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Music Academy bets Big on young Artistes
CHENNAI, December 01: The 89th annual conference and concerts of The Music Academy will get under way here on December 16, 2015. The Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, Mr. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, will inaugurate the festival. Sangita Kalanidhi-designate Sanjay Subrahmanyan will preside over the morning conference sessions. The Academy has roped in Prof. Manjul Bhargava, R. Brandon Fradd, Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University, the U.S., to preside over the 'sadas', that will be held on the first day of the New Year (i.e. January 01, 2016).

Missing Names
Missing from action this time around will be two leading artistes T.M. Krishna and Sudha Ragunathan. While Krishna has chosen to stay away from Chennai December concerts, Sudha Ragunathan has to pull out at the eleventh hour on health ground. Surprisingly, the concert list released by the Academy does not find the names of vocalist Vijay Shiva and violin-duo brothers Ganesh and Kumaresh. The prime slot (i.e. between 4 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.) will feature mostly female artistes. Sreevalsan J. Menon has moved to this slot this season to fill in the void created by the pull-out of Sudha Ragunathan. The late evening slot (i.e. 7 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.) will feature top and upcoming male artistes. Many upcoming artistes such as Sandeep Narayan, Ramakrishnan Murthy, Kunnakudi Balamuralikrishna, Savita Narasimhan and Amrutha Murali have landed prime slots. The list finds the names of a number of talented youngsters. From Bharat Sundar to Ranjani Santhanagopalan and Vidya Kalyanaraman, the Academy has done well to inject freshness to the whole festival. The Academy schedule also features a Sangeetha Upanyasam by Visaka Hari at 7 p.m. on December 29. The morning sessions will primarily see star artistes of former times perform. The Academy festival will also host a Hindustani vocal concert by Pandit M. Venkatesh Kumar on the evening of December 31. Post-sadas on January 1, 2016, there will be a special programme by Rajesh Vaidhya and team.