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News |  03 Feb 2012 19:10 |  By RnMTeam

Thyagaraja-Tansen Music Festival to kick-start from 9 Feb

MUMBAI: Celebrating the glorious heritage of Indian classical music, the 'Thyagaraja-Tansen Music Festival'' will pay tribute to saint Thyagaraja and Miyan Tansen for the first time together on one platfrom.

Traditionally, the Thyagaraja and Tansen music festivals were held separately at different times of the year.

Organised by the Temple of Fine Arts Malaysia, the four-day festival will witness a Hindustani violin concert by three generations of performers-Padmabhushan Dr N Rajam, her daughter Dr Sangeetha Shankar and grand daughters Ragini and Nandini Shankar accompanied by tabla player Ajeek Pathak.

The event will also include performances by Hindustani vocalists Sveta Kilpady and Ravindra Parchure accompanied by Prakash Kandasamy on tabla. Vocalist Sampagodu S Vighnaraja will accompany S Sriram on violin and Ravi Shankar on mridangam who will also perform with Flautist Shantala Subramaniam and Akkarai Sornalatha on violin.

The fest will conclude with a performance by sitar maestro Ustad Usman Khan who will be accompanied by Prakash on tabla.

The Thyagaraja-Tansen Music festival aims to bring together music students, teachers and enthusiasts of Carnatic and Hindustani music. The fest will be held from 9-12 February at Shantanand Auditorium in Kuala Lumpur.