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Concert pays homage to father of Carnatic music.

INDIAN Carnatic music will be served up at the Thyagaraja Aradhana tribute concert at the Bahrain Society of Engineers, Juffair, tonight.

It is being organised by the Indian Fine Arts Society and will pay homage to the father of Carnatic music Saint Thyagaraja.

Traditionally, the annual weeklong festival is held to commemorate the saint's musical contributions and thousands of people and musicians visit his birthplace of Thiruvaiyaru to join in

the celebrations.

Customary festivities include singing the saint's five most celebrated compositions, known as the Pancharatna Kritis.

This is with the accompaniment of a large orchestra of violins and flutes as well as traditional Indian musical instruments like nagaswarams, mridangams and ghatams.

The concert takes place from 6pm and will begin with a rendition of the Pancharatna Kritis in chorus by Bahrain-based classical singers.

The second half of the programme will feature a selection of songs from Nauka Charitram, another of the saint's pure operatic creations.

The one-act opera is an account of a boat ride on the Yamuna River by Lord Krishna and the Gopis.

It is a lyrical tale that illustrates how Lord Krishna humbles the inflated pride of his devotees.

This is considered a rarity since most of Saint Thyagaraja's works focus on episodes from the life of Lord Rama.

The songs in the opera combine Sringara Rasa and Bhakti Rasa techniques.

The free programme is being co-ordinated by Bahrain-based music teacher Indu Suresh.

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Date:Feb 13, 2011
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