Wednesday, April 5

Music Academy of Mambalam Reopens - Free for all

Here is a recap of the last years Sri Rama Navami Mahotsavam and my perception of it -
  1. Reverberations of Sri Raama Navami
  2. The voice of - "Sowkiyama ... kanne" (Sangamam)
  3. Fervour followed by anticlimax
  4. 4 hours in twilight zone - courtesy of the *ACE*
  5. Classical *Raakshasi*
This is the time of the year when mambalam vibrates and the heart of mambalam has been the festivities at the Sri Ram Samaj. I am not a very pious person, but nevertheless the electric atmosphere just lures me in. This year the programs are not *as* good as last year, my foremost reason for saying so is that Sudha is not on the charts :(. She is best when she performs out of love for the crowd, n guess therez an adrenaline rush she gets when she performs here. I'v been to quite a few concerts since, but nothing to beat her performance @ this festival, esp for rasikaas as me. Nevertheless this 53rd Sri Rama Navami Mahotsavam wouldn't leave anybody disappointed.

Without much ado lemme get to the crux ... the schedule for the benefit of other rasikaas. All these concerts are FREE ... and only tharai tickets :p ... unless ur a patron of the samaj ... but it will be a much more heartwarming experience than it is at the sabhas.
  • 07th Fri 4:30pm - Mudikondan
  • 07th Fri 7:00pm - Bombay Sisters
  • 08th Sat 6:00pm - Sri T.M.Krishna
  • 10th Mon 5:00pm - Trivandrum Smt. S.Jayashree
  • 10th Mon 7:00pm - Smt Gayathri Venkataraghavan
  • 11th Tue 7:00pm - Priya Sisters
  • 12th Wed 5:00pm - Kum. Srividhya Kalyanaraman
  • 12th Wed 7:00pm - Sri P.Unnikrishnan
  • 13th Thu 5:00pm - Sri U.P.Raju & Smt. Nagamani - Mandolin
  • 13th Thu 7:00pm - Sri Ganesh & Sri Kumaresh - Violin Duo
  • 14th Fri 5:00pm - Dr. Radha Baskar
  • 14th Fri 7:00pm - Sri T.V.Sankaranarayanan
  • 15th Sat 5:00pm - Kum B.Suchitra
  • 15th Sat 7:00pm - Madurai Sri T.N.Seshagopalan
  • 16th Sun 5:00pm - Madurai Sri T.N.S.Krishna
  • 16th Sun 7:00pm - Sri U.Srinivas & Sri U.Rajesh - Mandolin
  • 17th Mon 5:00pm - Smt. Srividhya Venkatachalam
  • 17th Mon 7:00pm - Mambalam Sisters
That's a long list isn't it. One the bright side, I don't remember many of these having performed last year so don't miss to grab what you want ;).

Sri Ram Samaj
Ayodhya Aswamedha Maha Mandapam
West Mambalam, Chennai - 600 033
Ph: 24893077

The speciality of this music festival is that the artists do not make it here for the money (for its much below what they could pull otherwise) but for the immediate reach that they have for the audience. This is not a commercial stunt like the recent "Chennai'yil Thiruvaiyaaru". And the audience are connoisseur's of music and mostly old people who have utmost reverence for the best. Don't do well and the people would just walk away stooping. Do well and it would be packed like the footboard of 12G :)). And for many budding artists this is a pre-cursor and weighing spot before they ascend stage during the season. Click on the post title for a more professional coverage of the extent of the fest.

As Proximo would say in gladiator: "The silence before you strike. And the noise after storm! As if you were the thunder god himself.". You can experience it here ;). So pack your bags and get ready to listen before the summer heat s(t)inks in. As for those who insistent on comfortable chairs and an A/C auditorium *sigh* - you are missing something.

If anybody is pouring in to listen and enjoy (and not talk all along :D), do drop a msg before hand
and maybe I could tag along (ore kalula rendu maangai - blogger meet + concert).

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At Wednesday, April 05, 2006 6:01:00 AM, Anonymous sowmya said...

I have heard many concerts from the roadside. What the Ram Samaj does is incredible - bringing acclaimed singers and making the entire event free. My mom is a big fan of the event. She never misses it. They also have pre concert slots for up coming singers. Very encouraging! nice write up, brought back memories!

At Wednesday, April 05, 2006 9:26:00 AM, Blogger IcEyeZ said...

HEy Samy...count me in for the Mandolin concerts !

At Wednesday, April 05, 2006 5:27:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

Cannot catch a flight to Chennai in a hurry but thanks for the inro and the info :)


At Wednesday, April 05, 2006 7:02:00 PM, Blogger Arvind said...


any nice ideas about recording and uploading to sites like sangeethapriya ?

wow, TMK, TVS, TNS, TNK, US, sema line up ! :-)

At Thursday, April 06, 2006 9:17:00 AM, Blogger SamY said...

@sowmya: :), I guess the mylapore festival that happens on the onset of marghazhi maasam is much morefervent, but this is just reachable for me

@iceyez: ur in dude, unless u have already been booked :p

@keshi: make it up nxt year is u can ;)

@arvind: I tried to get the recording of last years but cudn't ... will try this year again ;)

At Thursday, April 06, 2006 5:15:00 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

I will try :) thanks!



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