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NEWS - Archive March 2008
Chitravina Ravikiran In U.S. On Concert Tour
29 Mar 2008: Chitravina N. Ravikiran, the only Indian musician picked by the National Geographic Channel in their programme featuring geniuses from various parts of the world, is currently in the U.S.

LearnQuest Academy Music Meet Begins On April 9
26 Mar 2008: The Waltham-based music school LearnQuest Academy is gearing to present Music Conference 2008. The five-day conference will commence on April 9 and last till April 13. The conference will be held at multiple locations. The Music Conference 2008 is being co-sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston and MITHAS at MIT, a leading music organization that presents Indian classical music concert series in the Boston area.

French Touch Festival In Mumbai On March 27
26 Mar 2008: The City of Mumbai will play host to a unique French Touch Festival.
The festival will take place at 7 p.m. on March 27. St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, will be the venue of the event.

The Trinity & The Art Of Branding
22 Mar 2008: Much before the marketing and management gurus could come out with advanced scientific tools to garner the mind and valet of 21st century consumers, the famed Trinity of Carnatic classical music appeared to have adopted the so-called modern day techniques while composing kritis, so as to reach out to rasikas of assorted sorts.

Sangeetha Kala Sagaram For Kalpagam Swaminathan
21 Mar 2008: Veena vidushi Kalpagam Swaminathan will be conferred the title Sangeetha Kala Sagaram at the annual Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival at Cleveland in the U.S. by the Bhairavi Fine Arts Society.

Parthasarathy Sabha To Hold Thyagaraja Fete
21 Mar 2008: Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha is organizing a two-day Thyagaraja music festival here. It will commence on March 22. The venue will be Mylapore Fine Arts Club Hall.

Trinity Kritis And Business Management
21 Mar 2008: A special lecture on ``Traces of business management and marketing principles in kritis of great composers'' is being organized by Narada Gana Sabha Trust here this evening.

A.R. Rahman To Set Up Music Conservatory
20 Mar 2008: Music director A.R. Rahman is setting up a music conservatory. Called KM (Kosmic Music) Conservatory, it is coming up near his studio at Kodambakkam in Chennai.

Musicians Seek More Space For Art In Newspapers
17 Mar 2008: Why can’t newspapers bring news about fine art and artistes up to front pages and move unpleasant news items to inner pages? Making a strong suggestion to this effect at a press conference here sometime ago, veteran Carnatic vocalist M. Balamurali Krishna regretted the importance accorded to Page-three items in newspapers.

Lalgudi Jayaraman - A Laya Bhava Raman, Says T.N. Seshagopalan
14 Mar 2008: The Carnatic music fraternity has showered encomiums on veteran violin artiste Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, who is conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Music Academy.

Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Award for Sikkil Gurucharan
14 Mar 2008: Upcoming artistes Sikkil C. Gurucharan (vocalist), Akkarai S. Subbulakshmi (violin) and Peravali Jaya Bhaskar (mridangam) are among the 30 young artistes chosen for the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2007.

Krishna Gana Sabha To Hold Veterans’ Concerts
14 Mar 2008: In what is considered a welcome move by artistes and rasikas alike, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha has decided to organize a series of year-long Veterans Day Programme.

Guard Against Commercialism, Gopalakrishna Gandhi Tells Carnatic Musicians
10 Mar 2008: Carnatic musicians must guard against `kalappadam’ (adulteration) of commercialism in all its tawdriness in classical concerts.

Music Academy Does A Noble Act
10 Mar 2008: It is better late than never. So goes an old adage. Music Academy may be late in doing this. Unlike the Nobel Foundation, this venerable institution in Mecca of Carnatic Music is not regretting.

Lalgudi Jayaraman To Set Up Endowment In Music Academy
10 Mar 2008: Violin maestro Lalgudi G. Jayaraman has decided to institute an endowment in Music Academy.

Lalgudi Jayaraman Is `Aravamudam', Says Gopalakrishna Gandhi.
10 Mar 2008: Gopalakrishna Gandhi, Governor of West Bengal, has described violin maestro Lalgudi G. Jayaraman as `Aravamudam’.

Bharatiya Sangeeta Vaibhavam Trust To Present Akhanda Ganam
08 Mar 2008: Bharatiya Sangeetha Vaibhavam Trust is organizing a grand Akhandam devoted to Muthuswami Dikshitar. It will take place on March 9 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The venue will be the Mini Hall of Music Academy.

Vidya Mandir Students Perform At Sundaram Finance Sunday Kutcheri in Park
07 Mar 2008: Fifteen students, aged between 11 years and 14 years, from Vidya Mandir School, Mylapore in Chennai, presented a vocal music performance for an hour from 6.30 am on March 2 at the monthly mike-less ‘Sundaram Finance Sunday Kutcheri in the Park’ at the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore.

Nithyashree To Perform For Abbas
06 Mar 2008: This one will be a presentation of different sort for Carnatic vocalist Nithyashree Mahadevan. Come March 16, this senior artiste will present a live performance on ragam-based film songs.

Music Academy To Honour Lalgudi Jayaraman On March 9
05 Mar 2008: Legendary violinist and composer Lalgudi G.Jayaraman will be conferred the "Special Life Time Achievement Award" by the prestigious Music Academy, Madras, on the occasion of its 80th year celebration on March 9, 2008 at 6.05 pm. The function will take place at T.T. Krishnamachary Auditorium, T.T.K Road, Chennai.

Cleveland Aradhana Begins On March 22
04 Mar 2008: The annual Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana is scheduled towards the Easter week-end. This year it falls between March 22 and March 30. The yearly Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana happens to be the largest Indian classical music festival in North America.

Vasumathi Badrinathan To Present Stree Ganaam on March 8
04 Mar 2008: Mumbai-based vocalist and dancer Vasumathi Badrinathan will stage a multi-media production of Stree Ganaam, based on women composers in Carnatic Music, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8.

Kalamandalam Festival Gets Under Way
03 Mar 2008: Nila National Dance and Music Festival is currently on at Kalamandalam in Kerala. The festival kick-started on March 1, 2008 at the Vallathol Nagar campus and will last till March 4.