Fest of Sacred Music: Feb.26 onwards

Sacred-music-fest-2015-1The 2016 edition of the Festival Of Sacred Music will be held in Thiruvaiyaru, Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. From Feb.26 to 28, in the evenings at three unique venues in this town remembered for Carnatic saint-composer Thyagaraja.

These are the artistes and details of performances:

26th February 2016 (venue - courtyard of an old Maratha Palace) - Bhajans and Kirtans by Dr. Mukundraj Maharaj

sacred-music-fest-2015-2Dr. Mukundraj Maharaj is a spiritual leader and is the current Mathadhikary of Anandvan Sansthan in Songir, in Dhule District, Maharashtra. Anandvan is a spiritual center with a lineage of four Gurus and he is the fourth in line of this highly acclaimed spiritual Mahants.

He holds an M Phil and PhD in Indian Spiritual studies, and is known for his deeply inspiring discourses on Shrimad Bhagwatam, Guru Geeta, Devi Bhagwatam, Bhagwad Geeta and the Tulsi Ramayan. He has a vast following across India and especially in Maharashtra. His discourses have taken him around the world and across India. He himself has a command over North Indian Classical music and his discourses are replete with devotional singing of Abhangs of the great saints of Maharashtra and are centered around the theme of deep devotion to Lord Vitthal Pandurang of Pandharpur.

He is accompanied by a team of extremely talented and proficient classical singers and tabla players who in their individual capacities are known in their circles.

27th February 2016 (venue - Pushya Mahal Ghat, on the banks of river Cauvery) - Fusion concert by Aditya Prakash Ensemble Aditya Prakash - Vocals (Los Angeles, CA and Chennai, TN)

Aditya Prakash, the creator of the Ensemble, an award-winning American-born Carnatic vocalist known for his emotive and powerful voice, training in Carnatic vocal under gurus P. S. Narayanaswami and Palai Ramachandran - in India for the past 15 years, gained much performance exposure as one of the youngest musicians at age 16 to tour as lead vocalist with the Sitar Maestro Ravi Shankar, taking him to prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall and Hollywood Bowl to name a few.

Aditya continues to perform solo Carnatic vocal concerts as well as in collaboration with leading names such as Karsh Kale, Salim Merchant and Anoushka Shankar. Aditya, an Ethnomusicology graduate at UCLA, has studied Jazz composition under esteemed jazz pianist, Tamir Hendelman.

28th February 2016 (venue - Panchanatheeswara Temple) - Vocal Concert by Nityashree Mahadevan
Nityashree Mahadevan is a senior and well known Carnatic musician and playback singer for film songs in many Indian languages. Mahadevan has performed in all major sabhas in India and has presented her concerts in many destinations around the world. She has received many awards and honours and has released more than 500 albums.

All performances will start at 07:00 pm.

Everyone is welcome to the event.

For details contact Prakriti Foundation at 8754415362 & 8608685156.