Margazhi Madhyam 2019

Margazhi Madhyam 2019

As a part of the Crystal Year Celebrations of The PSBB Millennium School, Gerugambakkam, an eight-day event entitled Rasamayee Sandhya – Margazhi Madhyam 2019 was conducted from December 21st to 28th in its premises. The cultural festival, organized in association with Astral Creations, turned out to be a grand success.
Touted to be the only Margazhi event with the most diverse set of performing arts on offer for the audience in the city, it was hosted at Bharatiya Sanskriti – the Cultural Wing of The PSBB Millennium School – Gerugambakkam, Chennai.
The Valediction Ceremony was graced by K.S. Raghunathan (Composer; Recording Engineer; Artistic and Repertoire Manager) as the distinguished Chief Guest, who is fondly known as HMV Raghu mama and is said to have had the lion’s share of responsibility of all popular recordings done by the legendary Bharat Ratna M.S. Subbulakshmi amma. Dr. Poorna Vaidhyanathan (Violin Maestro; daughter-in-law of the late vocalist D.K. Jayaraman), R. Athul Kumar (Flute Maestro; grandson of the late flautist N. Ramani) and Bharatanatyam expert Kalaimamani Binesh Mahadevan were the Guests of Honour.
The eight-day festival saw a plethora of performances by both seasoned professionals and newcomers. First, The Millennium Ensemble was launched as a band, followed by Kalyanapuram Aravind’s blissful carnatic vocal concert. Next, John Pradeep’s ‘Oru Oorula’ delighted the kids, while Ameya Karthikeyan’s soulful renditions kept the audience enchanted. Then, Super Singer Shibi Srinivasan cast a spell on the attendees with his power packed Fusion Music, followed by Crazy Maadhu Balaji & Co.’s hilarious staging of the popular ‘Meesai Aanalum Manaivi’ drama. While traditional Tamil art forms such as Mayilattam, Oyilattam, Parai, etc. were brought to the limelight by Kavippom, Kalaimamani Binesh Mahadevan’s ‘Akshaya Arts’ ensured that their thematic Bharatanatyam presentation mesmerised one and all. The dance performance by Vanee Kalalaya Heaven of Fine Arts (Chitra Chandrasekar & Team) impressed many, even as Girijashankar Sundaresan enthralled the audience with his song choice, mellifluous voice and breathtaking lung capacity. Teenage flautist Aprameya Sheshadri had his first ever Margazhi exposure with beautiful numbers, with Dr. ‘Ghatam’ Karthick’s son Sarvesh bringing the roof down with his multi-percussion mastery. M. Amirtha Kirthika’s solo Bharatanatyam show was a treat to watch, only to be bettered by R.P. Shravan’s Bhajans and Abhangs which made almost all attendees shed tears of sheer joy thanks to deep found devotion. Karthi Durai, Shyam Renganathan and Jagan Krishnan ensured that every single ribcage in the house was tickled enough with their stand-up comedy, and the mind-blowing violin duet of Ila Sangeetha Diliip & K.J. Diliip, that oozed class and experience, ensured a befitting finale to this grand festival.
The content of the shows, except those that are copyrighted, will be available for viewing on Astral Creations’ YouTube channel and social media handles.
The organizers may be contacted at bhasan.psbbm@gmail.com and 92832 72820 for more information.

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