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Special Concert By Bhargavi Balasubramanian
New England Hindu Temple, Inc. is Delighted to Present a Special Concert filled with Rare Compositions of Ootthukkadu Venkata Kavi, who was inspired by divine darsan of Sri Krishna.

Ootthukkadu Venkata Kavi, eminent Tamil poet and composer, says: “Neither the Scriptures, nor Yogic puranas have I read, nor do I pretend to know them. I found Truth in just one Glance of my Guru.”

Sung by
Srimati Bhargavi Balasubramanian
Accompanied by
Sri K.V. S Vinay on Violin
Sri Mahalingam Santhanakrishnan on Mridangam

Concert will be followed by dinner. Please reserve your seat for this special Fundraising Concert for Sri Lakshmi Temple Expansion Project. Tickets and Donations Patrons: $ 1000 and above Donors: $ 250 and above Sponsors: $ 100 and above (Admission for Two) General Admission: Adults: $ 15, Students, Youth and Children (over 5): $ 10 For tickets and more information, visit www.srilakshmi.org or call 508-881-5775 or 781-235-6200 or 508-881-9585 About the great Poet and Composer of Pre-trinity Era Ootthukkadu Venkata Kavi (Telugu: ఊట్టుక్కాడు వెంకట కవి,Tamil: ஊத்துக்காடு வேங்கட கவி, Sanskrit: वूत्तुकाडु वेंकट कवि) (c.1700 - 1765 CE) was a composer of Carnatic music. He is a pre-trinity composer. He lived in South India in the present-day state of Tamil Nadu. Also known by the name Oothukkadu Venkatasubba Iyer, he is attributed to over 400 compositions. These were handed down from generation to generation by the descendants of the composer's brother's family. Venkata Kavi's compositions reveal that he was a complete master of the science and art of music in all senses of the term – melody, rhythm or lyrics and was eloquent in Sanskrit and Tamil. He was proficient in a variety of musical forms such as the kriti, tillana and kavadichindu. He used talas and themes that not many other Carnatic composers have preferred to handle. His compositions are a blend of tremendous scholarship on a variety of subjects and inspired expression. Several pieces also reveal his humility, reverence for the great personalities before his times and the high state of bliss that he probably experienced almost ceaselessly. His works scarcely contain autobiographical notes and show that he had reached tremendous spiritual and philosophical heights. His works also reveal the proximity he felt towards God and show his deep devotion.[1] Venkata Kavi, named as Venkata Subramanian, was born to a Tamil couple, Kamalanarayani and Ramachandra Vathoola, in the South Indian temple town of Mannargudi (about 200 miles from Chennai) but spent a considerable part of his life in the nearby village of Oottukkadu, a small village near Kumbakonam. In his later years Venkata Kavi claimed that he received his musical insights from the god Krishna himself, in the Kalinga Nartana Temple in Ootthukkadu. In one of his Tamil compositions, Guru paadaravindam komalamu - in the raga Abhogi, he declares: "I have never studied the scriptures or yoga nor pretended to have done so. I received my whole fortune in the benevolent glance of my guru." Venkata Kavi composed at least 14 songs only on the greatness of his Guru Krishna. A few of them suggest that he may also have had another human guru. (source: Wikipidia) About the artists Bhargavi Balasubramanian reveals this great poet and composer through her rendition of his compositions. Born to a culturally alive family, Bhargavi is a highly committed performer and guru, both in vocal and instrumental music. Born to a culturally alive family, Bhargavi Balasubramanian is a highly committed performer and guru, both in vocal and instrumental music. She was initiated to vocal music by Smt Kokila Sundaram (a disciple of Lalgudi Gopala Iyer), who laid a solid foundation for her progress. After continuing her training under Savita Narasimhan for some time, Bhargavi started receiving advanced training in Vocal and Chitravina from Ravikiran from 2000. With a repertoire of nearly 400 compositions that is representative of all major compositional forms, Bhargavi has presented vocal and chitravina concerts for several organizations such as Chennai Fine Arts, Naada Inbam, Hamsadhwani, Carnatica, Kapali Fine Arts, Naada Brahmam, International Foundation for Carnatic Music, Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi Academy and Nada Sudha during their Music Festivals in Chennai and in the USA. K.V.S. Vinay hails from a musical family. He is the grandson of Sangeetha Kalanidhi late T.K. Jayarama Iyer, violinist and father of orchestration of Carnatic music. Born and raised in Delhi, Vinay had his initial training from Smt. Vanaja Aravamuthan and subsequently trained under late Sri V. Janakiraman and his uncle Sri Kovai B. Dakshinamurthy. A concert performer for over two decades, Vinay has had the opportunity to accompany several leading musicians including veterans and present stars. He has also performed as a soloist on numerous occasions including the prestigious South Zone Hookup concert of All India Radio. Vinay has performed in leading Sabhas in Delhi and Chennai and the US. Recently he has also started to expand his horizons by collaborating with ecxperts from other musical genres. Vinay has a PhD in Economics and currently lives and works in the Boston area. Mahalingam Santhanakrishnan (Mali) is a disciple of Sri P. Srinivasa Iyer of Madras. Mali hails from the prestigious Mridangam school of Padmashri Palghat T.S. Mani Iyer. Mali's forte is his seamless, unobtrusive accompanying style that supports and embellishes the main artist's rendering of compositions and improvisations. He has also taken advanced lessons from Padmashri Palghat R. Raghu, when Sri Raghu visited the US. Mali has accompanied several local artists as well as visiting artists from India like Sri T.R.Subramaniam, Shri R.K. Shrikantan, Smt. R. Vedavalli, Sri R. Prasannna, Alapuzha Sri. Venkatasan, Sri. V. Subramaniam, Smt. Revathi Ramaswamy, Smt. Tara Anand, Sri V.K. Raman, Sri Vittal Ramamurthy to name a few. He has also performed in world music concerts notably with Sri Sandip Burman and Shri R. Prasanna. Mali works and teaches Mridangam in the Boston.

Date: 05/09/2010
Location: Keefe Technical School, 750 Winter Street, Framingham, MA
Time: 4:00 pm

Organized By: NEHTI

Cost: Student/children/youth $10
General admission $15
Sponsors $100
Donors $250 and above
Patrons $1000 and above

Contact: Temple 508.881.5775 or Ranjini 781.235.6200 or KG Narayana 508.881.9585

Web: www.srilakshmi.org
Email: kgnarayana@aol.com

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