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This year's schedule for the famous Navaratri Sangeetotsavam held at the Navaratri Mandapam, adjoining the majestic Shri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram has been released. This festival is exclusively dedicated to compositions of Maharaja Swathi Tirunal and features the nine Navaratri krithis of the Maharaja as the main item of the concert on each of the nine days. Here is a special feature on the Navaratri krithis, authored by Carnatica's Dr. P. P. Narayanaswami.

3rd October 2005, Monday (Navaratri Keertanam: Shankarabharanam)

                         Vocal               Aswathi Thirunal Rama Varma
                         Violin               Avaneeswaram S R Vinu
                         Mridangam       B.Harikumar
(Note: Because of a Solar Eclipse on 03 October, the concert would be delayed and may begin at 7 pm, instead of the usual 6 pm)

4th October 2005, Tuesday (Navaratri Keertanam: Kalyani)

                         Vocal               Malladi Brothers (Senior): Suri Babu & Narayana Sarma
                         Violin               S. R. Mahadeva Sarma
                         Mridangam       R. Ananthakrishnan

5th October 2005, Wednesday (Navaratri Keertanam: Saveri)
(10.30 am: Special Veena Concert by Aswathi Tirunal Rama Varma)
                         Vocal               Trichur V. Ramachandran
                         Violin               M. A. Sundaresan
                         Mridangam       Srimushnam V. Raja Rao

6th October 2005,  Thursday (Navaratri Keertanam: Todi)
                         Vocal               Sanjay Subrahmanyan
                         Violin               S. Varadarajan
                         Mridangam       K. Arun Prakash
7th October 2005, Friday (Navaratri Keertanam: Bhairavi)
                         Vocal               Madurai T. N. Seshagopalan
                         Violin               Delhi P. Sunderrajan
                         Mridangam       Dr. T. K. Moorthy
8th October 2005, Saturday (Navaratri Keertanam: Pantuvarali)
                         Flute                Dr. N. Ramani
                         Violin               Attukal Balasubramaniam
                         Mridangam       Mavelikara  K. Velukutty Nair
9th October 2005, Sunday (Navaratri Keertanam: Shuddhasaveri)

                         Vocal               T. M. Krishna
                         Violin               R. K. Sriramkumar
                         Mridangam       K. V. Prasad
10th October 2005, Monday (Navaratri Keertanam: Nattaikurinji)
                         Vocal                K. N. Renganatha Sarma
                         Violin                T. K. V. Ramanujacharyulu
                         Mridangam        Sreekumara Varma
11th October 2005, Tuesday (Navaratri Keertanam: Arabhi)

                         Vocal                Prof. T. V. Gopalakrishnan
                         Violin                T. H. Subramaniam
                         Mridangam        Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam

  • Concerts start at 6 pm and end at 8.30 pm sharp.
  • The pieces performed are all composed by Maharaja Swati Tirunal. Preceding the concerts there is the rendering of  tODaya mangaLam  from 5.30 pm to 6 pm by the "Mullamoodu Bhagavatars", traditional musicians attached to the Padmanabha Swamy Temple.
  • Concerts are open to all lovers of music. However, since the Mandapam is a Hindu temple for the duration of the festival, certain rules and regulations apply with regard to seating, attire and timings. These are enforced strictly and are part of the folklore and traditions associated with the event and the venue.
  • For the benefit of those who are not able to be present inside the Mandapam, a loudspeaker is positioned outside, which broadcasts the music to the eastern steps of the Padmanabha Swamy Temple.
  • AIR Trivandrum generally broadcasts highlights of each day's concert at 9.30 pm the same night, i.e. one hour after the conclusion of the actual concert at the Mandapam.
  • For more details, the organizing committee may be contacted via The organizers also recommend the following articles for more information:

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