Nadasurabhi Cultural Association located in Koramangala, Bangalore is in the forefront of promoting Classical Carnatic Music. Nadasurabhi conducts the highest quality music concerts every month and a week-long Annual Festival in November, free of charge to all rasikas. Our other events include a youth festival, Thyagaraja and Purandaradasa Aradhana, and music competitions for children.

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Karnataka Vaibhava- 17, 18 and 19th August 2012

Karnataka Vaibhava- 17, 18 and 19th August 2012
17.08.12 - 19.08.12 06.00 pm
The Indian Heritage Academy Hall - 6th Block, Koramangala,BangaloreMap

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Nadasurabhi's three day "Karnataka Vaibhava" Festival- A report


Nadasurabhi conducted a three day special event "Karnataka Vaibhava" from the 17th to 19th August 2012 at the Indian Heritage Academy Hall, Koramangala, Bangalore. The aim was to bring top class Karnataka based carnatic musicians to the rasika and to focus on the contributions of composers of Karnataka who are spread over several centuries till the present time. Inaugurating the festival, Dr. R.V.Raghavendra, Managing Trustee, Ananya while appreciating the initiative, pointed how it also helps the artists to learn, specialize and present such thematic concerts.

The first in the series was a vocal recital by Vidushis Kavitha and Triveni, popularly known as Saralaya sisters. With their years of  grooming and experience they presented a soulful concert featuring the compositions of Karnataka  composers like Sri Purandaradasa, Mysore Vasudevacharya, Muthiah Bhagavatar, Mysore Sadashiva Rao, Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar,  as well as those of contemporary composers like Vidushi Vasantha Madhavi . Songs were not only in Kannada but also in telugu and sanskrit. The main songs were in raga Dharmavathi - Bhajanaseya radha, Ksheerasagara shayana in raga Mayamalavagowla, Sree Kamakoti peetasthithe in raga Saveri. A crisp delinioation of these ragas followed by neat rendition of swaras and neravals at relevant places were impressive. Young Aditi Krishnaprakash gave understanding support while senior percussion artists Vidwan V.S. Rajagopal on mridangam and T.N. Ramesh on ghatam were very vibrant and added colour to the concert.
The second day saw the 'Veena - Venu' concert of Vidwan D. Balakrishna and Vidwan V.Vamshidhar. The blend of the dignified veena strings with the mellifluous flute brought in a sublime atmosphere. Here again the artists chose to play the compositions of Karnataka artists. They began the concert in a grand way with 'Sri Mahaganapathim Bhaje' of Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar in raga Athana which is known for its majesticity, followed by short swara patterns.  Their presentation was a mixture of many popular and some rare but good songs and ragas. Lalithe Sree in a rare raga "Bhuvana ghandhari' composed by Veena Venkatagiriyappa was brisk and interesting. Taramugadura was once again a rare song in raga Dharmavathi composed by Veena Seshanna. Brief sketches of ragas and short chains of swaras were well incorporated.  A detailed Kamach raga was followed by lovely Brochevarevarura - a master piece, which immortalised Mysore Vasudevacharya for this composition. Next came another popular masterpiece by the same composer in raga Abheri - Bhajare re manasa. The artists brought out the inherent beauty and bhava in both these compositions. The main item of the day was Kambhoji. A detailed raga was followed by the Mysore style of thana incorporating ragamalika in the five gana raagas. Sri.Balakrishna handled these exclusively and brilliantly. One cannot concieve the idea of carnatic music without the Saint composer Thyagaraja.  So the artists wanted to pay their obeisance to Thyagaraja by playing one of his gems 'O Rangasayi'.   This was followed by a tani avartanam by young, challenging artist Vidwan B.C. Manjunth on mridangam and seasoned artist Vidwan G.S. Ramanujan on ghatam. They displayed an excellent performance and took the quality of the concert to greater heights.
Dr. T.S. Sathyavathi's vocal concert on sunday the 19th, was a grand finale to the three day festival.  She chose gems from the treasure trove of Haridasas of Karnataka, to add grandeur to the first effort of nadasurabhi to throw open to the audience, the wealth of karnataka lyrics and compositions.  Starting from Purandadaradasa, she covered a comprehensive range  of songs composed by  all major Haridasas, both popular and lesser known items.  A scholar that she is, in sanskrit, music and musicology, she explained the meaning of the song and announced the raga and tala into which the particular song was set and moreover, she did not fail to include the date and time of Dasa who composed that particular song and the purport of the song.  Her authority over the subject, fluency of language, expertise in the field of music all added to her immaculate presentation of the programme.  It seemed more like a lecture demonstration, educating us on various aspects of music as well as daasa saahitya.  She chose the compositions of Vadiraja, Sripadaraja, Purandaradasa, Kanakadasa, Vijayadasa, Jagannathadasa and Amba Bai. 'Ranganathana noduva banni' in raga Dhanyasi, ' Ninna naa nenedeno' in raga varali, 'Thatithkoti' in raga 'kamavardhini were impressive.  Bhairavi was the main raga and was followed by Vasudevana of Purandaradadsa. Later a tani avartanam by Vidwan Jayachandra Rao and Raghavendra Prakash with electrifying laya patterns received a long and appreciative applause.  She concluded the concert with two more pieces, Tunge mangala tarange in raga sindhu bhairavi and Anandamayage chinmayage in Madhyamavathi.  Vidushi Nalina Mohan gave able support on the violin.
On all three days there was excellent response to the new initiative taken up by Nadasurabhi.  The audience were very supportive with good feed back and they thoroughly enjoyed all the three concerts.





1st Nadasurabhi Karnataka Vaibhava - 3 Day Festival of Music


This is a unique initiative to highlight the contribution of Karnataka to the field of Carnatic music exclusively through leading artists from the state.

17th August 2012- Friday
6.00 PM

                           Inauguration by  Dr.R.V.Raghavendra,Managing Trustee, Ananya


Saralaya Sisters

Vidushis Kavitha and Triveni                 Vocal Duet

Vidushi Aditi Krishnaprakash                Violin

Vidwan. V.S.Rajagopal                           Mridangam

Vidwan T.N.Ramesh                               Ghatam


Saralaya Sisters come from a family with rich musical background. Both have Master’s degrees with focus on Classical Music. Under the tutelage of Sangeetha Kalacharya Seethalakshmi Venkatesan, the sisters have over 1000 concerts to their credit. Important among the awards received are Bangalore Gayana Samaja - Annual Music Conference 1988 concert Competition and The Music Academy, Chennai - 1992 - Ambujam Krishnan Award for Best Main Musician - Spirit of Youth series.


They are graded artists of AIR and Doordarshan.


Kavitha and Triveni have been instrumental in organizing concerts, lec-dems and annual festivals for young artists called Yuvath Sangeetha Sourabha for over 10 years.


They have brought out a multimedia CD on Thygaraja Pancharathna Krithis.

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18th August 2012- Saturday
6.00 PM

                             Vidwans D.Balakrishna and Vamshidhar     Veena – Venu
                             Vidwan B.C.Manjunath                                  Mridangam
                             Vidwan G.S.Ramanujan                                 Ghatam 


It is a unique combination of Veena and Venu following the Mysore baani of Sangita Kalanidhi Dr.Veena Doreswamy Iyengar. Sri.Balakrishna has the distinction of being awarded the Best Veena player by Madras Music Academy for five years. He also has several awards from Karnataka Ganakala Parishad. An A TOP artist of AIR, Sri.Balakrishna has made concert  tours to the USA, Europe and other countries.

Young Sri.Vamshidhar, grandson of  Venu maestro V.Desikachar is already an A grade artist of AIR . He has won the First Prize in the AIR music competition and has been regularly giving concerts by himself and along with his uncle and guru Sri.Balakrishna.



19th August 2012- Sunday
6.00 PM

                           Vidushi Dr. T.S.Sathyavathi           Vocal
                           Vidushi V. Nalina Mohan               Violin
                           Vidwan K.U.Jayachandra Rao       Mridangam
                           Vidwan Raghavendra Prakash     Ghatam


Dr.Sathyavathi is a popular performing artist and she has sung on various prestigious stages like SAARC Summit concert , the “AKKA Vishwasammelan – 2010” at New Jersey, USA, all major sabhas in India and during several concert tours to the USA. She has written, directed and composed music for several AIR/ TV programmes, CDs and Dance dramas like Gitagovindam and Dakshayjna. Dr.Sathyavathi is better known for her scholarship in the field of Carnatic music. Her lec-dems, technical presentations, papers and articles are highly sought after by students of Indian music.  Besides authoring the book “CHATUSHASHTIKALA (64 arts)”, she has edited many Sanskrit and music books.  Several of Dr.Sathyavathi’s students themselves are recognized performing artists.




Admission is free for all concerts. Donations are welcome. Donations to Nadasurabhi enjoy Income Tax exemption under Section 80G. Cheques are to be drawn in favour of “Nadasurabhi Cultural Association”, payable in Bangalore.


Entry is free for all Nadasurabhi Programmes.

Donations to Nadasurabhi are entitled for exemption under Section 80G of I.T.Act.