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Swathi Sangeethotsavam to begin on January 6
Tiruvananthapuram, January 2: The 10th edition of Swathi Sangeethotsavam will begin in Tiruvananthapuram on January 6. The festival will last till January 15. The festival is conceived to pay homage to the royal composer Maharajah Swati Tirunal. Swathi Sangeethotsavam is unique and has a character of its own. It will be held at Kuthiramalika Palace in Tiruvananthapuram, near Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The Palace provides the divine ambience for these concerts. This is a special music festival in the sense that it shuns all ‘plasticity’ that has unfortunately become a part of most concerts of today.

The organizer of Swati Sangeethotsavam, Prince Rama Varma ( also known as Aswathy Thirunal Rama Varma), is a descendant of Maharajah Swati Thirunal. Prince Rama Varma is affectionately described as “"Prince among musicians and a Musician among Princes" by his rasikas. The significance of the festival lies in the fact that it is the best tribute to pay Swati Tirunal, who is, perhaps, the only one to have composed in both the Carnatic and Hindustani styles of music. Hence, it is befitting that the festival, which revolves around the compositions of the Maharaja, be held on the premises of his palace.

The concerts are not ticketed. And, they are open to all music lovers. (This news piece is collated by Sangeetha Shyam)

The concert schedule is given below

January 06, 2008 (TUE)
06.00 PM Sanjay Subrahmanyan - Carnatic Vocal
S.Varadarajan - Violin
Mannargudi A. Easwaran - Mridangam
Dr.S.Karthick - Ghatam
Payyannur Govindaprasad - Morsing
January 07, 2008 (WED)
06.00 PM Malladi Suribabu - Carnatic Vocal
S.Varadarajan - Violin
P.Satheeshkumar - Mridangam
Dr.S.Karthick - Ghatam
Payyannur Govindaprasad - Morsing
January 08, 2008 (THU)
06.00 PM Prof.M. Venkateshkumar and team - Hindusthani Vocal
January 09, 2008 (FRI)
06.00 PM Prasanna Venkataraman - Carnatic Vocal
S.R.Vinu - Violin
Cherthala Ananthakrishnan - Mridangam
Adichanalloor Anil Kumar - Ghatam
January 10, 2008 (SAT)
06.00 PM Smt.Parassala B.Ponnammal - Carnatic Vocal
Dr.Hemalatha - Violin
Kallekulangara Unnikrishnan - Mridangam
Kannur Santhosh - Morsingh
January 11, 2008 (SUN)
06.00 PM Prince Rama Varma - Veena
B. Harikumar - Mridangam
Manjoor Unnikrishnan - Ghatam
Kottayam Murali - Morsing
January 12, 2008 (MON)
06.00 PM Ms.Amrutha Venkatesh - Carnatic Vocal
Madhavan - Violin
Nanjil Shri A.R.Arul - Mridangam
Manjoor Unnikrishnan - Ghatam
January 13, 2008 (TUE)
06.00 PM Kunnakudi M.Balamuralikrishna - Carnatic Vocal
S.R. Mahadeva Sharma - Violin
Palakkad K.S. Mahesh - Mridangam
P.L.Sudhir - Ghatam
January 14, 2008 (WED)
06.00 PM Thamarakkad Govindan Namboothiri - Carnatic Vocal
Edappalli Ajith - Violin
Cherthala S.Dinesh - Mridangam
Udippi S.Srikanth
January 15, 2008 (THU)
06.00 PM Smt.Ranjini and Gayatri - Carnatic Vocal
Mysore Srikanth - Violin
Arun Prakash - Mridangam
Udippi Sridhar - Ghatam

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