A One day seminar was held by Mudhra at Narada Gana Sabha (mini hall) to highlight the contribution of music stalwarts like Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Madurai Mani Iyer, M.D.Ramanathan, GN Balasubramaniam, Alathur Brothers, Chembai Vaidhyanatha Bhagavatar. The respective disciples and associates of these stalwarts shared their experiences and also illustrated the contribution of these great stalwarts in enriching Karnatic music.
The morning session had a Panel Discussion on the topic 'Role of Percussion in Concerts'. The panelists included N.V.Subramaniam, K.S.Kalidas, T.R.Subramaniam, Vijay Siva, Sowmya & V.Suresh.
Other topics covered were - Making of mridangam: Slide show - Description by T.V.Vasan, K.S.Kalidas & J.Vaidhyanathan followed by Mridangam Solo in Kanda chapu by J.Vaidyanathan, Making of Ghatam: Slide Show -Description by T.V.Vasan followed by solo in Rupaka Talam by A.S.Shankar, Making of Kanjira: Slide Show - Description by B.S.Purushotham followed by solo in Misra Chapu Talam, Making of Moharsing : Slide Show - Description by A.S.Krishnan followed by solo in Adi Talam.
Demonstration on Kuraippu, Mohara and Korvai by J.Vaidhyanathan(Mrudangam), B.S.Purushotham (Kanjira), A.S.Krishnan(Moharsing) followed. Talas in Film Music was presented by by B.Balasubramaniam. A very interesting demonstration on Talas across the three classical systems - Carnatic, Hindustani and Western by Sriram Parasuram marked the grand finale.
One day seminar on "Tradition and Innovation in Music": The morning session had a panel discussion by Sriram Parasuram,Dr.Sundar,S.Venkatraman,T.R.Subramanyam, N.V.Subramaniam & Ganesh. The Seminar coordinator was Naresh Purushotham.
The afternoon session had Panel discussions. Topics covered were – Tradition and Innovation in Instruments by Kumaresh & B.Kannan Types of performances by L.Krishnan & Venkatraman Concert format by Calcutta Krishnamurthy & Pattabhiraman Sessions on Computer & Carnatic Music by K.Baskaran CD Rom & Carnatic Music by S.Sowmya
A lecture demonstration on “What is pallavi ? “ by Calcutta Krishnamurthy followed by concert Kasturi Rangan(Vocal)- S.Varadarajan(Violin)-J.Balaji(Mrudangam).
13.06.99Panel Discussion on " The Success of the concert is assessed by Crowd or Standard". The panelists were : T.N.Seshagopalan, Ramachandran, Krishnaswamy, K.S.Kalidas, Ashok Viswanath, Va.Ve.Su, P.Vasanth Kumar. Coordinator- Naresh Purushotham. Technical session included
- Virutham & Ragamalika by Chathalapathi Balasubramaniam
- Padam & Javali : by Sashikiran
- Tevaram, Thiruppugazh, Divyaprabandam, Kavadichindu, Arutpa – by S.Sowmya
- Bhajans & Abang by Dr.Prameela Gurumurthy
- Ashtapathi Tarangam Dasar-padas by Dr.Radha Bhaskar
- Songs in light and Hindustani based Ragas by Dr.Sunder
- Thillana by Students of Sulochana Pattabhiraman
- A grand programmme of Ghazal in Tamil was presented by O.S. Arun and lyrics was written by Dr. P.B.Sreenivas
11.12.99Panel Discussion on the topic - Professionalism, the need of the hour for a proficient Artist? Participants : Naresh Purushotham, Anitha Ratnam, Gnani, G.Chandramouli, Saranathan, K.Srinivasan Lecture by Dr. Mathrubhootham and Dr.Rangarajan on " The Psyche of an Artist" Lecture by T.Srinivasan On " Team work and personality development" Concluding lecture on Professionalism by Naresh Purushotham.
28.01.2001A panel discussion on “Media in Music – a bane or boon” marked the beginning of the seminar. The participants were Gowri Ramnarayanan, Subasri Thanikachalam, Vijayalakshmi Subramania, Sruti Janaki. Special sessions followed on the topics - Electronic media by P.V.Krishnamurthy, Retd. Dy. General Doordarshan & Rajesh (Symphony Cassettes) Print Media by Sujatha Vijayaraghava Web Media by Gita Jayaraman Media and Communication by Gnani.
A one day seminar on “Forms of Music” began with a panel discussion on the impact of different forms of music. Chaired by Kunnakudi Vaidhyanatha, other participants were Aruna Sairam, Gnani, OS Arun. Thechnical sessions were presented by L.Krishnan, Dr. Santhakumari, Dr.Pramila Gurumurthy and Dr.PB Srinivos.
One Day Seminar On Fine Arts – Its Social & Cultural Impact held on 30th March 2008 (Sunday) at Hotel Quality Inn Sabari, Thirumalai Pillai Road, T.Nagar, Chennai – 17. Shri S.Ve.Shekher Inaugurates, PMJF Lion Govindasamy Thangaraj, District Governor Chief Guest, Shri A. Natarajan, Former Director Chennai Doordarshan, Guest of Honour.
10.00 am Inaugural Function
11.00 am Music – its form and relevance to society :
Dr. S.A.K. Durga
Director, Centre for Ethnomusicology
11.30 am Dance – its form and relevance to society :
Smt. Meenakshi Chittaranjan,
Bharathanatyam Exponent & Founder Director, Kaladiksha
12.00 noon Theatre – its form and relevance to society:
Noted theatre personality
12.30 pm Media and Fine Arts :
Former Deputy Director General,
AIR & DD, Prasar Bharathi
2.00 pm Fine Arts in Temples :
Dr. M.B. Vedavalli
Prof. & Head (Retd.), Dept. of Music,
University of Madras
2.20 pm Fine arts in Educational Institutions:
Dr. Pakkirisami Bharathi
Principal, Tamil Nadu Govt. Music College
2.40 pm Rare fine art forms :
Shri. K. Kesavasami
Executive Committee member – SNA
3.00 pm Teaching fine arts to children :
Dr. R. Kausalya
Director, Marabu Foundation
3.20 pm Fine arts in Cultural Institutions :
Shri. Mudhra Bhaskar
3.40 pm Valedictory fuction
Seminar Co-ordinator : Dr. Radha Bhaskar – Musician & Musicologist
Alasal – a panel discussion on the present and future trends in drama was presented by eminent personalities like SVeSekhar, TV Varadharajan, Alitalia Rajamani,Kathadi Rammurthy, V.S.Raghavan.
Panel discussion on Role of Pallavi
Panel discussion : " Role of Pallavi in present day concerts"
Participants : T.R.Subramaniam, Dr.M.B.Vedavalli, S.A.K.Durga, Rajshri Sripathy, Calcutta Jairaj, Varalakshmi Anandakumar.
Coordinator : Radha Bhaskar Popular Pallavis by Gayathri Girish
Role of accompaniment for Pallavi - a discussion by M.A.Sundaresan & V.Suresh
Interactive session on Janaka Janaya Ragas
Noted musicians S.Rajam and T.R.Subramaniam made a very informative presentation on the concept of Janaka- janya ragas in karnatic music and explained them in detail with suitable examples. This was held at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai.
Panel discussion on “Is theoretical knowledge essential for listening to music?“
This was organized by Mudhra at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan and the participants were Thyagarajan, Jaisree jairaj, Naresh Purushotham, Anand Subramaniam.