Madras(Chennai) Music and Dance Season (2008-2009)-Dance Program Schedule

I will put in the dance programmes for the 2008-2009 Chennai Music Season that I get to know of (as and when I get to know) … Please visit to the links below for more complete information..  I request readers/dancers to send in info of programs already not listed here . You may send them to me as a comment in this post or email it to me if you know my ID:) The sources of info of the following schedules are based on personal emails received and from websites whose URL’s have been listed below:- (*)

22nd Nov. 2008 : 

Priya Ramadoss(Disciple of Smt. savitri Jagannatha Rao) Performs at Naradha Gana Sabha mini hall under the auspices of Natyarangam at 6:00pm

Navya Natarajan Menon Performs at Naradha Gana Sabha mini hall under the auspices of Natyarangam at 7:30pm

23rd Nov. 2008 :

Lakshmi Ramaswamy demonstrates Prof. Raghuraman’s lecture on “Aham and Puram” of Tamil literature for Natyarangam.(morning lec dem series). Pl check timings

1st Dec. 2008

 Group performance by students of Sri Mudralaya (Disciples of Smt. Lakshmi Ramaswamy), Mylapore Fine arts.. 7.30-9pm

11th Dec.2008

 Bharathanatyam Solo by Purnima Balasubramanian (Disciple of Smt. Lakshmi ramaswamy) at Meenakshi College, 11am

13th Dec.2008

Bharatanrityam Recital By Bala Devi Chandrashekar, Mylapore Fine Arts,Inaugural Day Concert: “Garland of Gems by Great Composers” ,Time: 7.00 pm

15th Dec. 2008

Dance Drama ” Jagam Nee Aham nee” by students of Sri Mudralaya (Smt. Lakshmi Ramaswamy),  at P.S. Senior School, 6pm 

16 Dec. 2008:

Rama Vaidyanathan  Nungambakkam Cultural Academy – Rama Rao Kala Mantap, 111, Habbillula Road, T.Nagar, Chennai-600017. Tel:+91-(0)-44-28343252. 07.00pm.

Shilpa Krishnan, Hamsadhwani sabha,  Adayar Youth Hostel in Indira Nagar, Adyar, Madras, evening concert (Contact  R. Sundar – Secretary – phone : 91 44 24915555/ 24901700)

18 Dec. 2008:

Rama Vaidyanathan Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Ramanujan Auditorium, Taramani, Chennai. 08.00pm


20 Dec. 2008:

 Rama Vaidyanathan Brahma Gana Sabha – Petachi Sivagami Auditorium, Mylapore, Chennai 600 004. 06.30pm

21 st. Dec. 2008:

 Shruthi and Shalini Srivatsan will be performing at Adayar Hostel under the Hamsadhwani banner. The program is slated for 7:30pm

22 Dec. 2008:

Rama Vaidyanathan Kalakshetra – Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai 600 041. Tel: +91-(0)44-24524057. 06.00pm

23 Dec. 2008

Kalaimamani Ramya Ramnarayan , 2 PM , Narada Gana Saba

Bharatanrityam Recital by Bala Devi Chandrasekhar,Nungambakkam Cultural Academy, Time: 6.30 pm

Kum Sharanya Balaji,(Disciple of Guru Vishal Ramani, USA), Varasiddhi Vinayagar Temple, besant Nagar) for TVG Academy of Indian Music and Arts, from 5-6.30pm

24 Dec. 2008:

Rama Vaidyanathan Bharat Kalachar – No.7, Lake 1st Main Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600 034. Padma Seshadri School Auditorium. 06.45pm

Deepti Venkatraman (Disciple Of Ramya Ramnarayan), Kartik Fine Arts Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, 4pm

25th Dec. 2008

Smt. Lakshmi Ramaswamy presents her dance drama based on the Sangam Literatute nattrinai, titled ” Sangamum Sangamamum” at Narada Gana Sabha Main Hall, 2- 3.30pm

26th Dec. 2008

Bharatanatyam solo by Kalaimamani Ramya Ramnarayan for Kartik Fine Arts at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 6 pm

29th Dec. 2008

Lecture by Dr S Raghuraman on  ‘dravidaththil Taai deiva vazhipaadu’ (worship of mother goddess in tamil culture). Demonstration by Lakshmi ramaswamy and her students for Katik Fine Arts at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

Pooja Kumar, Karthik Fine Arts (Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan) at 4:30 p.m.

31st Dec. 2008:

Lakshmi Ramaswamy’s Sri Mudralaya students perform at Guruvayoorappan temple, Mahalingapuram , 7pm

Sharanya Balaji (Disciple of Guru Vishal ramani), Youth Hostel, Indira Nagar for Hamsadhwani Sabha , 7pm

02 Jan. 2009:

Pooja Kumar ( Program awarded to the Winner of Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana ), Narada Gana Sabha Main Hall at 6:30 p.m.

 Deepti Venkatraman,(Disciple of Ramya Ramnarayan)  for Mudra Fine Arts at Old No.10/4(New No.21/4),Shenoy Road, Nugambakkam, Chennai 600 034, 5 pm

Bala devi Chandrasekhar, Bharatanrityam at Vani Mahal,“Shree Krishna Smriti” ,Time: 5.30 pm

03rd Jan. 2009:

Bharathanatyam solo by Archana Mahesh (Dis. of Lakshmi Ramaswamy) for GanaMukunda Priya at RK Swamy Hall at 4.30pm

 Deepti Venkatraman (disciple of Ramya Ramnarayan) Thiyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, Vani Mahal, T.Nagar at 6.30pm

04 th Jan. 2009:

Sadhaa Shanmugham Smaraami”,  Bharathanatyam Solo by Savitha Vankatapathy for Gana Mukundapriya, at R.K. Swamy Hall  at 4.30pm 

06 Jan. 2009:

Solo by Mythili Prakash at The Music Academy , chennai at 11.30 am

07 Jan. 2009:

Solo by Shijith Nambiar at The Music Academy , chennai at 11am

Sri Krishna Jananam Produced by Bharatakalanajli under partial funding from ISKCON. Artistic direction & production co-ordination: Naatyaachaarya V.P.Dhananjayan  Choregraphy: Prof. A. Janardhanan (former Principle artiste and Principal of Kalakshetra, Chennai  Music composition: Mysore S. Rajaram (former Director, Kalakshetra, Chennai. Participants: Bharatakalanjali Artistes & Graduates from Kalakshetra (Pl chk for timings) at Music Academy

09 Jan. 2009:

Pooja Kumar, Bharath Kalachar at 6:00 p.m.

Rama Vaidyanathan Music Academy, TTK Auditorium, 168, TTK Road, Chennai. Tel:+91-(0)-44-2811 2231. 06.00pm

Navia Natarajan Menon, Kartik Fine Arts, Narada Gana Sabha (Mini Hall),Chennai, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

14th Jan. 2009:

Bharathanatyam solo by smt. Lakshmi ramaswamy at Mylapore Fine Arts, 7.30pm.

15th Jan. 2009:

Bharathanatyam solo by Smt. Lakshmi ramaswamy at Bramha Gana Sabha, 7.30pm.

18th Jan. 2009:

Bharathanatyam by Aishwarya Narayanaswamy for Brahma gana sabha Sivagami petachi auditorium, Mylapore, 6pm

 27th Jan. 2009:

Bharathanatyam by Aishwarya Narayanaswamy at Parthasarathy swami sabha, R.K.Swamy hall, Mylapore, 7.15pm


*Please confirm the schedules with Local newpapers or sabha guides

To see the list of awardees for the Music Season (’08-’09) click here

Links for Updates

A few of these may not be updated regularly 😦

33 responses to “Madras(Chennai) Music and Dance Season (2008-2009)-Dance Program Schedule

  1. I go to Sri lanka for several months and would like to go to Chennai for the festival.
    Please tell me where it is (which place) and is it to late for an hotel or guesthouse?
    Thank you for your answer

    Hi Juteau,
    The place is Chennai, also known as Madras.Its one of the 4 metro cities in India. It is the capital city of Tamilnadu, a state in South India. Since you are French,you might have heard of Pondicherry and Madras/Chennai is pretty close to it.
    There are a variety of hotels from the 5 stars to the budget ones. I know for a fact that their prices are hiked up during the Dec. Season but I am sure you should still be able to find one now. Closer to Dec will be a problem..
    Pl check on this link…
    Srilanka (colombo) must have convinient flights to Chennai.

  2. Hello,

    I’m french. I go to Chennai from 6 to 18 december 2008 to see as much as I can bharata natyam performances and take some lessons. Do tou know when it ‘ll be possible to have all the dates from the differents auditoriums ? Will you put them all on the blog ? I hope so much to see Pryia, Malavika Sarukkai, Medha Hari… Thanks. If you have suggestions of dancers, i’ll be happy to know…

    Hi Martine,
    That’s great to hear…
    I dont understand why the sabhas do not release their schedules even well into October… Well ,the two links I have given you at the bottom of the post, The Kutcheribuzz and Ram’s Abode are good sources to Look for it… I have also asked other sources to keep our readers informed.
    As soon as I get a word on it, I will let readers know. Usually the dance Festival itself starts towards the end of Dec. and progresses into Jan.
    So I am sorry! At this point of time, I have no methods to let you know..
    As for my favorites, there are way too many . It depends on the kind of Bharathanatyam you like 🙂

  3. Namaskarams to all on this blog:

    I will be performing at Hamsadhwani on Dec 16th in the evening in Chennai. For all those who are not familiar with Hamsadhwani, its a forum for international artists to perform during the Chennai Music Festival.

    Please take this as a sincere and humble invitation to grace me and my family with your and your family’s prescence.

    For thoose who are not familiar, here is a link to Hamsadhwani:

    Hamsadhwani hosts all its performances in the Adayar Youth Hostel in Indira Nagar, Madras.

    Shilpa (

    Hi Shilpa,
    Great to hear that.. Will add up your recital to the season program.
    Best wishes,

  4. Please ket me know the schedule of the various Kacheri of the Madras music season during Dec. 2008. Alternatively please let me know the web sites of the various Sabhas in Chennai including Music Academy, Krishna Ghana Sabha etc. I am interested in attending the forthcoming music season and would like to plan my trip in advance.

    Hi Mr. Mohan,
    I am looking forward to the schedule to do some planning myself.:)
    Music Academy has its Music schedule out at (Their Dance programs are usually after the Music season in the first week of January or so)
    Here are a few available websites of a few other popular sabhas.. (Rasika Ranjini sabha)
    Its a pity that most of these sites arent updated

    The Narada Gana sabha dosent seem to have one that can be traced easily..

    These sabhas havent come out with their schedules, atleast their online versions arent visible yet.
    I have asked a few friends of mine at Mds. to keep us informed and will put up schedules the earliest I get to know.
    Please also keep a tab on the links given in the post above for updates.

  5. The Music Academy Dance Festival is taking place from January 3-9, 2009.

    Thanks Isabel!
    Please let us know the line up , if you get to know.


  6. Hi,

    This is Sridhar from Banglaore, I would like to know the schedule of Music Concerts for the season in all the Sabhas. Can anyone help me out.

    My id: and

    Thanks and Regards,


    Hi Mr. Sridhar,
    The Online schedules arent out yet. Music Acadmey and Rama Bhaktha samaj are the only Sabahs that have come out with their schedules onlines as yet, to the best of my knowledge.
    Some artistes have told me that they are still finalising schedules too. So Please keep a tab on this post and the various other links given here…
    Once there is more information I will send you an email.

  7. Hi Sangeetha,

    Mythili Prakash is performing at the MA on January 6 at 11:30.

    I found another website which could be useful for us:

    Will send you any other info I come up with. Last year I listed the schedules on my blog because I couldn’t find any consolidated list… but this year I’ll forward info to you instead since your blog is about dance and mine is just about this and that.

    Thanks for compiling all this useful info!


    Thanks to you too Isabel.. Pl provide your blog URL too..
    I am emailing you at the email address you have provided.
    Thanks once agin for keeping us informed:)

  8. Hi there,

    Hope you are well. My sister Shruthi and I will be performing at Adayar Hostel under the Hamsadhwani banner on 21st December 2008. The program is slated for 7:30pm. Please do treat this as a personal invite to all the ‘raskikas’ of bharthanatyam in Chennai at that time.


    Thanks for letting us know. Will add it up to the schedule.
    Best wishes,

  9. Dear Sangeeta

    Thanks for updating your calendar! We are from Kenya and are students of Natya Ratna Gita Umesh. I hope you’ll be able to come and watch us 🙂

    Hi Shalini,
    You are welcome. If I make it to madras at that time, I will try to make it to your show.
    Enjoy your Season..
    Best wishes,

  10. Look at the Kutcheribuzz website. They have updated the section on the December Season!

    Sangeetha : Thanks a million for letting us know Isabel…

  11. dear art lovers and readers,this is rajendra an ardent admirer of dance art based in hk.i appreciate any one would throw some light on providing are suggesting the shcedules of good dancers performances in chennai at various sabhaas,during end dec.n jan.i w’d like to be there with my chinese learn n share.friendship through mails at the beggining welcome.thanks.

    Hi Mr. Rajendra,
    Nice to meet you.
    The online schedules of most sabhas are yest to come. The dance season is usually at its peak from end Dec. to the first few weeks of Jan. So you have chosen the right time..
    I will be updating this section as and when I get info…
    Enjoy your season.

  12. How do we post an event on this blog?

    Thank you


    Hi Chandru!
    Please leave it as a comment with an accurate email id. I will move the event up into a new post/add it up to an existing one as applicable. I will also be able to collaborate through the email you leave in here.

  13. December Music & Dance Festival Program Schedule of
    Bala Devi Chandrashekar

    Mylapore Fine Arts:
    Inaugural Day Concert:
    “Garland of Gems by Great Composers”
    Date: December 13th 2008
    Time: 7.00 pm

    Nungambakkam Cultural Academy:
    Bharatanrityam Recital
    Date: December 23rd 2008
    Time: 6.30 pm

    Vani Mahal:
    “Shree Krishna Smriti”
    Date: January 2nd 2009
    Time: 5.30 pm

    Will soon add it up to the events…

  14. My daughter K Bhargavi will be performing this season in December. How do I go about the postings?


    Hi !
    Please leave it as a comment with an accurate email id. I will move the event up into a new post/add it up to an existing one as applicable. I will also be able to collaborate through the email you leave in here.

  15. Hello,Martine , yes, many perf. are not listed in schedules. its better also to visit the dancers own websites, to also see like events classifieds, and for chennai .
    buy TheHindu newspapers, they publish every thing

    I see that your Medha Hari’s dancing on 18 December. what do you lik about her? our pals wantto go to mylapore – r.k.swamy hall on 12 dec. , they say good dancers will be there

  16. Thank you Sangeetha for this wonderful portal of all concerts in Chennai. Can you please add my daughters program as well?

    I would like to take this opportunity to invite rasikas to the Bharatanatyam recital of my daughter, Sharanya Balaji (child artist, disciple of Guru Smt. Vishal Ramani, CA, USA). In her recitals in Chennai, she will be performing a brand new Ata Taala varnam, a new composition of Shri Ashok Subramaniam(who has been a disciple of TNS in the past) on Shri Ranganatha. The entire varnam is choreographed in Bhakthi Rasa on the many takes of Vishnu (different from the usual Sringara theme).

    Dec 23rd 5PM-6:30PM at Varasiddhi Vinayagar Temple, besant Nagar) thru’ TVG Academy of Indian Music and Arts *Free* accompanied by Shri Srikanth(vocal), Shri Vedakrishnan( Mridangam), Shri N. Veeramani(violin), Shri Vasu(Nattuvangam)

    Dec 31st 7PM at Youth Hostel, Indira Nagar thru’ Hamsadhwani Sabha *Free* accompanied by Shri Murali Parthasarathy(vocal), Shri M. Dhananjayan( Mridangam), Shri N. Veeramani(violin), Shri K.S. Balakrishnan (Nattuvangam)

    Thank you and hope to see as many of you rasikas there.


    Hi Neeraja!
    I have added the recitals to the post.
    Best wishes,

  17. Hi, i am a business man from Chennai. I visited China recently and my friend there was interested in inviting some Indian classical dance troop to perform along with china’s cultural events. Ready to pay you and bear your travel expenses and accommodation too. Interested ppl can contact me on my mobile. (+91)9941111040

    Hi Jay!
    Thanks for your interest!
    Probably more information about you and your friend will help people see the authenticity of this invitation!

  18. I know of situations when Bharatanatyam dancers were forced to dance in some smoke-filled Chinese night clubs for drunk spectators and the like venues. How do we know we are not going to be left somewhere in the middle of the Chinese desert, without anything?

    That’s sad Amu! That is why I asked the organizer to provide some vivid details. he has given his contact details. Anyone interested should craefully investigate all arrangements (including visa restrictions) before they commit to it!

  19. Hi..
    I would like to invite rasikas for my foll progs..

    18th Jan, 6:00 pm, Brahma gana sabha, Sivagami petachi auditorium, Mylapore

    27th jan, 7 15 pm, Parthasarathy swami sabha, R.K.Swamy hall, Mylapore.

    Aishwarya narayanaswamy

    Hi Aishwarya !
    Thanks for sharing will add it up to the post.
    Best Wishes,

  20. Dear Sangeetha

    I am dumb found by the yeomen service you are lending to the art and culture. i have sent comments before even now i am writing i want to perform at Music Acdemy (Bharatanatyam) whom should i contact?…please let me know some details my mail id is…please do give me a mail.

    Thanking you
    kalathilakam Aparna K Sharma

    Dear Aparna,
    Thanks for your kind words
    “yeomen service ???”.. I am not sure!
    But here is the contact for Madras Music Academy,Chennai.
    Best wishes,


  22. Do you know where I can find information on the upcoming season 2009-2010? It is not posted yet on…any other sources?

    Will let you know through a post here when I see one posted – Sangeetha

  23. Dear Ms. Sangeetha:
    I am looking for the contact details of Ms. Lavanya & Ms. Subbulakshmi – Saxophone artists, who performed on India’s got Talent, would you mind helping on this?



    I wish I could help you Mr. Ramm. But I have no idea I am sorry.- Sangeetha

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