Indo-American Festival of Performing Arts - Sarovar 2011 :
For Global Peace & Harmony
Date : May 6, 7 & 8, 2011
Venue : Varner Hall, Oakland University
2200 N Squirrel Rd, Rochester, MI 48309 (248) 370-2100
Free parking is available in several lots adjacent to Varner
Hall, including Lot 36, 26 and 24.
Click here for directions
Oakland U Map (select Varner Hall)
Program Details :
GLAC is partnering with the Oakland University to
present the 'Indo-American
Festival of Performing Arts - Sarovar 2011'. This is the first ever, one of a kind music festival held at the
Oakland University campus for the sake of global peace and harmony!
The festival will be held on May 6th, 7th and 8th featuring several
concerts by top notch musicians, lecture demonstrations, fusion music,
dance-drama and light music concerts. Over 1000 people are estimated to
participate in this 3-day extravaganza which includes the finest local
businesses in the area to set up booths at Oakland University for food, entertainment and networking.
This is a sneak peek on the 3 day festival (stay tuned for more updates
on this page..)
Gate prices for Non-Members:
|May 6th Inaugural day : $20/person for adult / $15/person for
|May 7th/8th whole day : $30/person for adult / $20/person for Sr. citizen/student|
|5/7 Ragamalika or 5/8 dance tickets only : $15 / person|
GLAC has negotiated special rates from
Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel conveniently located from the Oakland
Two double $71.24/night
Queen size $61.74/night
King size $66.49/night
Address: 2100 Featherstone Road, Auburn Hills MI
Please ask for Mark Pascoe (248 335 5200 Ext 1101) for the special rates
Flute recital with Maestro Shashank
Akkarai Kumari Subhalakshmi (Violin)
Parupalli Sri Phalgun (Mrdangam)
Maestro Shashank stormed into the music world at the age of seven. He was
the youngest musician to have been invited by The Music Academy, Chennai to
perform the senior most slot of The Music Academy, (often performed by
Legends of Indian Classical Music), at the age of 12 - a record yet to be
broken in the history of South Indian Music.
Vocal Concert by Savita Narasimhan
Keerthana Sankar (Violin); Vinod Seetharaman (Mridangam)
Born to a family of music connoisseurs, Savita began learning Carnatic
music at an early age from Sankara Sarma. She also had the privilege of
training under Rama Ravi and O V Subramaniam, besides learning Tiruppugazh
from A S Raghavan. Since 1995, she has been under the tutelage of Chitravina
N Ravikiran. She is a recipient of the scholarship for Carnatic classical
music instituted by the Government of India.
|Aesthetics of Carnatic Music -- an educational
presentation (lec-dem) by Madurai R Sundar
A local hometown superstar,
Sri Madurai Sundar needs no special introduction. Born into a family
of music, he started learning music from his aunt Smt. Ananthalakshmi
Sadagopan and later under Sri. T.N.Seshagopalan. An IT manager with degrees
from IIT & IIM under his belt, Sri Sundar also finds time to run a music
school in the metro Detroit area.
|Smt. Jayalakshmi Santhanam (Vocal)
Smt. Bhargavi Prabhu (Violin)
Sri. Rajasekhar Athmakuri (Mrdangam)
The Pattammal of Andhra
Mrs. Jayalakshmi Santhanam is one of the senior musicians of today. She has
been in the Carnatic music field for over 50 years and as the The Hindu
writes, “Jayalakshmi Santhanam belongs to the old school of musicians who
had the good fortune to imbibe lessons from stalwarts like Harikesanelloor
Muthiah Bhagavathar, Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar and V.V Sadagopan.”
“Ragamalika”- A unique Carnatic & Movie music presentation by Smt
Sowmya & Subhasree Thanikachalam (Jaya TV fame) with a team of winners from
“Hariyudan Naan” and “Carnatic Music Idol 2011”
|Harikatha 'Katha Kalakshepa' discourse by Sangeetha
Kalanidhi Madurai Shri T. N. Seshagopalan
Jay Shankar Balan (Violin) & Rajasekhar Athmakuri (Mridangam)
Thirumalai Nambi Seshagopalan learnt music under his mother, and later under
tutelage of Ramanathapuram C. S. Sankarasivan. He holds a degree in science
from Madras University and a degree in music from Madurai University where
he serves as professor of music. He is a also a composer and a master of the
veena and harmonium and an exponent of harikatha.
Vocal Concert by Sangeetha Swaminathan
Jay Shankar Balan (Violin) & Vinod Seetharaman (Mridangam)
Sangeetha Swaminathan has studied Canatic music from the age of five,
first from her father Karur Krishnamurthy and from the illustrious Carnatic
vocalist Sudha Raghunathan.
Fusion Music - Shashi Kiran, Chitra Veena Ganesh,
V V Murari, Thanjavur Murugabhoopathy in conjunction with Oakland University
The Oakland University team:
Mark Stone - Marimba and Kalimba
Miguel Gutierrez - Drum Set and Percussion
Scott Loudon - Guitar
Thanks to all our
To quote a famous American musician - "Music makes the people come
We saw this happen first-hand in the recent Sarovar Festival where the
community came together and many volunteers stepped up and helped in all
aspects of the festival to make it successful.
One rasikas comment pretty much sums it all:
'Sarovar was a well-organized festival with a great variety of quality
concerts and good food. The audio and the auditorium was better than
Cleveland! Well done to the team and looks like all the hard work paid off!'
We, from the Sarovar Committee want to chime-in with all the positive
feedback received and would like to personally thank, commend, appreciate
and applaud all the tireless daunting work of the volunteers who worked
almost continuously during those 3 festival. You did a splendid job and
lived up to the phrase 'Community support'.
Our volunteers were the real heroes of Sarovar!
This festival would not have been possible without the incredible support
from you and hats off to your dedication, tireless help and sleepless
SAROVAR was a super hit and your sacrifices made it happen. On behalf of
the GLAC committee, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for
your contribution to make this festival an outstanding success. The positive
comments, e.mails, personal phone calls we have been getting in the last few
days shows the enthusiasm of the community. Never before have we seen this
much of audience for GLAC and we are humbled by this fact and also the
additional responsibility it puts on our shoulders to meet the expectations
of this new membership. As our Vote of thanks at the end of the festival had
to be curtailed due to time constraints, I'm calling out each one of your
contribution. It's your success as well and we will continue to draw upon
your services as we embark on newer initiatives.
Ranjani, Sivaram,Ramamurthy, Ambuja: Your contribution at the front desk was
one of the most complex ones and with guests streaming-in almost throughout
the day, you sat there during the entire festival sacrificing your own
enjoyment of the music. Besides, you had documented the source of revenue
very clearly such as membership, day pass etc which made it easy for
accounting for it easily.
Annapurani, Manjunath and others- You ensured that we all have our coffee
just when we needed it! Also, you took on the most thankless job of house
keeping, general cafeteria management with a smiling face and no
expectations of 'lime light' which is truly praiseworthy.
Roopa Shyamsundar- You contributed an invaluable piece from your house
without our asking. In fact I had exactly this in my mind and you saw that
and volunteered when we met a the rehearsal on the previous day. The lamp
enhanced the prestige of the Inaugural ceremony.
Prabhakar: Your timely call in the morning of the festival helped us set up
the chairs well in time before the Inaugural event. You also helped in crowd
management for the big events
Nagu, Siva, Padma (Kuppa), Priya, Bob Sundar, Kamakshi, Padma (Sundar),
Lalitha, Meena, Maithrey, Without your helping hand, a very critical part of
our festival would not have been possible. The high energy of all the
artists showed that they were all well taken care of.
Viji, Ravi (Vangipuram), Shiva, Sudhakar, Srinath- For transporting the
artists from and to the airports besides bringing them to the auditorium
well in time for the performances.
Radhika Ganesan: You made a beautiful garland for TNS even though we
literally gave this task to you at the last minute.
Krishnan: Yours was another thankless job and a very tough one. You spent
enormous time on your webcast taking the awareness of the festival to a
global audience. I know that we are going to have a long and fruitful
partnership for a common cause.
Mark Stone and OU team- Your team made enormous contributions and toiled for
long hours while getting free advise on how sound system should be managed
every few minutes! You took it all in your stride and performed with true
professionalism. Hats off to you guys. Mark.. please send this to the entire
team as I don't have their e.mail id.
Thank you all and if I have missed out any name it is inadvertent,