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 April 1st and continues until Sunday April 12th, 2015.

Ticketed programs are marked in the schedule. Tickets will be available at the venue. If you will be attending the entire festival, season passes are also available.

For rasikas who are unable to attend in person, the festival will be webcast on iCarnatic. You can get further details on their web page.

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

Wednesday April 1, 2015     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
3:45pm – 5:15pm V. Sankaranarayanan (Vocal)
Nagai Sri Sriram (violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
5:30pm – 7:00pm Madurai R. Sundar of MI (Vocal)
Trivandrum Sampath (violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
Thursday April 2, 2015     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
2:15pm – 2:45pm The Tradition of Sangeetha Rathnakara M.S. Gopalakrishnan
Purnaprajna Bangere of MO (Violin)
Akshay Venkatesan of CA (mridangam)
3:00pm – 3:45pm 2014 Advanced Pallavi Competition Winner
Ashwin Srikant of CA (Vocal)
Trivandrum Sampath (violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
4:00pm – 4:45pm ThaKa ThaKiTa — A Percussion ensemble by
Students of Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
5:00pm – 6:45pm Pt Sanjeev Abhyankar (Vocal)
Ajinkya Joshi (tabla)
Milind Kulkarni (harmonium)
Friday April 3, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn and Music Building, CSU
9:00am – 5:00pm Music Competition
Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
4:30pm – 5:15pm Ceremonial Procession led by
Thirumeignanam Brothers T.K.R. Ayyappan & T.K.R. Meenakshisundaram (Nadaswaram)
Mannargudi R. Vasudevan (thavil)
Thirumarugal T.R. Sekhar (thavil)

Traditional Kolattam
R. Kausalya (Retd. Principal, Govt. Music College, Thiruvaiyaru) (Choreography)
Ramya Ramnarayan of NJ (Coordinator)
Divya Yeluri of NJ (Coordinator)
Manasa Suresh of CA (Vocal)
Manda Sruthi Ravali (Vocal)

Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:15pm – 11:15pm Something Unique
Something Unexpected

Manodharmam — A discussion led by
Nagai R. Muralidharan and Mannargudi A. Easwaran
Saturday April 4, 2015
 

On this day, programs will run concurrently in two separate venues from 11:00am–3:30pm

Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
7:00am Prayer & Worship
7:15am – 7:45am Mangala Isai
Thirumeignanam Brothers T.K.R. Ayyappan & T.K.R. Meenakshisundaram (Nadaswaram)
Mannargudi R. Vasudevan (thavil)
Thirumarugal T.R. Sekhar (thavil)
8:00am – 8:30am Bhajans by Children
9:00am – 10:30am Pancharathna Krithis — Group singing of Thyagaraja's five greatest compositions
10:45am – 11:30am The Carnatic Epic Choir
Concept and Presentation by Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan
11:45am – 12:00pm Carnatic Music Idol USA Junior Winner
12:15pm – 1:45pm Interactive Cutcheri — Cleveland Carnatic Premier League
Hariharan Ravi of IL
Kruthi Bhat of TX
Varun Ganesan of NY
Sushmitha Ravikumar of OH

Moderated by a Panel of Experts
2:00pm – 2:30pm Symposium on Sangeetha Rathanakara M.S. Gopalakrishnan
chaired by Seva Rathna Dr V.K. Viswanathan
2:30pm – 3:30pm Cleveland Vadya Sangamam
Hrishikesh Chary of CA (Veena)
Guhan Venkataraman of CA (Veena)
Shashank Subramaniam of MI (Flute)
Sruthi Subramaniam of MI (Flute)
Aishwarya Venkataraman of CA (Violin)
Apoorva Krishna (Violin)
Sruti Sarathy of CA (Violin)
Abhinav Seetharaman of VA (Mridangam)
Vignesh Venkataraman of CA (Mridangam)
3:30pm Book and CD Releases
4:00pm – 6:45pm Sangeetha Rathnakara Ramnad V. Raghavan Memorial Concert

Sustaining Sampradaya — The Glory of Lord Venkateswara
A concert by the torch-bearers of the Cleveland Festival
6:45pm – 7:30pm Felicitation Function

Chief Guest — B.V. Jagadeesh

Mannargudi A. Easwaran Sangeetha Rathnakara
Nagai R. Muralidharan Sangeetha Rathnakara
Sonal Mansingh Nrithya Rathnakara
Yella Venkateswara Rao Sangeetha Kala Sagaram
Raja Reddy Nrithya Kala Sagaram
Radha Reddy Nrithya Kala Sagaram
Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan Acharya Rathnakara
Sadanam P.V. Balakrishnan Acharya Rathnakara
Amritha Murali Kala Rathna
Aishwarya Balasubramanian Kala Rathna
M. Krishnamurthy (Parthasarathy Swami Sabha) Seva Rathna
Lakshman Ragde of ON Kala Seva Mani
Divya Yeluri of NJ Nrithya Seva Mani
Madurai R. Sundar of MI Prof. T.R. Subrahmanyam Award
Drinko Recital Hall, CSU
11:00am – 3:30pm Individual Singing of Thyagaraja Krithis
Sunday April 5, 2015     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Carnatic Symphony 2015 — A fusion of
Western classical orchestra and Carnatic music
Conducted by Prof. Leo Coach, CSU
Concept by K.N. Shashikiran
9:15am – 10:15am Gnaana Sabhaiyil Kaana Kan Kodi Vendum
Brahmasri Papanasam Sivan's 125th Jayanthi Celebration
Featuring 125 Students of Papanasam Ashok Ramani
10:30am – 1:00pm Historical Perspectives on Papanasam Sivan's Life and his Compositions
Led by Seva Rathna V.K. Viswanathan

Gayathri Venkataraghavan (Vocal)
Anuradha Sridhar of CA (violin)
Thanjavur Murugaboopathi (mridangam)
G. Chandrasekara Sharma (ghatam)
1:30pm – 2:30pm Prize Distribution
2:45pm – 3:45pm 2014 Concert Competition Winner
Adithya Chakravarthy of ON (Vocal)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
4:00pm – 5:30pm Pt Ravi Shankar Memorial Concert
Lakshay Mohan Gupta (Sitar)
Ayush Mohan Gupta (Sarod)
Ramesh Srinivasan of CA (mridangam)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:15pm – 11:15pm Something Unique
Something Unexpected

Sangeetha Katha — Dushyanth Sridhar and Suchithra Balasubramanian
Monday April 6, 2015     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Carnatic Philharmonic Orchestra
Concept & Direction by V.V.S. Murari
9:15am – 10:15am Arohana Group
10:30am – 12:30pm Kathakali — Nala Charithram

Dancers
Nrithya Kala Sagaram Sadanam P.V. Balakrishnan
Sadanam Bhasi
Sadanam Srinathan
Sadhanam Vijayan

Orchestra
Sadanam Shivadasan (Vocal)
Kalamandalam Rajesh Menon (Vocal)
R. Suryaprakash (Vocal)
Sadanam Ramakrishnan (chenda)
Sadanam Devadasan (maddalam)

Supported by Sadanam Srinivasan (Chutti and Makeup)
Sadanam Vivek (Costumes)
1:00pm – 2:45pm Traditions of Veenai Dhanammal — Padams & Javalis
B. Balasubrahmaniyan (Vocal)
L. Ramakrishnan (violin)
Dr David Nelson (mridangam)
3:00pm – 3:45pm The Innate Beauty of Layam
Sangeetha Kala Sagaram Yella Venkateswara Rao (Mridangam)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
G. Chandrasekara Sharma (ghatam)
4:00pm – 7:00pm Sustaining Sampradaya — Tribute to TRS & MSG
A concert by the torch-bearers of the Cleveland Festival
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:15pm – 11:15pm Something Unique
Something Unexpected

Pallavi Structure — Manda Sudharani
Tuesday April 7, 2015     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Disciples of Bhushani Kalyanaraman & Kulanayaki of ON
9:15am – 10:15am Students of Jayashree Varadarajan of CA
10:30am – 12:30pm Papanasam Ashok Ramani (Vocal)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Nagai R. Muralidharan (violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Mannargudi A Easwaran (mridangam)
Cleveland R. Balasubramaniam (kanjira)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Bharat Sundar (Vocal)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
2:45pm – 4:15pm The Genius of Sangeetha Rathnakara M.S. Gopalakrishnan
Dr M. Narmadha (Violin)
Ramesh Srinivasan of CA (mridangam)
C. Balaji of MN (ghatam)
Wednesday April 8, 2015     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am V. Bharath Kumar (Vocal)
Sruti Sarathy of CA (violin)
Sriram Natarajan of MN (mridangam)
9:15am – 10:15am Nirmala Sundararajan (Vocal)
Trivandrum Sampath (violin)
Toronto B. Gowrishankar (mridangam)
Nanda Masti (kanjira)
10:30am – 12:30pm The Tradition of T.R. Mahalingam
Sangeetha Rathnakara Dr N. Ramani & Disciples (Flute)
Apoorva Krishna (violin)
Athrey Nadhan of IL (mridangam)
Abhinav Seetharaman of VA (mridangam)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Ashwath Narayanan (Vocal)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
C. Balaji of MN (ghatam)
2:45pm – 4:15pm Kala Rathna Amritha Murali (Vocal)
Dr M. Narmadha (violin)
Erode Nagaraj (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
Comfort Inn Ballroom
10:15pm – 11:15pm Something Unique
Something Unexpected
Concert Paddhathi
Thursday April 9, 2015     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Manasa Suresh of CA (Vocal)
V.V.S. Murari (violin)
Trivandrum V. Balaji (mridangam)
K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira)
9:15am – 10:15am Srividya Ramnath (Vocal)
Sruti Sarathy of CA (violin)
Dr Ram Sriram of GA (mridangam)
10:30am – 12:30pm R. Suryaprakash (Vocal)
Dr M. Narmadha (violin)
G. Vijay Ganesh of PA (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Bhargavi Balasubramanian (Chitravina)
Apoorva Krishna (violin)
Erode Nagaraj (mridangam)
Sriram Natarajan of MN (kanjira)
2:45pm – 3:45pm Upanyasam by Dushyanth Sridhar
4:00pm – 5:00pm R. Thiagarajan (Flute)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Mannargudi A. Easwaran (mridangam)
G. Chandrasekara Sharma (ghatam)
Friday April 10, 2015     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Dharini Kalyanaraman (Vocal)
Kala Rathna Amritha Murali (violin)
Dr Vasudevan Namboodiri of OH (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
9:15am – 10:15am Shankar Srinivas of OH (Vocal)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Visrut Sudhakar of NC (mridangam)
10:30am – 12:30pm Bhushani Kalyanaraman (Vocal)
Trivandrum Sampath (violin)
Toronto B. Gowrishankar (mridangam)
Toronto Karthik Venkataraman (kanjira)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Thirumeignanam Brothers T.K.R. Ayyappan & T.K.R. Meenakshisundaram (Nadaswaram)
Mannargudi R. Vasudevan (thavil)
Thirumarugal T.R. Sekhar (thavil)
2:45pm – 3:45pm Rithvik Raja (Vocal)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Erode Nagaraj (mridangam)
G. Chandrasekara Sharma (ghatam)
4:00pm – 6:00pm Manda Sudharani (Vocal)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
Dr Rohan Krishnamurthy of CA (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
Saturday April 11, 2015
 

On this day, programs will run concurrently in two separate venues until 3:30pm

Drinko Recital Hall, CSU
8:30am – 10:00am Dance Competition preliminary round — SubJuniors
10:15am – 11:00am Cleveland Dance Premier League — Group 1
11:15am – 12:45pm Dance Competition preliminary round — Juniors
1:00pm – 1:45pm Cleveland Dance Premier League — Group 2
2:00pm – 3:30pm Dance Competition preliminary round — Seniors
 
Waetjen Auditorium, CSU
8:00am – 9:00am Manda Sruthi Ravali (Vocal)
Sushmitha Ravikumar of OH (violin)
Kapilan Sachithananthan of ON (mridangam)
9:15am – 10:30am Dr Subhashini Parthasarathy (Vocal)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Vinod Seetharaman of MI (mridangam)
Dr Ravi Balasubramanian of OR (ghatam)
10:45am – 11:15pm Symposium on Sangeetha Kala Sagaram Prof. T.R. Subrahmanyam
led by Arvind Narasimhan and Delhi V. Muthukumar
11:30am – 12:30pm Delhi V. Muthukumar (Vocal)
Kamalakiran Vinjamuri of VA (violin)
Ethirajan Ramanujam of MN (mridangam)
Nanda Masti (kanjira)
1:00pm – 2:30pm Suchithra Balasubramanian (Vocal)
Jay Shankar Balan of MI (violin)
Uzhavoor P.K. Babu (mridangam)
2:45pm – 3:45pm Sri V.K. Manimaran (Vocal)
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (violin)
Erode Nagaraj (mridangam)
Papanasam S. Sethuraman (kanjira)
Sunday April 12, 2015     Waetjen Auditorium, CSU

Notes:

Season tickets are available at the venue. They cost $200, and grant admission for one person to all programs.