On Sun March 11 and Mon March 12, Melbourne hosts the 3rd annual “Tamil Trinity Festival” at Rowville Secondary College (Eastern Campus), Rowville. Jointly presented by the Indian Arts Academy & Sungeerthana Music School (Victorian School of South Indian Music), this festival celebrates Tamil Music and is in honour of the three Tamil poets – ArunachalaKavirayar, Muttutandavar and MarimuthuPillai. The festival is a fund raising venture to support various charities.
The festival will run for two full days featuring both music and dance, by local and international artists. This year’s international artists include Padma Bhushan Professor C.V Chandrasekhar, who will perform in the prime time slot on Sunday 11th March; and Kalamamani Dr Nithyashree Mahadevan.
SmtNithyashree will be leading an Aradhana on the morning of Monday 12th March, and presenting a concert on the evening of 12th March. Additionally the program celebrates the centenary of Palghat TS Mani Iyer, one of the stalwarts of Carnatic music. The festival will also feature Indian National Awardee, R Kashyapmahesh, as well as V Sureshbabu and Thenkasi H Paramasivam, as supporting artists.
Sydney’s own Kuchipudi Teacher and Dancer, Aruna Iyengar, has been invited to participate in the festival. Aruna is a disciple of Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam, and has been a Kuchipudi dancer for the past 23 years. Aruna and her two most senior disciples, are travelling to Melbourne to present three new dance items, choreographed by Aruna for this festival. Kuchipudi, a classical dance style from Andhra Pradesh, traditionally features compositions in Telegu or Sanskrit. Aruna has taken the challenge of choreographing compositions of the Tamil Poets, especially for this festival.
The compositions will be presented in Kuchipudi for the festival are:
- YaroEndruennamale – RagamSankarabaram, composition of ArunachalaKavirayar
- EesaneKotiSooriya – RagamNalinakanti, composition of Muttutandavar
- AadiKondar – RagamMayamalavagowla, composition of Muttutandavar
Performing at this festival in Melbourne, featuring new choreography, would not be possible without the untiring support of our talented Sydney based musicians. The music for these three items has been recorded by the following artists:
- Vocal – SangeethaAyyar
- Violin – Sanjay Ramaswamy
- Synthesizer – Mohan Ayyar
- Mridangam – Janakan Suthanthiraraj
Melbourne residents are encouraged to book their tickets online via http://ttrinityfestival.com/index-2.html for what promises to be an exciting event.