Chennai based Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha along with Saraswathi Vaggeyakara Trust has been conducting an annual tribute to Muthuswamy Dikshitar at Ettayapuram for the past 30 years. A whole day is dedicated to Dikshitar with lectures, short concerts and puja.
This year the Sangeethanjali is scheduled to be held on Feb. 24, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The tribute has a few more supporters - Sri Nadhajyothi Muthuswamy Dikshitar Memorial Committee, Ettayapuram, Saraswathi Vaggeyakara Trust, Chennai, Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai and Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai.
Programme for the day is as follows:
9.00 a.m. - Puja & Inauguration by Dr. Rajshri Ramakrishna, Head of the Department, Department of Indian Music, University of Madras
9.15 a.m. - Aditya Madhavan – Vocal
10.00 a.m. - P.S. Aravamudhan – Veena
10.30 a.m. - Papanasam Ashok Ramani – Vocal
11.15 a.m. - Jayashree Vaidyanathan - Vocal
12.00 p.m. - Lect. Demo. on ‘Muttusvami Diksitar’s Unique Approach to the Tala Aspects as seen in his Kirtanams’ by Dr. Rajshri Ramakrishna
12.45 p.m. - Swetaranyam sisters R. Nithya and R. Vidya – Vocal
1.30 p.m. Break
2.00 p.m. - Students of Saradhi Academy of Art and Culture – Vocal.
2.45 p.m. - S. Maalavika – Vocal
3.30 p.m. - Savitha Sriram – Vocal
4.15 p.m. - Shreyas Narayanan - Vocal
5.00 p.m. - Anjani Srinivasan - Veena
5.30 p.m. Mangala Arati and Vote of thanks.
Violin : Sri. Kovai S. Chandran, Sri. Nagerkoil Anand, Sri. K. Ramprsad, Sri. Srirangam J. Anand, Sri. Sriram Sridhar
Mrudangam : Sri. Manikkudi S. Chandrasekaran, Sri. Kumbakonam Ramakrishnan, Sri. Bombay C.N. Balaji, Sri. R. Ramkumar Sri. Sai Raghavan, Kum. Ashwini Srinivasan
Ettayapuram is a small town in Thoothukudi district with a history that dates back to the Pandya kings. Muthuswamy Dikshitar, one of the Trinity of Carnatic music (born in 1775) attained mukthi on a Deepavali day in 1835 in Ettayapuram. His samadhi is now a built-up hall in a simple design. The town is also the birthplace of the Tamil poet Subramanya Bharathi and the poet's memorial lies diagonally opposite the Dikshitar memorial.
One can reach Ettayapuram from Madurai, Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi. But it is easier to alight at Kovilpatti railway station and travel 15 km by road.
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