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Spring festival in Houston too to celebrate MS centenary
HOUSTON, March 25: The two-day annual spring festival of Classical Arts Society of Houston will begin here on April 2. The festival will spread out into two centres. On the first day i.e. April 2, the festival will be held at the Kalyana Mantapam of Sri Meenakshi Temple in Pearland. On April 3, it will be held at the Stafford Civic Center in Stafford.

The festival is being conceived and curated by music critic Gowri Ramnarayan in her capacity as the Artistic Director of 2016 Houston Spring Festival of Classical Arts Society. Gowri is the grand niece of MS, and had accompanied her in music concerts.

The first day of the festival on April 2 at Meenakshi temple in Pearland will feature groups of children singing slokams and bhajans popularised by MS. This will be followed performances of local music groups.

The second day of the festival, i.e. April 3, at Stafford civic center, will feature a concert by V. Sankaranarayanan (Vocal), B.V. Raghavendra Rao (Violin), Tanjore Murugaboopathy (Mridangam) and Shree Sundar Kumar (Kanjira). This will be followed by a Children’s Tableau with audience interaction. This will then be followed by a musical programme titled ``Born to sing' on the life of MS. It will be presented and narrated by Gowri Ramnarayan and will feature Aditya Prakash and Shushma Somasekharan (Vocals), Shreya Devnath ( Violin), R. Thiagarajan (Flute), and Ramesh Babu( Mridangam).

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