SMC Special Concert Marghazi 2020 - Paavai Nonbu

Dear Music Rasikas,

We would like to invite you with family and friends to our Marghazi Special Facebook live program - Paavai Nonbu

Paavai Nonbu is an age old tradition in Tamil Nadu representative of the observance of religious austerities by unmarried girls seeking blessings from the Lord. Andal composed the Thirruppavai's where she describes the activities observed in Paavai Nonbu. Through every song Andal expresses her divine Bhakti for Lord Vishnu.

Manickavaachagar’s Tiruvempaavai is equally as powerful and sung in praise of Lord Shiva. Thiruvempavai is a part of Thiruvasagam and was composed in the temple town of Thiruvannamalai during the month of Marghazi. 

The program will follow the stages of devotion towards Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva. The first part describes the adoration and immense joy Krishna brings to the Gopika's in Gokulam. The second part sings praise to Lord Krishna to awaken Him so we can see His glory. The third part describes both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu,  humbly praying for His blessings and compassion towards His devotees. 

5.15 PM - 6.45 PM: Vocal concerts by Kum. Sri Rajan, Kum Jyothi Giri, Kum. Nithya Ramesh and Kum. Vishni Ravindran ( Veena) accompanied by Kum. Aghalya Pavalan on Violin and Chi. Harish Ravindran on Mridangam.  


Below are links to the live broadcast channels:

YouTube Channel link:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCManTfGGypoB0nX9k8dmoQw

Facebook Channel link: 
Sydney Music Circle

Current NSW Government’s social distancing policies allow Sydney Music Circle to conduct this programme in a remote setting and be able to broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube channels. However please note that due to current uncertainty with COVID-19, Sydney Music Circle may require to cancel the live broadcast without notice.


Artiste Profiles:

Kum. Vishni Ravindran


Vishni was introduced to Carnatic music by her grandmother, an accomplished Radio Ceylon vocalist, Smt. Saraswathidevi Rajeswaran, and continued learning from various distinguished teachers in Auckland. For many years, Vishni was under the expert tutelage of Prof. Pudukkottai R. Krishnamurthy of Tirupathi, a Top Grade artiste of AIR. Vishni attained Teacher's Diplomas for Veena and Vocal music from The Academy of Fine Arts London with First Class Honours in 2013 and was bestowed the title “Isai Mani”. Alongside her brother, Harish, they had their Veena and Mridangam Arangetram in Sydney in 2017. She is a regular performer in Sydney and has performed in Chennai, London, San Francisco and Auckland, including the Melbourne Veena Festival in 2018. Vishni is also an accomplished Bharathanatyam dancer having completed her Arangetram in 2009 in Auckland and is now a key member of Agal Dance Company in Sydney. Vishni is currently pursuing the Bachelor of Medical Studies/ Doctor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales.

Kum. Sri Rajan


Sri has been blessed to carry the musical legacy of her grandmother, who was a child prodigy in music and performed on All Indian radio. She extends her passion by experimenting and exploring between genres.
Initial lessons started off with her mother and then with Smt Uma Ayyar for about 4 years.  She has been giving concerts for SMC, Sai Mandhir and YSM and  performances in Sydney for various prominent events such as Thyagaraja Aradanai for SMC. She was committee member of Sydney Music Circle. Sri is also currently learning to play the veena from her mother. Sri is trained in Bharathanatyam and Kathak. She also pursues her other passion as amateur nature and event photographer whenever time permits.
For her career, she utilises her degree in psychology to help with website UX/UI research and design for a prominent agency in Sydney

Kum. Jyothi


Jyothi has been learning Carnatic Music  from her Grandfather Dr MS Ramanathan. She is very grateful for the opportunity to learn from him and perform on a many occasions for the Sydney Music Circle. She is currently studying Law at The Univversity of Sydney. 

Kum. Nithya Ramesh


Nithya Ramesh is a disciple of Dr M.S. Ramanathan. She is also blessed to have learnt from Smt Prema Anantha Krishnan and Smt Radha Kalyan. A lawyer by profession, Nithya's association with SMC is almost as old as herself. She was a member of the organising committee that authored the first SMC constitution. Nithya's other interests include travel, western classical music, theatre and literature.

Kum. Agalya Pavalan


Agalya Pavalan is a Year 9 student at Baulkham Hills High School. Her first and main musical discipline is the Carnatic style Violin, which she has been learning for over six years under the guidance of Sri Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda. Agalya also learns Carnatic Vocals under the tutelage of Smt. Lakshmi Kumaraguruparan. She is also being trained in Western piano (Grade 4) by Mr Joseph Blackman. Outside of the musical field, Agalya has learnt Bharatanatyam for over 5 years under Smt Pathmaranjini Umashankar. She has a keen interest and pursues martial arts with a passion and has a red belt in Taekwondo

Chi. Harish Gopikan Ravindran


Harish, a disciple of Vidwan Sri. Thanjavur K. Murugaboopathi is an emerging young Mridangist in Sydney. He had his Mridangam Arangetram at the age of 16 in Sydney in 2017, alongside his sister Vishni on Veena, and was accompanied by eminent vidwans from Chennai. Harish is a regular performer in Sydney and has notably accompanied concerts overseas at prestigious Sabhas and venues in Chennai, London, San Francisco and Auckland, including Narada Gana Sabha, London Sri Murugan Temple and Tamils of Northern California (TNC).