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.
The special feature this year is that a
woman artiste will be performing for the first time ever in this
traditionally males-only venue. The first lady to be so featured is Smt.
Parassala Ponnammal, a veteran artiste from Trivandrum.
Here is a
feature on the Navaratri krithis, authored by Carnatica's Dr. P. P. Narayanaswami.
September 2006, Saturday (Navaratri Kriti: Shankarabharanam)
Smt. Parassala Ponnammal
24th September 2006, Sunday (Navaratri Kriti: Kalyani)
Ashwati Tirunal Rama Varma
S. R. Vinu
25th September 2006, Monday (Navaratri Kriti: Saveri)
Prof. V. V. Subrahmanyam
Mridangam Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam
26th September 2006, Tuesday (Navaratri Kriti: Todi)
K. N. Renganatha Sarma
M. A. Krishnaswamy
Mridangam Guruvayur Dorai
Adichanallur Anil Kumar
27th September 2006, Wednesday (Navaratri Kriti: Bhairavi)
Mridangam V. Kamalakar Rao
T. V. Vasan
28th September 2006, Thursday (Navaratri Kriti: Pantuvarali)
T. M. Krishna
T. K. V. Ramanujacharyulu
Mridangam K. V. Prasad
Khanjira B. S.
29th October 2006, Friday (Navaratri Kriti: Shuddhasaveri)
M. A. Sundareswaran
Mridangam Srimushnam V. Raja Rao
30th October 2006, Saturday (Navaratri Kriti: Nattaikurinji)
T. V. Gopalakrishnan
Mridangam T. V. Vasan
1st October 2006, Sunday (Navaratri Kriti: Arabhi)
S. R. Vinu
Mridangam Kuzhalmandam Ramakrishnan
- 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
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