It is true, even the five elements (Earth, water, air, fire, space) are tend to dance to the tune of divine music. Yes…isai kaettaal puvi asainthaadum, no doubt!. Music is the common language all over the world, irrespective of boundaries, religion, caste and creed. In nature, God has created separate seasons for everything. In the same way it is the month of Margazhi for music.
Margazhi…a very special month in so many aspects and its divine connections are numerous and pretty obvious.
* Lord Krishna says – (Gita, 10/35) “Among the hymns also (I am) the Brhat-Samna; among the meters I am Gaytri; among months, I am Margasirsa; and among seasons, I am the flower bearer (spring).
* Thiruvaadira festival for Siva, also observed as the Aarudra Darshan.
* Throughout the month, temples in Tamil Nadu resound with Aandal’s Thiruppaavai.
* Maanikkavaasagar’s Tiruvempavai discourses also marks the significance of Margazhi.
* Vaikunta Ekadasi, the day of symbolic opening of the doors of heaven to devotee.
* On all mornings of the entire month, the customary kolams in front of houses will also sport a flower (placed in a ball of cowdung) at the centre, and spreads the feeling of festivity in every nook and corner of Tamilnadu.
In this list ‘Thygaraja Aarathana’ holds a very special place for Carnatic music lovers.
Thyagaraja Brahmam was one of the greatest composers of Carnatic music. He, along with his contemporaries Muthuswami Dikshitar and Shyama Shastry, forms the Trinity of Carnatic music. He was a prolific composer and highly influential in the development of the South Indian classical music tradition. Thyagaraja composed hundreds of devotional compositions, most of them in praise of Lord Rama. Five of his compositions called the Pancharatna Krithis, which are often sung in programs in his honour.
Thyagaraja Aradhana, the commemorative music festival is held every year at Thiruvaiyaru in Thyagaraja’s honour. This is a week-long festival of heavenly music where various Carnatic musicians from all over the world converge at his resting place. On the Pushya Bahula Panchami, thousands of people and hundreds of Carnatic musicians sing the five Pancharatna Kritis in unison, with the accompaniment of a large bank of accompanists on violins, flutes, nagasvarams, mridangams and ghatams and drown themselves in divine bliss on that Day.
It may not be possible for all of us to go to Thiruvaiyaru and witness the music ensemble.
This very thought gave birth to the idea of holding a virtual Thiruvaiyaru festival here in Chennai itself. M/s Lakshman Sruthi Musicals, Nataka Academy, Rotary Club of Madras Mount & Kalalaya USA have united to organize this event and we have successfully conducted it for the past six years. With the blessing of the Music Trinity, we wish to hold ‘Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru’ for the 7th Year in succession to the great happiness of musicians and rasikas alike.
This event provides a forum for established musicians and young talent to exhibit their musical talents.
‘Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru’ will be part of the Music Festival to be held in Kamarajar Arangam, Chennai from 18 to 25 of December, 2011. On December 18, 2011, 4.00 p.m. the renowned musician Padmabhushan P.S. Narayanaswamy, all musicians and music enthusiasts will sing Pancha Ratna Kritis.
Admission to the inaugural session is FREE.
The stage will be the replica of the Thyagaraja Aradhanai Mandapam at Thiruvaiyaru. It can accommodate about 300 artistes. This 8-day Music Festival will commence at 7:00 a.m. and end at 10:00 p.m. on each day.
The tickets to this grand Music Festival will be designed and printed to pay tribute to the participating Musicians
In every program a senior Musician will honour the artistes performing.
Besides tickets for individual events, Season Tickets for all the 8 days will also be available.
Special rates will be offered for Season Tickets, bulk buyers, corporate buyers, service organizations, educational institutions and recreational clubs. Those buying tickets for 4 or more events will also be eligible for concessional rate.
Tickets will be sold through various outlets in Chennai.
An exhibition of music will also be arranged at the venue. The stalls will have audio/video CDs, DVDs and Books on various genres of music.
This year a veg.food festival also arranged to Feast the audience.
We have made extensive Light & Sound arrangements, big screens on either side of the auditorium, restaurant and parking facilities. Our volunteers will guide the audience to locate their respective seats and look after any other assistance needed by them.
Advertisement campaign is placed in all leading Press, TV, Radio and Websites. We look forward that, music lovers from all over the world will come and enjoy this Festival in a big way.
For more information & tickets, please contact:
Phone: 044 -24836666 – 9841907711/44
Lakshman Sruthi Event Management Company,
72, Second Avenue, Ashok Nagar, Chennai 600 083.
For Online ticket bookings, please login http://www.lakshmansruthi.com, http://www.vikatan.com

Program Schedule (18-25 Dec 2011)
Dec – 18 – SUNDAY
2.45pm Nadhaswaram-Seshampatti Sivalingam
4.15pm Pancharatna Krithis-P.S.Narayanasamy
7.30pm Vocal-Nithyasree Mahadevan
Dec – 19 – MONDAY
7.00am Music Discourse-Sinthuja
9.00am Semi Classical-Abaswaram Ramji
10.30am Bharathanatyam-Vipanchee
1.00pm Vocal-Saindhavi & Vinaya
2.45pm Vocal-Haricharan
4.45pm Bharathanatyam-Shobana
7.30pm Saxophone-Kadri Gopalnath
Dec – 20 – TUESDAY
7.00am Namasankeerthanam-Cuddalore Gopi
9.00am Vocal-Hyderabad subbu lakshmi
10.30am Geetham Madhuram A Tribute To M.S.Subbulakshmi
1.00pm Vocal-Ananth Rao
2.45pm Vocal -Mahathi
4.45pm Vocal -Abishek Raghuram
7.30pm Fusion -Tharun Battacharya / Abhijith Banerjee / Nandhini
Dec – 21 – WEDNESDAY
7.00am Namasankeerthanam-O.S.Sundar
9.00am Fusion-Prayog
10.30am Heart beat ensemble-Ghatam Karthik
1.00pm Vocal-Raginishri
2.45pm Bharathanatyam-Srikala Bharath
4.45pm Vocal-T.V.Shankaranarayanan
7.30pm Violin-Ganesh, Kumaresh
Dec – 22 – THURSDAY
7.00am Namasankeerthanam-Udayalur Kalyanaraman
9.00am Vocal-Radha Bhaskar
10.30am Sitar – Veena-Gaurav Majumdar – Nirmala Rajasekar
1.00pm Vocal-Dr. Ganesh
2.45pm Vocal-Carnatica Brothers
4.45pm Vocal-O.S.Arun
7.30pm Flute-Hariprasad Chaurasia
Dec – 23 – FRIDAY
7.00am Discourse-Mangayarkarasi
9.00am Vocal-Kashyap Mahesh
10.30am Carnatic Hindustani Jugalbandhi- Sriram Parasuram –Anuradha Sriram
1.00pm Bharathanatyam-Subadhra Marimuthu
2.45pm Vocal-Harini
4.45pm Vocal-Unnikrishnan
7.30pm Vocal-Subha Mudgal
Dec – 24 – SATURDAY
7.00am Music Discourse-Suchithra
9.00am Bharathanatyam-Abimithra
10.30am Guitar-Prasanna
1.00pm Bharathanatiyam-Vinisha kathiravan
2.45pm Vibration-Thiruvarur Vaidhyanathan
4.45pm Vocal- Priya Sisters
7.30pm Vocal – Sudha Raghunathan
Dec – 25 – SUNDAY
7.00am Upanyasam-Damal Ramakrishnan
9.00am Bharathanatyam-Manjula Ramasamy
10.30am Vocal-Sikkil Gurucharan
1.00pm Bharathanatiyam-Meenakshi Raghavan
2.45pm Vocal -Shoba Chandrasekar
4.45pm Vocal-Aruna Sairam
7.30pm Sarod – Amjad Alikhan
The organizers:
Being the favorite Tamil channel for millions, VIJAY TV is in a league of its own in setting benchmarks. As a trend-setter, VIJAY TV which has tie-up with the creamy layer of the entertainment industry, has opened new vistas and not wary of experimenting to strike gold. Within a short span, it attained the stature of wholesome family oriented entertainment channel catering to people of all walks of life.
Nataka Academy
Sri R. Marimuthu launched this organization to encourage stage plays which had dwindled in recent times. Because of his efforts plays by several new groups are being staged almost daily. He has also organized Magic Shows, Light Music performances and Dance Programs under the auspices of Nataka Academy.
Rotary club of Madras Mount
We adhere to the Objects of Rotary… to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Kalalaya USA
KALALAYA, an Institution of Fine Arts and school in Fremont , California , dedicated to teaching Carnatic Vocal lessons at all levels. Kalalaya has presented several programs in the Bay Area. Kalalaya has been mainly responsible for promoting Indian Classical/Light Music and Classical Dance in the United States through the mainstream of American audience.
Lakshman Sruthi
They have the distinction of having given over 7000 live music performances in the past 24 years. They also hold the record for non-stop 36 hours music show, thus endearing themselves to the Tamils all over the world. Lakshman Sruthi Musicals, the music super market promoted by them, sells musical instruments, music cassettes, CDs, DVDs, books on music, music related gift items etc. They also run a rehearsal studio, a music school, a service center for musical instruments. They also rent out music instruments for movie recordings and film shootings. Afficianados of all kinds of music visit this establishment regularly for all their requirements.
For the first time Lakshman Sruthi, Rotary Club Of Madras Mount, Nataka Academy, Kalalaya USA, TVK Cultural Academy have joined hands with
Vijay TV for the “Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru 2010”.
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