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Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru begins

Launching the fifth edition of Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru here on Friday, Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting S. Jagathratchagan said Lakshman Sruthi had “touched a peak in music in the last five years” by bringing the Thiruvaiyaru festival to Chennai. The eight-day event is being organised by Lakshman Sruthi in association with Nataka Academy, Rotary Club of Madras Mount and Kalalaya USA., at Kamarajar Arangam from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

On the inaugural day, saint composer Thyagaraja’s pancharatna kritis were sung. The stage has been done up to resemble the Thyagaraja aradhanai mandapam in Thiruvaiyaru. “At a time when youngsters are drawn to remix and ‘kuthu’ songs Lakshman Sruthi had brought to them Carnatic music,” said Florence Pereira, general manager, Administration of Kalaignar TV.

An exhibition of music albums by various artistes is also on at the venue. Books, DVDs and CDs on various genres of music are available. Tickets are also available online. For details contact www.lakshmansruthi.com or log in to www.vikatan.com.

- The Hindu 19.12.2009

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