Kalaimamani Rajesh Vaidhya Music Festival – NTA CHITHIRAI THIRUVIZHA 2019
NTA produced one of the best fusion music bonanzas on 12th May 2019 at Stockport plaza.
Mr Rajesh Vaidhya (RV) delivered his scintillating performance accompanied by “Rainbow Raagas”, UK’s popular music band. This band comprises exceptionally talented musicians, gave their shoulders to make this event a successful event. Charles, the leader of this band, made very good effort in picking up the tunes in short notice and rendered very well.
When the president of NTA suggested inviting Mr. Rajesh Vaidhya (RV) team for 2019 chithirai thiruvizha, the whole committee was dumbstruck for three reasons a) opportunity to meet the world-renowned musician on stage b) opportunity to listen to young good singers’ melodious voice and c) opportunity to listen to unique fusion music concert. Everyone was thrilled and geared towards promoting the event.
Ticket promotion was very challenging. As Veena is a traditional Carnatic instrument, people struggled to visualise this fusion music we were hoping to bring in. The NTA team used traditional promotion via regional NTA representatives. NTA utilised the digital innovation and also did the social media promotion. Tamil radio station from Yorkshire helped NTA by promoting via their show.
The whole NTA team under the inspiring leadership of Dr Nachiappan, we call him fondly as “thalai”, planned everything accurately from beginning to end. Considering minute details to the core while planning can be well learned under his able guidance. Extremely thorough in everything and always aim to deliver results every time. Mr Siva Balachandran and other executive members of NTA, worked tirelessly with Nachi in bringing up this concert to this level.
On May 11, the team started rehearsing. After viewing their rehearsal, we realised it is going to be a grand success, and people who miss the concert will definitely regret.
On 12th May, Concert started off with a nice introduction of the team by our compering team Mr Ram Mohan and Dr Vannamalar, along with our NTA prodigy Dr SenthilKumar Muthu. The compering team made tremendous effort in collecting information of everyone and presented them well in between the compositions and medleys. In fact, audience enjoyed the humorous chemistry between Mr Anand (male singer) and Dr Vannamalar.
Mr RV with his enormous stage presence unleashed 3 hours of mesmerising music. Mr RV’s veena resembled a rock guitar. The way he strummed the veena, at some point in time we thought it is going to break.
Mr RV started off with his own fusion music and slowly moved on to the cine songs. First one hour, the hall was in complete silence, everyone engrossed to his composition, with standing ovation by the audience for every medley. The drummer Mr Kumaran, keyboard player Mr. Marshall and drum pad player Mr. Bharani were well received by the audience.
After almost an hour of musical rain, Mr R V took a break and generously handed over the stage to the super singers. Mr Anand Aravindakshan, Miss Lakshmi Pradeep and Miss Malavika Rajhesh carried out the energy initiated by Mr RV.
Mr Anand re-ignited the musical fire with his melodious voice and rendered popular compositions like “Kadhal Sadugudu”, “Maruvaarthai”. In fact, the song “Maruvaarthai” was well rendered by him and he literally brought “Sid Sriram” on to the stage.
Miss Malavika rendered her favourite “Konjam Nilavu” and captured every person with her nice dance movements. She is the daughter of Mr RV and it was no surprise they combined extremely well in conducting he show.
Miss Lakshmi surprised the whole audience with her “Mayya Mayya” song. Such a difficult song, she rendered effortlessly, fluently and robbed everyone’s heart.
Mr RV again presented his next level of talent with nice compositions from Hindi movies and Maestro movies.
Dr Vani Ashwin, the star of the “Rainbow Raagas” band, rendered a very difficult composition “Mannavan Vandhanadi”. She was well accompanied by Dr Kathir on Mirudhangam and the whole “Rainbow Raagas” team.
The interesting part of this concert is 3/4 musical compositions. Sixteen Songs presented to the audience with a line from each, which falls under 3/4 category and accompanied by Mr RV. The three singers did an amazing job by nicely picking the tunes.
Mr RV’s interaction and engagement with the audience was superb. His ‘Neyar Viruppam’ -audience’s wishes for songs was a big hit! He showed why he is a genius. He brought out all song requests from the audience with his Veena
The unique part of this concert is the Grand Finale. 12 minutes of non-stop music, started off with solo drums, “madai thirandhu”, “megam kottatum”,“engeyum eppodhum”,”Hari Giri Nandini” and finished the concert in style. Almost for two minutes, the audience clapped and gave a standing ovation to this musical genius.
Overall, the audience were completely dumbstruck with this concert and everyone realised this is the one of the great performances they have seen recently.
Dr Madan Thirugnanam incoming president of NTA gave the vote of thanks, he thanked the patrons, the core team Mr Siva Balachandran, Dr Stewart Durairaj, Dr Ram Vinayagam, Mr Narayanan and Mr Hari Sairam, he also thanked the extended NTA family.
Dr Madan also thanked the Audio Visual team – Jas live digital, ked by Mr Sreenath Vijayan, Volunteers and team at Stockport Plaza
We thank the sponsors of the event Sai Spice, Freedom Circle, KTS Legal, Kajam Silks, Deivasigamani Guruswamy, Shubho Kundu and Yupp TV
We thank our media partners Sivaraj – Siva Media, Thiruvarur.
We all thank everyone who bought the ticket, supported this event and made this a grand success. NTA will provide more such events in future with all of your support.