|For the Bharathanatyam student (or a student of any Indian Art form) knowing about the Madras Music Season is essential. Watching them would be a great learning experience for students, and it can also be a spiritual experience for those who understand the spiritual connotations of the art forms. Here is an excerpt from Kutcheribuzz.com about the Season:-
“What is the December Season?
| The annual festival of classical music and dance which takes place in the South Indian city of Madras has come to be known as the ‘December season’.
That is because the concerts are held in December and through into January!
For the Hindus though it is the Tamil month of Margazhi, a time for devotion – the dawn of the Gods. And the very roots of South Indian classical music is this bhakthi, or devotion, and music has been one of the most important and traditional forms of worship.
The weather is very pleasant at this time of the year, there’s a nip in the air, and even a chill around if the monsoon has dragged on into late November. So it is the best time for kutcheris (concerts).
The December Music season came into stay when The Music Academy began holding the concerts during its first annual conference in 1929 and then decided that a week long music festival be held to coincide with Christmas week. The logic was sound.
The courts were closed during that period and the sahibs were having several rounds of merrymaking. The native society leaders were at a loose end and this gave them something to do. And the city now has a ‘Music season’.
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