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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. 

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 special feature on the Navaratri krithis, authored by Carnatica's Dr. P. P. Narayanaswami.

23rd September 2006, Saturday (Navaratri Kriti: Shankarabharanam)

                         Vocal               Smt. Parassala Ponnammal
                         Violin                Mahadeva Sarma
                         Mridangam        Nanjil Arul
Udupi Sridhar

24th September 2006, Sunday (Navaratri Kriti: Kalyani)

                         Vocal               Ashwati Tirunal Rama Varma
                         Violin               S. R. Vinu
                         Mridangam       B. Harikumar
                         Ghatam            S. Karthick

25th September 2006, Monday (Navaratri Kriti: Saveri)
                         Violin               Prof. V. V. Subrahmanyam
                         Mridangam       Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam

26th September 2006,  Tuesday (Navaratri Kriti: Todi)
                         Vocal               K. N. Renganatha Sarma
                         Violin               M. A. Krishnaswamy
                         Mridangam       Guruvayur Dorai
                         Ghatam            Adichanallur Anil Kumar
27th September 2006, Wednesday (Navaratri Kriti: Bhairavi)
                         Veena              Trivandrum R. Venkataraman
                         Mridangam        V. Kamalakar Rao
                         Ghatam            T. V. Vasan
28th September 2006, Thursday (Navaratri Kriti: Pantuvarali)
                         Flute                T. M. Krishna
                         Violin               T. K. V. Ramanujacharyulu
                         Mridangam       K. V. Prasad
                         Khanjira           B. S. Purushottaman        
29th October 2006, Friday (Navaratri Kriti: Shuddhasaveri)

                         Vocal               Trichur Ramachandran
                         Violin               M. A. Sundareswaran
                         Mridangam       Srimushnam V. Raja Rao
                         Ghatam            Vaikom Gopalakrishnan
30th October 2006, Saturday (Navaratri Kriti: Nattaikurinji)
                         Vocal                T. V. Gopalakrishnan
                         Violin                Attukal Balasubramanian
                         Mridangam        T. V. Vasan
                         Ghatam             Tripunittura Radhakrishnan
1st October 2006, Sunday (Navaratri Kriti: Arabhi)

                         Vocal                Vechur Shankar
                         Violin                S. R. Vinu
                         Mridangam        Kuzhalmandam Ramakrishnan
                         Morsing             Payyannur Govindaprasad

  • 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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