Enjoy soulful carnatic music by the Cauvery river, this weekend
Who wouldn’t appreciate listening to sacred music in an ornate temple hall under a full moon? The Festival of Sacred Music, which focusses on the rich cultural heritage of Dakshina Kailasam, popularly known as Thiruvaiyaru, is scheduled to happen in the famous Thanjavur town between February 21 and 23 in connection with the Cauvery clean-up project. Inspired by the World Festival of Music, Morocco, this festival expects over 600 people and is open to all.
The curator, Ranvir Shah of Prakriti Foundation, explains, “The festival has grown over the years and this is the sixth edition. Music lovers across the world look forward to witnessing this one-of-a-kind festival with rare ambience.” This three-day event will also include heritage walks byJayakumar Baradwaj, founder of Prastara Foundation, which will give cultural insights to the 300 students participating. This year will include a bhajan singing competition across multiple schools. For a touch of royalty, catch the Hindustani rendition by Vidya Shah in the royal courtyard of an old Maratha palace on February 21 and along the riverbeds of the Cauvery at dusk, on February 22.
On the last evening of the festival, lose yourself in melodies created by flautist Shashank Subramanyam who will be performing at the Amman shrine of Panchanatheeswara Temple. Percussion expert Umayalpuram Shivaraman will also enthrall the audience with a special composition, Thiruvaiyaru, at 7 pm on February 23.
February 21 to 23. Details: 66848506
– Amrutha Ananth