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 Sri Thyagaraja Sangeetha Vidyalayam

(Estd.1980)

Balaji Complex”, “Varadha Nivas”, 21/1, Brahmin Street, Saidapet, Chennai 600 015.

Phone 2381  0893 ,    E-mail Address  : g_n_nn @ yahoo.com

Anniversary Celebrations  2005

 

      

 

1. Introduction:

Sri Thyagaraja Sangeetha Vidyalayam, Saidapet, Chennai 600 015, is to conduct the programmes in the field of music for Silver, Gold and Diamond jubilee year in 2005 due to the  following reasons: -

 

Sri Thyagaraja Sangeetha Vidyalayam, Saidapet, Chennai 15, Tamil Nadu, started in 1980 by Founder & Principal Sri G N Desikan, will be completing 25 years of musical service. This celebration will synchronise with the completion of 75 years of age for Sri G N Desikan and also his service in the music field for 50 years.

 

2. Musical Guru(s) of Sri G N Desikan

Sri G.N.DESIKAN – VOCALIST, was born on 9th October 1930 at Kanchipuram to sri N.A. Varadachari & Rajalakshmi. He started learning music from his mother at the age of 3 Yrs. He had his musical training from Sri V.R. Sethuraman, a Senior disciple of  Late Sri Madurai Mani Ayyar, for nearly 17 years. He had his debut performance at Sri Thyagaraja Vidwat Samajam, Chennai,in March 1955. Since then, Sri Desikan has been giving concerts all over India with accompaniments provided by prominent/ leading violin and mridangam vidwans. He has great admiration for his guru's guru, Madurai Mani Ayyar and has been celebrating Madurai Mani Ayyar Day, every year,besides Sri Tyagaraja Festival & Vidyalayam Anniversary, since 1980. He is the Founder – Principal of Sri Tyagaraja Sangeetha Vidyalayam, Saidapet, Chennai. He has more than 2000 programmes in his credit.

 

Sri G N Desikan honouring his Guru Sri V R Sethuraman during Vidyalayam’s Anniversary. Sri K R Saranathan,another disciple of Sri V R Sethuraman, looks on.

 

3.Achievements of Founder, principal, Music teacher Sri G N Desikan

  1. Started learning music at the age of 3 years from his mother Mrs. Rajalakshmi.
  2. Learned Music from Sangeetha vidwan Shri. V R Sethuraman, Disciple of Ganakalathara Madurai Mani Iyer for nearly 17 years.
  3. Joined Services of (ICI) India (P) Limited, Chennai, in the year 1948 and retired as sales officer in 1985.
  4. Giving concerts since March 1955.
  5. Started singing in All India Radio, Chennai , since 1968. He also had programmes in Doordarshan & other private Channels many times.
  6. Now he is nearing 2000th concerts , in his career since 1955.
  7. Sang all over India in Sabhas,Temples, Musical organizations, AIR, with all leading vidwans  accompaniment and also given lecture & demonstration on music  to students at several musical institutions in India.
  8. Started Sangeetha Vidyalayam in 1980 and honouring an artiste every year at the anniversary celebrations.
  9. Celebrating Sri Thyagaraja Jayanthi, Madurai Mani Iyer Day and Vidyalayam Anniversary every year starting from 1980.
  10. Vidyalayam charges very  nominal for the students with no caste bar.
  11. The starting age for music class admission is 3-4 years and many children are giving programmes in public and are still continuing with higher learnings in music.
  12. His students participated in many Music Competitions in schools, colleges, AIR, TV & other institutions and won many prizes.
  13. The Principal, Sri. G N Desikan, has also earned many titles like Sangeetha Rathnam, Sangeetha Bhushana, Asthana Vidwan of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam etc.
  14. Vidyalayam’s Branch has been started at jafferkhanpet, Chennai, to conduct classes for interested students in that area, since 1999.
  15. Sri G N Desikan continued his musical career & office works  simultaneously for nearly 30 years.
  16. He has completed 2000th Music Concert at Vishaka Music & Dance Academy, Vishakapatnam on July 30th 2004.

 

4. List of vidwans accompanied Sri G N Desikan’s concerts

Many vidwans all over the country has accompanied him in his concerts so far. Few vidwans names were mentioned in states wise as follows:

Andhra Pradesh

Violin

Mridangam

Morsing

Sri Annavarappu Ramaswamy

Sri A Murali Krishna

      Sri G Ram Mohan Rao

Sri Dandamudi Ram Mohan Rao

Sri Narayana Raju

 

Sri Thanigai Nagarathnam

 

 

Karnataka:

Violin

Mridangam

Ghatam

Kanjira

Sri T S Tatachari

Sri T T Srinivasan

Sri M S Ramaiah

Anur Sri Ramakrishna

Sri M S Govindaswamy

Sri Kanchana Subrathnam

Sri M L Veera Badraiah

Sri P G Lakshmi Narayan

Sri T A S Mani

 

Sri Manjunath

Sri H P Ramachar

 

Kerala:

Violin

Mridangam

Ghatam

Kanjira

Muharsing

Sri Chalakudi Naraya Swamy

Sri C Rajendran

Sri T V Ramani

Sri Nedungad Sivanandam

Sri T H Subramaniam

Smt. T H Lalitha

Sri Mavelikara Krishnankutty Nair

Sri Mavelikara Velu Kutty Nair

Sri Mavelikara S R Raju

Sri Trichur Mohan

Sri S A Ramakrishnan

Sri Bangalore Venkat Raman

Sri Udupi Sridhar

 

SriYNSanthanam

Sri Sridhar

 

Bangalore Sri Rajasekar

 

Tamil Nadu:

 

      Violin

      Mridangam

      Ghatam

Kanjira

Sri V Govindaswamy

                  Naicker

Sri V Sethuramaiah

Sri M S Anantha Raman

Sri M Chandra Sekar

Sri Trivellore

            Subramaniam

Sri R S Gopala Krishnan

Sri Chittoor Gopala

                   Kishnan

Sri Kandadevi

             Alagiriswamy

Sri Trivellore V

              Parthasarathy

Sri R Kailasam

Sri V L Kumar

Sri Sikkil Bhaskaran

Sri Delhi Sundar Rajan

Sri Covai

          Balasubramaniam

Sri G Chandra Mouli

Sri Nagai Muralidharan

Sri Anayampatti Ganesan

Sri N V Subramaniam

Sri Madurai Bala

              Subramaniam

Sri Madurai Krishna Iyengar

Sri Vellore Ramabhadran

Sri Madras A Kannan

Sri Coimbatore Ramaswamy

Dr. T K Moorthy

Sri Mannargudi Eswaran

Sri Kuttalam Viswanatha Iyer

Sri Suchindram Krishnan

Sri Tanjore Ramdoss

Sri M N Kandaswamy

Sri Madurai T Srinivasan

Sri Tanjore S Subramaniam

Sri Kumbakonam Rajappier

Sri Nagerkoil Ganesa Iyer

Sri Srimushnam Raja Rao

Sri Umayalpuram Mali

Sri K V Prasad

Sri T V Gopala Krishnan

Sri Nagai S Soundar Rajan

Sri Tiruvarur S Vaidyanathan

Sri Alangudi

              Ramachandran

Sri T H Vinayak Ram

Sri T V Vasan

Sri Madipakkam Murali

Sri T D Balu

Sri Adambakkam

                     Shankar

Sri S Kartik

 

Morsing

Sri Pudukkottai

         Mahadevan

Sri R V Pakkrisamy

Sri Srirangam Kannan

 

Violin(Contd)

Sri A S  Ravi Kumar

Sri Janardhanam

Sri Madurai Krishan

                         Iyengar

Sri K S Ranga Chari

Sri Mayavaram Somu

Sri K V R S Mani

Sri Hari Shankar

 

Dolak

Sri Tanjore Balapppa

 

Keddhu

Sri Avudayarkoil Harihara

                      Baghavathar

 

 

 

Delhi

 

Violin

Mridangam

Sri V S K Chakrapani

Ms Sandya

Sri Srinivasa Rao

Sri V Gopala Krishanan

Sri Prem Kumar

Sri Padmanabhan

 

5. IMPORTANT SABHAS WHERE Sri G N DESIKAN has SUNG

 

To mention a few places where he sung:

 

 

Tamil Nadu

Andhra Pradesh

Kerala

Bilahari Gana Sabha, Chennai

Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai

Jana Ranjani, Kumbakonam

Kalalaya, salem

Maharajapuram Trust, Ranipet

Music Academy, Chennai

Nadopasana, Chennai

Naradha Gana sabha, karur

Neyveli Sangeetha Sabha, Neyveli

Pollachi Tamil Sangam, Pollachi

R R Sabha, Chennai

Sapthaswara, Kancheepuram

Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai

Sri Sadguru Sangeetha Samajam,

                                       Madurai

Sri Thyagara Bhaktha  Sabha, Chennai,

Sri Thyagaraja Vidwat samajam,

                                              Chennai

Tambaram Music Club, Chennai

Tamil Isai Sangam, Karaikudi

Tamil Isai sangam, Madurai

Thiruvaiyaru Sri Thyagaraja Jayanthi,

                                         Thiruvaiyaru

Thiruvarur Sri Thyagaraja Jayanthi,

                                          Tiruvarur

Tiruppur Shanmuganantha Sabha,

                                          Tiruppur

Trichy  Fine Arts, Trichy

 

 

Dharma Prachara Parishad,

                                  Tirupathi

Kalasagaram, Hyderabad

Kanakadurga kala Samithi,

                                Vijayawada

Nagarjuna Cultural Centre,

                                    Guntur

T T  D, Tirumala 

T T D Music College, Tirupathi

Thyagaraja Gana Sabha, Eluru

Vijaya Kala Bharathi,

                          Vizianagaram

 Visakha Music & Dance Academy, Vishakapatnam

Karnataka:

Bangalore Gayana Samaj,

                                   Bangalore

IndiraNagar Sangeetha Sabha,

             Indira Nagar, Bangalore

Malleswaram Sangeetha Sabha,

             Malleswaram, Bangalore

Raga Dhana, Udipi

Sree Rama Seva Mandali,

            Chamrajpet,Bangalore

Rajaji Nagar Sangeetha sabha,

                                  Bangalore

Shanmugapriya, K G F

Sangeetha Parishad, Mangalore

Sri Sadguru Sangeetha Sabha,

                              Kozhikode

Kerala Fine Arts, Cochin

Rasika Priya, Cochin

Ranjani Sangeetha Sabha,

                               Kottayam

Palghat Fine Arts, Palakad

Sri Swathi Thirunal sabha,

                              Trivandrum

Vivekananda  Sangetha Sabha,

                                    Trichur

Tiruppunithura Sabha,

                              Ernakulam

FACT Lalitha Kendra,

                         Udyogamandal

 

MUMBAI:

Dombivili Fine Arts,

                Dombivili. Mumbai

Sri Shanmugananada Sabha,

                               Mumbai

 

CALCUTTA:

 Rasika Ranjana Sabha,

                               Calcutta

 

 

Delhi

 

NAGPUR

 

Chamber Music, Janakpuri

Delhi Tamil Sangam

East Delhi Music Circle

Gayatri Fine Arts, Rohini

Janakpuri Tamil Association

Kalangan Trust

Mayur Vihar South Indian Association

Music Appreciation Centre

Music Trinity sabha

Swaralaya

Nagpur Fine Arts, Nagpur

 

BHILAI :

Bhilai Tamil Sangam

 

JAMSHEDPUR :

Madrasi Sammelan

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Honours and titles received :

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SNo

Titles

Name of the Awardee

Year

1.     

Sangeetha Rathnam

Bhuvaneshwari Peetam, Om Shanthi Ashram,Ambattur, Chennai

1973

 

2.     

Sangeetha Bhushana

Tulasivanam Sangita Parishad,

Trivandrum

1983

3.     

Best Junior Musician Award

Indian Fine Arts Society, T Nagar,

Chennai

1987

4.     

Ganamrutha Surabi

Sri Vidya Peetam, Kallidakurichi

1988

5.     

Sukalaya Sangeetha

Chembai Ekadasi Festival Committee,Chembai, Kerala

1989

6.     

Suswara Sukha Laya sangeetha

Purandaradasar / Sri Thyaga Brahma Music festival Committee, Tambaram, Chennai

1989

7.     

Isai Chemmal

Deiveeka Iyal Isai Manram, Adambakkam, Chennai

1998

8.     

Asthana Vidwan

Kanchee Kamokoti Peetham, Kancheepuram, T N

2002

9.     

Dr.Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer Veteran Musician Award

Bharath Kalachar, Chennai

2004

10.     

Gayaka Kalanidhi

Srirangam Srimad Andavan Swamigal’s 71st Birthday celebrations

2005

 

7.          Celebration of Sri Thyagaraja Jayanthi, Madurai Mani Iyer day & Anniversary Celebrations

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  • The vidyalayam was started in May 1980 by Sri G N Desikan, since the music school conducted by his master –teacher Sri V R Sethuraman Iyer ( a Disciple of late Ganakaladhara Madurai Mani Iyer) for nearly 17 years at Saidapet, Madras  was not held.

 

  • The vidyalayam was at the beginning in 1980 was managed by Sri Keeranur Ramaswamy Pillai, since Mr. Desikan was employed in  ICI India Ltd, Chennai , as sales officer. However,after retirement from service , the founder & principal, Sri G N Desikan took over the  music classes, in 1984. Vidyalayam also started the Mridangam Classes were held at the vidyalayam for nearly 20 years under the supervision of Mridangam vidwan Nagai Sri S Soundara Rajan.

 

  • The students in the vidyalayam are taught vocal music starting from beginning and the classes are divided into groups based on the student’s standards. Strict discipline is also observed in the vidyalayam, such as regular attendance, wearing kumkum, getting signature from parents for practicing music in the home daily, etc. At the Vidyalayam’s anniversary function attendance prizes are given for meritorious students every year, which will be distributed by a senior  vidwan/eminent person ,who will preside over the function that day.

 

  • Sri G N Desikan, Musician, is also a visiting professor for a number of institutions in India. He has also acted as a Judge in music competitions held by various sabhas in the country.

 

  • The vidyalayam has so far taught music to 2000 students since 1980. In the year 2000, The vidyalam started its branch at “ Kumaran Flats”, C-1,T-13 A, Nagappan street, jafferkhanpet, Chennai. The new admissions to both the schools are made only on Vijayadasami day every year.

 

  • During the Anniversary Day every year, Sri Thaygaraja Jayanthi commences with Unchavrithi bhajan in the morning around the nearby  streets. On reaching the venue, Pancharathna Gosti ganam (the five gems of saint sri Thyagaraja Kritis) is sung by vidwans present with accompaniments. This is followed by singing of Sri Thayagaraja kritis by those present till evening.

 

  • Around 4 P.M. Amarar Ganakaladhara Madhurai Mani Iyer’s portrait is unveiled by the vidwan who will subsequently give a concert till 6 P.M. with accompaniments. A prominent personnel will preside over the function and congratulates the vidwans, honouring them with presentation of Shawls etc.

 

  • Then commences vidyalayam’s anniversary celebrations. The music students will sing group-wise at the end of which distribution of prizes for the best students in attendance throughout the past year.

 

  • Finally the programme  will conclude with Sri Anjaneya utsavam in sampradaya Bhajan style conducted by vidwan Sh. K R Saranathan and party . The anniversary celebrations will conclude with vote of thanks proposed by the principal of the vidyalayam, Sri G N Desikan.

 

8. Sri Thyagaraja Sangeetha Vidyalayam honors Vidwans/vidwamsinis

 

During the Vidyalayam’s anniversary , it celebrates Galakakadhara Madhurai Mani Iyer day with a music concert by one of the senior vidwans in the field of carnatic music. The Vidyalayam has honored the following vidwans from 1980 followed by their music programmes held either at sri soundareeswarar temple, Brahmin street, or at K P. Kalyana mandapam, Alandhur Road, Saidapet, Chennai 600 015.

 

The following vidwans ,who have sung so far in Madurai mani Iyer Day  celebrations of the Sangeetha Vidyalayam, since 1980. Sri G N  Desikan’s Guru & Senior Disciple of Madurai Sri Mani Iyer,  Sri V R Sethuraman, has given the inaugural Concert in such series.

         S.No       Name of the Artist

1.                  Bombay Sisters  Smt. C, Saroja &  Smt. C Lalitha Vocal Duet

2.                  Chittor Sri Venkatesan - Flute

3.                  Delhi Prof. T R. Subramaniam

4.                  Dr N Ramani - Flute                

5.                  Dr. M Chandrasekaran – Violin solo & Vocal

6.                  Dr. Madhurai Soma Sundaram

7.                  Dr. S Ramanathan

8.                  Karur Sri  D Krishnamoorthy

9.                  Madurai Sri  G  S  Mani

10.              Neyveli Sri Santhana Gopalan   

11.              Seerkazhi Sri Jayaraman

12.              Sikkil Sisters Smt. Kunjumani  &  Smt.Neela  - Flute

13.              Smt. Seetha Duraiswamy- Jalatharangam

14.              Sri  O S Thyagarajan

15.              Sri B V Raman &  Sri B V Lakshmanan - Vocal Duet

16.              Sri K R Saranathan

17.              Sri R Pichumani - Veena

18.              Sri T V Sankara Narayanan

19.              Sri Tirupoonduruthi Venkatesan

20.              Sri V. R Sethuraman

21.              Tiruvenkadu  Sri  Jayaraman

22.             Tiruvidaimarudhur Sri S Radhakrishnan

   9.   Chief Guests of the Madurai Mani Iyer Day

The following prominent persons presided over the Ganakaladhara Madurai Mani Iyer day and honoured the vidwans who participated in the programmes.

Dr. M Balamurali Krishna

Dr T K Govinda Rao

Sri N V Subramaniam

Sri K V Krishnan

Sri V S Sundararajan

Kalakad  Sri Rama Narayana Iyer

Sri Kumar (AIR Chennai Station Director (Retd)

Kothamangalam Viswanathan

Thiruvengadu Sri Jayaraman

Sri Mannargudi Sambasiva Iyer

Sri V S Gnanskandan

Tharara”, Journalist

Sri T S Parthasarathy

Sri Vidyadoss Swamiji

Justice K S Venkatraman, IAS

Sri. V Ramamurthy, IAS

Kunnakudi  Sri  S Vaidyanathan

 Delhi Prof. T R Subramaniam

Tanjore Sri Sankara Iyer

Sri H RamaKrishnan Doordarshan, Chennai

Therezundhur Srinivasa Chariar

 

10.   To contact for details:

 

Head office                             :   Sri Thyagaraja Sangeetha Vidyalayam

                                                                 (Estd 1980)

Address                          :   Varada Nivas   Balaji Complex”

                                                     New No 21/1 (Old No 10/1), Brahmin Street,

                                                     Saidapet,  Chennai 600 015. (Tamil Nadu)

Telephone                                 :    2 3 8 1   0 8 9 3

 

Branch At                      : Kumaran Flats”,  “Sri Nilayam

   C-1, T-13 A, Nagappan Street ,

                                                   Jafferkhanpet,

                                                   Chennai 600 083

Telephone                                  :  2 3 7 1   2 1 1 3      

E-Mail Address                      :  g_n_nn@yahoo.com

                                                   g_n_n@hotmail.com

Founder,Principal &            :  Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Asthana Vidwan

Music teacher                                     G N DESIKAN

Note:

Sabhas, Music organizations and temples in India & abroad Who wish  to participate in the celebrations for honoring the Sangeetha Vidwan Sri G N Desikan in 2005 may contact Vidyalayam or can send e-mail to: g_n_nn@yahoo.com. The detailed programme of the  celebrations will be available on the net shortly.

 

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