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‘Veena Navarathri’ inaugurated

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— PHOTO: K.V. SRINIVASAN

On a positive note: Madras High Court judge Prabha Sridevan (centre) and Veena Foundation secretary-general V. Raghurama Ayyar present a memento to senior veena vidwan Padmavathy Ananthagopalan, at the inauguration of ‘Veena Navarathri’ in Chennai on Tuesday.

CHENNAI: For music lovers who are particularly fond of the veena here is some good news. ‘Veena Navarathri’, a nine-day concert series featuring eminent artists got underway here on Tuesday.

Organised by New-Delhi based Veena Foundation and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, the festival is aimed at attracting crowds to veena performances. “This festival is the first of its kind. We propose to make it an annual feature,” Veena Foundation secretary-general V. Raghurama Ayyar said.

Inaugurating the festival, Madras High Court judge Prabha Sridevan said the veena, among all instruments, was the closest to the human voice. “The gamakas that are brought out in the voice can be reproduced on the veena. It is a divine instrument,” she said. Ms. Sridevan lauded the organisers for the effort. Narada Gana Sabha secretary R. Krishnaswamy said that though he was initially apprehensive about holding such a series, Mr. Raghurama Ayyar had been positive about the outcome and said that this was the first step in ensuring that veena concerts did not lose their audience. “His youthful exuberance is amazing. He was determined to put together such an event, and managed to do it with child-like enthusiasm,” he said.

The concerts would be held at different venues, including Narada Gana Sabha, T.T.K. Road; Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, T.Nagar; Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha (R.K. Swamy Auditorium, Mylapore); Karthik Fine Arts (Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore); and Sri Thyagaraja Vidwat Samajam, Bharatiyar Memorial House, Triplicane. The series, on till September 19, features Padmavathy Ananthagopalan, who performed on Tuesday, Rajeshwari Padmanabhan, B. Kannan, Jayanthi Kumaresh, S.P. Ramh and Revathy Krishna.

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