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Solemnity and piety marked the 156th aaradhana mahotsavam of Saint Sri Thyagaraja held recently under the aegis of Sri Naadbrahmam Chembur. After the rudra and purushasukta abhishekams several musicians and students jointly paid a musical tribute to the renowned composer of Carnatic music – Sri Thyagaraja – through the traditional rendering of the composer’s magnum opus Pancharatna Kirtanas.

The presence of several renowned musicians, like Mrudangam maestro, Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Vidwan neyveli Santanagopalan from Chennai; Dr. Vidyadhar Vyas, director of Music, University of Zmumbai, Naadbrahmam founder Vidwan Anantharama Bhagavathar, Vainika-gayaki Vidushi Vijaya Viswanathan, Abhangratna Ganesh Kumar, Vidwans Chandrasekhar Bhagavathar and T. N Ashok all from Mumbai, Provided the Giltter. The Chennai Vidwans also enthralled the audience with a brief performance. Three of the musicians present were felicited by Naadbrahmam – Umayalpuram Sivaraman for being conferred the Padmabushan, Ganesh Kumar for being awarded the title of Abhangratna and Vijaya Viswanathan for her contribution as a techer in the field of Carnatic Music. While the Chief guest, Dr. Vyas, stressed the importance of nation building through music and streeing it away from the chaos it is now heading due to lack of harmony and rhythm, Vidwan Sivaraman who advised the students to take up music as a career reiterated that one can acquire excellence in music only by listeningto senior musicians and through relentless practice. And abhangratna Ganesh Kumar requested the Sabhas to encourage upcoming artistes by providing them more opportunities to perform.

R. Sridhar, secretary, naadbrahmam stated that the institutions has managed to win the affection and respect of musicians and rasikas because of its dedication to the cause.

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