Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra rings in the famed December Season of classical music and dance with its festival in November.
This year, the fest starts on Nov.24 – the governor of Tamil Nadu will be the chief guest and inaugurate the festival which will run for seven weeks, into the year 2024.
The highlight of this year will be artistes from other parts of India performing here.
Dr. Abhay Sopori (J&K) performs on the santoor, Sakti Chakraborty (Tripura) presents a Hindustani vocal concert and Dipanjan Guha (Kolkata) will be on the sitar for one show.
The fest also presents well-known Carnatic music artistes – including Sudha Raghunathan, Vijay Siva, Abhishek Raghuram, Lalgudi GJR Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi, A. Kanyakumari & Embar Kannan, Rajesh Vaidhya & U Rajesh.
This year, the festival is to be scheduled in three segments.
Starting November 24, is the music fest (vocal & instrumental) segment with 54 individual performances; this is on till December 13 in the main hall.
The second segment will be from December 14, for 18 days till December 31, featuring 66 individual performances of Carnatic vocal and instrumental concerts.
The third part is the dance festival from January 2 to15 – it features 42 group and individual performances.
From January 1 to 15,, 2024, the Bhavan will also host Thiruppavai Upanyasam by Kalyanapuram R. Aravamudachariar.
The concerts will be held in the main hall and in the second floor hall at the Bhavan’s premises on East Mada Street, Mylapore.
All the concerts are non-ticketed and open to all