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.

This year's Festival is dedicated to the memory of Prof. S. Ramanathan, and Vellore G. Ramabhadran.

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

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

Tuesday April 11, 2017     Sree Venkateswara Temple, Richfield OH
6:00pm – 7:15pm Mangala Isai
7:30pm – 10:00pm Srinivasa Kalyanam
Sangeetha Rathnakara Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan (Kathakalakshepam)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
Wednesday April 12, 2017     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
1:00pm – 2:00pm An Introduction to Indian Classical Music and Dance, led by
Anvita Hariharan of IL
Athrey Nadhan of IL
Krithika Rajkumar of OH
Shruthi Subramaniam of MI
2:15pm – 4:00pm Lakshmi Rangarajan & Subhiksha Rangarajan (Vocal)
Sruti Sarathy of CA (violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
4:15pm – 6:00pm Vadya Vrinda, led by
V.V. Subrahmanyam (Violin)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
6:15pm – 8:15pm Sangeetha Rathnakara Trichur V. Ramachandran (Vocal)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
8:30pm – 10:00pm Sangeetha Rathnakara Prof. T.N. Krishnan (Violin)
Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam (mridangam)
G. Chandrasekara Sharma (ghatam)
10:15pm – 2:30pm Nadam and Layam
A Special Nadaswaram and Tavil concert
Thursday April 13, 2017     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Students of Rajarajeswari Bhat
9:15am – 10:45am Tamil Music and Temple Traditions (Saivite and Vaishnavite)
Anchored by Dr Prameela Gurumurthy
M. Kodilingam & Viswalingam (Vocal)

Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Ramesh Srinivasan of CA (mridangam)
Toronto S. Surenthar (morsing)
11:00am – 12:00pm Laya Vinyasam — Presented by
Students of Ravindra Bharathy Sridharan
Nadhopasana Academy of Fine Arts, CA
12:15pm – 1:15pm Lalit Subramaniam of OH (Vocal)
1:30pm – 2:15pm Lecture-Demonstration
by Sangeetha Rathnakara Trichy Sankaran
2:30pm – 3:30pm Vadya Laya Vrinda — A Percussion Ensemble
featuring the students of T.S. Nandakumar of NJ
3:45pm – 4:45pm Thakadhimi Thakita — A percussion ensemble
led by Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Manasa Suresh of CA (Vocal)
Friday April 14, 2017     Hilton Garden Inn and Music Building, CSU
9:00am – 5:00pm Music Competition
Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:30am – 9:45am Suchithra Balasubramanian (Kathakalakshepam)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
N.C. Bharadwaj (mridangam)
Ramana Indrakumar (ghatam)
10:00am – 11:45am Akkarai Sisters Subhalakshmi & Sornalatha (Vocal)
Anuradha Sridhar of CA (violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
12:00pm – 1:45pm B. Balasubrahmaniyan (Vocal)
L. Ramakrishnan (violin)
Kala Seva Mani Dr David Nelson (mridangam)
H. Sivaramakrishnan (ghatam)
2:00pm – 4:00pm Namasankeerthanam
4:15pm – 4:45pm Ceremonial Procession led by
Nadaswaram, thavil

Traditional Kolattam
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Vidya Kanthan of NJ (Vocal)
Saturday April 15, 2017
 

On this day, programs will run concurrently in two separate venues from 11:00am–3:45pm

Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
7:00am Srinivasa Kalyanam — Puja and Worship
8:00am – 8:45am Bhajans by Children
9:00am – 10:45am Pancharathna Krithis — Group singing of Thyagaraja's five greatest compositions
11:15am – 12:15pm The Carnatic Epic Choir
Concept and Presentation by Acharya Rathnakara Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan
12:30pm – 1:30pm J.A. Jayanth (Flute)
Anuradha Sridhar of CA (violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)

Sponsored by Rajalakshmi Fine Arts, Coimbatore
1:45pm – 3:45pm Sangeetha Rathnakara Sudha Raghunathan (Vocal)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
Dr Ravi Balasubramanian of OR (ghatam)
4:00pm – 4:10pm Book Release by Ananda Shankar Jayanth
4:15pm – 6:30pm Sangeetha Rathnakara Ramnad V. Raghavan Memorial Concert

Sustaining Sampradaya — Tribute to S. Ramanathan and Vellore G. Ramabhadran
A concert by the torch-bearers of the Cleveland Festival
6:30pm – 7:15pm Felicitation Function
Drinko Recital Hall, CSU
11:00am – 12:00pm 2016 Concert Competition Winners
Apoorva Das of TX (Vocal)
Saketha Pantula of CA (violin)
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
N. Sundar (morsing)
12:15pm – 1:15pm Anirudh Venkatesh of CA (Vocal)
Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
1:30pm – 2:30pm 2016 Advanced Pallavi Competition Winner
Geeta Shankar of CA (Vocal)
Kala Rathna Nagai Sriram (violin)
B. Sivaraman (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
2:45pm – 3:45pm Kruthi Bhat of TX (Vocal)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Neyveli Narayanan (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm D.B. Ashvin (Vocal)
Sunday April 16, 2017     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Carnatic Symphony
Conducted by Prof. Leo Coach, CSU
Concept by K.N. Shashikiran
9:15am – 10:15am Sivanum Sivakumariyum — a group presentation
featuring 140 North American students
Conducted by Papanasam Ashok Ramani
1:30pm – 2:30pm Music Competition Prize Distribution
2:45pm – 4:30pm Sangeetha Rathnakara Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan (Vocal)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Prof. Trichy Sankaran (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
4:45pm – 6:45pm Sangeetha Rathnakara M. Chandrasekaran & Bharathy (Violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Guruvayoor Dorai (mridangam)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Sriranjani Darbha of TX (Vocal)
Monday April 17, 2017     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am V.V.S. Murari presents
Panchamukhi — Five Facets of Music
9:15am – 10:15am Students of Jayashree Varadarajan
10:30am – 12:30pm Nrithya Rathnakara Birju Maharaj & Sujatha Mohapatra
1:00pm – 2:15pm Kolkata Vijayaraghavan (Vocal)
Shiva Ramamurthi of CA (violin)
Ethirajan Ramanujam (mridangam)
Sriram Natarajan of MN (kanjira)
2:30pm – 4:00pm K. Gayatri (Vocal)
L. Ramakrishnan (violin)
B. Sivaraman (mridangam)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
4:15pm – 7:15pm Sustaining Sampradaya — Tribute to Karukurichi Arunachalam
A concert by the torch-bearers of the Cleveland Festival
7:30pm – 10:00pm Sangeetha Rathnakara N. Ravikiran (Chitraveena)
B. Vijayagopal (flute)
Akkarai Subhalakshmi (violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Ahi Ajayan of TX (Vocal)
Jay Appaji of TX (mridangam)
Tuesday April 18, 2017     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Gems of the Tanjore Quartet — an orchestral music-dance meet featuring talented performers from North America
Direction: Sangeetha Rathnakara N. Ravikiran
Choreography: Nrithya Rathnakara Leela Samson
Presented by: Vanitha Suresh of WI & Sushmita Arunkumar of IL
9:15am – 10:15am Yella Srivari (Violin)
Dr Ram Sriram of GA (mridangam)
H. Sivaramakrishnan (ghatam)
10:30am – 12:30pm Papanasam Ashok Ramani (Vocal)
Delhi P. Sunder Rajan (violin)
Neyveli Narayanan (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Kala Rathna Amritha Murali (Vocal)
R.K. Shriram Kumar (violin)
K. Arun Prakash (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
2:45pm – 4:45pm Kunnakudi M. Balamuralikrishna (Vocal)
H.N. Bhaskar (violin)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
5:00pm – 7:15pm Carnatic Brothers K.N. Shashikiran & P. Ganesh (Vocal)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam (mridangam)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
7:30pm – 9:30pm Aruna Sairam (Vocal)
Bregha Bessell (Bharathanatyam)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Vikram Raghavan (Vocal)
Wednesday April 19, 2017     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Students of Jay Shankar Balan
9:15am – 10:45am V.K. Manimaran
Kala Rathna Nagai Sriram (violin)
B. Sivaraman (mridangam)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
11:00am – 12:30pm Charumathi Ramachandran & Subashree Ramachandran (Vocal)
R. Raghul (violin)
Ravi Srinivasan (violin)
Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (mridangam)
H. Sivaramakrishnan (ghatam)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Bharat Sundar (Vocal)
Kala Rathna Nagai Sriram (violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
G. Chandrasekara Sharma (ghatam)
2:45pm – 4:15pm Tiruvarur S. Girish (Vocal)
Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
4:30pm – 7:00pm A Special Program on Jayadeva's Ashtapadis — featuring
Bhargavi Balasubramanian (Vocal)
Arthi & Archana (Vocal)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (mridangam)
Akshay Venkatesan of CA (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
7:15pm – 9:30pm O.S. Thiagarajan (Vocal)
Mysore Srikanth (violin)
Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Mumbai Bhajan Mandali
Thursday April 20, 2017     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Akshay Padmanabhan (Vocal)
Sruti Sarathy of CA (violin)
Arjun Ramachandran of IL (mridangam)
H. Sivaramakrishnan (ghatam)
9:15am – 10:15am A Thematic Program on Purandara Dasa
R.K. Padmanabha (Vocal)
R. Raghul (violin)
Madrimangalam S. Swaminathan (mridangam)
10:30am – 12:30pm Dr Shyamala Venkateswaran (Vocal)
Sushmitha Ravikumar of OH (violin)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Rithvik Raja (Vocal)
R. Raghul (violin)
Akshay Ananthapadmanabhan (mridangam)
Balaji Chandran of MN (ghatam)
2:45pm – 4:15pm Dr S. Sowmya and friends (Vocal)
M. Rajeev (violin)
Neyveli Narayanan (mridangam)
G. Chandrasekara Sharma (ghatam)
4:30pm – 6:45pm Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi (Violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Trichy S. Sankaran (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
7:00pm – 9:30pm Srimad Bhagavatham, part 3
Choreography by Kishore Mosalikanti
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Ranjani Ravindrabharathy of CA & Vivrd Prasanna of CA (Vocal)
Friday April 21, 2017     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Girija Shankar (Vocal)
Sahana Vasudevan of CA (violin)
Myan Sudharsanan of WA (mridangam)
Sriram Natarajan of MN (kanjira)
9:15am – 10:15am Students of Suguna Varadachari
Sruti Sarathy of CA (violin)
Ravindrabharathy Sridharan of CA (mridangam)
10:30am – 12:30pm Bhushany Kalyanaraman (Vocal)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Toronto B. Gowrishanker (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
N. Sundar (morsing)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Vishnudev Namboothiri (Vocal)
L. Ramakrishnan (violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
2:45pm – 4:30pm R. Thiagarajan (Flute)
Delhi P. Sunder Rajan (violin)
Madrimangalam S. Swaminathan (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
4:45pm – 7:00pm Sangeetha Rathnakara Nagai R. Muralidharan & Nagai Sriram (Violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
7:15pm – 9:30pm Suguna Varadachari (Vocal)
Anuradha Sridhar of CA (violin)
Ethirajan Ramanujam of MN (mridangam)
H. Sivaramakrishnan (ghatam)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Shenkottai Hariharasubramanian Bhagavatar
Saturday April 22, 2017
 
Drinko Recital Hall, CSU
9:00am – 4:00pm Dance Competition preliminary round
Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Students of Violin R. Ganesh
9:15am – 10:15am Students of Bhushany Kalyanaraman
10:30am – 12:15pm Dr Nirmala Sundararajan & Dr Subhashini Parthasarathy (Vocal)
R. Raghul (violin)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
12:45pm – 2:15pm Vignesh Ishwar (Vocal)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Athrey Nadhan of IL (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
2:30pm – 4:30pm Karnataka Composers and their Contributions
Rudrapatnam Brothers R.N. Thyagarajan & R.N. Tharanathan (Vocal)
Rudrapatnam S. Ramakanth (Vocal)
R. Raghul (violin)
Rohan Krishnamurthy of CA (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
4:45pm – 6:45pm Gayathri Venkataraghavan and
Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar — Jugal Sangeeth
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
7:00pm – 9:30pm Srimad Bhagavatham, part 4
Sunday April 23, 2017     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Gokul Chandramouli (Vocal)
Mithuran Manogaran of ON (violin)
Mauran Manogaran of ON (mridangam)
9:15am – 10:45am Delhi V. Muthukumar (Vocal)
Delhi P. Sunder Rajan (violin)
Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (mridangam)
11:00am – 12:30pm Dance Competition Finals
1:00pm – 2:00pm 2016 Dance Competition SubJunior Winner
2:15pm – 6:00pm Dance Competition Finals