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THE BEST USE OF YOUNG TALENT Laya Lavanya showcased a lively orchestra.
THE BEST USE OF YOUNG TALENT Laya Lavanya showcased a lively orchestra [The HIndu].

The Percussive Arts Centre, (PAC) conducted the annual “Thaala Vadyotsava” in collaboration with the Sri Jayarama Seva Mandali. Lecture demonstrations, percussion ensembles, apart from music concerts were held during the four-day festival held last week [Deccan Herlad, July 17, 2017].

Starting from musical ensemble to Carnatic concerts of top musicians the city is all set to enjoy a melodious weekend this week, thanks to the 4-days-long Annual Percussive Arts Festival and Music Conference from July 6 to July 9, organized by Percussive Arts Centre [The Times of India, July 4, 2017].

The prestigious Percussive Arts Centre of Bangalore (Palghat Mani Iyer Memorial Arts Centre) conducts Talavadyotsav every year in a big way. Talavadyotsav-2016, a festival of percussive arts and music conference was conducted for four days. Life time achievement awards were instituted by the Centre in memory of legendary percussive artistes like Palghat Mani Iyer, Palani Subramanyam Pillai, Bengaluru K. Venkataraman, H. Puttachar and G.S. Sriram. This year mridanga vidushi Dandamudi Sumathi Ramamohan Rao of Vijayawada received the coveted Palani Subramanyam Memorial Award for her eminence in mridanga vadyam [The Hindu, August 4, 2016].

Precise Performances by Young and Seasoned Artistes [The New Indian Express, July 20, 2015].

The Laya Lavanya ensemble for the Percussive Arts Centre was young and energetic, and the audience loved it [The Hindu, July 16, 2015].

The 34th four day annual Taalavaadyotsava 2015, a festival of music began on Thursday with a simple and scholarly vocal recital by veteran vocalist Dr. R.N. Srilatha from Mysuru. … In her concert held at Bangalore Gayana Samaja under the auspices of Percussive Arts Centre, now led by an expert mridangist and professor Dr. V. Krishna, she could convey the feelings of the songs [The New Indian Express, July 13, 2015].

The vocal recital by young Abhishek Raghuram at Bangalore Gayana Samja on Friday, for the Percussive Arts Centre’s Taalavaadyotsava 2014, showed a high quality of music [The New Indian Express, July 21, 2014]

The Percussive Arts Centre conducted the annual “Thaalavadyotsava” with music concerts (vocal, flute and percussion ensemble), demonstrations and competitions. Curtains came down on the 33rd Percussive Arts Festival on Sunday with a percussion ensemble called “Naada Vaibhava” [Deccan Herald, July 20, 2014].

Mridangam maestro Vankayala Narasimham is to receive Palghat Mani Iyer Memorial Award and title “Mridanga Kala Siromani’ at Thalavadyotsav … [The Hindu, July 12, 2014].

“It’s going to be a first-of-its-kind show, I hope people like it,” says mridangist Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma when asked about the rare ensemble he has specially composed for the ongoing Talavadhyothsava of the Percussive Arts Centre, which will be held on July 13 at 10 a.m. at the Gayana Samaja [The Hindu, July 12, 2014].

Recently, young and talented flautist L V Mukund, B Raghuram (violin), Chandramowli (mridanga and konnokkol), Dhruvaraj (mridanga), ASN Swamy (khanjari), Krishnamurthy (pakhawaj), Srisyla (ghata), Anur Ananthakrishnasharma (tabla), Arunkumar (drums), Bhagyalakshmi Krishna (morsing), Bhaskar (dolu), Kartik Mani (rhythmpads), Somasekhar Jois (konnokkol) and Sridhara (dholak) were at the helm of affairs, playing superbly  during the percussion ensemble held at Gayana Samaja on the second day of the annual 32nd Taalavadyotsava under the auspices of the Percussive Arts Centre [The New Indian Express, July 22, 2013].

This is the birth centenary year of Palghat T.S. Mani Iyer, one of the greatest percussionists of Carnatic music. Fittingly, the Percussive Arts Centre here, in its 31st Annual Percussive Arts Festival and Music Conference, Thalavadyotsav 2012 (July 15-22, Bangalore Gayana Samaja), is holding a tribute to the mridangist with special programmes on his phenomenal contribution [The Hindu, July 13, 2012].

The Percussive Arts Centre conducted its annual “Thaala Vadyotsava” last week with music concerts, demonstrations and presentation of awards [Deccan Herald, July 17, 2011].

The Percussive Arts Centre is not only training a number of bright youngsters, but is also constantly innovating on the basic concepts of laya and tala. PAC boasts other distinctions. It was by this institute that geethu vaadya, the ancient stringed percussion instrument, was introduced in a percussion ensemble for the first time. Several temple and folk-stick instruments such as sammela, chande, chowdiki were introduced in addition to tabla tarang to provide melody besides rhythm. In fact, with a fresh and innovative approach to laya, PAC is constantly trying out new concepts and compositions [The Hindu, September 16, 2005].

Bangalore based Percussive Arts Centre (PAC) organised its 26th annual Taalavadyotsav from July 26 to 29, 2007 at Seva Sadana, Malleswaram, Bangalore. Eminent scholars, musicians, musicologists and others participated in this International Percussive Arts festival and music conference. Dr. Mahesh Joshi, Senior Director, Doordarshan Kendra, Bangalore inaugurated the fest on July 26. Chiranjiv Singh, former Ambassador of India to UNESCO, was the Chief Guest at the function and released the Souvenir Publication. The team remembered the efforts of Late Bangalore K.Venkataram, founder of PAC. Senior vocalist Dr. R. K. Srikantan presided over the ceremony while the Executive Director of the Arts Centre, V. Krishna welcomed everybody and presented a report on the highlights of the festival and activities of the Arts Centre. The inauguration was followed by a violin duet concert by Mysore M. Nagaraj and Dr. Mysore M. Manjunath with A. V. Anand on the mridangam and Giridhar Udupa on the ghatam [Kutcheri Buzz].