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Tyagaraja Festival Is On In Delhi
CHENNAI, 24 Feb 2008: The four-day Tyagaraja music festival of Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha began in New Delhi on February 23. The festival is organized in association with the Andhra Pradesh Bhawan. The festival will last till February 26. Eminent Carnatic musicians from Chennai are giving vocal recitals, comprising mainly Tyagaraja kritis.

N. Murali, Managing Director of The Hindu and President of the Music Academy, Chennai, inaugurated the festival. A portrait of Saint Tyagaraja was also unveiled on the occasion.

AWARDEES: The awardees this year include Nada Kalanidhi Vedavalli, Natya Ratna Kalanidhi Narayanan, Nada Bhushanam Malladi Brothers and Radha Venkatachalam, Natya Ilavarasi Meenakshi Chittaranjan and Rajeswari Sainath, Delhi Yuva Kalakar P.B. Kannakumar (vocal), V.S.K. Annadorai (violin), Chandrasekharan (mridangam) and Janhavi Rajaraman (dance).

VOCAL CONCERTS: The opening day saw the Malladi Brothers give a vocal recital. On Sunday, a panel discussion on traditions in music and dance was held. R. Vedavalli, Kalanidhi Narayanan, Leela Venkataraman, Radha Venkatachalam, Bombay Jayshree, Meenakshi Chittaranjan, Rajeswari Sainath, Subha Ganesan were among the participants. On Sunday evening, Subha Ganesan sang. This was followed by a vocal concert by Bombay Jayshree Ramnath.