Homage to the nightingale
A festival to pay tribute to M.S. Subbulakshmi begins in New Delhi this Friday evening.
India's nightingale M.S. Subbulakshmi left the mortal coil just over a year ago. This week the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Carnatica team up to mark her first death anniversary with a programme billed as an audio-visual music dance confluence. Titled A Tribute to the Great Legend Bharat Ratna Smt. M.S. Subbulakshmi, the tribute takes place over two evenings starting this Friday at the IGNCA premises. As the organisers put it, M.S. Subbulakshmi was a unifying force of India, bringing together old and young, North and South, with her music transcending all boundaries, and it is only fitting that as a national treasure her memory be celebrated fittingly in the National Capital.
Among the highlights of the festival, which will be inaugurated at 5 p.m. this Friday evening, is a profile of M.S. Subbulakshmi by Gowri Ramnarayan, a disciple of M.S. Subbalakshmi and grandniece of T. Sadasivan. A concert by S. Sowmya, a vocalist hailed as a true representative of M.S. Subbalakshami presenting vintage M.S. hits and a Hindustani vocal concert by Shubha Mudgal follow.
The second day of the festival begins at 5 p.m. with an audio-visual presentation of rare music and photos of M.S, followed by a Carnatic vocal concert dedicated to M.S. by Radha Venkatachalam, a presentation of popular classical compositions of M.S. by the Carnatica Brothers and a special thematic dance presentation highlighting the life of M.S. by Nitya Venkateswaran. A photo gallery of M.S. as well as collection of her numerous CDs and audio tapes will be on display.
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