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:

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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 is a disciple of Prof. Pudukkottai R. Krishnamurthy, a Top Grade artiste of AIR, and Smt. Padma Krishnamurthy of Tirupathi. Vishni holds Teacher's Diplomas in Veena and Vocal music with First Class Honours from The Academy of Fine Arts London and was bestowed the title ‘Isai Mani’. She had her Veena arangetram alongside her brother, Harish, on Mridangam, in Sydney in 2017. She is a regular performer in Sydney and has also performed in Melbourne, Auckland, Chennai, London and San Francisco. Vishni is a passionate Veena teacher, an accomplished Bharathanatyam dancer, and is currently in her final year pursuing the Doctor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales.

Kum. Sri Rajan

Srinidhi Rajan (Sri) is an emerging artiste who loves music of all genres. Sri received formal training in Carnatic music under the nurturing tutelage of Smt Uma Ayyar for 5 years, who helped lay a solid foundation. Sri is currently being trained by Bhakthi Prachara Samman Sri Kalakkad Thyagarajan. Sri finds an emotional connect with her Guru as he is the son of Kalaimamani Sri Kalakkad Ramanarayana Iyer, who was Sri’s grandmother’s guru. In spite of work commitments,  music remains her prime passion.

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 12 student at Baulkham Hills High School. Her first and main musical discipline is the Carnatic style Violin, which she has been learning for over ten years under the tutelage of Sri Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda. Agalya also learns Carnatic Vocals from Smt. Lakshmi Kumaraguruparan. She trains Western Piano under the guidance of Mr Joseph Blackman. Outside of the musical field, Agalya has learnt Bharatanatyam for over 5 years with Smt Pathmaranjini Umashankar. She has a keen interest and pursues martial arts with a passion and has a Black belt in Taekwondo

Chi. Harish Gopikan Ravindran

Harish initiated his Mridangam training under Dr. Suresh Ramachandra in Auckland, New Zealand. Harish is fortunate in pursuing extensive training for the past 10 years and has become a proud disciple of vidwan Sri. Thanjavur K. Murugaboopathi of Chennai. 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, Subham Fine Arts Chennai, London Sri Murugan Temple and Tamils of Northern California. Harish is also blessed to have accompanied many visiting artistes from Chennai.