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NEWS - Archive July 2008
Global Carnatic Music Association to hold non-stop concert series
31 July 2008: Global Carnatic Music Association (GCMA) has decided to pay tribute to legendary vocalist late Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer in a unique way by organizing non-stop a series of one-hour concerts.

Sangita Kalanidhi for clarinet artiste A.K.C. Natarajan
29 July 2008: Music Academy has decided to confer the prestigious Sangita Kalanidhi title on clarinet maestro A.K.C. Natarajan. A decision to this effect was taken unanimously by the executive committee of the Music Academy.

Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer – an ineffable musician
25 July 2008: As the Carnatic music world celebrates the birth centenary of Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer today (July 25), we at offer our pranaam to the doyen of Carnatic music. His steely resolve, concern for details, emphasis on perfection and caring attitude had all made him an outstanding musician.

Don’t rush kids to concert stage, pleads veena vidushi Kalpakam Swaminathan
25 July 2008: Veena vidushi Kalpagam Swaminathan was given away the “Veena Seshanna” award at a function in Bangalore on July 20, 2008. After returning to Chennai, she shared with her feelings about getting the award and her award-acceptance speech at the function.

Bangalore Gayana Samaja begins Semmangudi centenary fest
25 July 2008: Bangalore Gayana Samaja has begun celebrating the birth centenary of Padmavibhushan Dr. Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, the doyen of Carnatic music, with a two-week festival.

Oriental Records releases CD on Aditya Hrudayam sung by Unnikrishnan
21 July 2008: Of all the mantras of the Hindu spiritual lore, Aditya Hrudayam is considered the most sacred and powerful. New York-based Oriental Records Inc has announced the publication of a recording of this mantra. It is being distributed in India by Bharat Records International Pvt. Ltd. of Chennai.

Centenary fete of Semmangudi to be a mega event
18 July 2008: Sri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer Golden Jubilee Foundation and the Centenary Celebrations Committee have announced a mega plan for celebrating the the birth centenary of Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, the doyen of Carnatic Music. The birth centenary falls on July 25, 2008.

Kadri Gopalnath School goes on stream
17 July 2008: The music school of saxophone artiste Kadri Gopalnath was inaugurated here on Wednesday. The Chairman of Karnataka Bank, Mr. Ananthakrishna, presided over the function.

Vinayaga Natyalaya to present `pengalin perumai', a dance-drama
17 July 2008: Vinayaga Natyalaya, a dance organization engaged in the task of taking Bharatanatyam to rural India, will present `Pengalin Perumai', a natya natagam (dance-drama). It will feature the students of S.R. Meenakshi Priya Raghavan. The `dance-drama' will take place on July 19 (Saturday) at 5.30 p.m.

Semmangudi's centenary celebrations
15 July 2008: A function to mark the centenary celebrations of legendary musician late Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer is being organized on the evening of July 25, 2008 at the T.T.K. Auditorium of the famed Music Academy.

Bombay Jayashri to perform at Helsinki festival
14 July 2008: For the first time ever, the Finnish chamber orchestra Avanti! has roped in Carnatic musician Bombay Jayashri to give a debut performance of Eero Hämeenniemi's Rain and the red earth on August 28 at the Helsinki festival.

International Society For Laya Awareness hits upon a 40:40 music test
08 July 2008: The Carnatic music world has taken a clue or two from the IPL (Indian Premier League), it appears. Following the huge success of the 20:20 cricket formula of IPL, the International Society For Laya Awareness (ISLA), a Chennai-based organization engaged in teaching Carnatic / classsical / devotional / instrumental music to children, has come out with 40:40 programme of its own to discover and highlight musical talent.

20 students from Pammal to perform at Sundaram Finance Sunday Kutcheri in the Park
05 July 2008: As part of the Sundaram Finance Sunday Kutcheri in the Park, about 20 students from Sri Sankara Vidyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Pammal will present a Carnatic music performance this Sunday (July 6) at the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore between 6.30 a.m. and 7.30 a.m.

Sona Group institutes award to popularize devotional music
04 July 2008: The Sona Group, a leading automobile components’ maker, has instituted the Sona Devotional Music Awards 2008. Claimed to be the first-of-its-kind talent hunt, the award is intended to recognize and reward the best singers in the genre of devotional music.

Suswaralaya College lists music schedule
03 July 2008: Suswaralaya College of Music will host a vocal concert of T. S. Vasanthamadhavi on July 5 at Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira, 9th Main , 2nd stage, Banashankari, Bangalore-70. The concert will begin at 5.3 p.m. It is being held under the joint auspices of Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira as part of the S. Lakshmanshastry Memorial Programme.

Top artistes to participate in Svanubhava
02 July 2008: Matrka, an organization promoted by vocal singers Bombay Jayashri and T.M. Krishna, and YACM (Youth Association for Classical Music) have announced the schedule for Svanubhava, a musical event jointly organized by them exclusively for the students of Carnatic music.

Maiden mridangam concert by Rishikesh Tirumalai
02 July 2008: Chiranjeevi Rishikesh Tirumalai, a disciple of Dr.Ramachandran Suresh, will give his maiden mridangam concert (arengatram) on July 6, 2008 at 6.15 p.m at the Mini Hall of Music Academy in Chennai. He will provide percussion support for renowned violin artistes and disciples of Lalgudi Jayaraman, Lalgudi Vijaya Lakshmi and Vittal Ramamurthy. Dr. S. Karthick will play the ghatam.

Matrka teams up with YACM to organize music festival for students
01 July 2008: Matrka, an organization formed by singers Bombay Jayashri and T. M. Krishna, has joined hands with YACM (Youth Association for Classical Music) to organize Swanubhava, a festival exclusively for the students of Carnatic music.

N. Murali re-elected President of Music Academy
01 July 2008: N. Murali, Managing Director of The Hindu, is re-elected as the President of the Music Academy for a second-term. The annual general body meeting of the Academy, held here on Sunday last, also saw the election of Habibulla Badsha, C.V. Karthik Narayanan, Lakshmi Viswanathan, P.Obul Reddy, R. Seshasayee and R. Srinivasan as Vice-Presidents.