Swathi Sangeethotsavam Music Festival

January 2008—Composer, musician, music director, Dr. M Balamuralikrishna accompanied by S.R.Mahadeva Sarma (violin); B Harikumar (Mridangam); P.L. Sudheer (Ghatam); and Ananthapadmanabhan (Tambura)
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Country and Region IndiaKerala
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Festival Contact Information

Swathi Sangeethotsavam Music Festival
Kaudiar Palace,
Thiruvananthapuram - 695 003 Kerala State -India
Organizer authority: H H Sir Rama Varma Maharaja of Travancore Trust
Organizer contact: Rama Varma
Email: kuthiramalika@gmail.com
SMS/Text Messages ONLY please to +91-9895444616

Festival Description

The festival was initiated by the Kerala State Government a few years ago, at the Kuthiramalika Palace, built by the great composer Maharaja Swathi Thirunal (1813-1846) more than 160 years ago. From January 2000, the family of the descendants of the composer Maharaja Swathi Thirunal have organized the Swathi festival as a gala event of music — taking place for seven days from the 6th to 12th of January every year. Although, in 2009, being the 10th anniversary celebration, the family has decided to expand the festival to 10 days from January 6th to January 15th.

The palace is run as a museum by one of the public charitable trusts settled by the Royal Family of Travancore and the music festival is run by H.H.Sir Rama Varma Maharaja of Travancore Trust again another public charitable trust settled by the late Maharaja Chithira Thirunal Rama Varma (1912-1991). Despite the huge expenses music lovers are able to enjoy the festival for free and to attend these great concerts in an exceptional ambience—truly an unforgettable experience for the audience and the artists alike.

Festival Dates January 4 - 13, 2013
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Festival Events:

Programming 2013:
  • Friday, January 4, from 6pm to 9pm
    • Sri Sanjay Subrahmanyan, Vocal
    • Sri S.Varadarajan, Violin
    • Sri S.J.Arjun Ganesh, Mridangam
    • Udupi Sri Srikanth, Kanjira
    • Dr S.Karthick, Ghatam
  • Saturday, January 5, from 6pm to 9pm
    • Prince Rama Varma, Vocal
    • Sri S.Varadarajan, Violin
    • Sri B.Harikumar, Mridangam
    • Dr S.Karthick, Ghatam
  • Sunday, January 6, from 5 to 6:30pm
    • Master Siddharth, Vocal
    • Sri Sampath, Violin
    • Dr G.Babu, Mridangam
  • Sunday, January 6, 6:30pm
    • Sri J.B Sruthisagar, Flute
    • Sri Sampath, Violin
    • Sri N.C.Bharadwaj, Mridangam
    • Nerkunam Sri Shankar, Kanjira
    • Sri Hariharasubramaniam, Ghatam
  • Monday, January 7, from 6pm to 9pm
    • Ms Amrutha Venkatesh, Vocal
    • Avaneeswaram Sri S.R.Vinu, Violin
    • Dr G.Babu, Mridangam
    • Perukavu Sri P.L.Sudheer, Ghatam
  • Tuesday, January 8, from 6pm to 9pm
    • Sikkil Sri Gurucharan, Vocal
    • Sri V.Sanjeev, Violin
    • Poongulam Sri Subramaniam, Mridangam
    • Manjoor Sri Unnikrishnan, Ghatam
  • Wednesday, January 9, from 6pm to 9pm
    • Ramakrishnan Murthy, Vocal
    • Avaneeswaram Sri S.R.Vinu, Violin
    • Palghat Sri Maheshkumar, Mridangam
    • Perukavu Sri P.L.Sudheer, Ghatam
  • Thursday, January 10, from 6pm to 9pm
    • Smt Ranjini Guruprasad, Vocal
    • Sri R.K Sriramkumar, Violin
    • Sri B.Ganapathyraman, Mridangam
    • Udupi Sri Sridhar, Ghatam
  • Friday, January 11, from 6pm to 9pm
    • Sri Debapriya Adhikary, Hindustani Vocal
    • Sri Samanwaya Sarkar, Sitar
    • Sri Nitin Mitta, Tabla
  • Saturday, January 12, 6pm to 9pm
    • Sri Vighnesh Eashwar, Vocal
    • Sri S.R.Mahadev Sarma, Violin
    • Sri K.V Prasad, Mridangam
    • Udupi Sri Srikanth, Kanjira
    • Sri Guruprasad, Ghatam
  • Sunday, January 13, from 6pm to 9pm
    • Sri O.S. Arun, Vocal
    • M.R.Gopinath, Violin
    • Sri J.Vaidhyanathan, Mridangam
    • Dr S.Karthick, Ghatam
    • Sri Ganapathi, Tabla


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Practical Info:

Note to audience:
  • The concerts are free—but please turn off all mobile phones. Thank you.
  • Kuthiramalika Palace, East Fort
    Thiruvananthapuram - 695 023
    Kerala State
About the festival organizer:
  • Rama Varma
    Email: varmu@hotmail.com
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