India braced for music festival

2nd Jul 2012

Music-loving tourists heading to India this month could be in for a treat as preparations for the 37th annual Sree Neelakanta Sivan Sangeetha Aradhana Mahotsavam festival get under way.

Indian minister K B Ganesh Kumar will kick-off proceedings for the 10-day event on 13 July. The festival will be held at SSJDB Mandapam, Sastha Nagar, Karamana in the South Indian state of Kerala.

Neyveli Santhanagopalan will be opening the festival with his classical Carnatic music on the first day, while Smitha Madhav and Abhishek Raghuram will headline on the second day.

Organisers are running a series of competitions for people wanting to travel to Kerala to see the celebrations, with participants encouraged to sing music from composers featuring at the festival.

The closing ceremony on 22 July will see Mavelikkara Velukutty Nair presented with the Neelakantasivan Puraskaram.

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