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.

The Festival is scheduled, as always, around Easter. This year, it begins on Wednesday March 28th and continues until Sunday April 8th, 2018.

This year's Festival is dedicated to the memory of T. Balasaraswati, M.L. Vasanthakumari, and Sandhyavandanam Srinivasa Rao.

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

Wednesday March 28, 2018     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
1:00pm – 5:30pm Nada Layam — Legacy of a Bygone Era
Vijay Karthikeyan (Nadaswaram)
V. Prakash (Nadaswaram)
T.P.N. Ramanathan (Nadaswaram)
P. Yuvaraj (Nadaswaram)
Sangeetha Kala Sagaram Thanjavur R. Govindarajan (Special Thavil)
N.K. Selvaganapathy (Thavil)
T.B. Radhakrishnan (thavil)
S.C. Gurunathan (Thavil)
R. Gurumoorthy (thalam)
5:45pm – 7:30pm V.K. Manimaran (Vocal)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Acharya Rathnakara Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
7:45pm – 9:45pm R. Suryaprakash (Vocal)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Kiran & Nivi Saishankar of CA (Vocal)
Sanjay Suresh of WI (violin)
Satheepan Elankumaran of AU (mridangam)
Thursday March 29, 2018     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Thirumuraigalum Thyagarajarum
Presented by Neyveli Ramalakshmi of TX and her
students of Sukadhwani Music School of NJ and TX
Sharada Krishnan of CA (violin)
Arjun Ramachandran of IL (mridangam)
9:15am – 10:15am Guhan Venkataraman of CA (Veena)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
G. Ravichandran (ghatam)
10:30am – 12:00pm Vishnudev Namboothiri (Vocal)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
G. Ravichandran (ghatam)
12:15pm – 1:00pm Percussion Ensemble featuring
Nemani Somayajulu
Ambattur Babu (mridangam)
Thanjavur K. Praveen Kumar (mridangam)
1:30pm – 2:15pm Thiruppugazh Layapugazh — A Thematic Presentation
by Students of Ravindra Bharathy Sridharan of CA
Nadhopasana Academy of Fine Arts
2:30pm – 3:15pm RaghuVamsam — A Tribute to Palghat R. Raghu
by Trivandrum V. Balaji and his disciples
3:45pm – 4:45pm Tiruvarur Vaidy School of Percussion presents
Thaka Dhimi Thakita Season III — A grand celebration of Percussion & Rhythm in tune with Melody
Acharya Rathnakara Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (Mridangam & Konnakkol)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
N. Sundar (morsing & tabla)
G. Abilash (Vocal)
and North American students
5:00pm – 7:00pm Kala Seva Mani Dr B. Balasubrahmaniyan
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
7:15pm – 10:00pm Abhishek Raghuram & Kunnakudi M. Balamuralikrishna (Vocal)
Delhi P. Sunder Rajan (violin)
Karaikkudi R. Mani (mridangam)
Giridhar Udupa (ghatam)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Shradha Ganesh of MA & Rhea Rajesh of TX (Vocal)
Sanjay Suresh of WI (violin)
Srihari Raman of WA (mridangam)
Friday March 30, 2018     Hilton Garden Inn and Music Building, CSU
9:00am – 5:00pm Music Competition
Drinko Recital Hall, CSU
8:00am – 9:45am Nama Sankeerthanam and Presentation by students of Ramesh Srinivasan of CA
Sarvalaghu Percussion Art Center, CA
10:00am – 12:00pm Akkarai Sisters Kala Rathna S. Subhalakshmi & S. Sornalatha (Vocal)
Anuradha Sridhar of CA (violin)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
12:15pm – 1:00pm Shashank Sridhar of PA (Vocal)
Sharada Krishnan of CA (violin)
Amit Ranganathan of CA (mridangam)
1:15pm – 2:00pm A Lecture on Temple Rituals
Kala Seva Mani Dr Premeela Gurumurthy (Presenter)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Ramesh Srinivasan of CA (mridangam)
2:15pm – 3:45pm Jagrithi — Awakening by
Prof. Mark Stone (Array Mbira, Kalimba, Gyil)
Matt Dufresne (saxophone)
Chinelo Amen-Ra (percussion)
K.N. Shashikiran (vocal)
P. Ganesh (vocal)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
4:00pm – 4:45pm Ceremonial Procession and Mallari

Traditional Kolattam
5:00pm – 6:15pm A World Music Collaboration, featuring
Guitar Prasanna with
Jamey Haddad and Under One Sun
6:30pm – 10:00pm Dr S. Sowmya (Vocal)
Ranjani Ramakrishnan (violin)
Neyveli R. Narayanan (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Sinthu Sivaraman of CA (Vocal)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Nirmal Narayan of WA (mridangam)
Saturday March 31, 2018
 

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

Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
7:00am Puja and Worship
7:15am Mangala Isai
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 Acharya Rathnakara Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan
12:30pm – 1:30pm Laya Sagaram
Karaikudi R. Mani (Mridangam)
Abhinav Seetharaman of NY
Akshay Venkatesan of CA
Arjun Ramachandran of IL
Ashwinn Balachandran of ON
Athrey Nadhan of IL
1:45pm – 3:45pm Acharya Rathnakara Suguna Varadachari (Vocal)
Anuradha Sridhar of CA (violin)
Toronto B. Gowrishanker (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
4:00pm – 6:30pm Book Release — Nemani Somayajulu
CD Release — Compositions of Apoorva Krishna

Sangeetha Rathnakara Ramnad V. Raghavan Memorial Concert
Sustaining Sampradaya — The Music of Dance
A concert by the torch-bearers of the Cleveland Festival
6:45pm – 7:15pm Felicitation Function
Keynote Address by Dr Premeela Gurumurthy, Vice Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Music & Fine Arts University

Dr S. Sowmya Sangeetha Rathnakara
Akkarai S. Swamynathan Acharya Rathnakara
Venkatesh Babu of CA Seva Rathna
K.N. Shashikiran & P. Ganesh Sangeetha Kala Sagaram
Indira Kadambi Nrithya Kala Sagaram
Rejimon Varghese of NC Kala Seva Mani
Sushmitha Arunkumar of IL Nrithya Kala Seva Mani
Aishwarya Shankar Kala Rathna
Kruthi Bhat of TX Kala Rathna
Sangeetha Rathnakara N. Ravikiran Dr M. Balamuralikrishna Memorial Award
Nandini Ramani T. Balasaraswati Memorial Award
Sangita Vasudevan of CA Prof. T.R. Subrahmanyam Award
7:30pm – 10:00pm Kala Rathna Sikkil C. Gurucharan (Vocal)
V. Sanjeev (violin)
R. Sankaranarayanan (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
Drinko Recital Hall, CSU
11:00am – 12:00pm 2017 Concert Competition Winner
Shreyaa Srinivasan of NJ (Vocal)
V.L. Kumar (violin)
Acharya Rathnakara Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
12:15pm – 1:15pm Dr Gokul Chandramouli of MD (Vocal)
R. Raghul (violin)
Vignesh Venkataraman of CA (mridangam)
1:30pm – 2:30pm Sutikshna Veeravalli of IL (Vocal)
Apoorva Krishna (violin)
Myan Sudharsanan of WA (mridangam)
Samyuktha Sreeram of VA (ghatam)
2:45pm – 3:45pm Sunil Gargyan (Vocal)
Sanjay Suresh of WI (violin)
Kala Seva Mani David Nelson (mridangam)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Tribute to Nrithya Rathnakara Kalanidhi Narayanan
Sunday April 1, 2018     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Carnatic Symphony
Presented by K.N. Shashikiran & P. Ganesh
Orchestra Conductor: Prof. Leo Coach, CSU
Carnatic Choir Conductor: Nirmala Rajasekar
Music Arragements: Shruthi Rajasekar of MN
9:15am – 10:15am Eppo Varuvaro — Songs of Papanasam Sivan and Gopalakrishna Bharathi
featuring 140 North American students
Conceptualized and Conducted by Papanasam Ashok Ramani
10:30am – 1:00pm Sangeetha Rathnakara Sudha Raghunathan (Vocal)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
Acharya Rathnakara Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
N. Sundar (morsing)
1:30pm – 2:30pm Music Competition Prize Distribution
2:45pm – 4:30pm Kruthi Bhat of TX (Vocal)
Apoorva Krishna (violin)
Neyveli R. Narayanan (mridangam)
Dr Ravi Balasubramanian of OR (ghatam)
4:45pm – 7:15pm Sangeetha Rathnakara N. Ravikiran (Chitraveena)
Kala Rathna Akkarai S. Subhalakshmi (violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Trichy Sankaran (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
7:30pm – 10:00pm Nrithya Kala Sagaram Jaikishore Mosalikanti & Padmavani Mosalikanti (Kuchipudi)
Aadith Narayan (Nattuvangam)
Vignesh Ishwar (Vocal)
Hari Babu (mridangam)
R. Thiagarajan (flute)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Varun Ganesan of NY
V.L. Kumar (violin)
Acharya Rathnakara Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
Monday April 2, 2018     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Anvayam — Presented by I AIM and Sri Paduka Academy
Students of Hari Devanath, Kasthuri Shivakumar, Shivkumar Bhat, and Vivek Sundararaman
9:15am – 10:15am Genius at Work — Compositions of N. Ravikiran
by Students of Vanitha Suresh of WI
10:30am – 12:30pm Rajeswari Sainath (Bharathanatyam)
1:00pm – 2:15pm Kala Rathna Priya Ramadoss of CA (Bharathanatyam)
2:30pm – 4:00pm Vignesh Ishwar (Vocal)
Sahana Vasudevan of MA (violin)
Ethirajan Ramanujam of MN (mridangam)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
4:30pm – 7:00pm Sustaining Sampradaya — Tribute to M.L. Vasanthakumari
A concert by the torch-bearers of the Cleveland Festival
7:30pm – 10:00pm Hyderabad Brothers D. Sesha Chary & D. Raghava Chary (Vocal)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Karaikudi R. Mani (mridangam)
Giridhar Udupa (ghatam)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Sushmitha Ravikumar of OH (Vocal)
Mithuran Manogaran of ON (violin)
Sriram Natarajan of MN (mridangam)
Tuesday April 3, 2018     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Madhura Rakthi
Compositions in select Rakthi Ragas performed by
Students of R. Suryaprakash
9:15am – 10:15am Thamizhum Isaiyum — Post-Trinity Tamil Compositions
Presented by Shruthi Swara Laya, students of Anu Suresh of CA and Manasa Suresh of CA
10:30am – 12:30pm Sandeep Narayan (Vocal)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Aishwarya Shankar (Vocal)
Sruti Sarathy of CA (violin)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
N. Sundar (morsing)
2:45pm – 4:15pm Ramana Balachandhran (Veena)
Thanjavur K. Praveen Kumar (mridangam)
Anirudh Athreya (kanjira)
4:30pm – 6:45pm Papanasam Ashok Ramani (Vocal)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Acharya Rathnakara Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
7:00pm – 9:30pm Sangeetha Rathnakara Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan (Vocal)
Delhi P. Sunder Rajan (violin)
Neyveli R. Narayanan (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Triven Kannan of ON (Vocal)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
Mauran Manogaran of ON (mridangam)
Wednesday April 4, 2018     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Aparna Balaji of MA (Vocal)
K.V.S. Vinay (violin)
Ethirajan Ramanujam of MN (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
9:15am – 10:15am S. Aishwarya & S. Soundarya (Vocal)
Sahana Vasudevan of CA (violin)
Akshay Venkatesan of CA (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
10:30am – 12:30pm J.A. Jayanth (Flute)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Thanjavur K. Praveen Kumar (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath (Vocal)
Trivandrum N. Sampath (violin)
Delhi Sairam (mridangam)
G. Ravichandran (ghatam)
2:45pm – 4:15pm Nirmala Rajasekar of MN (Veena)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
Sriram Natarajan of MN (kanjira)
4:30pm – 6:45pm Rama Nataka Keerthanais — Immortal Compositions of Arunachala Kavirayar
Music by Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar
featuring
Aishwarya Shankar
Bhargavi Balasubramanian
Brindha Manickavasagan
Gayathri Mahesh
Krithika Natarajan
Rithu Rajendran
Vibha Srinidhi
Vidya Kalyanaraman
Apoorva Krishna (violin)
Ethirajan Ramanujam of MN (mridangam)
Balaji Chandran of MN (ghatam)
7:00pm – 9:30pm Confluence
Sangeetha Rathnakara Nagai R. Muralidharan & Delhi P. Sunder Rajan (Violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
Balaji Chandran of MN (ghatam)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm G. Abilash (Vocal)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
Sriram Natarajan of MN (kanjira)
Thursday April 5, 2018     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am S. Adithyanarayanan (Vocal)
V.L. Kumar (violin)
N. Sundar (morsing)
9:15am – 10:15am Tirupati Srivani Yalla (Veena)
Mithuran Manogaran of ON (violin)
Acharya Rathnakara Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
10:30am – 12:30pm Sriranjani Santhanagopalan (Vocal)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
1:00pm – 2:30pm D.B. Ashvin (Vocal)
R. Raghul (violin)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
2:45pm – 4:30pm Rithvik Raja (Vocal)
M. Rajeev (violin)
Thanjavur K. Praveen Kumar (mridangam)
Anirudh Athreya (kanjira)
4:45pm – 6:45pm R. Thiagarajan (Flute)
Delhi P. Sunder Rajan (violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
7:00pm – 9:30pm Carnatica Brothers K.N. Shashikiran & P. Ganesh (Vocal)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Srividhya Vasudevan (Vocal)
Bhargav Tumkur of MD (violin)
Satheepan Elankumaran of AU (mridangam)
Friday April 6, 2018     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Kalamandalam Presents
Sadanand Mrinalini and her students (Kuchipudi)
9:15am – 10:45am Bhushany Kalyanaraman
Mithuran Manogaran of ON (violin)
Dr Ram Sriram of GA (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
11:00am – 12:30pm Dr M. Lalitha & M. Nandhini (Violin)
Ambattur Babu (mridangam)
G. Ravichandran (ghatam)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Akshay Padmanabhan (Vocal)
Bhargav Tumkur of MD (violin)
Yalla Madhubabu (mridangam)
Balaji Chandran of MN (ghatam)
2:45pm – 4:30pm Bharat Sundar (Vocal)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
4:45pm – 6:45pm Tiruvarur S. Girish (Vocal)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Nagai R. Muralidharan
Sangeetha Rathnakara Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
7:00pm – 9:30pm Narthaki Nataraj & Shakthi Bhaskar (Bharathanatyam)
Kaushik Champakesan (Nattuvangam)
Akshay Padmanabhan (Vocal)
Senthilkumaran (mridangam)
Sujith Sudhakaran Naik (flute)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Janani Iyer of IL
R. Raghul (violin)
Ambattur Babu (mridangam)
Saturday April 7, 2018
 

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

Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Ananda Natanaprakasham Presented by
Students of Kulanayaki Vivekananthan of ON and Bhushany Kalyanaraman
9:15am – 9:45am Vivrd Prasanna of CA (Vocal)
9:55am – 10:25am Pranav Kikkeri of TX (Vocal)
10:40am – 12:30pm Kiranavali Vidyasankar (Vocal)
Apoorva Krishna (violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
1:00pm – 3:00pm Delhi V. Muthukumar (Vocal)
R. Raghul (violin)
Vijay Ganesh of VA (mridangam)
N. Sundar (morsing)
3:15pm – 5:30pm Sherthalai K.N. Renganatha Sharma (Vocal)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Toronto B. Gowrishanker (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
5:45pm – 9:45pm Paripoorna Margah — En Route to the Absolute
Special 4 Hour Margam by
Indira Kadambi (Bharathanatyam)
Nrithya Kala Sagaram Jaikishore Mosalikanti (Nattuvangam)
T.V. Ramprasadh (Vocal)
K.H. Vineeth (mridangam)
R. Thiagarajan (flute)
Vishnu Ramprasadh (keyboard)
 
Drinko Recital Hall, CSU
11:15am – 4:00pm Dance Competition
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Dr Subramani & Bhargav Hariharan of MD (Vocal)
Sushmitha Ravikumar of OH (violin)
Srivathsa (mridangam)
Sunday April 8, 2018     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Arthi Nadhan of IL (Veena)
Surya Nambeesan (mridangam)
9:15am – 12:30pm Dance Competition
1:00pm – 1:30pm 2017 Dance Competition Winner
1:45pm – 3:00pm Sujatha Srinivasan (Bharathanatyam)
3:15pm – 6:00pm Dance Competition