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Indo-American Festival of Performing Arts

Sarovar 2014
For Global Peace & Harmony

May - June 2014



Program Details :

GLAC is partnering with Lawrence Tech University, Oakland University and Washtenaw Community College to present the 'Indo-American Festival of Performing Arts - Sarovar 2014'. This is a one of a kind music festival held at several venues in SE Michigan including Oakland University & Washtenaw campus for the sake of global peace and harmony!

The festival will be held in May & June during the weekends featuring several concerts by top notch musicians, lecture demonstrations, fusion music, dance-drama and music concerts. Over 1000 people are estimated to participate in this fine arts extravaganza which includes food, entertainment and networking.

We encourage you to become a member and support your organization!

Click here for the printable PDF flyer

Sunday Apr 27th, 2014

Violin Duet: Lalgudi Duo
Lalgudi Sri G.J.R. Krishnan
Lalgudi Smt. Vijayalakshmi
Mridangam: Sangeetha Rathnakara Trichy Sri Sankaran
Ghatam: Tripunithura Sri N. Radhakrishnan

The Lalgudi Duo is made up of sibling violinists Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, who debuted at the age of 13 and have been performing together ever since.

The pairís unique musical style emphasizes the lyrical beauty of song by combining their individual performance and stylistic strengths to create a harmonious symphony.

The Lalgudi Duo has performed internationally in many prestigious venues, including the Sydney Music Festival, Lincoln Center and Smithsonian Institution.


Sturday, May 3rd 2014

Vocal: Sangeetha Kalanidhi Smt. Sudha Raghunathan
Violin: Sri Nagai Sriram
Mridangam: Sri Vinod Seetharaman
Ganjira: Alathur Rajaganesh

A review by a rasika..

Did Sangeeta Kalanidhi Sudha Raghunathan (SR) just sing in the Auditorium of Lawrence Technological University, Detroit this evening? No, she virtually lifted all her audience to an ethereal plane where it was just bhakti spreading sweet fragrance. Such was her superior virtuosity. The soul of the late MLV wherever she is resting would be suffused in divine rapture seeing her best disciple rising to Olympian heights.

The 'kutcheri' commenced on a confident note with SR choosing a Khamaas raga varnam in Adi thala, a composition of Harikesanallur Muthaiah Bhagavatar, "Maathe Malayadwaja Pandya Raja Thanaye". SR announced that she chose this piece at the request of her rasikaas in Detroit to commence the concert with a song beginning with "maathe". She couldn't have done better. The speciality about this piece is that it is aptly suited for bharata nrityam as well with the chitta swarams brimming with chollu kattus. What followed was a scintillating krithi of Dikshithar in a rarely herd raga "Kannada Bangla" addressed to Renuka Devi, consort of Sage Jamadagni. The neraval at "Parasurama janani" was out of this world. The piece-de-resistance was a composition of Koteeswara Iyer in praise of Lord Muruga in the raga Rishabhapriya. What is unique about this krithi is, as exposited by SR, the charanam is structured to carry the names of the 'sapta swaras' in the order - shadjam, nishadam, rishabam, gandharam, panchamam, daivatam, and madyamam. Her tonal quality and voice dynamics brought out some exquisite kalpana swaras and in the upper octave she reminded me of Parveen Sultana. Purandara Dasa's " Narayana ninna namave" steeped in bhakti bhava transformed the concert into a "sat sangam" thereafter. "Enna thavam seithanai Yasoda" in Kappi was soaked in Krishna bhakti and the neraval at "Kannanai uralil katti kenja vaithai" was the very pinnacle. There could have been but few whose eyes were not moist.

Her ragam, thanam and pallavi was totally exceptional, sui generis, a class by itself. She had made a holy ensemble of five ragas - Hamsadwani, Sahana, Pantuvarali, Durbar and Karaharapriya. The alapana was so structured that if the ascendant was in Hamsadwani the descending notes were in Sahana. The pallavi was composed of the first syllable of the krithis in each raga where the name Raghunatha (Hamsadwani), Raghunandana (Sahana), Raghuvara (Pantuvarali), Rama (Durbar) and Rama ni samanam evaru (Karaharapriya) occurs. What an ingenious fusion she had crafted, so difficult to believe.

"Kurai onrum illai marai murthi kanna' was rendered a la MSS. There was not only no "kurai' there was an abundance of 'nirai'.

The mridangam support was given by a local artiste as well as Kanjira. Both were marvelous in the thani. Violin was by Nagai Sriram. He was an excellent foil for SR producing note by note swaram by swaram her renditions. Superb performance.

What a grand 'kutcheri'!





Saturday May 10th, 2014

Annamacharya Aradhana Utsavam
606th Birth Anniversary of Annamacharya
Saturday, May 10th, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: Main Prayer Hall, Bharathiya Temple
6850 N. Adams Road, Troy, MI
Prasadam will be served after the event

Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya (05-09-1408 to 02-23- 1503) is an ardent devotee of Lord Venkateswara (Balaji) of Tirupati. He has composed 32,000 krithis in the Carnatic music tradition. He has offered these Krithis as flowers to Lord Venkateswara. Annamayya is a great vaggeyakara, and known as pada kavitha pitamaha. He has composed keerthans in various genres like lullabies, marriage , devotional, social and philosophy.

On this event we are encouraging only Sri Annamayya Keerthanalu on Lord Venkateswara. Kids are welcome and we encourage them.

There is no entry fee either to list or to participate. 

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Saturday May 17th, 2014
27th Annual Michigan Thyagaraja Aradhana
The Paschimakasi Sri Viswanatha Temple Auditorium

Paschima Kasi Sri Viswanatha Temple, Flint, MI

8.30AM      Pooja and Bhajans
9.00AM      Group singing of the ĎPancharathna Krithisí
10.30AM     Individual Singing
12.30PM     Mangala Arathi
12.35         Free Lunch
1.30          Individual Singing (contd)


Click here to register for individual/group singing..


Saturday May 17th, 2014 @ 3:30PM

Flute: Sri S. Shashank
Violin: Mysore Sri V. Srikanth
Mridangam: Patri Sri Satish Kumar




Friday May 30th, 2014

Vocal: Trichur Brothers
Sri Srikrishna Mohan
Sri Ramkumar Mohan
Mridangam: Trichur Sri R. Mohan
Violin: BK Raghu

$20 for non members

Trichur Brothers, Srikrishna and Ramkumar were trained under Shrimathi Balamani Eswar, Professor Neyyattinkara Mohanachandran and Padma Bhushan Shri PS Narayanaswami. The brothers have also acquired lessons from various vidwans like Shri TM Thyagarajan, Shri Govindan Namboothiri. Without a doubt their foundation in layam is imbibed from their father Trichur Mohan. Trichur Brothers are noted for their strict adherence to Patanthara and uncompromising attitude towards Bhavam. They also adopt a unique style for alapana, where both exchange phrase after phrase, long and short, and participate equally in exploring a raga. Many well-known critics have pointed that this is a unique and effective manner of raga delineation and that it is hitherto never attempted by any duo singers.

They are accompanied by their father Trichur Mohan on mridangam and B.K. Raghu on violin.

Trichur Mohan had his initial training under Shri Koduvayur Radhakrishnan and subsequently his advanced training was under Mridangam Maestro Shri Palakkad Mani Iyer, Shri Umayalpuram SivaRaman and Guru Karaikkudi R Mani.

B. K Raghu, an All India Radio graded artist, started learning violin at a tender age of 8 years under Gurus such as Neela Ramgopal, Suryaprabha, Sushma Rao and B. U. Ganesh Prasad. He has performed at various prestigious concert halls all over India and abroad.

Below listed are some of the videos of Trichur Brothers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMVWd7dkJGw  - Deekshitar and Oothukadu Navavarana Krithis (Sanskrit)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htMJMM7KIlY  - Bho Sambho (Sanskrit)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXfgM0kh2_8  - Shri Chakra Raja Simhasaneswari (Tamil)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yxKMAl7Fx0  - Bhogeendra Shayinam (Sanskrit)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n8m_OSgVqk  - Hamsanadam Raga Aalapanai
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj_eU3K7EWc  - Bantureethi Kolu (Telugu)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6dHee0JsVk  - Bharat Sangeeth Utsav Concert Clipping
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5o8r1lLGeE  - Naanati Bradhuku (Telugu)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWhU3mz0egc  - Chandrashekara Saraswati (Tamil)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y49vgKv5KLY  - Maragadha manimaya (Sanskrit)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCCdH5kusH0  - Kaa vaa vaa (Tamil)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL-T0pTiygM  - Jagadhodharana (Kannada)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbrb4z3Fs9I  - Manavyala kinchara (Telugu)




May 31st Saturday:

An afternoon of performances show casing North American youth talent from all over the USA
Venue : Varner Hall, Oakland University
2200 N Squirrel Rd, Rochester, MI 48309 (248) 370-2100

2:00PM: SR Santaprakash (Vocal)
Jayshankar Balan (Violin)
Vinod Seetharaman (Mrdangam)

3:30PM:  "Sahithya anubhava - appreciation of lyrics and prosody"Lec- Dem by Shri Madurai R Sundar

: Coffee break

5.00PM: Jugalbandhi by Mrs Kasturi Shivakumar and Mrs Swaradnya Limaye; Violin Bhargavi Prabhu Mrdangam: Vinod Seetharaman; Harmonium - Mandar Phadke; Tabla: Hemant Babtiwale

6:30PM: Carnatic Orchestra
Professor Mark Stone and students of Oakland University
with Students of Shri Jayshankar Balan

All events webcast by our partner iCarnatic.org

June 1st Sunday

2:00PM- Group singing- Students of Mrs. Kasturi Shivakumar


3:30PM- R Suryaprakash (Vocal)
Keerthana Sankar (Violin)
Vinod Seetharaman (Mridangam)

$20 for non members
Concert webcast
won't be available in the metro-Detroit area

All events webcast by our partner iCarnatic.org




June 7, 2014
Papanasam Sivan festival by Sivan Fine Arts Academy

Siva Punya Gana Mani Brahmashri Papanasam Sivanís birth anniversary is celebrated every year in September. He has composed over 2000 songs in both carnatic music and film songs. His compositions include varnams, kritis, operas and all types of compositions typically rendered in all concerts. To propagate the works and compositions of Papanasam Sivan, the Sivan Fine Arts Academy conducts annual music and dance competitions to showcase the talents of students of Vocal, Instrumental and Dance.

The application form can be downloaded from http://www.shivanisai.org/index.php
communication to ashokramani10@yahoo.com and by clicking the message "Papanasam Sivan fest by Sivan fine arts academy"




Siva Punya Gana Mani Brahmashri Papanasam Sivan's birth anniversary is celebrated every year in countries like Singapore, Malysia, Australia, Germany, London, France, Norway, Denmark, Canada, Sanjose, LA, for the past 6 years. This year it will be celebrated at Houston, Detroit, Dallas, Chicago and many parts of USA. We will be conducting competitions on songs of Papanasam Sivan on vocal, violin, veena, mridangam and bharathanatyam

8:00 Vocal competition - Junior
9:00 Vocal competition - Sub-senior
10:00 Vocal competition - Group singing
11:15 Vocal competition - Senior
12:15 Vocal competition - Special
1:00 Violin/Keyboard competitions
2:00 Dance competitions
4:00 Vocal Concerts by senior artists from India/Michigan
7:00 Prize Distribution

Filled in applications to be sent by email to ashokramani10@yahoo.com.

Voluntary donations for this festival is much appreciated.



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