The annual Cleveland aradhana has begun on March 27 and will run up to April 7 in the USA..
This year being the bicentennial for the composer Maharaja Swathi Thirunal, the Festival is dedicated to his memory. The schedule includes several programmes that highlight his contribution to Carnatic music.
It also features some specially curated recitsl.
The formal inauguration is on March 30 and will feature Nirupama Rao, Ambassador of India to the US as the chief guest. A host of awards are to be presented.
The awardees are - Prof. Trichy Sankaran, . Leela Samson, . T. Rukmini, Trichy R. Thayumanavan, Bragha Bessell, Dr Rukmini Ramani, Malladi Suri Babu, Akkarai Subhalakshmi, Dr Janaki Rangarajan, S. Ramjhi (Issai Mazhalai), Kamala Reddy Rajupet (Pittsburgh, PA), Dr David Nelson (Wesleyan University) and T.S. Nandakumar (NJ)
For rasikas who are unable to attend in person, the festival will be web cast on iCarnatic.
Contact - Aradhana Committee 3447 Granton Ave Cleveland OH 44111-2971. www.aradhana.org