Youth brigade to ring in Seshadripuram Ramaseva Samithi’s Ramanavami music festival this year


After its year-long platinum jubilee celebrations, Seshadripuram Ramseva Samiti marks its 76th yearth The Ram Navami music festival is all set to begin a new chapter. This time, the committee has included a range of young artistes for its Yuva Sangeet Utsav from 17 April to 10 May.

There will be more than two dozen performances in this open-air event at Seshadripuram College. “Our committee decided to move away from the usual senior and junior music festivals and open the evening classical Ramotsavam stage entirely to fresh, young voices,” says Sri Ramakrishnan, secretary of the Seshadripuram Ramseva Samiti. “The classical world today is full of talented youngsters who are worthy of leading roles. This section helps us showcase their unique expertise.”

The late V Tarakaram, a senior lawyer who served as the secretary of the Seshadripuram committee for about 15 years until 2018, writes in the history of the committee that while South Bengaluru already had a Ramseva run by SVN Rao since the late 1930s There was a group, which made me happy. CD Gopal Iyengar of Sheshadripuram, a music connoisseur from Chamarajpet (of the erstwhile stationers, Gopalan & Co.), wanted to fulfill the need for Ramnavmi music festivals in north-west Bengaluru with public-spirited citizens.

Violinists Ganesh and Kumaresh performing as children at Sheshadripuram Ramseva Samiti

Violinists Ganesh and Kumaresh performing as children at Sheshadripuram Ramseva Samiti. Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

With the support of G Narasimhamurthy (of Kalyan Café), Narasimha Rao Mane, a businessman, Sripadachar, a teacher at Arya Vaidya Shala, and V Krishnamurthy, a lawyer, Iyengar met people and raised funds to start the Sheshadripuram Committee.

Chief Justice of India Justice ES Venkataramaiah was also associated with the committee. “Since 1948, star musicians of classical music have graced the committee, which is run by funds received from patrons,” says Ramakrishnan.

stars of this year's show

Malvi Manjunath, daughter of Mysore Manjunath

Malvi Manjunath, daughter of Mysore Manjunath. Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

There will be 25 performances this year, starting with Mylai Karthikeyan's Naadswar singing. “We have deliberately included individual achievers pursuing their passion such as Rahul Vellal, Suryagayathri, Dhanya Dinesh Rudrapatna and Ritwik Raja, as well as youngsters carrying on their family legacy.”

Musical heirs include Ramani Shankar, son of Carnatic singer Bangalore S Shankar; Omkarnath Havaldar, son of Hindustani maestro Nagraj Rao Havaldar; Medha VidyaBhushan, daughter of Carnatic singer VidyaBhushan; violinists Sumanth and Malvi Manjunath, Mysore Manjunath's children; Kriti Vitthal, wife of violinist Vitthal Rangan; Lavanya Krishnamurthy, daughter of violinist TS Krishnamurthy, violinist G Pranavi, daughter of percussionist Guruprasanna; Varijashree Venugopal, daughter of flutist Venugopal; Sindhu R, daughter of Ghat Vidwan Raghavendra Prakash; Medha Manjunath, wife of percussionist Vinod Shyam; JK Yoga Kirtan's daughter Veena Vidushi Yoga Vandana; Ranjani Vasuki, daughter of Nagavalli Nagaraja; and flautist Heramba and Hemantha, children of mridangist Ambale Satyaprasad.

Ramani Shankar

Ramani Shankar Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

“Ramanavami is an auspicious festival celebrated across the country and music is linked to our mythology, philosophy and culture. Our committee is among the pioneers who established this tradition in the city. The youth brigade is here to take it forward in creative ways,” says Ramakrishnan, adding that other programs will include a discourse by Dushyant Sridhar, a unique story and musical presentation by Vinay Varanasi and Vivek Sadasivam and an instrumental ensemble by students. Percussionist Anuar Ananthkrishna Sharma.

make way forward

Ramani Shankar, who will perform at Samiti on April 19, says, beyond musical ideologies, it is the discipline and values ​​his father, S Shankar, instilled in him over the years that have become an intrinsic part of his lifestyle.

“I have been performing with them for 15 years, and every concert has been a learning experience – from the performance requirements to training myself to sit on stage for three hours. My father believes that apart from one's upbringing, one's assimilative abilities, experiences, perceptive abilities and strong passion also helps one to become better at singing. Performance should be incidental to satisfying your musical experiences, not the goal.”

Ramani says there are many aspects of learning that he cherishes. “From food choices, there is a need to focus on understanding teaching The clarity and completeness of the presentation (tradition), the lyrics or even the handling of the concert packaging, are all essential to a balanced offering. My father, who recently received the Kendriya Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and has five books on music to his credit, has been my mentor and inspiration. He did not make any rules. I grew up in a musical environment with artists and teachers.”

RK Srikantan with MS Gopalakrishnan in the committee

RK Srikantan with MS Gopalakrishnan in the committee. Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Born in Kolar and brought up in Bengaluru, Ramani is an A-grade Akashvani artiste and is married to classical musician Ramya Ramani. Ramani grew up in a family of musicians. “From my grandmother, Rajamma Shastri, a singer in Shimoga, who initiated my father into music, to my mother, Swarna Shankar, and sister Ranjani, we were all immersed in classical music and are now training students. ”

Ramnavami Music Festival will be organized from April 17 to May 10 at Seshadripuram College campus, Nagappa Road. Entry free. For details visit

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