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 23rd and continues until Sunday April 3rd, 2016.

This year's Festival is dedicated to the memory of Dr M.S. Subbulakshmi, Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, and Alathur Brothers.

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

Wednesday March 23, 2016     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
1:30pm – 2:30pm An Introduction to Indian Classical Music and Dance
An educational program for children
2:45pm – 4:00pm Thavil maestro Thanjavur R. Govindarajan presents
Vaduvur S.N.R. Krishnamoorthy (Nadaswaram)
R.K. Dinesh Kumar (Nadaswaram)
Thanjavur R. Govindarajan (thavil)
Pollachi M. Vijayakumar (thavil)
4:15pm – 5:15pm Thanmayee Krishnamurthy of TX (Vocal)
Sushmitha Ravikumar of OH (violin)
Abhinav Seetharaman of NY (mridangam)
5:30pm – 7:00pm Kartik Seshadri (Sitar)
U. Rajesh (Mandolin)
Dr M. Narmadha (violin)
Arup Chattopadhyay (tabla)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
7:15pm – 10:00pm Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar Memorial Concert
Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan (Vocal)
Delhi P. Sunder Rajan (violin)
Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
Thursday March 24, 2016     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
12:00pm – 12:45pm Anga Tala Laya Vinyasam — Presented by
Students of Ravindra Bharathy Sridharan
Nadhopasana Academy of Fine Arts, CA
1:05pm – 1:50pm Percussion Ensemble by the Sarvalaghu Percussion Arts Center,
Students of Ramesh Srinivasan of CA
2:10pm – 2:55pm Vadya Laya Vrinda — A percussion ensemble
featuring 108 students of T.S. Nandakumar of NJ
3:15pm – 4:45pm V. Shankaranarayanan (Vocal)
Nagai Sriram (violin)
Thanjavur Muragaboopathi (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
5:00pm – 6:00pm Aspiring Maestros with a Living Legend

V.V. Subrahmanyam (Violin and Lead Artist)
Guhan Venkataraman of CA (veena)
Hrishikesh Chary of CA (veena)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Apoorva Krishna (violin)
Sruti Sarathy of CA (violin)
Shashank Subramaniam of MI (flute)
Shruthi Subramaniam of MI (flute)
Athrey Nadhan of IL (mridangam)
Vignesh Venkataraman of CA (mridangam)
6:15pm – 7:00pm Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan presents "Thakadhimi Thakita"
A Grand Celebration of Percussion and Rhythm in tune with Melody

Featuring
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
G. Ravi Shankar (keyboard and vocal)
N. Sundar (tabla)
Toronto S. Surenthar (morsing)
and North American students of Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan
7:15pm – 9:45pm P. Unnikrishnan (Vocal)
R.K. Shriramkumar (violin)
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Hariharan Ravi of IL (Vocal)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Naveen Basavanhally of CA (mridangam)
Friday March 25, 2016     Hilton Garden Inn and Music Building, CSU
9:00am – 5:00pm Music Competition
Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
4:30pm – 5:15pm Ceremonial Procession led by
Vaduvur S.N.R. Krishnamoorthy (Nadaswaram)
R.K. Dinesh Kumar (Nadaswaram)
Thanjavur R. Govindarajan (thavil)
Pollachi M. Vijayakumar (thavil)

Traditional Kolattam
5:15pm – 6:30pm A Jazz-Carnatic Collaboration, featuring
Aruna Sairam (Vocal)
Prof. Mark Stone (Kalimba, Mbira, and World Percussion)
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)

Supported by
Maya Azucena (vocal)
K.N. Shashikiran (vocal)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
P. Ganesh (chitraveena)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
G. Ravi Shankar (keyboard)
N. Sundar (tabla)

and
Haruna Walusimbi (Akogo and Ngoma)
Matt Dufroesne (Saxophone)
Miles Brown (Bass)
Dan Piccolo (Drums)

Also featuring
Mayuri Vasan (vocal)
Nishevitha Ramesh of CA (vocal)
Apoorva Das of TX (vocal)
Varun Ganesan of NY (vocal)
Vivrd Prasanna of CA (vocal)
Sudarshan Mohan of CA (vocal)
6:45pm – 8:00pm Prof. T.N. Krishnan (Violin)
Prof. Trichy Sankaran (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
8:15pm – 9:30pm Priyadarshini Govind (Bharathanatyam)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Shreyas Bharadwaj of CA (Flute)
Neha Krishnamachary of NY (violin)
Sanjay Subramanian of IL (mridangam)
Saturday March 26, 2016
 

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

Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
7:00am Prayer & Worship
7:15am – 7:45am Mangala Isai
Vaduvur S.N.R. Krishnamoorthy (Nadaswaram)
R.K. Dinesh Kumar (Nadaswaram)
Thanjavur R. Govindarajan (thavil)
Pollachi M. Vijayakumar (thavil)
8:00am – 8:30am Bhajans by Children
9:00am – 10:30am Pancharathna Krithis — Group singing of Thyagaraja's five greatest compositions
11:00am – 12:00pm The Carnatic Epic Choir
Concept and Presentation by Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan
12:30pm – 2:00pm Tribute to Sangeetha Rathnakara Dr N. Ramani
R. Thiagarajan (Flute)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Kala Seva Mani Dr David Nelson (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
2:15am – 3:45pm Commemorating the UN Concert of M.S. Subbulakshmi
S. Aishwarya (Vocal)
Dr M. Narmadha (violin)
Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (mridangam)
Balaji Chandran of MN (ghatam)
4:00pm – 6:45pm Sangeetha Rathnakara Ramnad V. Raghavan Memorial Concert

Sustaining Sampradaya — Tribute to M.S. Subbulakshmi
A concert by the torch-bearers of the Cleveland Festival
6:45pm – 7:30pm Felicitation Function

Chief Guest: B.V. Jagadeesh
T.N. Krishnan Ariyakudi Memorial Award
V.V. Subrahmanyam M.S. Subbulakshmi Memorial Award
R. Vedavalli Alathur Brothers Memorial Award
Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan Sangeetha Rathnakara
Priyadarshini Govind Nrithya Rathnakara
R.S. Jayalakshmi Acharya Rathnakara
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan Acharya Rathnakara
Thanjavur R. Govindarajan Sangeetha Kala Sagaram
Rama Ravi Sangeetha Kala Sagaram
Nagai Sriram Kala Rathna
Ashwini Viswanathan Kala Rathna
Revathi & Suresh Subramanian of CA Seva Rathna
B. Balasubrahmaniyan, Wesleyan University Kala Seva Mani
Ramesh Srinivasan of CA Prof. T.R. Subrahmanyam Award
8:00pm – 9:30pm Vishwamohan Bhatt (Mohan Veena) and
Sangeetha Rathnakara N. Ravikiran (Chitraveena)
Delhi P. Sunder Rajan (violin)
Arup Chattopadhyay (tabla)
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (Violin), and
Keerthana Sankar of MI (Violin)
Ethirajan Ramanujam of MN (mridangam)
Papanasam V. Sethuraman (kanjira)
Drinko Recital Hall, CSU
11:00am – 12:00pm Varun Ganesan of NY (Vocal)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (mridangam)
12:15pm – 1:15pm Adithya Chakravarthy of ON (Vocal)
Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
1:30pm – 2:30pm 2015 Concert Competition Winner
Vidya Kanthan of NJ (Vocal)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
2:45pm – 3:45pm Manasa Suresh of CA (Vocal)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
Sunday March 27, 2016     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am M.S. Subbulakshmi Special Sangeet Symphony
Conducted by Prof. Leo Coach, CSU
Concept by K.N. Shashikiran
Music arrangement by Keyboard Sathya
Special Guest Artist S. Aishwarya
9:15am – 10:15am Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandir School of Fine Arts
Artistic Director Jayashree Varadarajan presents
Saint Purandara Dasa — An Advocate for Change
10:30am – 1:00pm Aruna Sairam (Vocal)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
1:30pm – 2:30pm Prize Distribution
2:45pm – 4:30pm Kunnakudi M. Balamuralikrishna (Vocal)
Delhi P. Sunder Rajan (violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
4:45pm – 6:45pm Dr Pantula Rama (Vocal)
M.S.N. Murthy (violin)
Toronto B. Gowrishanker (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
7:00pm – 10:00pm Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan (Vocal)
Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Prof. Trichy Sankaran (mridangam)
Dr Ravi Balasubramanian of OR (ghatam)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm An appreciation of vintage music — a discussion
featuring Rama Ravi, Suguna Varadachari, Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan, Nagai R. Muralidharan, Mannargudi A. Easwaran, and others
Monday March 28, 2016     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Tamil Thyagarajarum Thyagabrahmamum
A group presentation featuring 100 students of Papanasam Ashok Ramani
9:15am – 10:15am S. Adithyanarayanan (Vocal)
Sushmitha Ravikumar of OH (violin)
Athrey Nadhan of IL (mridangam)
10:30am – 12:30pm Yakshaganam
1:00pm – 2:30pm Papanasam Ashok Ramani (Vocal)
Delhi P. Sunder Rajan (violin)
Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (mridangam)
Papanasam V. Sethuraman (kanjira)
2:45pm – 4:00pm S. Saketharaman (Vocal)
Nagai Sriram (violin)
Neyveli B. Venkatesh (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
4:15pm – 7:15pm Sustaining Sampradaya — Tribute to Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar
A concert by the torch-bearers of the Cleveland Festival
7:30pm – 9:30pm Nagai R. Muralidharan & Nagai Sriram (Violin)
Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
G. Chandrasekara Sharma (ghatam)
Tuesday March 29, 2016     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am The Impeccable Tradition of Tanjore S. Kalyanaraman
Presented by Students of
Bhushany Kalyanaraman and Kulanayaki Vivekanandan
9:15am – 10:15am Bhargavi Balasubramanian & Srividya Ramnath (Vocal)
Sruti Sarathy of CA (violin)
Ramesh Srinivasan of CA (mridangam)
Sriram Natarajan of MN (kanjira)
10:30am – 12:30pm Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam (Vocal)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
Papanasam V. Sethuraman (kanjira)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Maharajapuram S. Ganesh Viswanathan (Vocal)
Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
2:45pm – 4:15pm V.K. Manimaran (Vocal)
Nagai Sriram (violin)
Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
4:30pm – 6:45pm B. Balasubrahmaniyan (Vocal)
Delhi P. Sunder Rajan (violin)
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
G. Chandrasekara Sharma (ghatam)
7:00pm – 9:30pm V.V. Subrahmanyam & V.V.S. Murari (Violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Jahnavi Murali of OH (Vocal)
Sahana Shankar of MI (violin)
Sathya Ramesh of CA (mridangam)
Wednesday March 30, 2016     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Arthi & Archana (Vocal)
Apoorva Krishna (violin)
Dr Ram Sriram of GA (mridangam)
9:15am – 10:45am Nrithya Katha Kutcheri by
Suchithra Balasubramanian and Smitha Madhav
Sahana Shankar of MI (violin)
Ramesh Srinivasan of CA (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
11:00am – 12:30pm A Tribute to M.S. Subulakshmi,
Gowri Ramnarayan (Director and Narrator)

Orchestra
Aditya Prakash (Vocal)
Sushma Somasekaran (Vocal)
Shreya Devnath (violin)
R. Thiagarajan (flute)
Ramesh Babu (mridangam)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Pattabhirama Pandit (Vocal)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
G. Chandrasekara Sharma (ghatam)
2:45pm – 4:15pm Nirmala Rajasekar of MN (Veena)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
Sriram Natarajan of MN (kanjira)
4:30pm – 6:45pm Carnatica Brothers K.N. Shashikiran & P. Ganesh (Vocal)
Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
7:00pm – 9:30pm Sikkil C. Gurucharan (Vocal)
V. Sanjeev (violin)
Patri Satish Kumar (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
Thursday March 31, 2016     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
9:15am – 10:15am Aishwarya Shankar (Vocal)
Apoorva Krishna (violin)
Vijay Ganesh of VA (mridangam)
Balaji Chandran of MN (ghatam)
10:30am – 12:30pm R.S. Jayalakshmi (Vocal)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
Papanasam V. Sethuraman (kanjira)
1:00pm – 2:00pm Dharini Kalyanaraman (Vocal)
Sruti Sarathy of CA (violin)
Dr Ram Sriram of GA (mridangam) G. Chandrasekara Sharma (ghatam)
2:15pm – 3:15pm Vidya Kalyanaraman (Vocal)
Shreya Devnath (violin)
Sriram Natarajan of MN (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
3:30pm – 4:30pm Chinmaya Sisters Uma & Radhika (Vocal)
Dr M. Narmadha (violin)
Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (mridangam)
Toronto S. Surenthar (morsing)
4:45pm – 6:45pm The Enduring Legacy of Veena Dhanammal
A Music Tribute to an Immortal Musician

Rama Ravi (Vocal)
R.K. Shriramkumar (violin)
Toronto B. Gowrishanker (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
7:00pm – 9:30pm B. Ranjani & B. Gayatri (Vocal)
M. Rajeev (violin)
Sai Giridhar (mridangam)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
10:00pm – 11:00pm Thakshana Srinathan of ON (Vocal)
Keerthana Sankar of MI (violin)
Akshay Venkatesan of CA (mridangam)
Friday April 1, 2016     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Sahana & Himaja Samraj (Vocal)
Sahana Vasudevan of CA (violin)
Toronto S. Surenthar (mridangam)
9:15am – 10:15am Dr Padma Sugavanam (Vocal)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Arjun Ramachandran of IL (mridangam)
Balaji Chandran of MN (ghatam)
10:30am – 12:30pm Rudrapatnam S. Ramakanth (Vocal)
Dr M. Narmadha (violin)
Dr Rohan Krishnamurthy of MI (mridangam)
Papanasam V. Sethuraman (kanjira)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Nandita Ravi (Vocal)
Apoorva Krishna (violin)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
Dr Ravi Balasubramanian of OR (ghatam)
2:45pm – 4:15pm Tiruvarur S. Girish (Vocal)
Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
G. Chandrasekara Sharma (ghatam)
4:30pm – 6:45pm Gayathri Venkataraghavan (Vocal)
Mysore V. Srikanth (violin)
Neyveli S. Skandasubramanian (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
7:00pm – 9:30pm Suguna Varadachari (Vocal)
R.K. Shriramkumar (violin)
Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
Saturday April 2, 2016
 

On this day, programs will run concurrently in three separate venues until 4:00pm

Classroom G17, CSU
8:30am – 2:30pm Dance Competition preliminary round
 
Drinko Recital Hall, CSU
8:30am – 10:00am Dance Competition preliminary round
10:15am – 11:05am Cleveland Dance Premier League — Group 1
11:15am – 12:45pm Dance Competition preliminary round
1:15pm – 2:05pm Cleveland Dance Premier League — Group 2
2:15pm – 3:45pm Dance Competition preliminary round
Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Brinda Manickavasakan (Vocal)
Sahana Vasudevan of CA (violin)
Visrut Sudhakar of NC (mridangam)
9:15am – 10:15am Ranjani Sivakumar Siddareddy (Vocal)
Apoorva Krishna (violin)
Akshay Venkatesan of CA (mridangam)
10:30am – 12:30pm Bhushany Kalyanaraman & Kulanayaki Vivekanandan (Vocal)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Toronto B. Gowrishanker (mridangam)
Balaji Chandran of MN (ghatam)
1:00pm – 2:15pm Sriranjani Santhanagopalan (Vocal)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
2:30pm – 3:45pm S. Mahathi (Vocal)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Dr Rohan Krishnamurthy of MI (mridangam)
Toronto S. Surenthar (morsing)
4:00pm – 5:15pm Bharat Sundar (Vocal)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
5:30pm – 6:45pm R. Vedavalli (Vocal)
R.K. Shriramkumar (violin)
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
7:00pm – 9:30pm Vishakha Hari (Harikatha)
A. Balaji (violin)
S.J. Arjun Ganesh (mridangam)
Sunday April 3, 2016     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:30am Smt. Rhadha presents Nowka Charitham
9:45am – 10:45am Navia Natarajan (Bharathanatyam)
1:00pm – 2:00pm 2015 Dance Competition SubJunior Winner
Leya Oomen of ON (Bharathanatyam)
2:15pm – 6:00pm Dance Competition Finals