Song of Surrender

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Seetarama Sarma passes away

Bhagavatula Seetarama Sarma, Carnatic musician, music composer, guru and nattuvangam artist, passed away on 9 December 2017 in Bengaluru. According to reports, he had gone there from Chennai to conduct an  arangetram  and suffered a heart attack even as he was tuning the tambura. He died in harness at the age of  80, becoming one with the eternal sruti.

Sruti  magazine has published a detailed profile on the multifaceted vidwan in Sruti 238 (July 2004).

Monday, 11 December 2017

M. Chandrasekaran

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Subramania Bharati

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11.12.1882 - 11.09.1921
Subramania Bharati was a celebrated National Poet of India. He was also a good singer, composer, and enlightened critic. He was born on 11 December 1882 at Ettayapuram Of the scholars who have done excellent research on Subramania Bharati’s life and works, Prof. K.R. Rajagopalan (retd.) of Madras Christian College. prepared a statistical analysis of the ‘musical poems’ of Bharati in 1983. The monograph is in Tamil and is titled Bharatiyin Isaippulamai. It is in a mimeographed form and, to the best of my knowledge, it has not been published. (In the past, Prof. Rajagopalan had made similar studies on the kriti-s of Tyagaraja and Muthuswami Dikshitar as well.)

Bharati was a born poet and a born singer too. He had a fine voice, as testified by those who heard him sing patriotic songs at the Marina, Madras. According to V.V.S. Aiyar (1881-1925), a revolutionary and a contemporary of Bharati, the poet possessed a majestic voice and sang his compositions with the pride of a composer. The poet’s younger brother C. Viswanathan has also stated that Bharati himself set the songs to music and that he sang them quite tunefully. “Aakkur Anantachari’s biography mentions that Bharati used to sing well and was particularly fond of Nata and Kalyani,” observes T.S. Parthasarathy.

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Friday, 8 December 2017


31 DECEMBER 2017

Chief Guest Sri Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director - IIT Madras

4.30 pm     Aditya Prakash (vocal)
                                   Nishanth Chandran (violin)
                                              R Sankaranarayanan (mridangam)

          6.30 pm:      V Navaneet Krishnan (vocal
           VV Ravi (violin)
                                          Trichur Narendran (mridangam
                                              Papanasam Sethuraman (khanjira)

Co-presented by Chennai Fine Arts and the N Pattabhi Raman family

Uday Shankar

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8.12.1900 - 26.9.1977