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Where music starts before December arrives ...
CHENNAI, November 24: If winter comes, can spring be far behind. So goes an adage. In this city, however, music starts even before December arrives!

This has been the new trend here. Well, the city is readying to enjoy yet another December festivity.

Venerable Music Academy will see the Chief Minister, Ms. J. Jayalalitha, inaugurate its 86th conference and concerts. The Academy season starts on December 15, with a concert by Nagaswaram artise Injikudi Mariappan and Tavil artiste D. Manimaran. Vocalist Trichur V Ramachandran is the Sangita Kalanidhi-designate. As is the practice, he will preside over the lec-dems and conference. As usual, the lec-dems will be held in the Mini Hall. The dance fest of the Academy will begin on January 3.

Sri Krishna Gana Sabha
Another iconic institution in the city is Sri Krishna Gana Sabha. The annual fest of the sabha will kick-start on December 8.

The annual event will comprise a Natya Kala Conference and also a Nadaswaram Fest. From December 8 to Pongal time in January, it is celebration time at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha. The inaugural function of this festival is dedicated to vocalist T.Brinda in her birth centenary year. It will be inaugurated by Pujyasri Ganapathi Sachchidhananda Swamigal of Datta Peetham, Mysore. Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam will confer the 'Nrithya Choodamani' title on Saswati Sen (Kathak exponent ) Secretary, Kalashram, and 'Aacharya Choodamani' on Dr. Ambika Kameshwar (Bharathanatyam exponent and Director of RASA).

Kalakshetra Foundation
With the Leela Samson episode firmly behind it, Kalakshetra Foundation is gearing itself for a new season. The annual festival of the foundation will begin here on December 21 and last through the year. The festival will be inaugurated by the Vice-President, Mr. M. Hamid Ansari, on the evening of December 21. The Foundation is also planning to host Gita Govindam (a dance drama) that evening.

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Coming events cast their shadows before them, they say. This one, perhaps, is preparing Carnatic music buffs for the coming ``musical rain'' in December.

Well, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has already begun its annual concert series. The annual festival was inaugurated by Jennifer McLntyre, American Consul -General based in Chennai. Preetha Reddy, Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, was the guest of honour at the function. The inaugural event also saw vocalist Aruna Sairam and violin-brothers Ganesh and Kumaresh honoured with awards. The Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra Cultural Awards were given to Nadaswaram guru Seshampatti Sivalingam, make-up artiste K. Sethumadhavan, Tambura artiste R. Lakshminarayanan and Flutist Sruthi Sagar.