SMC Thyagaraja Aradhana 2024

Dear Rasika,
Namaste and a Happy Deepawali !
Sydney Music Circle is privileged to invite your gracious participation at our flagship programme, Thyagaraja Aradhana, 2024.
When: Saturday 3 February 2024, 9.30 am onwards (students and junior artistes); and
            Sunday 4 February 2024 8.30 am onwards (Pancharatna group rendition followed by
seniors)

Where: Redgum Centre, Wentworthville
The registration portal on our website can be accessed from Monday 20th November 2023. As in previous years, you can select songs from a drop-down list and provide other required inputs. The date and indicative time-slots for each participant will be published online a few days before the programme.
Owing to the overwhelming response from junior and senior artistes in previous years, and the limited time available, group registrations are preferred. If, owing to changed circumstances on the programme day, participants request individual performances instead of groups as originally registered, they will be accommodated at the end of the programme subject to availability of time.
A donation of $20 per participant is requested as a pre-requisite to registration. We will inform the payment method when the registration portal opens on Monday 20th November 2023.

Student registrations
➢ Students can be registered only by their teacher.
➢ 15 minutes is available per teacher, with a maximum of three songs within this time. Teachers are free to form groups among their students for each song.
➢ If a teacher has less than 3 students, each student can perform for a maximum of 5 minutes.
Seniors’ registrations
• Seniors are requested to perform in groups.
• Requests for solo performance can be accommodated, subject to availability of time, after groups have been registered.
A few do’s and don’ts
Please --
➢ Fill out the online registration form completely. Incomplete and ambiguous registrations may be rejected.
➢ Indicate your sruti on the registration form so that accompanists can be assigned and are ready beforehand.
➢ Indicate the full name (given name + family name) wherever requested, with correct spellings, since it is likely that the participants’ names will be projected on to a screen whilst they are onstage.
➢ Do not, as far as possible, select vilamba-kaala kritis.

➢ If you have a special request regarding preferred timings, accompanists, etc. please indicate this on the registration form. Requests for rescheduling time slots cannot be entertained at short notice on the programme days.
➢ (for seniors only) Be prepared for a request from SMC to change your song selection. Though extremely unlikely, this may be necessary to avoid multiple renditions of the same song.
➢ Do not register for more than one song for the same participant or the same group.
➢ Do not correspond with individual members of the Organising Team. Please address all requests, queries, etc. to the dedicated e-mail address for this programme SMCTeam.TA@gmail.com.

and on the programme days –

  • Please arrive at the venue an hour before your scheduled slot.
  • Please respond promptly to calls (voice, WhatsApp messages, SMS etc.) on your mobile from SMC Organisers.

 Register your students and yourself at the reception desk immediately on arrival so that we know
you are available to perform.
 Do not perform manodharma sequences (alapana, niraval, kalpana swarams, etc.).
 Do not move your assigned mikes, as they have been professionally calibrated and synchronisedwith the audio system after considerable testing.
 If you are seated in the audience, please remain silent during the programme as a mark of respect to the Saint, to the performers onstage, and to others in the audience.

We look forward to your enthusiastic participation in paying homage to Swami Thyagaraja.
Given the reach and complexity of organising an event such as this, we welcome volunteers to help anyway they can. Registrations for supply of food will open separately, for which we will shortly send another e-mail.


Kind regards, and best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
Organising Team, Sydney Music Circle