Schedule of Events

The Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. We are also supported in part by an award from the Cleveland Foundation

The Festival is scheduled, as always, around Easter. This year, it begins on Wednesday April 17th and continues until Sunday April 28th, 2019.

This year's Festival is dedicated to the memory of D.K. Pattammal and S. Rajam.

Ticketed programs are marked in the schedule. See our ticketing page to purchase your festival passes in advance.

For those who cannot attend in person, the Festival will also be webcast by our partner, iCarnatic. Please check their web site for details.

Our schedule is still being finalized. Please watch this space for changes. The most up-to-date information will be posted here.

Wednesday April 17, 2019     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
11:00am – 11:30pm Power Dynamics in a Student-Teacher relationship
A panel discussion with:
Janane Sethunarayanan — Professional Dancer
Leslie Erwin — Director of Compliance/Risk Mgmt, Mercy College of Ohio
Gopi Sundaram — Organizer, Aradhana Committee
1:00pm – 4:30pm Sangeetha Rathnakara Haridwaramangalam A.K. Palanivel presents
Nada Layam — Legacy of a Bygone Era
Durairaj Bharathidasan (Nadaswaram)
Singaravelu Thangamani (Nadaswaram)
Elumalai Babu (Nadaswaram)
Annamalai Kumar (Nadaswaram)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Haridwaramangalam A.K. Palanivel (Special Thavil)
Ganesa Pillai Kalyanasundaram (thavil)
Govindarajan Babu (thavil)
Selvarathinam Ravikumar (thavil)
Palanivel Saravanan (thalam)
4:30pm – 5:00pm Complexities of Rhythm in Thavil Playing
A Lecture-Demonstration by
Sangeetha Rathnakara Haridwaramangalam A.K. Palanivel
5:15pm – 7:15pm S. Mahathi (Vocal)
R. Raghul (violin)
Poongulam Subramaniam (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
7:30pm – 9:30pm A.S. Murali (Vocal)
B. Lakshmi Shree (vocal)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
A.S. Ranganathan (mridangam)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Pranav Kikkeri of TX (Vocal)
Vishal Sowmyan of NY (violin)
Sanjeev Raja (mridangam)
Thursday April 18, 2019     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
7:30am – 8:00am Nandikeshwara Puja
8:00am – 8:30am Mangala Isai
Durairaj Bharathidasan (Nadaswaram)
Singaravelu Thangamani (Nadaswaram)
Elumalai Babu (Nadaswaram)
Annamali Kumar (Nadaswaram)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Haridwaramangalam A.K. Palanivel (Special Thavil)
Ganesa Pillai Kalyanasundaram (thavil)
Govindarajan Babu (thavil)
Selvarathinam Ravikumar (thavil)
Palanivel Saravanan (thalam)
8:45am – 9:30am Homage to Nandikeshwara
Group Singing of Chathur Rathnas
9:45am – 10:15am The Grandeur of Layam
Karaikudi R. Mani (Mridangam)
Kunnakudi M. Balamuralikrishna (mridangam)
10:30am – 11:15am Jewels of Rhythm
Students of T.S. Nandakumar of NJ
Ravi Srinivasan (flute)
Vishal Sowmyan of NY (violin)
Vijaya Tirumella (veena)
Krishna Palya (veena)
Kavita Narayanan (keyboard)
Anuradha & Lavanya (konnakkol)
Karthik (drums)
Sandeep (handsonic)
along with other percussion instruments (mridangam, kanjira, ghatam, thavil, morsing)
11:30am – 12:15pm Anga Thala in Ragam-Thanam-Pallavi
Conceptualized by Sangeetha Rathnakara Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan
Ranjani Ravindrabharathy of CA (Vocal)
Bhargav Tumkur of VA (violin)
Santhosh Ravindrabharathy of CA (mridangam)
12:30pm – 1:00pm Magic of the Clay Pot
A Tribute to Doyens of Ghatam by
Dr Ravi Balasubramanian of OR with
Sandhya Srinath of CA (violin)
Santhosh Ravindrabharathy of CA (mridangam)
Sowmiya J. Narayanan of VA (ghatam)
Samyuktha Sreeram of VA (ghatam)
1:15pm – 2:15pm M.S. Martin, Chennai presents
Mellifluous Melodies in Keyboard
Presented by his disciples
J.P. Suriya Nambisan (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
2:30pm – 3:15pm Panchanadai Pallavi
Manasa Suresh of CA and Sutikshna Veeravalli of IL (Vocal)
Rishabh Ranganathan of IL (violin)
Ashwinn Balachandran of ON (mridangam)
3:30pm – 4:30pm Students of the Music Department, Wesleyan University, CT
Presented by Kala Seva Mani Dr B. Balasubrahmaniyan
Bhargav Tumkur of VA (violin)
J.P. Suriya Nambisan (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
4:45pm – 5:30pm The Art of Enhancing Concert Performance
A Lecture-Demonstration by Sangeetha Rathnakara Prof. Trichy S. Sankaran
5:45pm – 6:30pm Thaka Dhimi Thakita Season IV — A grand celebration of Percussion & Rhythm in tune with Melody
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
Toronto S. Surenthar (morsing)
B. Vijayagopal (flute)
Krithika Natarajan (vocal)
G. Abilash (vocal)
and North American students
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Rhea Rajesh of TX (Vocal)
Karthik Iyer of IL (violin)
Madhav Parthasarathy of IL (mridangam)
Friday April 19, 2019     Hilton Garden Inn and Music Building, CSU
9:00am – 5:00pm Music Competition (see competition schedule here)
Drinko Recital Hall, CSU
8:00am – 8:45am Guru Sishya Prabhavam
Program by Latha Chandrasekharan of PA and her Disciples
Conceptualized by Sangeetha Rathnakara Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan
9:00am – 10:00am Thyagaraja and his Vintha or Vichitra Ragas
Dr Premeela Gurumurthy (Vocal)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Kala Seva Mani Dr David Nelson of CT (mridangam)
10:15am – 12:15pm Kala Seva Mani Dr B. Balasubrahmaniyan (Vocal)
Delhi P. Sunder Rajan (violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Prof. Trichy S. Sankaran (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
12:30pm – 1:00pm Percussion Presentation by students of Ramesh Srinivasan of CA
Sarvalaghu Percussion Art Center
1:00pm – 2:00pm Namasankeerthanam
coordinated by Ramesh Srinivasan of CA
2:15pm – 3:45pm Stone Sound Collective
Prof. Mark Stone (Array Mbira, Kalimba, Gyil)
Matt Dufresne (saxophone)
Abigail Alwin (cello)
Chinelo Amen-Ra (percussion)
Sam Jeyasingham (percussion)
Sangeetha Kala Sagaram P. Ganesh (vocal)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
4:00pm – 4:45pm Ceremonial Procession and Mallari
Durairaj Bharathidasan (Nadaswaram)
Singaravelu Thangamani (Nadaswaram)
Elumalai Babu (Nadaswaram)
Annamalai Kumar (Nadaswaram)
Ganesa Pillai Kalyanasundaram (thavil)
Govindarajan Babu (thavil)
Selvarathinam Ravikumar (thavil)
Palanivel Saravanan (thalam)

Traditional Kolattam by students of
Nrithya Seva Mani Sujatha Srinivasan, Shri Kalaa Mandir, OH
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Apoorva Das of TX (Vocal)
Sushmitha Ravikumar of OH (violin)
Myan Sudharsanan of WA (mridangam)
Saturday April 20, 2019     Wolstein Center, CSU
7:00am Puja and Worship
7:15am Mangala Isai
Durairaj Bharathidasan (Nadaswaram)
Singaravelu Thangamani (Nadaswaram)
Elumalai Babu (Nadaswaram)
Annamali Kumar (Nadaswaram)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Haridwaramangalam A.K. Palanivel (Special Thavil)
Ganesa Pillai Kalyanasundaram (thavil)
Govindarajan Babu (thavil)
Selvarathinam Ravikumar (thavil)
Palanivel Saravanan (thalam)
8:00am – 8:45am Bhajans by Children
9:00am – 11:00am Pancharathna Krithis — Group singing of Thyagaraja's five greatest compositions
11:15am – 12:15pm The Carnatic Epic Choir
Concept and Presentation by Sangeetha Rathnakara Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan
12:30pm – 1:30pm Aura of the Ragamalika
Concept and Presentation by Jay Shankar Balan of MI
Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
1:45pm – 3:30pm Sandeep Narayanan (Vocal)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Prof. Trichy S. Sankaran (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
4:00pm – 6:30pm Book Release — Kala Seva Mani Dr David Nelson of CT

Sangeetha Rathnakara Ramnad V. Raghavan Memorial Concert
Sustaining Sampradaya — Tribute to S. Rajam
A concert by the torch-bearers of the Cleveland Festival
6:45pm – 7:15pm Felicitation Function
T.H. Vinayakaram Vishva Sangeetha Pradarshaka
Kovilur K.G. Kalyanasundaram Distinguished and Meritorious Services Award
V.V. Subrahmanyam Sangeetha Rathnakara
Saswathi Sen Nrithya Rathnakara
R. Thiagarajan Sangeetha Kala Sagaram
Dr Premeela Gurumurthy Acharya Rathnakara
Rajeswari Sainath Acharya Rathnakara
Sangeetha Rathnakara Sudha Raghunathan Dr M. Balamuralikrishna Memorial Award
Usha & Ravi Natarajan of IL Seva Rathna
Parvathy & Krishnan Subramaniam of MI Seva Rathna
Dr S. Ramamurthy of IL Seva Rathna
Sriram Ganapathy of MI Kala Seva Mani
Jaya Mani of PA Nrithya Seva Mani
Sandeep Narayan Kala Rathna
Pooja Kumar of MA Kala Rathna
Nirmala Rajasekar of MN Prof. T.R. Subrahmanyam Award
D. Sridharan of Chennai Dr G. Venkatadri Memorial Award
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Krithika Natarajan (Vocal)
Rishabh Ranganathan of IL (violin)
Srihari Raman of PA (mridangam)
Sunday April 21, 2019     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Carnatic Harmony
Presented by Sangeetha Kala Sagaram Chitravina P. Ganesh
Orchestra Conductor: Prof. Leo Coach, CSU
Carnatic Conductor: V.V.S. Murari
9:15am – 10:15am Mylai to Kanchi — Songs of Papanasam Sivan and Syama Sastri
featuring 150 North American students
Conceptualized and Conducted by Papanasam Ashok Ramani
1:30pm – 2:30pm Music Competition Prize Distribution
2:45pm – 3:15pm The Mani Paddhathi
Coordinated and trained by Karaikudi R. Mani
Akshay Venkatesan of CA
Srihari Raman of PA
Myan Sudharsanan of WA
J.P. Suriya Nambisan
Madhav Parthasarathy of IL
3:30pm – 4:15pm Samarpanam to Maha Periyava
Vishva Sangeetha Pradarshaka T.H. Vinayakaram (Ghatam)
V. Selvaganesh (percussion)
V. Umashankar (ghatam)
Swaminathan Selvaganesh (kanjira and konnakkol)
N. Rajaraman (gethu)
A. Ganesan (morsing)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Janani Iyer of IL
R. Raghul (violin)
Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (mridangam)
Monday April 22, 2019     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Veena Gaanam
A Veena, Vocal, and Percussion ensemble by
Naadharasa Center for Music, disciples of Nirmala Rajasekar of MN
9:15am – 10:15am Bhajana Marga Krithis
Presented by the North American Melharmonic Ensemble
and North American Melharmonic Honours Orchestra
Presented by Vanitha Suresh of WI, with selected compositions choreographed and presented by Natyarpana Dance Company of WI and Nrithya Sangeeth of IL
10:30am – 12:30pm Nectar of Melody
Abhinayam to touch the soul, featuring
Nrithya Rathnakara Pt Birju Maharaj
Saswathi Sen
Rajeswari Sainath
Vyshnavi
Jayalakshmi Narayanan
Shriya Vishwani
1:00pm – 2:30pm Tribute to T. Muktha
Sangeetha Kala Sagaram Dr Nirmala Sundararajan (Vocal)
Dr Subhashini Parthasarathy (Vocal)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
Ethirajan Ramanujam of MN (mridangam)
J. Ramdas (ghatam)
2:45pm – 4:00pm G. Abilash (Vocal)
Sanjay Suresh of WI (violin)
Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (mridangam)
Sriram N. Iyer of MN (kanjira)
4:15pm – 7:15pm Sustaining Sampradaya — Tribute to D.K. Pattammal
A concert by the torch-bearers of the Cleveland Festival
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Rasika Sivakumar of PA (Vocal)
Karthik P. Iyer of IL (violin)
Manish Mahadevan of CA (mridangam)
Tuesday April 23, 2019     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Sangam — A Fusion of Carnatic and Western Classical Music
Sahith Shankar of MI (Violin)
Tejas Shivaraman of MI (Piano)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
Arjayn Piratheeparatnam of ON (mridangam)
9:15am – 10:15am Madhura Rakthi
A Musical Presentation by
Students of R. Suryaprakash
Sanjay Sharma of MD (violin)
Sriram N. Iyer of MN (mridangam)
10:30am – 12:30pm Sangeetha Kala Sagaram R. Thiagarajan (Flute)
Sangeetha Kala Sagaram P. Ganesh (Chitravina)
Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Kashyap Mahesh (Vocal)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Ethirajan Ramanujam of MN (mridangam)
Balaji Chandran of MN (ghatam)
2:45pm – 4:15pm J.A. Jayanth (Flute)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
N.C. Bharadwaj (mridangam)
4:30pm – 6:45pm M.D. Ramanathan Memorial Concert
Bharat Sundar (Vocal)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Bhargav Hariharan of MD (Vocal)
Priyamvadaa Sastri of CA (violin)
Uzhavoor P.K. Babu (mridangam)
Wednesday April 24, 2019     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Vamsi Krishna (Vocal)
R. Raghul (violin)
Yalla Madhubabu (mridangam)
J. Ramdas (ghatam)
9:15am – 10:15am Tirupati Srivani Yalla (Veena)
Dr Ram Sriram of GA (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
10:30am – 11:30am Akshay Padmanabhan (Vocal)
Sangeetha Kala Sagaram R. Thiagarajan (violin)
A.S. Ranganathan (mridangam)
11:45am – 12:30pm Ragamalika Nadai Pallavi
Shradha Ganesh of ON (Vocal)
Sushmitha Ravikumar of OH (violin)
Uzhavoor P.K. Babu (mridangam)
1:00pm – 3:00pm R. Suryaprakash (Vocal)
Sruti Sarathy of CA (violin)
Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (mridangam)
Samyuktha Sreeram of VA (ghatam)
3:15pm – 5:30pm K.V. Narayanaswamy Memorial Concert
Sangeetha Rathnakara Nagai R. Muralidharan & B.V. Raghavendra Rao (Violin)
Sangeetha Kala Sagaram Tiruvarur Bhakthavathsalam (mridangam)
Vaikom R. Gopalakrishnan (ghatam)
5:45pm – 6:45pm Grooves and Gamakas — Presented by
CSU Faculty
Dr Padma Sugavanam (Vocal)
Prof. Leo Coach (Piano)
Prof. John Perrine (Saxophone)

CSU Students
Genevieve Gilbert (Violin)
Max Hyde-Perry (Double Bass)
Rachel Oshorow (Vocal)
Haley Gabriel (Vocal)
Kara Schifano (Vocal)
Wendy Kollura (Vocal)
Diamond Wilson (Vocal)
and
Mal Baron (Flute)
Sushmitha Ravikumar of OH (violin)
7:00pm – 9:30pm Kala Rathna Sikkil C. Gurucharan (Vocal)
Delhi P. Sunder Rajan (violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Rudrapatnam Veena Brothers R.P. Prashanth & R.P. Pramod (Veena)
Satheepan Elankumaran of AU (mridangam)
Thursday April 25, 2019     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Dasoham by Kalagangothri Foundation
led by Akhila Chetan of NJ
9:15am – 11:15am Veena-Venu-Violin
Nirmala Rajasekar of MN (Veena)
Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar (Flute)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
Balaji Chandran of MN (ghatam)
11:30am – 12:30pm Anjali — Salutation to Krishnaveni Lakshmanan
Presented by Tara Priyadarshini Bikkasani of FL,
Rudram Dance Company
1:00pm – 2:30pm D.K. Pattammal Centenary Celebration
Gowri Ramnarayan (Director and Narrator)

Orchestra
Aditya Prakash (Vocal)
Sushma Somasekaran (Vocal)
Shreya Devnath (violin)
Thanjavur K. Praveen Kumar (mridangam)
2:45pm – 4:30pm V.K. Manimaran (Vocal)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
Poongulam Subramaniam (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
4:45pm – 6:45pm K.V. Narayanaswamy Memorial Concert
Papanasam Ashok Ramani (Vocal)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Nagai R. Muralidharan
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
7:00pm – 9:30pm P. Unnikrishnan (Vocal)
R. Raghul (violin)
Sangeetha Kala Sagaram Tiruvarur Bhakthavathsalam (mridangam)
Vaikom R. Gopalakrishnan (ghatam)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Mayuri Srivaths of TX (Vocal)
Madhu Vadlamani of NC (violin)
Siva Mahadevan of CA (mridangam)
Friday April 26, 2019     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Kadamba — Confluence of Pandanallur and Vazhuvoor Banis
Shubanjali of NJ Presents
Suba Parmar of NJ
S.K. Suresh, and
Students of Shubanjali
Akshay Padmanabhan (Vocal)
Somanna Divyasena (Nattuvangam)
Mithuran Manogaran of ON (violin)
Ramshankar Babu (mridangam)
9:15am – 11:15am Legacy of Veena Dhanammal
Geetha Raja (Vocal)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Toronto B. Gowrishanker (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
11:30am – 12:30pm Dhruva The Guiding Star — Lion King in Bharathanatyam
Dance Presentation by
Chitra Ramaswamy of NJ, and students
1:00pm – 3:00pm Tribute to T. Brinda
Tiruvarur S. Girish (Vocal)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Nagai R. Muralidharan
Sangeetha Kala Sagaram Tiruvarur Bhakthavathsalam (mridangam)
Vaikom R. Gopalakrishnan (ghatam)
3:15pm – 5:15pm S. Rajam Memorial Concert
Dr Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam (Vocal)
Keerthana Sankar of MI (violin)
Vijay Ganesh of VA (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Arvind Sridhar of IL
Mithuran Manogaran of ON (violin)
Mauran Manogaran of ON (mridangam)
Saturday April 27, 2019
 

On this day, programs will run concurrently in two separate venues

Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown
9:00am – 5:00pm Dance Competition
Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Shruthisri Ravisankar of CA (Bharathanatyam)
9:15am – 10:45am Bhushany Kalyanaraman
Keerthana Sankar of MI (violin)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
11:00am – 12:30pm Rudrapatnam S. Ramakanth (Vocal)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
A.S. Ranganathan (mridangam)
Sangeetha Kala Sagaram R. Thiagarajan (kanjira)
1:00pm – 3:00pm The Musiri Tradition
Kala Rathna Aishwarya Shankar (Vocal)
Brindha Manickavasagan (Vocal)
Hiranmayee Srinidhi (Vocal)
Vidya Kalyanaraman (Vocal)
Keerthana Sankar of MI (violin)
Toronto B. Gowrishanker (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
3:15pm – 4:30pm Nrithya Kala Sagaram Sujata Mohapatra (Odissi)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Ahi Ajayan of TX (Vocal)
Sanjay Sharma of MD (violin)
Uzhavoor P.K. Babu (mridangam)
Sunday April 28, 2019     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Ramya Ramnarayan and disciples (Bharathanatyam)
9:15am – 10:30am Dance Competition — Choreography
10:45am – 11:45am Kala Rathna Aishwarya Balasubramanian (Bharathanatyam)
11:50am – 12:50pm 2018 Dance Competition Performance Winner
Nithya Kasibhatla of OH (Bharathanatyam)
12:55pm – 1:55pm 2018 Dance Competition Choregraphy Winner
Shreya Karthikeyan of NJ (Bharathanatyam)
2:00pm – 6:00pm Dance Competition — Performance
6:00pm – 6:30pm Dance Competition Prize Distribution