Resumption of the in-person events continued on a grand scale with the Santha Thyagaraja, Poojya Purandara Dasa and Bhaktha Kanakadasa Sangeeta Aradhana Mahotsavam held on 29th January, 2023 at the Ramanuja Samskruthi Bhavana.
Oonchavritti of the beautifully decorated idols from the hall to the shrine at the mutt and back was accompanied by the trio of young boys, Avyukth , Vivaan and Vishal, dressed as the three greats of Carnatic Music. Melodious rendition of the kritis of these musical geniuses accompanied the entire procession. They were welcomed back to the hall with a traditional Aarathi by Mandayam ladies.
The program on stage began with an invocation by Nandan Narayan, followed by the welcome address by our Vice President, Smt. Radha Rangarajan. Young mridangam players accompanied the equally young singers who sang the Pillari geethe.
On this musical occasion, the sabha honoured some of the renowned musicians of our community – Smt. Mythili.M.A, Smt. Meera.M.A, Smt. Rajyashree Josyer Srikanth, Sri Venkatesh Josyer and Sri Rangarajan(Kanna). Smt. Saraswathi, Sri M.V.Narayan rendered some melodious singing while Sri Srinivas.M.K gave a glorious flute performance. Chi Pradyumna riveted the audience with his recitation of the Kunnakol.
The grand finale was the Goshti gayana of Sri Thyagaraja’s Pancharathna Keerthane by the singers of the community, accompanied by the instrument players. The one hour long recital kept the audience silent and glued to their seats.
The entire program, gracefully compeered by Kum. Aishwarya Manikarnike, concluded with Shaatumorai, the Vote of Thanks by Sri Ravi Narasimhan and of course the Thadiyaaradhanam.
Every performance is available in the Mandayam Community Group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/129884617114287) for all to revisit and enjoy at their leisure.