The Trinity: Saints Muthuswamy Dikhsitar, Thyagaraja and Shyama Shastry and Purandaradasa

The IXth Annual Aradhana

A musical tribute to the great composers of Carnatic (South Indian) Classical Music by Twin Cities’ vocalists and instrumentalists.

Saturday, July 24, 2004, 2:00 pm       


The Saint Paul Student Center (SPSC) Theater
University of Minnesota, Saint Paul Campus
2017 Buford Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55108

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This event is FREE!!!


Lead Vocalists: Nirmala Rajasekar, Leela Ramanathan

Vocal: Mythili Chari, Anu Krishnan, Kamal Kulkarni, Lavanya Madhavan, Rachel Milloy, Shalini Mishti, Sriram Pidaparti, Anu Pradeep, Shree Vidya Prakhya, Srividhya Raghavan, Neha Rajagopal, Shanti Ramakrishnan, Veena Sitaram, Shanti Sury.

Violin: Vijaya Desikan
Mridangam: Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan
Ghatam: Balaji Chandran
Tabla: Pavan Allalaghatta, Marcus Wise

About the program:

The Twin-Cities Aradhana has been a fixture of the Communities' calendar since 1995. Modeled after the tradition of Thyagaraja Aradhana, performed annually in Thiruvayyar, India, Aradhana-2004's main purpose is to celebrate the works of and pay tributes to, Purandaradasa (considered the father of Carnatic music), the trinity of Carnatic music (Saints Thyagaraja, Muthuswamy Dikshitar and Shyama Shastri) and other great composers by rendering their select compositions.

This is one of the rare opportunities to see and hear Carnatic music as a chorus presentation. (Carnatic music is almost always performed solo). The performers in this community concert (made up of both professionals and amateurs) will be led by Twin-Cities based professional vocalist/Veena artist Nirmala Rajasekar and vocalist Leela Ramanathan. The program will be organized as a community event in a festive atmosphere with attendance and participation from adults and children alike.

Following the group performances, there will be 3-4 solos.


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This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) "Arts Activities Grant" through an appropriation by the Minnesota state legislature, the General Mills Foundation "Celebrating Communities of Color" Grant, and IMSOM members. This concert is co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM Minneapolis / 106.7FM St. Paul).

Please Note:

  • There will be no intermission. Approximate length of show = 2 hours and 15 minutes.


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