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Veenotsav2009
The Veenotsav2009 conducted by Mudhra and Brahma Gana Sabha was a highly successful event with about thirty eminent veena artists participating in it. The fest started with S.P.Ramh's reposeful play of Sarasiruhasanapriye (Nattai) and Ramani samanamevaru (Karaharapriya).Kalyani Ganesan's rendition of the rare song of Subbaraya Sastri "Ninnu vina gathi" was bhava laden. E.Gayathri was at her best and she presented a beautiful dimension of Kalyani in the alapana, tanam and kalpana svaram for the kriti "Nijadasa varadha."

The fest was inaugurated by Dr, Nalli Kuppuswamy Chetti who commended both the sabhas for thinking of such a unique fest.

Veteran Kalpagam Swaminathan offered glimpses of Kanada and Hamir Kalyani but they were an outpour of her rich years of experience. Every phrase communicated so much to the listener! Mudikondan Ramesh whose concert was the last to be featured on the first day, tailored his slot rather thought provingly. He played a raga malika in the alapana and aesthetically followed it up with Swathi Thirunal's Bhavayami Raghuramam.

The second day of the fest had a marathon session which started at 10a.m and went on continuously till 10p.m. Some outstanding items were Dr.R.S.Jayalakshmi's Keeravani, Maheshwari Venkatraman's Jyothiswarupini, Anantharaman's Saveri, Sriram's Simhendramadhyamam, Padmavathy Ananthagopalan's Pantuvarali, B.Kannan's Nasikabhushani and Jayalakshmi Sekhar's Todi which had good substance and offered a lot in terms of musical content. Every artist maintained perfect classicism and their play revealed their commitment and dedication to the art.

As a time saving measure, two stages were erected and just as one artist was about to finish, the other artists settled down in the adjacent stage. Also, two big clocks were kept in front of the stage to enable artists to perfectly maintain the time schedule.

A special highlight of the fest was a multi-media presentation on Veena evolution, style and stalwarts by Shobana Swaminathan in which she made a fine research based presentation on the Veena right from the Vedic times. She also presented audio clippings of past stalwarts like Chitti Babu, S.Balachander, Sivanandam- Sarada, Rajeswari Padmanabhan, Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer and others. This programme gave a good focus and meaning to the festival as it enlightened the audience on many interesting facts about the veena and related topics.

Altogether, it was a satisfying experience for all the Vainikas who felt that this was indeed a very well focused and meticulously organized festival. The rasikas also praised the efforts of the organizations for their perfect planning and co-ordination.
Photo Gallery
Brahma Gana Sabha and Mudhra secretaries with their President Dr.Nalli during Veena Festival Audience during the inauguration of the Veena Fest Chandramohan who compered the function
Brahma Gana Sabha and Mudhra secretaries with their President Dr.Nalli during Veena Festival Audience during the inauguration of the Veena Fest Mudhra Bhaskar in discussion with Dr.Nalli
     
Dr.Nalli inaugurating the Marathon Veena Fest held in Chennai for the first time in collaboration with two city sabhas Mr.Balasubramaniam, Secy, Brahma Gana Sabha honouring Dr.Nalli Inaugural address by Dr.Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti
Dr.Nalli inaugurating the Marathon Veena Fest held in Chennai for the first time in collaboration with two city sabhas Mr.Balasubramaniam, Secy, Brahma Gana Sabha honouring Dr.Nalli Inaugural address by Dr.Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti
     
Mr.Andrew T.Simkin, Consul General of USA among the audience during the Veena Fest Kalyani Ganesan - Karaikudi Ganesan - Adambakkam Shankar E.Gayathri
Mr.Andrew T.Simkin, Consul General of USA among the audience during the Veena Fest Kalyani Ganesan - Karaikudi Ganesan - Adambakkam Shankar E.Gayathri
     
E.Gayathri - E.M.Subramaniam S.P.Ramh- Karaikudi Ganesan - Adambakkam Shankar Kalpagam Swaminathan - Balashankar - E.M.Subramaniam
E.Gayathri - E.M.Subramaniam S.P.Ramh- Karaikudi Ganesan - Adambakkam Shankar Kalpagam Swaminathan - Balashankar - E.M.Subramaniam
     
Trivandrum Venkataraman - Cherthalai Anantharkrishnan -B.S.Purushothaman Allam Durgaprasad - Chidambaram Balashankar - E.M.Subramaniam Mudikondan Ramesh - Chethalai Ananthakrishnan - Adambakkam Shankar - B.S.Purushotham
Trivandrum Venkataraman - Cherthalai Anantharkrishnan -B.S.Purushothaman Allam Durgaprasad - Chidambaram Balashankar - E.M.Subramaniam Mudikondan Ramesh - Chethalai Ananthakrishnan - Adambakkam Shankar - B.S.Purushotham
     
Shobana Swaminathan - Thillaistanam Suryanarayanan - Narasimhan Karaikudi Dr.Shanti Mahesh - Nellai Balaji - Chandrasekara Sharma Dr.R.S.Jayalakshmi - Thillaisthanam Suryanarayanan -N.Narasimham
Shobana Swaminathan - Thillaistanam Suryanarayanan - Narasimhan Karaikudi Dr.Shanti Mahesh - Nellai Balaji - Chandrasekara Sharma Dr.R.S.Jayalakshmi - Thillaisthanam Suryanarayanan -N.Narasimham
     
Malathi Krishnamani - Nellai Balaji - Chandrasekara Sharma Maheswari Venkataraman - Thillaisthanam Suryanarayanan - N.Narasimhan Bhavani Prasad - M.R.Srikrishnan - Chandrasekara Sharma
Malathi Krishnamani - Nellai Balaji - Chandrasekara Sharma Maheswari Venkataraman - Thillaisthanam Suryanarayanan - N.Narasimhan Bhavani Prasad - M.R.Srikrishnan - Chandrasekara Sharma
     
Ananthanarayanan - Nellai Balaji - N.Narasimhan G.R.S.Murthy - M.R.Srikrishnan - Chandrasekara Sharma Rukmani - M.R.Srikrishnan - N.Narasimhan
Ananthanarayanan - Nellai Balaji - N.Narasimhan G.R.S.Murthy - M.R.Srikrishnan - Chandrasekara Sharma Rukmani - M.R.Srikrishnan - N.Narasimhan
     
Sriram - Umayalpuram Mali - H.Sivaramakrishnan  S.Sundar - Umayalpuram Mali - Pudukkotai Ramachandran S.Srinivasan - Trichur Narendran - H.Sivaramakrishnan
Sriram - Umayalpuram Mali - H.Sivaramakrishnan S.Sundar - Umayalpuram Mali - Pudukkotai Ramachandran S.Srinivasan - Trichur Narendran - H.Sivaramakrishnan
     
P.Vasanth Kumar B.Sivakumar Shankara Prakash - Tanjore Subramaniam - Pudukkottai Ramachandran
P.Vasanth Kumar B.Sivakumar Shankara Prakash - Tanjore Subramaniam - Pudukkottai Ramachandran
     
Padmavathi Ananthagopalan - Tanjore Subramaniam - Pudukottai Ramachandran B.Kannan - Mudhra Bhaskar -H.Sivaramakrishnan Revathi Krishnan
Padmavathi Ananthagopalan - Tanjore Subramaniam - Pudukottai Ramachandran B.Kannan - Mudhra Bhaskar -H.Sivaramakrishnan Revathi Krishnan
     
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