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Mid Year Music Festival
As part of their activities, the foundation conducts a 3 - 4 day music festival in Chennai in July / Aug. This event features artistes who have dedicated their lives to Carnatic music. These are great legends of Carnatic music happen to be performers, teachers and contributors. The event also features the top ranking artistes of today as a contrast in popularity and fame. This event is a great opportunity to be a part of the cause to promote Carnatic music.
This year's theme is ‘MADHURA GAANAM’ - Violin, Venu and Veena. Presenting grand INSTRUMENTAL CARNATIC music on 26, 27 and 28 July 2019.
The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Violin–Venu–Veena’. This is typically a concert format wherein all three instruments collaborate to create music. The format was popularized by legendary violinist, Lalgudi G. Jayaraman in the 20th century. For their festival, Charsur will use the format a little differently, featuring the instrumentalists in individual concerts instead of a collaboration.
Day 1 - 26 July 2019 – Mysore Nagaraj & Dr. Manjunath - Violin
The VIOLIN is a wooden stringed instrument, first made in the 16th century in Italy. It has long been used in the West by several cultures. It has since been adapted to Indian classical music, both in the Hindustani and Carnatic traditions. The adaptation was perhaps a result of the tonal similarity to the voice. It is now arguably the most popular and widely used melodic instrument in Carnatic music.
Mysore Nagaraj & Dr. Manjunath, also known as the Mysore Brothers, have been leading Carnatic violinists for decades now. They are both disciples of their father, Vidwan Sri Mahadevappa, who belongs to the tradition of Saint Tyagaraja. They perform several duet concerts together and have been invited to perform in prestigious venues all around the world such as the Sydney Opera House, Australia and Royal Albert Hall, London.
Day 2 - 27 July 2019 – S Shashank – Venu (Flute)
The FLUTE is a wooden wind instrument that is a part of several music cultures. It is one of the earliest musical instruments ever known, tracing back to civilizations from 40,000 years ago. The Carnatic flute, or Venu is very closely associated with the deity, Lord Krishna. The flute has been a regular part of the Carnatic music scene since the 20th century.
S Shashank is one of the leading flautists in Carnatic music today. A child prodigy, Shashank has been performing since the age of 6. He was invited to perform in the December Music Season by The Madras Music Academy at the age of 12. He had training in Carnatic music under R K Srikantan and K V Narayanaswami. In the flute, he had no Gurus and was self-taught. He has revolutionised flute playing by introducing several innovations in technique and the instrument itself. He has collaborated with several musicians around the world such as John Mclaughlin and Zakir Hussain, to name a few.
Day 3 - 28 July 2019 – Rajhesh Vaidhya - Veena with V Selvaganesh (Kanjira)
The VEENA is a stringed instrument, and one of the ancient instruments of Carnatic music. It is believed to have been played by Goddess Saraswati and the sage Narada. It has been a mainstay of Carnatic music for centuries and is a popular melodic instrument in the Carnatic field today.
Rajhesh Vaidhya is a leading Veena artist in the industry and has been playing for several decades. He has contributed to both Carnatic music and Indian film music. From a very early age, he started his tutelage under Smt. Jeyalakshmi and continued learning under Smt. Rama Nambinarayanan. He also received advanced training under maestro Sri Chitti Babu. He has collaborated with several legendary musicians such as A R Rahman, Ilaiyaraja and Sir Elton John.
V Selvaganesh is a leading Indian percussionist and son of the legendary Vikku Vinayakram. He is first and foremost a Kanjira (Indian frame drum) artist. Selvaganesh collaborates regularly with his father and other family members on several projects. He has also collaborated with John Mclaughlin and been a part of his group, ‘Remember Shakti’. Apart from this, he occasionally composes film music
MADHURA GAANAM this year is being staged in a new venue :
Sri Ramanujar Millennium Hall, 5A, D’Silva Road, Mylapore
Foundation works with known artistes and musicologists to showcase thematic concerts, workshops and talks. As a part of the research work, the foundation presents rare content in the concerts, workshops and talks related to great composers, performers, ksetras and more. These concerts, workshops and talks are also made available to listeners, music students as a reference material.
Workshop by R K Shriramkumar: Learn Rare compositions of great composers along with tips on Manodharma
Non-refundable registration fee of Rs. 500/ required to be paid at the venue on the day of the workshop.
Monthly Concert - Talent Promotion
Young Talent Promotion 2018
The foundation has been promoting young talent from time to time by providing them a platform to perform every month. One day in the month for over 6 years the foundation has identified young talent and promoted them on a regular basis. Most of them have now performing as top ranking artistes and are steadily growing in the industry. The unique feature of this program is to provide senior accompaniments to support the main upcoming and budding singers.
JANUARY 5, 6:00 PM Aishwarya Shankar - Vocal R K Shriramkumar - Violin K Arunprakash - Mridangam Chandrasekara Sharma - Ghatam
JANUARY 6, 6:00 PM Ananya Ashok - Vocal Vittal Rangan - Violin Vijay Natesan - Mridangam Nerkunam Dr. S Sankar - Kanjira
JANUARY 7, 6:00 PM Sruthi Ravali - Vocal Meera Sivaramakrishnan - Violin S J Arjun Ganesh - Mridangam Trichy K Murali - Ghatam
JANUARY 8, 6:00 PM Anahita and Apoorva - Vocal R Raghul - Violin Mannarkoil Balaji - Mridangam Sunil Kumar - Kanjira
JANUARY 9, 6:00 PM Akshay Padmanabhan - Vocal M A Sundareswaran - Violin Neyveli Narayanan - Mridangam Trichy K. Murali - Ghatam
JANUARY 10, 6:00 PM Brindha Manickavasakan - Vocal L Ramakrishnan - Violin Trivandrum Balaji - Mridangam K V Gopalakrishnan - Kanjira
December Season Music Festival
The foundation has been conducting a 14 day music festival featuring 18 artistes in December during the peak Music Season. The unique feature of this program is to provide senior accompaniments to support the main upcoming and popular artistes.
CAF December Season Music Festival 2018 this year presents SAMSKRITAM - Featuring Sanskrit Compositions
From 18 to 27 Dec 2018 ALL ARE WELCOME
DECEMBER 18, 4:30 PM Kruthi Bhat - Vocal Vittal Rangan - Violin B. Ganapathyraman - Mridangam V. Anirudh Athreya - Kanjira
DECEMBER 18, 6:45 PM Sriranjani Santhanagopalan - Vocal B. Ananthkrishnan - Violin Praveen Sparsh - Mridangam K.V. Gopalakrishnan - Kanjira
DECEMBER 19, 4:30 PM G. Ravi Kiran - Vocal M.R. Gopinath - Violin Kamalakar Rao - Mridangam V. Anirudh Athreya - Kanjira
DECEMBER 19, 6:45 PM A.S. Murali - Vocal V. Sanjeev - Violin B. Sivaraman - Mridangam Trichy Krishnaswamy - Ghatam
DECEMBER 20, 4:30 PM J A Jayanth - Flute Trivandrum Sampath - Violin Patri Satish Kumar - Mridangam Dr. S. Karthick - Ghatam
DECEMBER 20, 6:45 PM K. Gayatri - Vocal Nishanth Chandran - Violin Delhi Sairam - Mridangam K.V. Gopalakrishnan - Kanjira
DECEMBER 21, 4:30 PM D.B. Ashvin - Vocal Apoorva Krishna - Violin N.C. Bharadwaj - Mridangam Nerkunam Dr. S. Sankar - Kanjira
Sangitaka Grha - chamber concerts, is yet another initiative by Charsur Arts Foundation to promote Carnatic music to an invited audience.
Sangitaka Grha is an opportunity to encourage Carnatic Music lovers to host chamber concerts in their space. Seated in close proximity with the performing artistes, a Sangitaka Grha concert offers a different listening experience.
Warm sound, retaining original tonal quality of vocal and other musical instruments and minimum amplification are some of the salient features. This experience by itself enhances the listening pleasure of the performance.
Charsur Arts Foundation works with the performing artistes to present a unique and a well thought out concert. The foundation welcomes earnest listeners to this musical experience.
If you are interested in hosting a concert, Kindly email us at email@example.com
Eligibility for Main Artiste: Recommendation by Guru, Should have completed 15 years of learning under a competent guru. Show commitment to music.
Process : Send in your detailed music profile with audio samplers to the Foundation - Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Upon selection, an opportunity will be provided to perform under the monthly concert - Young talent promotion.
Archiving & Reviving
Foundation has been archiving and reviving some of the rare concerts from 50's 60's and so on, sung by the legends. Foundation collects these from the artiste families and private collectors who have these concerts in tape formats. The recordings are carefully digitized, cleaned and enhanced. The cleaning process removes the hum noise, Hiss and other crackling noise, bringing out the clear sound quality of the concert.
The best musical content from all festivals conducted by the foundation is also recorded and archived for posterity. All these recordings form reference material to an ardent student pursuing music.
The foundation supports these performing artistes and their legal heirs.
Gurus & Students
Foundation identifies Gurus who teach Carnatic music as full time profession and also aspiring music students who learn form these Gurus, foundation provides financial support to the Gurus and Students
As an extension of its activities to promote talent and provide opportunities to them world wide, Charsur Arts Foundation USA INC organizes concert tours in the US.
Support the Foundation in preserving and promoting Carnatic Music - Traditional Classical Music of South India for centuries
Charsur Arts Foundation (CAF) is a not-for-profit organization which strives to preserve Carnatic music using digital technology and make them available to posterity, promote and encourage young talent by providing them opportunities and support musicians
CAF has conducted over 230 concerts so far featuring nearly 800 artistes. It conducts annual festival every December featuring leading musicians, besides regular monthly concerts, workshops and demonstrations. The foundation has also planned to provide scholarships to deserving students belonging to economically weaker sections. Also provides financial assistance to senior musicians.
The Foundation has been working closely with scholars, musicologists and performing artistes in archiving and publishing content including rare compositions, works of trinity and other composers.
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