Aruna Sairam's lively concerts are very popular with rasikas.
The Margazhi Kutcheri Season 2019 has commenced in Chennai, and rasikas (culture enthusiasts) are heading to the city's various sabhas (music institutions) for music, dance and instrumental performances by prominent artistes.
Here is a list of artistes to watch out for this Margazhi season.
Top musicians to watch out for:
Bombay Jayashri needs no introduction. A seasoned singer who was born into a musical family, Jayashri is a well-known name in both Carnatic and Hindustani music circles. Besides touring the world for concerts for years now, the singer has also lent her voice as a playback singer in some movies and has composed songs of her own.
Having established her name as a regular performer in the Margazhi season, her concerts draw a huge section of rasikas every year. Click here for the concert schedule of the singer.
Dr K J Yesudas
Dr Kattassery Joseph Yesudas is another musician whose name needs no introduction. A prolific A-lister, Yesudas is a sought-after singer in Carnatic music and devotional circles, besides having lent his vocal expertise as a playback singer for movies in several languages. Rasikas of all age groups throng his sabhas to catch his moving performances, where he weaves the concept of national integration in his compositions.
Yesudas has been a regular face at the Margazhi for years as he delivers lecture demonstrations and concerts at various sabhas in the city.
A versatile singer whose performances are sought after by rasikas, Sudha Raghunathan is a prominent musician who has been a regular face at the Margazhi scene since 1990. Having been bestowed with the Kalaimamani award, Sangita Kalanidhi, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan in the past, she has lent her voice as a playback singer in movies and has collaborated with world-renowned artistws for performances.
Click here for the concert schedule of the singer.
Sikkil C Gurucharan
A sought-after artist during the Margazhi Kutcheri Season, Sikkil C Gurucharan is among the prominent young artistes to watch out for. Hailing from a musical lineage, the All India Radio A-grade artiste has been a regular to the Margazhi scene for years and draws a growing number of rasikas to his performances every year.
The Carnatic singer, along with pianist Anil Srinivasan, has been instrumental in developing a new style, which combines Carnatic music with classical piano.
Dr S Sowmya
Sangita Kalanidhi and Kalaimamani awardee Dr S Sowmya actively practises and promotes Tamizh Isai (classical and folk music of Tamil Nadu). Sowmya has been a regular at the Margazhi Kutcheri season concerts since 1984 and has given several performances around the world for years.
The singer has taken on the role of judge in several musical reality talent shows over the years.
Hailing from a family of musicians, Abhisek Raghuram is a talented Carnatic singer among the younger generation with a standing of his own. Having been a regular performer during the Margazhi season, the singer has created ripples in the music fraternity with expertise in both vocals and percussion instruments. The singer is sought after by rasikas for his power-packed performances every year.
Any Margazhi concert is incomplete without the lively concerts of Kalaimamani and Padma Shri awardee Aruna Sairam. Sairam performs with an equal mixture of ancient, musical knowledge and light-hearted musical merriment, which appeals to rasikas across generations.
Click here for her concert schedule.
A Sangita Kalanidhi recipient, Sanjay Subrahmanyan has carved a niche for himself in the world of Carnatic music. A regular on the Margazhi scene for years, Subrahmanyan has developed a style of Carnatic music that combines tradition with modernity, giving rise to a unique genre that appeals to rasikas of all age groups. The singer has also explored raagas (melodies) which are often not sung in concerts.
The Akkarai Sisters, S Subhalakshmi and S Sornalatha, are well-known musicians famous for their expertise in both vocals and the violin. The talented duo, born into a musical family, are regular performers during the Margazhi season. Besides giving duet performances, the sisters also accompany other musicians as violinists for their concerts throughout the year.
While Subhalakshmi debuted during the season in 1998, her sister Sornalatha joined her a few years later and since then, there has been no looking back.
Ranjani and Gayatri
Any Margazhi season is incomplete without a performance by sisters Ranjani and Gayatri. Having performed together for more than 30 years, the duo are experts in both vocals and violin and and have a status in Carnatic music circles akin to that of rock stars. The sisters began giving concerts during the Margazhi Kutcheri Season since 1997 and have toured the world extensively for concerts over the years.
Their concerts are sought-after for the rich blend of different languages included in the compositions and are a real treat for rasikas.
Click here for their concert schedule.