Source: The Hindu; Author: K. T. Jagannathan; Photo Courtesy: R. Ravindran

The Hindu sprang a surprise on the traditional Carnatic music buff this time around by holding a one-off Navavarana Mahotsavam at the venerable The Music Academy on October 4. A dozen talented young artistes were on show that evening, paying tribute to 18th century composers Oottukadu Venkata Kavi and Muttuswami Dikshitar. They presented kritis of these two great composers, specially created for Navaratri. Two things are noteworthy in this Navavarana Mahotsavam. For one, the young artistes showed a great sense of dedication, discipline and application (even though each one sang just a couple of kritis). For another, there was a packed audience (fully occupied on the ground floor), representing assorted class, cutting across age groups. An interesting feature of this Mahotsavam was that youngsters were fielded to render these kritis.

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Trichur Brothers perform at The Hindu's Navavarana Mahotsavam at Music Academy. Photo: R. Ravindran