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Chennai, Get Ready for Svanubhava 2012!

Art connoisseurs rejoice. Preperations aside, Svanubhava 2012 is scheduled to happen on August 1 – 3 in Chennai.

For those of you unaware, Svanubhava is a celebration of Indian art, a cultural movement for the students, by the students. Svanubhava is the perfect place to be if you’re an art or dance student.

Unnikrishnan and Karthik Kumar in Svanubhava 2010

Svanubhava was conceptualized in 2008 with the intention of spreading awareness about the diverse world of Indian Art, introducing students to the various art forms of the country. The festival aims to involve students of music and dance institutions, private and public educational institutions, and in the process, create hubs of student communities where they can feel a sense of belonging and nurture their passion towards the Indian art forms. According to the organizers of the festival, the thrust areas of Svanubhava are:

  • To create a community of students of the performing arts and instill in them a sense of ownership, belonging and pride, breaking all barriers of institutions and styles.
  • To provide students with an opportunity to directly interact and learn from great artists, as such opportunities are not generally available to the students.
  • To develop a sense of respect and mutual understanding amongst students towards the various art forms.
  • To create a future generation that will contribute to the Indian performing arts, irrespective of their own pursuits.

Kalakshetra Students in Svanubhava 2010

Svanubhava over the years has seen several venues. Originating in Chennai, Svanubhava has also been presented in New Delhi & Trichy. The Delhi edition was organized in partnership with The Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and featured several performances such as Nadaswaram by Shri Vyasarpadi Kothandaraman, Odissi by Smt Sudha Mukhopadhyay, Carnatic Vocal Concert by Shri Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, Therukoothu – Traditional Tamil Theatre, and Hindustani Vocal by Smt Manjusha Patil.

T.K.Murthy Tala vadya in Svanubhava 2010

The Trichy edition of the festival was held at Shrimathi Indira Gandhi College. Some of the performances included Harikatha by Smt Visakha Hari, Carnatic Flute Concert by Sri S. Shashank, Carnatic Vocal Concert by Sri N. Vijay Siva, Karagam by Students of Shrimathi Indira Gandhi College, Bharatanatyam by Smt. Priyadarsini Govind, and Tamil Theatre by Sri Crazy Mohan & Group.

Vikku Vinayakram at Svanubhava Trichy 2011

This year’s edition will be organized in Chennai on with the support of the premier dance and music institute – Kalakshetra. The announced dates are from August 1 – 3.

The tentative schedule for Svanubhava 2012 is as follows:

  • Wednesday, August 1st 2012


    Inauguration of Svanubhava 2012

    Carnatic Vocal by Nedunuri Sri Krishnamurthy

    Assamese Ritual Drum Dance


    Talk on Architecture & Music by Smt Chitra Madhavan

    Tamil Theatre

    • Thursday, August  2nd 2012


    Hindustani Vocal by Sri Ulhas Kashalkar

    Paper Presentation on The Science & Art of Percussion


    Lecture Demonstration by Smt Bragha Bessel

    Talavadyam (Rhythmic Ensemble) Performance by Sri Kamalakar Rao and Sri T.R. Rajamani

    • Friday, August 3rd 2012


    Carnatic Vocal by Smt Sangeetha Sivakumar

    Bhagavatha Mela


    Pava Kathakali (Puppet Theatre)

    Carnatic Violin Duet by Mysore Sri Manjunath & Mysore Sri Nagaraj

    The schedule is still tentative; however it would not be very wise to miss such an incredible line-up of artistes. There’s no better way to learn about the folk arts and the amazing diversity present in Indian art than Svanubhava. Don’t miss it!

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