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.

Ticketed programs are marked in the schedule. Tickets will be available for purchase at the venue. If you will be attending the entire festival, season tickets will be available for $200 per person for all programs.

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, led by
K.N. Shashikiran
P. Ganesh
Kunnakudi M. Balamuralikrishna
B. Shree Sundarkumar
Archana Narayanamurthy
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)
Suraj Srinivasan of OH (mridangam)
Thursday March 24, 2016     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
12:00pm – 12:30pm Pranav Kikkeri of TX (Vocal)
Narasimha Kikkeri of TX (violin)
Kapilan Sachchithananthan of ON (mridangam)
12:50pm – 1:35pm Anga Tala Laya Vinyasam — Presented by
Students of Ravindra Bharathy Sridharan
Nadhopasana Academy of Fine Arts, CA
2:00pm – 3:30pm V. Shankaranarayanan (Vocal)
Nagai Sriram (violin)
Thanjavur Muragaboopathi (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
4:00pm – 4:45pm Vadya Laya Vrinda — A percussion ensemble
featuring 108 students of T.S. Nandakumar of NJ
5:00pm – 6:00pm Aspiring Maestros with a Living Legend

V.V. Subrahmanyam (Violin and Lead Artist)
Guhan Venkataraman of CA (veena)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Keerthana Sankar of MI (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)
and North American students of Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan
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 (see competition schedule here)
Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
4:00pm – 4:45pm Ceremonial Procession led by
Vaduvur S.N.R. Krishnamoorthy (Nadaswaram)
R.K. Dinesh Kumar (Nadaswaram)
Pollachi M. Vijayakumar (thavil)

Traditional Kolattam
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Shreyas Bharadwaj of CA (Flute)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (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 Acharya Rathnakara Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan
12:30pm – 2:00pm Tribute to Sangeetha Rathnakara Dr N. Ramani
R. Thiagarajan, and students of Dr N. Ramani (Flute)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Kala Seva Mani Dr David Nelson (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
2:15pm – 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
T.N. Krishnan Ariyakudi Memorial Award
V.V. Subrahmanyam M.S. Subbulakshmi 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
Archana Narayanamurthy Kala Rathna
Revathi & Suresh Subramanian of CA Seva Rathna
B. Balasubrahmaniyan, Wesleyan University Kala Seva Mani
Kripa Baskaran of WI Nrithya Seva Mani
Ramesh Srinivasan of CA Prof. T.R. Subrahmanyam Award
Laks Venkataraman of OH Dr G. Venkatadri Award
Dr S. Ramamurthy of IL Dr G. Venkatadri Award
7:45pm – 7:55pm Launch of Sangeetha Rathnakara N. Ravikiran's historic Tirukkural Project, by Sangeetha Kalanidhi T.N. Krishnan

Launch of book and audio — Kshetra Sangeetam
A concert series conceptualized and presented by Dr Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam
Drinko Recital Hall, CSU
11:00am – 12:00pm Varun Ganesan of NY (Vocal)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
Balaji Chandran of MN (ghatam)
12:15pm – 1:15pm Adithya Chakravarthy of ON (Vocal)
Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
1:30pm – 2:30pm 2015 Concert Competition Winner
Vidya Kanthan of NJ (Vocal)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (mridangam)
Sriram Natarajan of MN (kanjira)
2:45pm – 3:45pm Manasa Suresh of CA (Vocal)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
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
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
Supported by Kiranavali Vidyasankar
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
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)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Nada and Rasanubhava in Carnatic music
A talk by Prof. V.V. Subrahmanyam
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)
Sruti Sarathy of CA (violin)
Athrey Nadhan of IL (mridangam)
Balaji Chandran of MN (ghatam)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Papanasam Ashok Ramani (Vocal)
Delhi P. Sunder Rajan (violin)
Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
2:45pm – 4:00pm Maharajapuram S. Ganesh Viswanathan (Vocal)
Kala Rathna Nagai Sriram (violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (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 Alathur Brothers Memorial Concert
Sangeetha Rathnakara Nagai R. Muralidharan & Nagai Sriram (Violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (Violin), and
Keerthana Sankar of MI (Violin)
Ethirajan Ramanujam of MN (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
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 of ON
Priya Ratna Varatharajah of ON (veena)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Viroshi Sriganesh of ON (violin)
Bala Sankar of Melbourne (mridangam)
N. Sundar (tabla)
9:15am – 10:15am Sangeeta Samyoga
Bhargavi Balasubramanian & Srividya Ramanath (Vocal)
Sruti Sarathy of CA (violin)
Sriram Natarajan of MN (mridangam)
Balaji Chandran of MN (kanjira)
10:30am – 12:30pm Dr Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam (Vocal)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Ramesh Srinivasan of CA (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
1:00pm – 1:30pm Shradha Ganesh of ON (Vocal)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Naveen Basavanhally of CA (mridangam)
1:45pm – 3:15pm S. Saketharaman (Vocal)
Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Neyveli B. Venkatesh (mridangam)
3:30pm – 4:45pm V.K. Manimaran (Vocal)
Nagai Sriram (violin)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
5:00pm – 7:00pm B. Balasubrahmaniyan (Vocal)
Delhi P. Sunder Rajan (violin)
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
7:15pm – 9:30pm V.V. Subrahmanyam & V.V.S. Murari (Violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Jahnavi Murali of OH (Vocal)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Sathya Ramesh of CA (mridangam)
Wednesday March 30, 2016     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Archana & Aarathi (Vocal)
Dr M. Narmadha (violin)
Dr Ram Sriram of GA (mridangam)
Toronto S. Surenthar (morsing)
9:15am – 10:45am M.S. Subbulakshmi Centenary Special Nrithya Katha Kutcheri by
Suchithra Balasubramanian and Smitha Madhav
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Ramesh Srinivasan of CA (mridangam)
N. Sundar (tabla)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
11:00am – 12:30pm Born to Sing — A Tribute to M.S. Subbulakshmi,
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 Nirmala Rajasekar of MN (Veena)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
2:45pm – 4:45pm Carnatica Brothers K.N. Shashikiran & P. Ganesh (Vocal)
Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
5:00pm – 7:00pm Sangeetha Rathnakara N. Ravikiran (Chitraveena)
Sruti Sarathy of CA (violin)
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
7:15pm – 9:45pm Sikkil C. Gurucharan (Vocal)
V. Sanjeev (violin)
Patri Satish Kumar (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:00pm – 11:00pm Symposium on M.S. Subbulakshmi,
led by Dr V.K. Viswanathan
Thursday March 31, 2016     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Sahitya
Sutikshna Veeravalli of IL (Vocal)
Janani Iyer of IL (Vocal)
Manasa Suresh of CA (Vocal)
Sruti Sarathy of CA (violin)
Toronto S. Surenthar (mridangam)

Dancers
Shanthini Kangesan of ON
Shobi Ruban of ON
Yalini Rajakulasingham of ON
9:15am – 10:15am Aishwarya Shankar (Vocal)
Sahana Vasudevan of CA (violin)
Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar (mridangam)
N. Sundar (morsing)
10:30am – 12:30pm Acharya Rathnakara R.S. Jayalakshmi (Veena)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
1:00pm – 2:00pm Dharini Kalyanaraman (Vocal)
Sruti Sarathy of CA (violin)
Dr Ram Sriram of GA (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
2:15pm – 3:15pm Vidya Kalyanaraman (Vocal)
Shreya Devnath (violin)
Ethirajan Ramanujam 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)
Nanditha Ravi (vocal support)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
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)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Arjun Ramachandran of IL (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
10:30am – 12:30pm Rudrapatnam S. Ramakanth (Vocal)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Dr Rohan Krishnamurthy of MI (mridangam)
B. Shree Sundarkumar (kanjira)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Nanditha Ravi (Vocal)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
N. Sundar (morsing)
2:45pm – 4:15pm Bharat Sundar (Vocal)
Nagai Sriram (violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
Saturday April 2, 2016
 

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

Classroom G17, CSU
9:00am – 12:45pm Dance Competition Subjunior preliminary round
 
Drinko Recital Hall, CSU
9:00am – 10:30am Dance Competition Senior preliminary round
10:45am – 12:15pm Anubhava presents Parampara

Dancers
Bhavya Kumaran of IL
Joshua George of IL
Kalyani Pillai of VA
Sharanya Balaji of CA
Shriya Srinivasan of OH
Sutikshna Veeravalli of IL

Orchestra
Bhoomija Prasad of OH (Nattuvangam)
Keerthana Sankar of MI (Vocal)
Arthi Nadhan of IL (veena)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Shashank Subramaniam of MI (flute)
Athrey Nadhan of IL (mridangam)
12:30pm – 3:15pm Dance Competition Junior 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)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Akshay Venkatesan of CA (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
10:30am – 12:30pm Bhushany Kalyanaraman & Kulanayaki Vivekanandan of ON (Vocal)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
1:00pm – 1:30pm Avinash Pillai of MI (Vocal)
Sushmitha Ravikumar of OH (violin)
Kapilan Sachchithananthan of ON (mridangam)
1:45pm – 3:15pm Sriranjani Santhanagopalan (Vocal)
Sahana Vasudevan of CA (violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
3:30pm – 5:00pm Tiruvarur S. Girish (Vocal)
Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
5:15pm – 6:45pm S. Mahathi (Vocal)
Sushmitha Ravikumar of OH (violin)
Dr Rohan Krishnamurthy of MI (mridangam)
N. Sundar (morsing)
Sunday April 3, 2016     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:30am Nrithya Rathnakara Rhadha presents Nowka Charitham

Dancers
Sangita Vasudevan of CA
Kala Rathna Navia Natarajan Menon of CA
Priya Ramadoss of CA
Nirupama Vaidyanathan
Divya Rajan

Orchestra
Nrithya Rathnakara Rhadha (Nattuvangam)
Subhapriya Srivatsan (Vocal)
Sushmitha Ravikumar of OH (violin)
Sreekrishna Pasumarthy of OH (flute)
Ravindra Bharathy Sridharan of CA (mridangam)
9:45am – 11:15am A group presentation by Nrithya Seva Mani Kripa Baskaran of WI and students of Natyarpana

Orchestra
Nrithya Seva Mani Kripa Baskaran of WI (Nattuvangam)
Vanitha Suresh of WI (Vocal)
Srividhya Ganesan of WI (veena)
Swaminathan Nadarajan of WI (violin)
Ethirajan Ramanujam of MN (mridangam)
11:30am – 12:30pm Kala Rathna Navia Natarajan Menon of CA (Bharathanatyam)
1:00pm – 2:00pm 2015 Dance Competition SubJunior Winner
Leya Oommen of ON (Bharathanatyam)
2:15pm – 6:00pm Dance Competition Finals