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NEWS - Archive December 2008
Oothukkadu Venkata Kavi, a sakala kala musician
27 Dec 2008: It was a chill December morning. That did not prevent musically-inclined – from lay persons to stalwarts – to queue up to the Mini Hall at The Music Academy.

TAPAS title for Neyveli Santhanagopalan
25 Dec 2008: TAPAS – The Academy and Yuvakeerthana will celebrate ‘Sangeethotsavam 2009’, an annual festival of music and dance, from January 2, 2009. The festival will last till January 7.

Sukha Bhaavam, a musical album of Sudha Ragunathan released
21 Dec 2008: The Mylapore Fine Arts Club, which has been playing host to some outstanding programmes by highly learned and respected musicians, recently conferred senior vocalist Sudha Ragunathan the prestigious title Sangeetha Kala Nipuna.

A lec-dem by Anil Srinivasan and Sikkil Gurucharan
15 Dec 2008: It was a tryst with music and history. Through a lecture demonstration (lec-dem) titled Harmonics (Voice and Piano) on 13th December held at the Vinyasa Art Gallery, Anil Srinivasan (piano) and Sikkil Gurucharan (carnatic vocal) took the small yet discerning audience through the evolution of harmonics.

The Month of Margazhi and Tiruppavai Tradition
15 Dec 2008: The collection of 30 verses known as the Tiruppavai is traditionally rendered during the Tamizh month of Margazhi (mid December-mid January).

Chitravina Ravikiran enthralls rasikas at Sringeri centre in Toronto
15 Dec 2008: With the blessings of Jagadguru Shankaracharya, His Holiness Bharati Teertha Mahaswamiji, the Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation, Canada recently opened the Sringeri community centre in Toronto, Canada.

Sudha Ragunathan has a busy season ahead
15 Dec 2008: Sudha Ragunathan is a celebrity artiste. Sudha is a disciple of late M.L.Vasanthakumari. Sudha has many albums to her credit and is running a trust exclusively for needy children under the name and style of ‘Samudaya’.

A close encounter with Carnatic musicians
14 Dec 2008: Global Carnatic Music Association & Carnatica have announced the schedule for hte second edition of `Sangeetha Sandippu' - a coffee chat with celebrity singers from the world of Carnatic music.

Sarojini Sundaresan of U.K. to perform in Chennai sabhas
14 Dec 2008: Sarojini Sundaresan is the only female disciple of Alathur Venkatesa Iyer, keeping the Alathur tradition alive. She is the direct disciple of Alathur Venkatesa Iyer, the father and guru of Alathur brothers.

Bombay Jayashri to give 7 concerts during December
14 Dec 2008: Bombay Jayashri Ramnath is a renowned artiste and needs no introduction. She is a disciple of Lalgudi G.Jayaraman and learnt her basic music lessons from T.R. Balamani of Mumbai.

Raagalaya Foundation fest on Dec. 28
13 Dec 2008: Raagalaya Foundation (U.K./U.S.A.) will celebrate its 5th annual music festival on December 28. This years' festival will be held at the Dakshinamurthy Hall, Mylapore, Chennai 4.

PM releases book on MS
12 Dec 2008: The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Thursday, released a book on legendry Carnatic musician late M. S. Subbulakshmi.

Kalachaara Marumalarchi Trust plans concert series at Parthasarathy Swami temple from December 16
11 Dec 2008: Kalachaara Marumalarchi Trust, an organisation formed a couple of years ago by vocalists T.M. Krishna and his wife Sangeetha Sivakumar, is conducting a festival of music along with the Parthasarathy Swami Koil, Triplicane.

Kalarasana fest from December 13
11 Dec 2008: The annual music festival of Kalarasana will commence on December 13. It will be held at Rani Seethai Hall, Anna Salai.

Nungambakkam Cultural Academy music fest is on
11 Dec 2008: The annual music festival of Nungambakkam Cultural Academy is underway at Rama Rao Kala Mantap, Habibullah Road, T. Nagar.

Hamsadwani fest from December 15
11 Dec 2008: Hamsadhwani has announced the schedule for season 2008. The festival will be held at Youth Hostel Second Avenue, Indra Nagar, Adyar.

Thamizh Isai Sangam fest to begin on December 21
11 Dec 2008: The annual music festival of Thamizh Isai Sangam will commence on December 21. The festival will take place at Raja Annamalai Manram.

Chennai hosts Namasankeerthana Tarangam festival
11 Dec 2008: A three-day mini music festival of namasankeerthana tarangams composed by Narayana Tirtha begins here from December 11.

Sri Krishna Gana Sabha fest from Dec. 12
10 Dec 2008: The annual music and dance festival of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha will begin here on December 12.

Mylapore Fine Arts to begin music festival on December 13
10 Dec 2008: The annual music festival of Mylapore Fine Arts Club will begin here on December 13. It will be held at Musiri Subramaniam Salai, Mylapore.

Naadhabrahmam festival from December 5
04 Dec 2008: The seventh art festival of Naadhabrahmam Music Journal will begin at P.S. High School, Mylapore on December 5. The festival will last till December 15.

Narada Gana Sabha fest to begin from Dec. 14
04 Dec 2008: Narada Gana Sabha has announced the schedule for the season 2008-09. As usual, the annual music festival this season will also feature, concerts by leading artistes, dance recitals, harinama sankirtanam, lec-dems and what not.

Sri Rama Bhaktha Jana Samaj fest from Dec. 14
04 Dec 2008: The 12the annual music festival of Sri Rama Bhaktha Jana Samaj will begin on December 14.

Sharmiley to perform at the Sunday Kutcheri in the Park
04 Dec 2008: As part of the Sundaram Finance Sunday Kutcheri in the Park, R. Sharmiley of Srivatsa Vivekananda Vidyalaya, Chitlapakam will present a carnatic music performance at the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore.

Violin sisters Lalitha and Nandini have busy season ahead
03 Dec 2008: Violin sisters Dr.M.Lalitha and M.Nandini have a busy music season this time too. Besides performing together, the sisters have also lined up a few jugalbandi concerts with other artistes.

Vijaya Vitthala Prashasthi award for Dr. R. Ganesh
03 Dec 2008: Vocalist Dr. R. Ganesh was given the “Vijaya Vitthala Prashasthi” award by Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt recently at The Hampi Festival during the aradhana of Sri Raghunandana Thirtha Swamigal.

Brahma Gana Sabha Art Festival from December 3
03 Dec 2008: The annual music festival of Brahma Gana Sabha will get under way here on December 3. Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, Member of Parliament, will preside over the function and present the title Gaana Padhman on Aruna Sairam and Naatya Padhman on K. J.Sarasa.

The Music Academy Madras festival to begin on Dec 15
02 Dec 2008: The annual concerts of The Music Academy wil get under way here on December 15. The Vice-President of India, Mr. M. Hamid Ansari, will be the chief guest at the inauguration of this year's festival.

Hami Ansari to inaugurate Music Academy festival on December 15
02 Dec 2008: The 82nd annual conference and concerts of The Music Academy wil get under way here on December 15.

Chowdaiah Award for Nedunuri Krishnamurthy
02 Dec 2008: The K K Murthy Memorial Chowdaiah Award for 2008 was presented to Sangeetha Kalanidhi Nedunuri Krishnamurthy and Ganakabhushana Prof. R. Vishwesharan.

Awards galore for Sudha Raghunathan
02 Dec 2008: It will be awards galore for senior vocalist Sudha Raghunathan during Music Season 2008-09. Why not? The disciple of late M.L. Vasanthakumari richly deserves not just these but many more.

Sri Tyaga Brahma Gana Sabha fest to begin on Dec. 9
01 Dec 2008: The 29th Isai Iyal Nataka Vizha of Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha will get under way on December 9. It will be inaugurated by Dr. N. Mahalingam, industrialist. The inaugural function will commence at 5.30 p.m.

Kalakshetra Arts Festival from Dec.21
01 Dec 2008: The 56th annual Arts Festival of Kalakshetra will kick-start at the Bharat Kalakshetra auditorium, Tiruvanmiyur, on December 21. The festival will last till January 2, 2009.

Bharat Kalachar Fest to start on Dec. 12
01 Dec 2008: The 22nd Margazhi Mahotsav of Bharat Kalachar will begin on December 12. Mr. P.Chidambaram (now the Union Home Minister) is slated to preside over the inaugural function. Mr. T.S. Narayanasami, Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of India, will be guest of honour.

Andavan Swami to inaugurate the music festival of Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha on December 15
01 Dec 2008: The 108th music festival of Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha will begin on December 15, 2008. His Holiness Srirangam Srimath Andavan Sri Rangaramanuja Mahadesikan Swamigal (Srimushnam) will inaugurate the festival. He will also confer the title Sangeetha Kalarsarathy on Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan.