Carnatic News & Events

Sad Demise of Sri. TK Govinda Rao:
End of A great tradition with ‘Mussiri bani'

Sri. TK Govinda RaoSri. TK Govinda Rao was an undisputed authority for Mussiri Bani in carnatic music. The Chennai based exponent in carnatic music passed away on 17 th September 2011 . Sri. Rao's contribution for documenting the evergreen krithis of Sri.Purandaradasa, Sri.Kanakadasa and other carnatic music jewels is worth mentioning.

Being the chief programme producer of All India Radio (AIR) Delhi , Sri.Govinda Rao had access to all Banis (different styles) in Carnatic Music. This included banis promoted by exponents such as Sri.G.N. Balasubramanyam and Sri.M.D. Ramanathan.

After studying the various styles followed by experts from diverse Baanis, Sri. Rao came to know that most of these artists are mainly concerned about musical aspects and are not much eager about the Saahithya Bhaava (literary aspects) of various compositions. Having identified this, Sri. Rao first associated with Smt.Lalithangi, mother of maestro singer Smt.M.L.Vasanthakumari, to text out the notation version of few compositions of Sri.Purandaradasa.

Sri. TK Govinda Rao will be always revered in the field of carnatic music as a person who have contributed much for future generation students and rasikas of carnatic music.



Sree Malliyoor Sankaran namboothiri Passes away

Malliyoor Sankaran NamboothiriAugust 2 nd 2011 : Malliyoor Sankaran Namboothiri (91), a life dedicated to the service of Lord krishna is history. He breath his last due to cardiac failure, at his residence at Kuruppunthara near to the famous Malliyoor Sree Mahaganapathy Temple . The funeral rites will be held at 7 pm today. Sree. Malliyoor Sankaran Namboothiri's was a saintly life that truly deserves the title Bhagavatha Hamsam, having conducted more than 2500 Bhagavatha Saptaha Yajnas. His life was a epic filled with devotion and bhakthi. Simplicity was the key focus of his life and he kept the till his last breath. Anyone who have personally interacted with him will find a person of high values and a high level of spiritual resonance.

His demise is definitely a loss for the spiritual world. Sri.Sankaran Namboothiri was born as the eldest son of Sri.Parameswaran Namboothiri and Smt. Arya Antharjanam, on 2nd February, 1921 . His early life was filled with struggle against poverty and neglect. By his ardent devotion and by opting the path of Bhagavatha, he conquered new heights in the spiritual world and earned the title, ‘Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Bhagavatha Seva Ratnam' and ‘Bhagavatha Hamsam' title bestowed by Guruvayoor Bhagavatha Vijnana Samithy.

Sree. Malliyoor Sankaran Namboothiri is survived by two sons and two daughters. Sri. Parameswaran Namboothiri, Sri.Divakaran Namboothiri, Smt.Arya Devi and Smt. Parvathy Devi



Kshetra Sangeetham : Episode 8 : TIRUVAIYARU

Date : Sunday , 5th June 2011
Venue : Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall Talk on Kshetra by Dr Sudha Seshayyan
Concert: Dr. Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam - Vocal
Akkarai Kum. Subhalakshmi - Violin
Sri T.R.Sundaresan - Mridangam

Given below are a few details about Kshetra Sangeetham This concert series, organized by Narada Gana Sabha, comprises a presentation about various aspects of the Kshetra or temple town  – the temples' uniqueness, the composers who have sung in praise of the Kshetra and other aspects of musical significance. The presentation is followed by a music concert with a focus on different vaggeyakaras' compositions on the Kshetra. KANCHI, CHIDAMBARAM, SRIRANGAM, MADURAI, TIRUVARUR ,CHENNAI and SRINGERI have been presented so far in this series which started in Jan 2010.
 completes 5 years of service

We are privileged to inform our visitors, well-wishers and all associated personalities that today on 16 th February 2011 , we have completed 5 successful years of service to the carnatic music community around the world. Since 16 th February, 2006 , we have strived to popularize carnatic music and to offer a common platform for all the lovers of this music genre.

As we step into our sixth year we have more commitments bestowed upon us. We take this opportunity to thank all of you who have adorned us with all your support and assistance for the last half a decade.

Swar sadhana Music competition : Applications invited

Mumbai: Swar Sadhana's Annual All India music competion will start on 22nd january 2011. at the Bhadra Sree High School Hall, next to Capital Cinema, Hazarimal Somani Marg, SCT Mumbai. In addition to rolling trophies and mementos, cash prizes are also offered for the winners, the organizers said. For more details and for application forms please
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Sudha Ragunathan bags Indira Sivasailam Endowment award

CHENNAI:Sudha Ragunathan, the top rated singer bags Indira Sivasailam Endowment award. She is the first person to bag this award. The annual award recognize extraordinary Carnatic musicians handpicked by a panel consisting delegates from the Endowment Committee of The Music Academy.

Sudha Ragunathan's name was unanimous selection the panel based on the excellence in performance, appeal from audience , strict following to classical tradition,improvisations done still confining to the basic structure of carnatic music etc...

M.S. Gopalakrishnan to be honoured with with 'Sangeetha Kala Nipuna' title by Mylapore Fine Arts

Chennai: M.S. Gopalakrishnan will be honoured with 'Sangeetha Kala Nipuna' by the Mylapore Fine Arts Club. veteran dancer Radha will be honoured with the title, “Nrithya Kala Nipuna” . the ceremony will take place on December 11, 2010 during the 59th year art festival organised by the sabha. Nungambakkam Cultural Academy has also decided to honour dancer Padma Subramanyam with a Life Time Achievement Award.


Ghatom Maestro Sri. TV Vasan passes away

Sri. TV VasanNew Delhi: Celebrated Ghatam maestro Sri. T.V. Vasan (61)passed away this morning at New Delhi , following a cardiac arrest. He was at New Delhi to be part of the jury for audition of artistes for performance in the All India Radio.

His eldest brother is the renowned musician Sri.T.V. Gopalakrishnan (TVG) and the older brother is the noted violin maestro T.V. Ramani. Sri. TV vasan had a bani of his own and was revered among the percussionists for the same. Sri. Vasan, had learnt the basics of music from his brother Sri.T.V. Gopalakrishnan and later from the great exponent, Prof. Velukutty Nair







The Kshetra Sangeetham Series to start in January 31st

This concert series, in association with Narada Gana Sabha, will comprise a presentation about various aspects of the Kshetra – the temples and their uniqueness, the composers who have sung in praise of the kshetra and other aspects of musical significance. This will be followed by a music concert with a focus on different vaggeyakaras' compositions on the kshetra. click here for details





Book launch ceremony of "A peek into PRAHLADHA BHAKTHI VIAJAYA" authored by Revathi Sridharan.

Revathi SSaint Thyagaraja has written a musical play (named Prahladha Bhakthi Vijaya) on Prahladha's devotion to Lord Vishnu through an exalted storyline. Here, the poet portrays an image of Prahladha worshipping Lord Rama, not the mythical feature of Narasimha-avatara. The central theme of the play is solely around Prahladha's devotion. His narration of Prahladha's story is his possession, a version of his own and not the one we are familiar with (Narasimha avatara); Hiranyakashipu wanting to win over his mortal enemy Vishnu and the son Prahladha being a firm devotee of his father's enemy – These episodes are given a back seat. Instead Thyagaraja sings seeing himself in Prahladha's chair and portrays Rama as Narasimha. This story is artistically outlined through 45 compositions in various ragas. However musicians (not all though) today present these compositions on/off stage without knowing the context of each of these. An attempt has been made by Revathi Sridharan of Bangalore to abridge the play in her book “A peek into Prahladha Bhakthi Vijaya”, providing a construal and analysis to this story through the compositions, giving the gist and explaining the musical technicality of each composition. It involves literary translation (from Telugu), interpretation of the story line to bridge the narration between compositions, analysis of various musical elements, and their placements.

The book launch under the auspices of Balaji Sangeetha Vidhyalaya Trust(R) is scheduled on 24th of Jan, 6:00 pm @ Sri Jayarama Sevamandali, Jayanagar, Bangalore. Mysore Sri Vasudevachar's grandson Sangeethakalarathna Sri. S. Krishnamurthy would grace the occasion.

Request musicians and music enthusiasts at Bangalore to mark their presence at the book launch ceremony and promote such events.

Post-launch, shall post a follow-up on the book and the launch details.
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Margazhi ragam DVD launched
December 6, CHENNAI: Talking at the grand launch ceremony of DVD of the nouvelle music experience, Margazhi Ragam, the veteran Film director Mani Ratnam described as a new trend setter as the new concept adds to the visual style of presentation of the age old carnatic music. read more...

Kunnakudi Isai Vizha
KUNNAKUDI ISAI VIZHA to be conducted from 2nd Dec 2009, at Kunnakudi Hall, 50, Greenways Road, RAPuram, Chennai 28 (inside music college campus) behind sathya studio,chennai. As part of the activities of the Raga research Centre, this year also they will be conducting various programmes on carnatic music
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6 year old kid Ashwin Murali bags Veena Gayathri Award
4th November 2009 : Prathyogitha Carnatic Bee competition, sponsored by Shruthilayam Academy identified 6 year-old Ashwin Murali for the prestigiousVeena Gayathri Award . He has earlier bagged thePrathyogitha talent award during the ceremony.
Ashwin Murali was a student of Shruthilayam Academy since the age of 4. At this very young age, it is astonishing to see the kid delivering pieces like swarajathis, varnams and kritis with perfection.

Parassala Ponnammal, the veteran vocalist honoured with Sree Guruvayurappan Chembai Puraskaram
4th November 2009 : Carnatic vocalist Smt.Parassala Ponnammal was honoured with this years Sree Guruvayurappan Chembai Puraskaram, offered by the Sree Krishna Temple, Guruvayoor. The Award will be will be presented to Smt.Parassala Ponnammal later this year. The award, includes a cash prize of Rs 50001, the gold locket of Sree Guruvayoorappan, a citation and a ponnada. The Awrd will be presented to Smt.Parassala Ponnammal on the inaugural day of the revered Chembai Sangeetholsavam to be held in Guruvayur on 13th November.

Swathi sangeethotsavam to commence on 5th January 2010
4th November 2009 : The annual musical fete, Swathi Sangeethotsavam, a carnatic music festival held in honour of the late Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma who belonged to the Thiruvithamcore dynasty, will start on 6th of January, 2010. The seven-day long fete will be held from January 6 to 12 at the ‘Kuthira Malika' in Thiruvananthapuram. It was here that king Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma had stayed and composed many of his musical master pieces. The festival is organised by Prince Rama Varma of Travancore Trust. The concerts areopen to all and dont need an entry pass to attend. However strict regulations are enforced as part of age old tradition.

19th Sathya Sai Sangeetholsavam

2nd November 2009 : The 19th Shree Sathya Sai Sangeetholsavam will be held at Vaikom from 18th to 23rd November 2009. The sangeetholsavam featuring exponents in the field of carnatic music will be held in association with the 84 th birth day celeberations of bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. A Sri Thyagaraja Pancharathna Keerthana Alaapanam is also arranged on the concluding day of the fete. Click here for more details


Indraprastha Sangeet Samaroh

The Sahitya Parishad, Govt of NCT of Delhi, is organizing a three-day musical performances, “Indraprastha Sangeet Samaroh- Dedicated to the Memory of Ustad Vilayat Khan Saheb”. on the 3rd, 4th & 5th August, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi-1. The invitation card and some pix are attached.

The artists performing are:

3rd August

Ustad Shujat Khan Sitar

Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Hindustani Vocal

4th August

Vid. Kalapini Komkali Hindustani Vocal

Pt. Bhajan Sopori Santoor duet


Shri Abhay Rustum Sopori

5th August

Vid. Sudha Raghunathan Carnatic vocal

Ustad Nishat Khan Sitar

Ustad Rashid Khan Thirakwa Tabla


DK Pattammal passed away

DK PattammalChennai: 16th June 2009: Smt. DK Pattammal (90) the all time carnatic music exponent passed away this afternoon at her residence in Kottoorpuram, Chennai. Smt. Pattammal was bedridden for quite a long time. Pattammal, M. S. Subbulakshmi and M. L. Vasanthakumari were often popularly referred to as the "female trinity of Carnatic Music". Smt. Pattammal was born in an orthodox Brahmin family in Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu district. Smt. DK Pattammal had her first radio broadcast for Madras Corporation Radio (The present All India Radio) in 1929, at a very young age of 10.

She got the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1961, Sangeetha Kalanidhi (considered to be the top most tribute in Carnatic music) in 1970, the Padma Bhushan in 1971, and the prestigious Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honor, in 1998.

Smt. DK Pattammal is also privileged with quite a huge number of promising disciples. The top of the list includes her own younger brother, DK Jayaraman. The demise of Smt. DK Pattammal is indeed a heavy loss for the carnatic music world.

Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship s & Akademi Awards 2008

The prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships & Akademi Awards for the year 2008 was conferred by Smt Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Honb'le President of India on 14 th of July at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

The premier institution of Dance, Music and Drama first conferred the prestigious national Sangeet Natak Akademi, Fellowships and Awards in 1952 in recognization for setting high standards of excellence, achievements and contribution in the filed of performing arts by individual through performance, teaching and scholarship. 

 The investiture ceremony will be followed by a festival featuring some of the Awardees of the year beginning 15 July 2009 to 23 July 2009 at different venues in Delhi




3. R.C. MEHTA 



Ulhas Kashalkar Hindustani Vocal

M.R. Gautam Hindustani Vocal

Ramesh Mishra Hindustani Instrumental (Sarangi)

Krishna Ram Chaudhary Hindustani Instrumental (Shehnai)

Puranam Purushottama Sastry Carnatic Vocal 

B. Sasi Kumar Carnatic Instrumental (Violin)

Mannargudi. A. Easwaran Carnatic Instrumental (Mridangam)

Ningombam Ibobi Singh Other Major Traditions of Music -

Nata Sankirtana (Manipur)



Saroja Vaidyanathan Bharatanatyam

Shashi Sankhla Kathak

Kalamandalam Kuttan Kathakali

Ramani Ranjan Jena Odissi

Vasanthalakshmi & M.V. Narasimhachari Kuchipudi

(Joint Award)

Kalamandalam Leelamma Mohiniattam

Yogsunder Desai Creative & Experimental Dance

Ramhari Das Music for Dance (Odissi) 



Markand Bhatt Acting

Arundhati Nag Acting

S. Ramanujam Direction

Probir Guha Direction

Mudra Rakshasa Playwriting (Hindi)

Narsingh Dev Jamwal Playwriting (Dogri)

Amba Sanyal Allied Theatre Arts

(Costume Designing) 

Bansi Lal Khilari Major Traditions of Theatre –

Khayal (Rajasthan)


OTHER Traditional / Folk/ Tribal Dance / Music / Theatre

Shakuntala Nagarkar Lavani, Maharastra

Birabar Sahoo Gotipua, Orissa

Mangi Bai Arya Mand, Rajasthan

L. Heramot Meitei Thang-Ta (Martial Arts), Manipur

Lakha Khan Mangniyar Folk Music, Rajasthan

Hilda Mit Lepcha Lepcha Music, Sikkim

Kartar Singh Gurbani, Punjab

Lakshman Das Hari Katha, Karnataka 


Scholarship in Performing Arts

R. Sathyanarayana 

“Sare Jahan Se Accha, 2009”- A two-day festival of dance

Sare Jahan Se Accha, 2009

It is the third consecutive year that UTSAV is organizing a two-day dance festival “ Sare Jahan Se Accha” 2009 . The festival celebrates the spirit of India 's freedom as well as is an expression of pride in the achievements of the nation as it turns 62 . Utsav Educational and Cultural Society is working relentlessly for over two decades in the promotion and integration of Indian culture, through the various forms of Indian Classical dance and music especially Odissi, under the guidance of Odissi exponent Smt Ranjana Gauhar, Padmashri and Sangeet Natak Awardee. The festival will be held on the 9 th & 10 th August, 2009 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi . The programme begins at 7 p.m. on both the days.

Day One: Sunday 9 th August, 2009 (Sunday)

For this festival Utsav brings together “Trimudra”, a production, which depicts the beauty of dance in a composite presentation of Odissi, Gotipua and Chhau. The inaugural presentation will begin with a patriotic invocation to the Mother Land . This will be followed by a pure dance presentation where all the three styles will perform in fusion. There will be solo presentations of the individual dance forms also. The evening will conclude with a performance based on the popular regional story of Orissa- ‘Chandra Bhaga' in all the three styles.

The artists for the evening shall be Smt Ranjana Gauhar and group (Odissi), Shri Shashadhar Acharya and group (Chhau) as well as Shri Bijay Kumar Sahoo's group from Bhubaneswar , Orissa (Gotipua). (Duration: 1 Hr;15 mins).

Day Two: 10 th August, 2009 (Monday)

  • Guru Singhajit Singh and group ( Delhi ) will present innovative and traditional items in Manipuri style of dance. (35-40 mins)
  • Uma Dogra and group (Mumbai) will present ‘Dawn of India ,' a Kathak production depicting India 's freedom struggle. (30 mins)

This festival is designed as an annual event with the objective of collectively sharing with fellow Indians as well as igniting in them the patriotic spirit through India 's rich dance traditions.


Dr.Balamuralikrishna turns 79

Dr.BalamuralikrishnaSankaraguptam, 3rd July 2009: The Carnatic music ‘Gana Gandharva', Sri.Mangalampalli Dr.Balamuralikrishna turns 79. The birthday celebrations were held here at his native village and attended by his entire dear and near ones. The whole village was in a festive mood to mark the birthday of their dearest singer. The first music concert of Sri Balamuralikrishna was held here at the tender age of 15. And ever since he never had a setback.

Dr.Balamuralikrishna says that he has a special affection for the Sankaraguptam village near to south Godavari. He is fond of the river Godavari where he used to do 'sadhakam' at sunrise. Dr. Balamuralikrishna is the recipient of the highest civilian honour of France, the ‘Chavalier' besides the ‘Padma Vibhushan'. Dr. Balamuralikrishna is regarded as the most experienced and most extraordinary carnatic music maestro. He is a 'Vaggeyakara' (A person who writes lyrics as well as compose it) par excellence and has a number of krithis varnams and thillanas to his credit.


Interview with Ms. Swarnima, a budding Hindustani Sangeeth Vocalist
by Ms.Madhu Sen

Ms. SwarnimaMs Swarnima started her basic training with Pandit Vasudev Rao Deshpande of Agra Gharana in Dehradun, followed later by learning under Vidushi Smt Shubha Mudgal for a couple of years. She have also been the student of Pt Batuknath Diwan ji of Agra Gharana, who is acknowledged for his collection of rare thumris and semi classical forms of music. For the past six years, She is learning the nuances of classical music in the Rampur Morabadbad style, under the guidance of the great Sarangi maestro Ustad Sabri Khan, who is an institution in himself and excels in the Gharana, which is also known as the Saini Gharana.
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Sarod Maestro Ali Akbar Khan passed away

Legendary Sarod Maestro Ali Akbar Khan died at his home in San Anselmo in California subsequent to a renal failure. He was 87 years old. Ali Akbar Khan , the Hindustani classical music proponent died around 10.30 a.m. Indian standard time. He is the recipient of India 's prestigious civilian honours of Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan for his inputs to the Indian classical music. He is survived by 11 children from his three wives.


Mridangam Exponent Sri.Palakkad R. Raghu Passed awayPalakkad R. Raghu

Alltime mridangam maestro Sri.Palakkad R. Raghu is history. He was 81. he breathed his last at a private hospital in Mailapur, Chennai.Sri.Palakkad was a personality par excellence in the field of carantic music percussion. He has developed a style of his own and is an unmatched name in the field of mridangam in His wife Smt.Mahalakshmi pre-deceased him. Sri.Palakkad R. Raghu is survived by his son Sri.Ramkumar and daughters Padma and Rajeshwari.





He has already been honoured with numerous awards like the Padmashree, Sangeetha Nataka Akademi award, Kalaimamani award, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Award etc .He was attracted to the mridangam field after hearing Palakkad Mani Iyer palying on the mridangam. Later he became the student of Palakkad Mani Iyer.His demise is defenitely a loss for the entire carnatic music lovers.


International Festival of Dance “Unbound Beats of India ” 2009

Utsav Educational and Cultural Society carried forward the series of international dance festival “Unbound Beats of India” this year too where young, focused and committed artists of different Indian classical styles showcased the inexhaustible richness and cultural variety of our country.

The two-day festival, which encourages the talent of young dancers both from India and abroad, was held on the 25 & 26 May, 2009 at 7 p.m. at Stein Auditorium , India Habitat Centre , Lodhi Road , New Delhi -3. 

The festival was sponsored by Syndicate Bank and BSNL and supported by ICCR, MMTC and Airports Authority of India (AAI). The festival was inaugurated on 25 th May, 2009 by Dr. Arun Kumar Rath, Former Secretary, H.R.D. Government of India. Special Guest Shri K. Devananda Upadhyaya, General Manager, Syndicate Bank and Guest of Honour Smt. Sangeeta Mann, D.D.G., Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), renowned Kuchipudi exponent Guru Raja Reddy and Dr. Rajlaxmi Rath- Professor U.G.C. and advisor of Utsav also joined in the inaugural ceremony of lighting the lamp.

The performances of 20 mins duration each began with the recital of:

1) Yamini Reddy (Kuchipudi) Delhi
2) Masako Ono (Odissi) Japan
3) Disciples of Gopika Varma (Mohiniattam) Chennai
4) Disciples of Chitra Visweswaran (Bharatanatyam) Chennai
5) Disciples of Shovana Narayan (Kathak) Delhi

On the second and concluding day of the festival i.e., 26th May, 2009, Chief Guest Shri Lov Verma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, lighted the auspicious lamp and was joined by Special Guest, the eminent Bharatanatyam artist Smt Prathibha Prahlad, Guest of Honour Shri A. Mahapatra, Director (Personnel) M.M.T.C. Ltd., Shri Prem Nath, Executive Director Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Dr. Rajlaxmi Rath- Professor U.G.C. and advisor of Utsav.

The performances of 20 mins duration each began with the recital of:

1) Kavita Dwibedi (Odissi) Delhi
2) Disciple of Saroja Vaidyanathan- Nilokina Nikoleski (Bharatanatyam) Croatia
3) Jayaprabha Menon (Mohiniattam) Delhi
4) Ragini Krishnan (Bharatanatyam) Delhi
5) Disciples of Ratikant Mohapatra (Odissi) Bhubaneswar
The votes of thanks was delivered by Odissi exponent and Guru Smt Ranjana Gauhar. The festival witnessed an overwhelming response from a packed auditorium of Rasikas, who enjoyed the platter of classical dances.

Performance by artists on the concluding day of the international festival of dance Unbound Beats of India at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Disciples of Smt.Gopika Varma
Disciples of Ratikant Mahapatra-Odissi
Disciples of Smt.Gopika Varma
Disciples of Ratikant Mahapatra-Odissi
Masdako Ono-Odissi
Jaya Prabha Menon-Mohiniattam
Masdako Ono-Odissi
Jaya Prabha Menon-Mohiniattam
Kavita Dwibedi-Odissi
Ragini Krishnan-Bharatanatyam
Kavita Dwibedi-Odissi
Ragini Krishnan-Bharatanatyam
Nikolina Nikoleski, Disciple of Smt Shovana Narayan-Bharatanatyam
Yamini Reddy-Kuchipudi
Nikolina Nikoleski, Disciple of Smt Shovana Narayan-Bharatanatyam
Yamini Reddy-Kuchipudi


Utsav Educational And Cultural Society

Utsav Educational And Cultural Society is celebrating its 20 year of existence. Ranjana's Academy of Dance is holding its 21 st Annual Day with a presentation of ‘Tarang-The waves of Rhythm' on 9 th May, 2009 at Basement Theatre , India Habitat Centre, New Delhi from 7 p.m. onwards.

The students at Utsav will be showcasing their talent that has blossomed under the guidance and unstinted efforts of their Guru Smt Ranjana Gauhar, the founder of the Academy, who is herself an exponent of the Odissi dance form and has been conferred with the Padmashri, the National Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and bestowed with several other honours and titles.


'Performance And the Printed Word'

Sangeet Natak Akademi and The Federation of Indian Publishers have collaborated to present “Performance And the Printed Word” on one platform at the newly constructed Exhibition Hall (air-conditioned) at the Meghdoot Theatre, Rabindra Bhawan, 35 Feroze Shah Road, New Delhi-110 001.

The event titled “Performance and the Printed Word” will also have an exhibition and sale of books on music, dance and drama everyday from 11:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m.

Some of the well known artists who will participate in the two day event are:
Dance: Anita Ratnam, Geeta Chandran, Shagun Butani, Sangeta Sharma, disciples of Smt Saroja Vaiyanathan, Yog Sunder and others.
Theatre: Arvind Gaur, Govind Yadav, Rashi Bunny and others


To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of First War of Independence, 1857 and the 60th Anniversary of India’s Independence, Sangeet Natak Akademi will present Swaranjali-a 3-day festival of Instrumental Ensemble and Choral music at 6.30 p.m. on the 4th, 5th and 6th May, 2009 and Siri Fort Auditorium, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi.

Artists from different parts of the country will put a stimulating performance as a tribute to the martyrs, who sacrificed to give us our freedom and won independence for the country.

The festival will be inaugurated on the 4th May, 2009 by:
Shri Tejendra Khanna, Lt. Governor of Delhi.

On the closing day, 6th May, 2009:
Shri Jawhar Sircar, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India
has consented to be the Chief Guest.

The performing groups:

Monday, 4 May: Gandharva Choir: Madhup Mudgal, Delhi
Instrumental Ensemble: Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Jaipur

Tuesday, 5 May: Madras Youth Choir. Chennai
All India Radio Vadya Vrinda, Delhi

Wednesday, 6 May: Calcutta Choir, Kolkata
All India Radio Vadya Vrinda, Chennai

“Unbound Beats of India” 2009 International Festival of Dance

Ranjana GauharUtsav Educational and Cultural Society owes its existence to the singular dedication and effort of its founder, the renowned Odissi exponent Ranjana Gauhar, a Padmashri & Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee. The Society has been relentlessly promoting and propagating Indian culture, dance and music for over two decades. Innovations within the realms of tradition are the main attributes of the Academy. Quality training is imparted to students in its classes where interaction with eminent gurus and senior artists is encouraged. Utsav, which aims at artistic, educational and humanitarian excellence, is recognized for maintaining high standards.

The Society has to its credit several performances, festivals, seminars on music and dance besides outstanding ballets drawn from mythology and contemporary subjects such as woman’s empowerment and environment. Utsav constantly endeavours to ignite an interest and a liking for the finer nuances of dance and music amongst a wider discerning audience. It is precisely this belief that has inspired Smt. Ranjan Gauhar to not only propagate the arts but also showcase the talent of the young dancers who will take it forward. Continuing the series of “Unbound Beats of India”, this year too, Utsav is organizing a two-day international festival of dance on the 25 & 26 May, 2009 at India Habitat Centre. Young, focused and committed artists of diverse dance styles will be performing in the event. click here for programme schedule


The 'Jiwan Pani Memorial Festival' from 2nd to 4th of April

Dr Sonal MansinghThe Founder President of “The Centre for Indian Classical Dances” (CICD), New Delhi , Dr Sonal Mansingh believes that “ No legacy is as rich as graciousness. ” Established in 1977, CICD has eminent people on its board. The untimely demise of one of its founder trustee Shri Jiwan Pani, a renowned poet, musicologist, scholar and educationist, welled up the deep sense of gratitude in Dr. Mansingh for this great human being. She undertook to establish a festival in his name as a gesture of gratitude and tribute in the year 1998 thorough “The Jiwan Pani Memorial Festival”.

Gifted with a multifaceted personality, Shri Pani was acclaimed and admired the world over as true representative of India 's rich culture and heritage. During his stint with the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi and later as Director, Kathak Kendra, Shri Jiwan Pani opened the windows of the minds of innumerable dancers, musicians and art-lovers, wrote extensively on Indian art and culture, gave lectures in India and abroad, researched in the ancient Indian heritage of the Vedas and left an indelible mark on the national cultural scene. In his untimely death in 1998, a silence continues to reverberate loudly even today in the country's cultural scenario.

“The Jiwan Pani Memorial Festival” is an annual feature of the CICD, which aims at providing a platform for an innovative, holistic and aesthetic expression of dance and music by veteran and young artists. Pt. Birju Maharaj, Smt. Uma Sharma, Kavita Dwibedi, Kum Kum Mohanty, Bijayini Satpathy, Shashadhar Acharya, Ranjana Gauhar and many other renowned artists have performed in the earlier festivals. This is the 9 th Festival in the series.

This year the three-day Festival will be held on 2nd, 3 rd and 4 th April'09 (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road , New Delhi at 7 p.m. The inaugural day will feature, the famous Dhrupad vocalists-the Gundecha Brothers, while the celebrated vocalist, Pt. Chhanulal Mishra from Benaras will perform on 3 rd April'09 . To encourage and promote local talent, CICD will present the well-known flutist Rajendra Prasanna and the talented violinist Asghar Husain. On the closing day, Dr. Sitakant Mahapatra will receive the first Jiwan Ratna award, which has been instituted from this year. A recipient of the Gnan-Peeth and Sahitya Akademi award Dr. Mahapatra, is an eminent poet, author and former Secretary-Culture to Govt. of India. The renowned Hindi film director, writer, lyricist and poet Shri Gulzar will present the award to Dr. Mahapatra.

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