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Three sabhas in the city stand out amongst the crowd. Run exclusively by women, they have managed to conduct programmes during and outside the season and make a mark in the field of Carnatic music.

The oldest among these sabhas — which have all been started by groups of friends — Raga Tharangini, has been conducting monthly programmes for 44 years now. While Sarvani Sangeetha Sabha (SSS) has been catering to the tastes of music aficionados for 28 years, Kala Kruthi has been around for 18 years.

Raga Tharangini’s 80-year-old secretary, Parimala Srinivasan, says they started it after advocate S.V. Krishnaswamy pointed out the need for a sabha managed by women in the city.

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Kala Kruthi is the newest among the three sabhas in the city which are run exclusively by women. Photo: M. Vedhan