Palghat Fine Arts Society celebrates 60 years of promoting Carnatic music


The Diamond Jubilee celebration will kick off with a week-long national music festival on October 25

The Diamond Jubilee celebration will kick off with a week-long national music festival on October 25

The Palghat Fine Arts Society (PFAS) is gearing up to celebrate its Diamond Jubilee in style. Although it reached the milestone in 2020, COVID-19 restrictions delayed the event for two years.

A week-long national music festival starting Oct. 25 will mark the start of the celebrations. Renowned Carnatic musicians from all over the country will perform here at the PFAS auditorium during the festival.

Each day of the festival will be dedicated to a legend. The inaugural day will be in memory of Purandaradasa. October 26 will be Annamacharya Day. October 27 will be celebrated as Muthuswami Dikshithar day, October 28 as Papanasam Sivan day, October 29 as Swathi Tirunal day, October 30 as Thyagaraja Swamigal day and October 31 as Shyama day Shastri.


PFAS Secretary PN Subbaraman said Nadaswaram Maestro Thiruvizha Jayasankar was chosen for the Palghat Fine Arts Purakaram in the Diamond Jubilee year. The prize will be awarded on October 25.

Launched in 1960, the PFAS has played an important role in the cultural molding of Palakkad. “As a border town, Palakkad is a place where people come from different cultural traditions and speak different languages. It has enriched the city in so many ways, from food habits to cultural aspirations,” Mr. Subbaraman said.

In addition to its annual music festivals, the PFAS presents monthly Carnatic music concerts.

Most of the Carnatic musicians in the country, whether a senior or a talented youngster, have played for the PFAS. From Semmangudi Srinvasa Iyer, Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, Trichy Sanakaran, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, MD Ramanathan and MS Subbalakshmi to KB Sundarambal, DK Pattammal, P. Leela and KJ Yesudas performed in Palakkad. “Take any big or small name in Carnatic music they’ve played for PFAS,” Mr. Subbaraman said. Besides singing, maestros of violin, mridangam, ghatom, kanjira, moorsing, flute, veena, nadaswaram, thavil, harikatha, saxophone, clarinet and mandolin performed for the PFAS.

Although PFAS held its programs at the Chembai Memorial Government Music College here in the early years, it built its own auditorium in 2008.

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A violin concert by Mysore Manjunath and Mysore Nagaraj will mark the inauguration of the week-long music festival on October 25. Anantha R. Krishna will be on mridamgam and V. Suresh on ghatom.

On October 26, Rithvika Raj will lead a vocal concert with Sayee Rashith on violin, Thiruvaarur Bhakthavalsalam on mridangam and Chandrasekara Sharma on ghatom. On October 27, Vignesh Ishwar will conduct a vocal concert with Vittal Rangan on violin, Sumesh S. Narayanan on mridangam and V. Anirudh Athreya on kanjira.

On October 28, Palakkad R. Ramaprasad will conduct a vocal concert with Trivandrum N. Sampath on violin, NC Bharadwaj on mridangam and Uduppi Shreedhar on ghatom. On October 29, NJ Nandini will conduct a vocal concert with R. Raghul on violin, A. Balakrishna Kamath on mridangam and Kadanad G. Ananthakrishnan on kanjira.

On October 30 there will be a Thyagaraja Aradhana Pancharatna Keerthanalapanam. S. Saketharaman will conduct a vocal concert with HN Bhaskar on violin, B. Harikumar on mridangam and Alathur T. Rajaganesh on kanjira.

On the last day of the festival, October 31, Ramakrishnan Murthy will conduct a vocal concert with Gokul V. Alankode on violin, KV Prasad on mridangam and Vazhappally R. Krishnakumar on ghatom.


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