 krithis (5 recommended)
3) Seniors (15-25) must come prepared with 10 kritis
4) Bangalore Prelims is on August 31st at Sri Rama Lalitha Kalamandira, BSK – 9 am
5) Finals would be held at Chennai on Sep 7th

For all details please send a message on facebook – or email –