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Homage to saint-composer

The 260th aradhana celebrations of Narayana Tirtha will be held March 5-7 at his Brindavanam at Tirupoonthuruthi.



Narayana Tirtha

More than 100 artistes will participate in paying homage to Narayana Tirtha Swamigal at his Brindavanam at Tirupoonthuruthi, during the three-day aradhana celebrations to be held from March 5-7. The 260th aradhana celebrations of the saint-composer will commence on the morning of Sunday, March 5, with the chanting of Veda parayanam, rendering of sampradaya bhajan, namasankeertanam, recital of Tirumarai and Vishnu Sahasranamam.

The opening ceremony will be held at 3.45 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, in the presence of Veera Shanmuga Moni, Collector of Thanjavur. V. Vaidyanathan, industrialist, will inaugurate the festival.

T. S. Krishnamurthy, former Chief Election Commissioner, will preside and Vatsala Raghu, Chief Postmaster General will be the chief guest.

Felicitation

The Aradhana Committee will felicitate, among others, M. Chandrasekharan, violin maestro, who is the recipient of the `Sangeetha Kalanidhi' this year.

The inaugural tarangam concerts will be rendered by veteran D. Pasupati and Suganda Kalamegam, between 9.30 and 11 p.m.

These concerts will be relayed live on the National Programme of Music by All India Radio and Doordarshan. Udayalur Kalyanarama Bhagavathar and party will perform Divyanama bhajans on March 6 and Radha Kalyanam will take place on March 7.

A special feature of the aradhana celebrations this year is the participation of a large number of students from Taranga Vidyasala, Thanjavur, Dalmiyapuram Girls School, Sivaswami Bala Vidyalaya Matriculation School, and a dance ballet by Roja Kannan on Sri Krishna Leela Tarangini.

Among the artistes who will pay a musical homage to saint-composer Narayana Tirtha Swamigal at his Jeeva Samadhi temple are M. Chandrasekharan, T. M. Krishna, Mambalam Sisters, Gayatri Venkataraghavan, Malladi Brothers and Sikkil Gurucharan.

The aradhana celebrations will conclude with a traditional presentation of `Rukmini Kalyanam' by Kantimati Santanam and party.

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