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Visesha Kala Poshakam Utsav 
 
 
December 24, 2006  

 
Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation launched its First International Art Festival for Dance and Music "Visesha Kala Poshakam Utsav," in Mylapore for artists from outside Chennai and India during the prestigious festive season. The 5-day Festival took place from 6th to 10th December 2006 at R K Swamy Auditorium, Chennai. The Festival was inaugurated by Dr. Lalitha Rukmini, Principal of Kalakshetra and Radhika Shurajit of Thrayee. Doyens in the field of dance and music graced the occasion as chief guests every day. They include Kalakshetra gurus Adyar K Lakshman, Savithri Jagannatha Rao, Jayalakshmi and also Nirmala Ramachandran and Nalini Ramprasad, renowned sisters of dance and music.
Children and youth from USA, Singapore, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and from various dance and music schools from Chennai participated. The festival provided a platform for the NRIs to perform and also recognized their talents. The performers from outside Chennai were honored. Awards and the title "Nrithya Yuva Choodamani" went to Aditi Chakraborty, "Nrithya Bala Sri" to Saradha Anantharaman, Sindhu Achudan, Shraddha Nagaraj, Maheetha Bharadwaj and Srividvatha Sridhar and "Naadha Bala Sri" to Maheetha Bharadwaj.  
The specialty of the award is that it is fashioned after the sacred and divine "Shadari" with Vishnu Paadam on top (like those used in Vishnu temples).  S Surendranath feels that it is the most appropriate award (with the citation) to be given during the sacred month of Margazhi. The Shadaris have been designed with 4 kinds of metallic coatings representing 4 levels, 1st Level Copper finish, 2nd Level Bronze finish, 3rd Level Silver finish, 4th Level Gold finish. 
 
The talented artists performed Kathak accompanied by Hindustani vocal music, sarangi and tabla, Bharatanatyam, and Carnatic Music on the keyboard. Local children performed group classical music and dance. 
"Sathya Kala Poshaka Sundaram" was the title conferred on 'The Mylapore Trio' by the Bharathanjali Trust on 23rd November 2005 on Sri Sathya Sai Baba's 80th birthday, for being the youngest promoters of art and culture. Their monthly Kala Poshakam concert is dedicated to giving a platform for children, youth and elders to exhibit their talents in classical dance, music, instruments and other art forms.
 
The Mylapore Trio (S Surendranath, S Amarnath, S Aparna) wish to promote and propagate the cultural values inherited by them from their foster parents Sumukhi and Rajasekharan, their grandmother Nagammal and also from their alma mater Kalakshetra and its founder Rukmini Devi Arundale.