Monday, July 20, 2009

A Tribute to Shreemathi D.K.Pattammal

Damal Krishnaswamy Pattammal (28 March 1919 – 16 July 2009)[1] was a prominent Carnatic musician and a playback singer for film songs in many Indian languages. D. K. Pattammal and her contemporaries M. S. Subbulakshmi and M. L. Vasanthakumari were popularly referred to as the "female trinity of Carnatic Music." Pattammal has been appreciated all over the world by Carnatic music lovers. This trio initiated the entry of women into mainstream Carnatic Music.

Pattammal's style of singing attracted many students, foremost among them her younger brother D. K. Jayaraman, who sang with her in several concerts, and who himself received the Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 1990. A few of her other popular students include her daughter-in-law Lalitha Sivakumar, Geetha Rajashekar, her granddaughter Nithyasree Mahadevan, and Bhavadhaarini Anantaraman. Pattammal has taught students from several countries.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Konark Dance Festival 2010

Konark Dance & Music Festival started in the year 1986 at Konark Natya Mandap, Arka Vihar, Konark by its Founder-Director Padmashree Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. In true sense it can be called the harbinger in the contemporary festivals of Orissa. The sole aim behind this festival is to embrace many artistes into its cultural family which aims at the international cultural amity and brotherhood.

This festival has established its own identity in the sense that eminent artistes of national and international repute participate and perform Odissi, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohiniattam and other classical, folk & tribal dances of our country on an enchanting stage conjuring visions of the Natya Shala of the monumental Sun Temple, Konark, coming alive. The stage as well as the atmosphere are further magnified by the natural ambience of casuarina and cashew trees with spiritual and aesthetic flavour. This festival helds from 19th to 23rd February every year.