Pennum Pannum – Season 2
Celebrating the women composers and contribution of women to carnatic music is the concept behind a very novel initiative by accomplished popular carnatic vocalist Vidwan Saketharaman. Pennum Pannum –season 2 was a grand programme ,held at Narada Gana sabha, Main Hall on June 25. The event was presided over by Chief guests Padmasri Nartaki Nataraj , Kalaimamani Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi and Dr.Akhila Srinivasan. Saketharaman’s Samuditha Foundation with a motto- carnatic music for all, has been teaching carnatic music to over 250 students currently through his Kalashiksha school. The Foundation honoured Padmasri Dandamudi Sumathi Rama Mohan Rao, with the Samuditha Award of Excellence. She is the First Lady mridangam artiste to be conferred “A Top” by All India Radio.
Dr Akhila Srinivasan said “It was amazing to see both the Natya Kalanidhi and Sangeetha Kalanidhi designates on stage today”. Padmasri Nartaki Nataraj ,while lauding Saketharaman for the Foundation’s activities,in her inspiring speech said “ learning carnatic music will help in their life journey by instilling discipline, culture and creativity”. Kalaimamani Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi in her speech highlighted the contributions of Dandamudi Sumathi Rama Mohan Rao. Vidwan Saketharaman said that his non-profit kalashiksha school is founded on the principles of culture and equality. He insisted that parents should take the children to various music and dance concerts to impart culture and develop interest in these art forms. The dedicated and illustrious Kalashiksha teachers were honoured.