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Navagraha Compositions of Muthuswami Dikshitar

Muthuswami Dikshitar, one of the trinities of Karnatak music, has composed a large number of compositions. His compositions on Devi are famous and equally so the compositions of Nava Grahas or the nine planets of the Hindu mythology.

Sri Lalithakala Academy of Mysore, in association with another premier music organization of the city, the Gana Bharathi, and the Regional Institution of Education has organized a symposium on "Navagraha Compositions of Muthuswami Dikshitar - A Critical Study and Analysis". The three-day programme, as part of this symposium, will have on the opening day on March 22, a programme entitled "Vageyyakara Vaibhavam". Under the project approved and sponsored by the Central Sangeeth Natak Academy, the Lalithakala Academy will present a programme on "Art and style of the Compositions by Trinities and Maharaja Jayachamaraja Wodeyar". Jayachamaraja Wodeyar, the late Maharaja of Mysore, was also an excellent composer in Karnatak music. His compositions on Devi, including Chamundeswari, are popular. This programme will be held at the Institution of Education in Manasa Gangotri. At 4-30 p.m.

The second day's programme on March 23 at Veene Seshanna Bhavan will be the programme on Dikshithar and his Navagraha compositions. Renowned Karnatak musician of Karnataka R.K.Srikantan will render the programme, including singing of the Navagraha compositions of Dikshitar, to highlight their unique features. He will be supported by Vid. R.S.Ramakanth. The programme will be at 6-15 p.m.

The third and concluding day's programme on March 24 also at Veene Seshanna Bhavan will be on "Dasa Sampada and Vachana Vaibhava", compositions of Dasas, beginning from Purandara Dasa upto the Vachanas of Basavanna. Vdiushi T.S.Satyavati will be present an analytical study of the Haridasa Sahithya, Vachana and rare compositions of Vaggeyakaras (composers) other than trinities and Jayachamaraja Wodeyar. She will be assisted by Vid. Ganeshkumar on violin and on mridangam by Vid.Tumkur Ravishankar. The programme will start at 6-15 p.m.

The Lalithakala Academy of Foundation is also drawing up plans for the celebration of Rukmini Devi Arundale of Chennai Kalakshethra fame, from May 25 to 27 in Mysore. It will be a national-level dance-drama festival, Dance dramas by Mrs. Anitha Ratnam ("Andal Naachyar), a theatrical production based on "Thiruppavai" by Prof. Sudharani Raghupathi, "Shankaram Loka Shankaram" on Adi Shankara, by Chitra Viisveswaran and "Navagrahas" or "Panchali" by Prof.Uma Rao are likely to be presented on those days.

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