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Music meet sensitive to times
51st Annual Music Conference
Dec 5 - 12, 2021 Bangalore
- Jyothi Raghuram
e-mail: jyothi.r.ram@gmail.com

December 3, 2021

The 51ST ANNUAL MUSIC CONFERENCE of the Bangalore Gayana Samaja beginning on Dec. 5, presided over by Dr. M. Surya Prasad, will focus on contemporary issues connected to artistes in current difficult times.

Dr. Surya Prasad
A music and dance reviewer in leading English and Kannada dailies for decades, Dr. Surya Prasad has chalked out a completely different direction for the academic sessions. Titled "Multi-facets of Music", the main plank of the meet is on “Disaster Management in Fine Arts”. This is against the backdrop of the problems faced by artistes due to the pandemic.

Dismantling of the "Amruthavarshini" radio channel, which impacts local musicians, is another focus area. "Manthra-Tanthra-Yanthra and Agama" in the compositions of Muthuswamy Dikshitar, and "Glimpses of Classical Music in various art forms" are among the other topics to be dwelt upon. Attempting to draw a plan of action to help artistes deal with the myriad problems in present times, through discussion, is the earnest effort of Dr. Surya Prasad, as “talks are irrelevant if they do not lead to practical solutions”.

His doctoral thesis on Surdas, with reference to dance and music, has given him a head start, no doubt. His experience in the art field is not confined to newspaper writing. Dr. Surya Prasad has penned quiz competitions for dailies, has featured in radio channels and Doordarshan, and held workshops in India and in the UK. His writing work has extended to bringing out felicitation volumes on well known artistes and editing publications of the Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy. Dr. Surya Prasad also made bold to start his own art magazine, Gunagrahi, in 1998. This is the wide experience he brings to the reputable conference.

For one who has written on art and artistes for decades, Dr. Surya Prasad has had the ability to continue to be in circulation; no mean achievement this. His is a familiar presence at music and dance events, both on the dais and among the audience, although newspapers have abandoned the classical arts as such. Not one to give in to the decline in the coverage of classical arts in mainstream media, Dr. Surya Prasad engages in conversations with his familiar world of musicians and dancers, bringing in his presence to negate the media absence.

While the inaugural concert will feature Trichur Brothers, curtains will be drawn on the eight-day event on Dec 12 with a vocal recital by Ranjani and Gayathri, when Dr. Surya Prasad will be conferred the title, Sangeetha Kala Rathna.

Kumaresh and Jayanthi Kumaresh, Pantula Rama, T. V. Ramprasadh, Amrutha Venkatesh, Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath and Vighnaraja S. Sampagodu are the other musicians of calibre to be featured in the much-awaited annual event.

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