Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru Season 11 Press Meet Stills

In the month of December, the iconic, magnificent and fulfilling Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru music and dance festival, a landmark event is being conducted in the city. Lakshman Sruthi Musicals has been conducting this for the benefit of the rasikas at Kamarajar Arangam from December 18th – 25th every year.

In this astonishing 11th season, top notch performances by leading Carnatic and Hindustani stalwarts, legends, upcoming talents, musicians, dancers and discoursers have been scheduled to amaze you and take your breath away, with 53 enchanting shows from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily.

For Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru, 2015 is landmark indeed, as we step into our second decade aspiring to impact the growth of the art in the coming years.
Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru season-11 is about to begin on 18th December in Kamarajar Arangam by 12.05 PM with Vyasai Kothandaramans Nadhaswaram performance, followed by the rendition of Pancharathna Kritis. This divine event will be lead by Padma Bhushan P.S.Narayanasamy, elaborate arrangements have been made for some 500 plus artists to participate in this ensemble.

Ace Choreographer, Classical Dancer, Actor, Director Shri. Prabhu Deva will Light the lamp and Inaugurate the 11th season of Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru on 18.12.2015 Friday, 5.00 p.m
A Brief Introduction about Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru

World over, Tamil people as well as those who are associated with Carnatic Music are familiar with Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru. We wish to share the reason for naming it thus and the idea that sparked the creation of this event.

In 2005, we thought of conducting a music concert on behalf of Lakshman Sruthi Musicals and we wanted the event to be unique and different from others. Every year, all artists associated with Carnatic music assemble in Thiruvaiyaru and sing Thiyagarajars divine Pancharathna Keertanas soulfully. Why not bring that same ambience to Chennai, we contemplated. It was our decision to recreate that event and begin our music series with the Thyagaraja Aradhana in Chennai. Hence we named our event Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru.

A quick recap of the association between the month of Margazhi and music,
Music is the Divines language
Music is the link between the ordinary man and the supreme god
Music is the invisible spring of compassion
Music is the medicine for the broken heart
Music is hard to resist even for rebels and atheists
Music is present everywhere – be it temples, congregations, Church or Gurudwara

In other words, music is the means to experience and attain the divine. Music is beyond directions, countries, language, race, religion, or caste differences. It unites all. It touches hearts without any conditions attached. It is not an exaggeration to say that music has the power to overpower the five elements of air, water, fire, earth and ether. Next to sign language, music is a language understood by all.

What is special about the month of Margazhi?

God has created different seasons for different natural phenomena. Only during specific months do the flowers bloom, rains fall, winds blow, snow falls and crops grow. The season for music is Margazhi. Margazhi is said to be the king among months. Some of the highlights of this month are:

Thiruppavai composed by Andal is sung during this month
In Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna says that he is Margazhi among months
Thiruvathirai in Margazhi is celebrated as the day Lord Siva danced in Chidambaram
Manikkavasagar bestowed us with Thiruvasagam in this month
Jesus Christ is believed to be born in this month to bless mankind
The various names of Lord Vishnu is chanted as Hari Naama Sankeertanam in this month
Colourful patterns are drawn with rice flour (kolam) outside the homes in this month
The temple bells chime throughout the month
The deities are consecrated every day in this month

Margazhi has many such specialities. Such a month uniting with the all-conquering music is the celebration of the music festival through Thyagaraja Aradhana.

He is the composer of the well-known kriti Entharo Mahaanubhavulu and thousands of other songs. Amongst the composers and scholars of Carnatic music, he is the foremost.
Among his compositions, the Pancharatna Kritis are considered jewels. He has composed five songs in praise of his much-loved Lord Rama in five heavy ragas of Nattai, Gowlai, Aarabi, Varaali and Sree, which is sung by Carnatic musicians all over the world. Not just vocalists, but instrumentalists too play this with great enthusiasm.

On close observation we can see that many these compositions in the heavy ragas are also played by classical musicians from the north as well as the west, because of which appreciation of Carnatic music is increasing among foreigners.

It is a matter of pride for every artist that the appreciation for these kritis crosses all boundaries. Such popular Pancharathna Kritis are performed every year in the divine land of Thiruvaiyar during the well known Thyagaraja Aradhana festival.

Why & How Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru happened!

It is surprising but true that whether one is knowledgeable or not, all celebrate this Thyagaraja Aradhana festival with enthusiasm. Indeed, they are blessed who can listen in person to the artists from all directions coming and performing in the Thyagaraja Aradhana festival. Many make it a point to come from even across boundaries to be part of this festival.

It may not be possible for all of us to go to Thiruvaiyaru and witness the music ensemble. This very thought gave birth to the idea of holding a virtual Thiruvaiyaru festival here in Chennai itself. M/s Lakshman Sruthi Musicals have committed to organize this event and we have successfully conducted it for the past nine years.

With the blessings of the Music Trinity, we wish to hold ‘Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru’ for the 11th Year in succession to the great happiness of musicians and rasikas alike. Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru brings the divinity of the Tanjore soil to Chennai, not only for the enthusiasts in the city but across from all the districts of the state, from across different states and even countries.

Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru is the new wave of music festival that promotes the south Indian classical music form and preserves it for the future generations to cherish and nurture.

This year Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru season-11 will be inaugurated on December 18th at 5:00 PM in Kamarajar Arangam, Chennai. Led by the senior vidwan Padmabhushan PS Narayanaswamy, 500 musicians will sing the Pancharathna Kritis that day. Regardless of age, gender and status as an artist, vocalists and instrumentalists are going to bring the glory of Thiruvaiyaru festival in front of our eyes. All participants as well as the audience will be provided a booklet containing the five kritis
to facilitate their joining in as well as enjoy the concert.

At 5:00 pm, Ace Choreographer, Classical Dancer, Actor, Director Shri. Prabhu Deva will light the
traditional lamp to inaugurate the festival..

Isaiyazhwar title was instituted by Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru organizing committee in the year 2014 and presented to Nadhaswaram Exponent Shri. Thiruvizha Jayasankar. For the year 2015, on the inaugural day, Violin Maestro Padmashree A.Kanyakumari will be honoured Isaiyazhwar title by Padma Bhushan P.Susheela along with the gold medal for her life time achievements and contribution to classical music .

This will be followed by a special tribute program to commemorate the centenary year of Bharat Ratna M.S. Subbulakshmi, rendered by Shri. K.N. Shashikiran with one hundred musicians featuring S. Aishwarya, great granddaughter of Bharat Ratna M.S.Subbulakshmi, Smt. Gayathri Venkatraghavan (M.S. hits), Dancer Smitha Madhav (as Meera), Dr. Sudharaja (Special Choir) along with keyboard K.Sathyanarayanan.

This will be followed by an Indian Classical concert by Anil Srinivasan and team at 7.30 pm. From December 19th onwards, there will be 7 concerts conducted every day, starting from 7 in the morning to 10 in the night.

In the memory of Bharat Rathna Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam, who has inaugurated our 10th season of Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru last year, we will be displaying a wax statue of Dr.APJ in the premises of Kamarajar Arangam for 8 days. This statue will be designed and sculptured to perfection as statues in Madame Tussauds wax museum, London in association with The Vels University, Pallavaram Chennai. Students and the public will be allowed to visit and take pictures with the Statue and pay tributes to their ever inspirational leader.

Free Bus Drop: After the last show of the day, around 9.45 PM, 11 free buses will be operated from Kamarajar Arangam to major parts of the city for the convenience of rasikas to return back to their houses safely. The routes are Sholinganallur, Thiruvanmiyur, Medavakkam, Tambaram, Kundrathur, Poonamalle, Avadi, Red hills, Thiruvotriyur, Parrys, Perambur, Mylapore and other areas.

Flood Relief Fund: Donate generously to the initiative of Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru organising committee in association with ‘Rotary International District 3230’ collecting flood relief fund and flood relief products for the affected people at Kamarajar Arangam between 15.12.2015 to 25.12.2015 from 7.00 AM to 10.00 PM Contact : Rtn. Ramamurthy – 9382140303, Rtn. Jayavelan – 9551246464. Cheque or Demand Draft in favour of RI District Flood Relief Fund”, Chennai

Vodafone ringtone contest:

Lakshman Sruthi and Vodafone jointly has designed a Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru Callertune Contest to come up with an unique/refreshing tune which reflects our rich heritage of Indian music / dance. The idea is to kindle the creativity of those interested in composing and to present them with cash awards worth Rs. 1 lakh.
Programme Schelude for Season 11 of Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru
Lakshmansruthi’s Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru – Season 11

Programme Schedule 2015

18.12.2015 Friday
12.05PM Vyasai Gothandaraman Nadhaswaram
2.50 PM P.S Narayanaswamy Pancharathna Krithis
5.00 PM Dance Dion Shri.Prabhu Deva will inaugurate the festival by lighting the kuththuvilakku.
5.15 PM Centenary Year Celebrations
A 100 Musicians Tribute to Bharat Ratna M.S.Subbulakshmi
Music Sangeet Symphony by Dr.Sudha Rajas Sargam Choir, Featuring S.Aishwarya (Great granddaughter of Bharat ranta M.S. Subbulakshmi), K.Sathyanarayanan Keyboard, Concept – Vidwan K.N Shashikiran, M.S. Hits by vidhushi gayathri Venkatraghavan, dance by Smitha madhav as “Meera”
7.30 PM Naresh Iyer / Saindhavi / Anil Srinivasan
Pravin Godkhindi Indian Classical

19.12.2015 Saturday
7.00 AM Udayalur Kalyanaraman Namasankeerthanam
9.00 AM Subathra Marimuthu Bharathanatyam
10.30 AM Da
1.00 PM Vithisha Bharathanatyam
2.45 PM Carnatica brothers & Dushyanth Sridhar Srinivasa Kalyanam
4.45 PM O.S. Arun Vocal
7.30 PM Shobana Bharathanatyam

20.12.2015 Sunday
7.00 AM Cuddalore Gopi Namasankeerthanam
9.00 AM S.J Jananiy Vocal
10.30 AM Krishnakumari Narendran Bharathanatyam
1.00 PM Shanthi Suresh & Shravan Vocal
2.45 PM Urmila Sathyanarayanan Vocal
4.45 PM P. Unnikrishnan Vocal
7.30 PM Parveen Sultana Vocal

21.12.2015 Monday
7.00 AM Hyderabad B.Siva Vocal
9.00 AM Ida Balakrishna Hindustani
10.30 AM Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan Vijayalakshmi Violin
1.00 PM Sruthilekha Bharathanatyam
2.45 PM Triuchur Brothers Vocal
4.45 PM Rajesh Vaidhya Veena
7.30 PM Kadri Gopalnath Saxophone

22.12.2015 Tuesday
7.00 AM Suchithra Harikatha
9.00 AM K.Divyaa Devi Bharathanatyam
10.30 AM Narthaki Nataraj Bharathanatyam
1.00 PM Ashwath Narayanan Vocal
2.45 PM Nirmala Rajasekar Fusion
4.45 PM Mahathi Vocal
7.30 PM Nithyasree Mahadevan Vocal

23.12.2015 Wednesday
7.00 AM Poornima Harikatha
9.00 AM Bharathi Thirumagan Kalai Magan Sangeetha Upanyasam
10.30 AM Madurai R Muralidaran’s Avadhara Purushan
1.00 PM Vidya Kalyanaraman Vocal
2.45 PM Harini Vocal
4.45 PM Priya Sisters Vocal
7.30 PM Haricharan Vocal

24.12.2015 Thursday
7.00 AM Manikandan Devotional Discourse
9.00 AM Rithvik Raja Vocal
10.30 AM Prasanna Guitar
1.00 PM Meenakshi Raghavan Bharathanatyam
2.45 PM Revathy Krishna Veena
4.45 PM S. Sowmya Vocal
7.30 PM Vijay Prakash Vocal

25.12.2015 Friday
7.00 AM Sindhuja Harikatha
9.00 AM Raginisri Vocal
10.30 AM Urmila Sathyanarayanan Bharathanatyam
1.00 PM Dr.Ganesh Vocal
2.45 PM Shoba Chandrasekar Vocal
4.45 PM Aruna Sairam Vocal
7.30 PM Karthik Vocal

There will be 53 programs by senior and upcoming Carnatic, Hindustani musicians and classical dancers. The artists listed above have prepared and trained to present something unique and appealing for this event.

Kamarajar Arangam has also been decorated uniquely to create an authentic Thiruvaiyaru experience. It will be pleasing to the performing artists as well as the audience equally.
A senior artist will be part of every event and honour the performers.

The audio and lighting systems have been spruced up and two large digital screens will be placed next to the stage so that the performance can be seen more clearly by the audience throughout the auditorium.

A five hundred rupees (Rs 500/-) gift voucher will be given to all the audience witnessing Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru Season 11 is offered by Co Presenting Sponsor SATHYA Spreading Happiness.

The prizes to be showered on the audience:
At the entrance, rasikas will be given an entry form in which they have to answer a general knowledge question and deposit the form in boxes brought around by the volunteers. Five entries with right answers will be selected through lucky draw and the artist performing on the stage will present the gifts to the lucky winners. The point to note is that the gifts will be given by the favourite artist. Sakthi Masala, Sowbhagya, Sathya, Arul Appalam, Chennai Homes are among the many organisations who have sponsored the gifts.

Astounding bumper prizes:
Among the winners of the eight days of the events, one will be selected on the last day and will be given two plane tickets to the USA, sponsored by Kumbakonam Arasu Jewellers. Another lucky winner will be given a plot of 2400 sq. ft., by Madras City Properties.

This year, the concerts will be recorded and telecast in Zee Tamil Television.

The nearby Congress Grounds has been hired to accommodate thousands of two and four wheelers for hassle free parking.
A general exhibition is also being hosted in the grounds for books, products related to music, and a range of other products and services from beauty products to property to banks.
Our volunteers will guide the audience to locate their respective seats and look after any other assistance.

Food Festival-2015

This is another unique feature of the Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru music festival the Food Festival. There is no dearth of food for the ears. But for rasikas who spend an entire day starting from morning 7 to night 10 at the venue, providing good quality food to the rasikas is also our responsibility. Also, usually at other venues, rasikas are compelled to have the same kind of food day in and day out due to the presence of one vendor. But just like there is variety in arts, Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru will also provide variety of food to cater to different tastes. This food festival has been conducted for the last four years. More than 40 food vendors will put up their stalls and more than 300 people can sit and eat comfortably at any point.

Legendary film director Shri K.Bhakyaraj will inaugurate the food festival on 18.12.2015 Friday 7.00 PM and unveil the 30 feet tall World Wonder Eiffel Tower made up of Drumsticks’.This year we have special stall for Organic terrace garden making and maintaining. The professionals from this field will be present there to discuss and clear your doubts on to discuss about organic herbal roof top garden.

In addition to providing several food varieties, leading chefs will also conduct workshops for catering students. There will also be cookery competitions for the general public who can win attractive prizes. Tips on healthy eating will also be part of the show. The public can also interact with celebrities from various fields during the food show.

Attractions for children has also been taken care of. Favourite foods of children will also be available at the food festival. Food art like vegetable carvings & ice sculpture will be in display.
Get ready to have your taste buds being treated to exquisite cuisine from across the world.
Those who come to enjoy the music can enjoy the food, and those who come only for the food festival will be drawn to the concerts.
Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru 2015,would be an experience of unique music renderings in tandem with an exclusive food bonanza!

Honouring senior citizens:

As a special gesture, this year we have invited some 500 inmates of old age homes in and around Chennai for the 7.00 am show every day. So that these distinguished senior citizens could enjoy the divine programs like Nama Sangeerthnam, Upanyasam and Devotional discourses and have a great unforgettable outing of their life. To enable this, we have made elaborate arrangements which includes free transportation, breakfast, coffee & tea. A gift pack will also be presented to them with some essential drugs, soap, comb, mirror, towel, note, pen, first aid kit etc.,

We request you all to spread this news and give due coverage to this years Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru music festival to make it a grand success and expecting your kind co-operation in this regard.

Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru Organising Committee,
Lakshman Sruthi Musicals.

The Organizers – Lakshman Sruthi

They have the distinction of having given over 8000 live music performances in the past 27years. They also hold the record for non-stop 36 hours music show, thus endearing themselves to the Tamils all over the world.
Lakshman Sruthi Musicals, the music super market promoted by them, sells musical instruments, music cassettes, CDs, DVDs, books on music, music related gift items etc. They also run a rehearsal studio, a music school, a service center for musical instruments. They also rent out music instruments for movie recordings and film shootings. Afficianados of all kinds of music visit this establishment regularly for all their requirements.

Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru 2015 Sponsors :
Channel Partner
Zee Tamil Television
Main Sponsor
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Goodness Partner
Co Presented by
Sathya Home Appliances

Co Sponsors
Bharath University
Sakthi Masala
The Chennai Homes
Chola MS

Media Partner
The Hindu
Ananda Vikatan

Associate Sponsors
Vels University
Lalitha Jewellery pvt ltd.
Star Health Insurance
Lakshmi Vilas Bank
Lister Metropolis
Sri KalIswari Fire Works
Madaras City Properties
Andhra Bank

Official Sponsors
ABS estates
Repco Home Finance
Sri Gokulam Chits
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd
Chettinad Cement
SBLT- Sri Baghyalakshmi Tours & Travels
Nathella Jewellery
Chamundi Silks
Allahabad Bank
Soltech Equipments
Jewel One
Mathura Travels pvt Ltd.
Naidu Hall
Arasu Jewellery
Karur Vysya Bank
LIC Insurance Corporation of India
Prama Arts

Radio Partner
Suryan FM 93.5

Official PRO
Nikkil Communication

Knowledge Partner

Smart Media Partner
Mukil App

Event by
M6 Events

Our Food Festival Sponsors are
Main Sponsor
Sakthi Masala

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Arul Appalam

Co Presented by
Hatsun Ghee

Ofiicial Sponsor
Nandhiniee Sweets