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HERITAGE SERIES (article first published : 2004-04-25)

The Indian Academy of South Africa is once again hosting its annual Heritage Series/Swami Thyagaraja Music Festivals, which runs from April 29 to May 10.

Appearing for the first time will be a number of top ranking artists from India. Sudha Ragunathan, South India’s Nightingale in Carnatic Music will be featured along with India’s top orchestra, the “Pranavam” which is made up of the Basavaraj Brothers – Sivaramakrishna Rao (sitar), Raghavendra Rao (violin), V Balasai (flute) and Venkata Ganesh (thablas) and John Anthony (guitar), N. Ramakrishnan (mrighangam).

Working alongside these artists will be local dancers Mekantha Naidoo and sisters Shika and Yavini Mohanlall with top flautist Seelan Pillay from Gauteng.

The Heritage Series’ flagship presentation of the Swami Thyagaraja Festival is scheduled for May 2 in the Playhouse Opera at 15h00. This annual event promises music and dancer lovers a spectacular feast of entertainment.

The Indian Academy acknowledges with gratitude the valuable support of the Playhouse Company, KZN Arts & Culture Council, the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and Pick ‘n Pay.

Tickets have been kept at a reasonable price at R25 and R30 and are obtainable from The Indian Academy on 031 400 2725; SK Naidoo Sari Boutique on 031 401 8153 and Atlas Printers on 031 332 7628.




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