Independence Day themed music fest in Chennai

The ARTery, a Chennai-based arts portal and culture magazine is hosting a four-day national festival of performing arts. Titled 'Svatantra' it is being held at Kumararaja Muthiah Hall, R. A. Puram in Chennai from August 13 and 16.

"The uniqueness of this event is that it aims to bring together diverse Indian performing art forms such as classical music, jugalbandi, vernacular theatre and contemporary music", says Ramanathan Iyer, promoter of The ARTery.

The lineup features several celebrated names such as senior violinist Prof. T. N. Krishnan and his sister Dr. N. Rajam, who will perform a Carnatic-Hindustani jugalbandi on the opening day.

Popular comedian and screenplay writer 'Crazy' Mohan's troupe will present 'Meesai Aanalum Manaivi', a Tamil play laced with characteristic humour. Occupying pride of place on Independence Day evening is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between playback singer Karthik and violinist Viji Krishnan, who will lead 'Paaramparya', a presentation of contemporary music, taking inspiration from classical pieces as presented by the great masters of the past.

Rounding off the festival on August 16 will be a Carnatic vocal performance by the legendary Nedunuri Krishnamurthy. Adding a dash of energy and colour to each day's programme, there will be mini concerts by some young artistes such as Bharat Sundar, Ramakrishnan Murthy, Sandeep Narayan and Sriranjani Santhanagopalan.

The shows are ticketed though balcony seats are free.
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