2018 - 2019

All sabha schedules: http://www.chennaidecemberseason.com/p/concerts-schedule-2018.html

Bharat Kalachar
Venue: YGP Auditorium, No.16.Thirumalai Pillai Street, T. Nagar, Chennai 600 017
Info: (044) 28343045 & 28341164, bkygp@rediffmail.com 

December 8, 2018 - January 8, 2019

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Venue: # 18, 20, 22, East Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai 600004
Ph: (044) - 24643420 / 24643450

December 14 - 25, 2018

Brahma Gana Sabha
Info: (044) - 24642767, +91 94444 44767 / brahmaganasabha@gmail.com 

December 3, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Venue: Sivagami Pethachi Hall (M.Ct.M School), Luz Church Road, Mylapore, Chennai 600004

December 22 - 31, 2018 
Venue: Aarkay Convention Centre, Mylapore, Chennai

Kalakshetra Foundation
Venue: Rukmini Arangam, Kalakshetra, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai 600041
Info: (044) - 24520836 / 24524057 / 24521844

December 20, 2018 - January 2, 2019

KALA SAMPREKSHANA: The Art of Seeing Art
December 24 & 25, 2018
At: Kalakshetra Foundation, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai 600041, 9.15am to 4pm

A two-day intensive seminar by the Kalakshetra Foundation as an extension of its 65th Annual Art Festival. Curated by Revathi Ramachandran, Director, Kalakshetra Foundation, the seminar features a slew of sessions across subjects that will interest and enrich both a student and an aspirant of arts as well as a rasika. The sessions will be conducted across beautiful spaces within the Kalakshetra campus – the banyan tree and the Craft Centre - by a host of hand-picked academicians, scholars, artistes and educators.

Kartik Fine Arts

Convenor: Priya Murle
Venue: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore
December 21 - 23, 2018

KADAMBA: THE FLOWERING PATH, the title of the NATYA DARSHAN conference organized by Kartik Fine Arts has interesting presentations by legends, senior dancers, young budding artistes and artistes from allied fields. The conference concentrates on how Bharatanatyam has evolved, the purpose and relevance of Bharatanatyam . A peek into the past, whilst looking at the present to see how the future unfolds. A dancer cannot stand alone with her knowledge of technique and nuances of Natyam - she needs to have musicality, knowledge of sculptures, appreciate poetry, get inspired by a painting....." natyesmin yenna drishyate" says Bharata. The pre-events of the conference start from 19th December, inauguration is on the 21st December and the conference is for two days - 22nd and 23rd December 2018.
Schedule for Dec 22
Schedule for Dec 23

Aadar Kalai
Harikatha exponent, Sasirekha Balasubramaniam, traces the evolution of Natya through Tamil Literature
15th December 2018  | 6 pm | Paati Veedu, T.Nagar

The Moving Canvas - Navarasa in Painting, Caricature and Natyam
Nine bharatanatyam dancers will explore the Navarasas accompanied by the live artwork of artists Biswajit Balasubramanian and A.V. Ilango. This presentation will be enhanced with live music.
19th December 2018 | 11am | Forum Art Gallery, Adyar

Bhavanubhuti - Dance Recital
A celebration of expression (bhavam) steeped in classicism!
Concept, Choreography & Performance by Divya Devaguptapu supported by Sowmya and K Gayathri
19th December 2018 | 6pm | Bharata Kalanjali, Adyar

Sculpture and Dance - A Walk through the Museum by Jayakumar B
Understanding sculptures and history from a dancer’s perspective
20th December 2018 | 11am | Bronze Museum, Egmore

Flowers of the Kurinchi - Interrelating Dance and Poetry
Poetry Reading by Alarmel Valli
20th December 2018 | 6pm | Kingsley Manor, Kanakavalli, Chetpet

Aesthetics of Dance from Temple to Proscenium - Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion – Chitra Visweswaran, Sruti Janaki and Jyotsna Narayanan
20th December 2018 | 7pm | Kingsley Manor, Kanakavalli, Chetpet

Subscribed - Dancers should Expect Criticism
Writing workshop that focuses on how dance is perceived and written about by Chitra Mahesh
21st December 2018 | 11am | Kaizen Design Accents, R.A. Puram

Info: natyadarshan2018@gmail.com

Kartik Fine Arts
For details and tickets contact: +91 9094829675/ kartikfinearts@gmail.com

From December 1, 2018

Kuchipudi Art Academy presents
Vempati’s Marghazi Utsav (3rd edition)
December 25 - 31, 2018
Venue: Kuchipudi Art Academy, 4 DGS Dinakaran Rd, RA Puram, Chennai 600028
Info: 98400 77376 / vempatti@gmail.com

-Dec 25:
5.30pm: Inaugurating photo gallery of Guru Vempati Chinna Sathyam
KUCHIPUDI MOUKTHIKAM award for A. Bala Kondala Rao, Sasikala Penumarthi, Kamala Reddy, Sandhyasree Athmakuri, Jaikishore Mosalikanti and Srimayi Vempati.
Performance by Vempati Lakshmi Kameshwari
Introducing Aneesh Vempati as solo artiste
-Dec 26:
6pm: BN by students of Swamimalai Suresh, Samarpana Academy of Fine Arts
6.30pm: Kathak by Sandip Mallick
7.30pm: Kuchipudi by Kamala Reddy
- Dec 27:
6pm: Kuchipudi by Sahana Rao & D Chakravarthi
7pm: Kuchipudi by Avanthi Meduri
7.30pm: Kuchipudi by Sandhyasree Athmakuri
- Dec 28:
6pm: Kuchipudi by students of Kuchipudi Art Academy, Vishakapatnam, guru Y Hanumantha Rao
6.30pm: Chithra Natyam by Sumathi Sundar
7.30pm: Kuchipudi by Jaikishore Mosalikanti
- Dec 29:
6pm: Kuchipudi by students of Kuchipudi Art Academy, Chennai
6.30pm: Mohiniattam by Sunanda Nair
7.30pm: Kuchipudi by Sasikala Penumarthi
- Dec 30:
6pm: BN by Sathyanarayana Raju
7.30pm: Kuchipudi by Bala Kondala Rao
- Dec 31:
6pm: BN by students of Shri Nrithyalaya, guru Chinnamanur Krishna Kumar
6.30pm: Odissi by Rina Jana
7.30pm: Kuchipudi by Srimayi Vempati

Sri Krishna Gana Sabha
Venue: Dr. Nalli’s Gana Vihar, Krishna Gana Sabha, Maharajapuram Santhanam Salai, T Nagar, Chennai 600017
Phone: (044) - 28140806

Convenor: Dr. Srinidhi Chidambaram
Dec 26 - 30, 2018

The 38th Natya Kala Conference titled ANEKA - MANY A HUE, MANY A MOMENT, is a vibrant kaleidoscope celebrating Indian dance in all its hues and diversity. The five-day conference brings together and focuses on a variety of dance styles categorized as three distinct verticals - Timeless, Transformed and #Trending. Each idea or subject discussed at Aneka, will explore in depth, a specific element or aspect of a particular dance style. Aneka aims to create, both for the artiste and the audience, an experience that is splendored, yet is intricate and detailed.


Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha
Venue: Vani Mahal, 103 GN Road, T Nagar, Chennai 600017
Info: (044) - 28152166 / vanimahal@gmail.com

Dec 10, 2018 - Jan 15, 2019
Dance programs: January 8 - 15, 2019

Sruti & The Music Forum present
Dec 8 & 9, 2018 Chennai
Info: sruti.magazine@gmail.com

The Indian Fine Arts Society
Venue: Ethiraja Kalyana Mandapam, #87 TTK Rd, Alwarpet, Chennai 600018
Info: 8754437931 / ifas75@rediffmail.com

Dec 16, 2018 - Jan 4, 2019

The Music Academy Madras
Venue: The Music Academy, Madras, 168, T.T.K. Road, Chennai 600 014
Info: +91-44-2811 2231/ 2811 5162 / music@musicacademymadras.com

92nd Annual Conference of The Music Academy
Presided over by vocalist Aruna Sairam
Dec. 15, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019

January 3 - 9, 2019
Guru Shantha Dhananjayan receives the award and the title of NRITYA KALANIDHI

Trinity Arts Festival of India
Venue: RR Sabha (hall 2), Mylapore, Chennai 600004
Dec 7 - 14, 2018

Anitha Guha and Bharathanjali

Anitha Guha's Bharathanjali in association with Aim for Seva presents NANDALALA.
NANDALALA is a  nrithya natakam that chronicles the life of  lord Krishna. It will give the  audience the charming night hued lord through mellifluous  compositions of ancient composers like Oothukaadu Venkatasubaiyar, Purandaradasa, Annamacharya, Surdas, Narayanatheertha, Meera and  Jayadeva along with those penned by current day vidwans like Neyveli Santhana Gopalan, PR Venkatasubramanian, and Dandibotla Narayanamurthy. This multilingual  production includes seven languages - Sanskrit, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada and Marathi. Different styles of dance used are folk, Kathak, Kuchipudi, shades of Kathakali and Mohiniattam apart from Bharatanatyam. It was presented by 14 dancers in the US; now for the Chennai audience 20 dancers participate.
- Dec 2:  Narada Gana Sabha, for Karthik fine arts, 6.45pm
- Dec 9: YGP Auditorium, for Bharat Kalachar, 7.15pm
- Dec 16: Narada Gana Sabha, for Narada Gana Sabha,7pm
- Dec 23: Infosys Hall, for Mudra Fine Arts, 6.30pm
- Dec 25: Sivagami Petachi Auditorium, for Brahma Gana Sabha,7pm
- Dec 29: Krishna Gana Sabha, for Krishna Gana Sabha,7pm
- Jan 13: Vani Mahal, for Thyaga Bhrahma Gana, 6.30pm
- Jan 19: Narada Gana Sabha, for Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, 6.45pm
- Feb 2: Manjakudi, for Aim for Seva, 6.30pm

Other programs

- Dec 22: At Natya Darshan seminar, Anitha Guha & Jayanthi Subramanian speak on ‘Change in pedagogical approach to training, a comparative perspective between generations,’ at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 9.50am to 10.30am
- Dec 18: Group Presentation, at Sir PT Thyagaraja Hall, T.Nagar, for Tamil Kalachara Sangam, 7pm
- Jan 11: Bharathanjali participates in Gita Mahatmiyam for Kalavardhini at Music Academy

Solo programs of Bharatanjali dancers
- Dec 21: Lakshitha Saravanan
Yagnaraman Centre for Performing Arts, Krishna Gana Sabha, 4:45pm
- Jan 5: Medha Hari
The Music Academy Main Hall, 10am
- Jan 9: Sathvikaa Shankar
The Music Academy Main Hall, 10am
- Jan 14:  Priyanka Raghuraman
Ganapathy Sachidananda Ashram, Velachery, for Naga Sudha sabha, 6:30pm
- Jan 15: Smrithi Krishnamoorthy
Mylapore Fine Arts, 7.15pm
- Jan 23: Jyothsna Akilan
RR Sabha, 6pm
- Jan 24: Medha Hari
 Sivagami Petachi Auditorium, for Brahma Gana Sabha, 6.15pm
- Jan 25: Sathvikaa Shankar
Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall, for Karthik Fine Arts, 7.30pm
- Feb 7: Smrithi Krishnamoorthy
RK Swamy Hall, for Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha, 7.15pm
- Feb 11: Anjali Hariharan
RK Swamy Hall, for Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha, 7.15pm
- Feb 13:  K.S.Sweta
RK Swamy Hall, for Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha, 7.15pm
- Feb 14: Rohini Ravee Ramanathan
RK Swamy Hall, for Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha, 7.15pm
- Feb 21: Jyothsna Akilan
RK Swamy Hall, for Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha, 5.45pm
For info: anithaguha@yahoo.com

Bala Devi Chandrashekar

- 19 Dec: BRIHADEESWARA: FORM TO FORMLESS - Bhavan, Kilpauk, 7pm
- 22 Dec: Brihadeeswara: Form to Formless - Narada Gana Sabha, 7pm
- 31 Dec: Brihadeeswara: Form to Formless -  Kartik Fine Arts, 5pm
- 1 Jan:  KARNA: DESTINY'S CHILD - Krishna Gana Sabha, 7pm
- 3 Jan: Brihadeeswara: Form to Formless - Annamalai University, 6pm
For more info: www.baladevichandrashekar.com

Jyotsna Vaideeswaran
-Jan 2: For Kartik Fine Arts, at Narada Gana Sabha mini hall, 7.30pm
- Jan 11: ‘The Caged Bird Sings’ that tells stories of unsung indian women, Art on the Terrace, 6pm
e-mail: jyothuv@gmail.com

Madhumitha Sriram
(Disciple of A. Lakshmanaswamy)

- Dec 21: Bharat Kalachar, Sri YGP Auditorium, No 16 Thirumalai Road, T. Nagar, Chennai 600017, 5pm
- Dec 27: Sannidhiyil Sangeetham, LGCT convention Hall, Basement, Giri Trading Agency new building, Mylapore, 5 - 6.30pm
- January 4: Indian Fine Arts Society, Ethiraj Kalyana Nilayam, 87, T.T.K.Road, Alwarpet, Chennai 600018, 3.10pm
Info: rama.srisesh@gmail.com

Malavika Sarukkai’s Kalavaahini Trust
December 28 - 30, 2018 Chennai
Venue: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore

Kalavaahini Trust presents  DANCE FOR DANCE Festival in collaboration with Kartik Fine Arts.
- Dec 28:
6pm: Arushi Mudgal - Odissi
7.30pm: Jyotsna Jagannathan - Bharatanatyam
- Dec 29:
6pm: Kapila Venu - Koodiyattam
7.30pm: Rama Vaidyanathan & ensemble present VIVARTANA
- Dec 30:
6pm: Sreelakshmy Govardhanan - Kuchipudi
7.30pm: Shijith Nambiar, Parvathy & ensemble present SAMYOGA
Info: kalavaahinitrust@gmail.com

Mythili Prakash

Dec 23: DICOTOMY OF WOMANHOOD for Natya Darshan, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 5pm 
Jan 6: Music Academy, 6pm

Dr.Narthaki Nataraj

e-mail: narthakisakthi@gmail.com

Parshwanath Upadhye

- 22 Dec, 5pm: Natya Darshan, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore
- 6 Jan, 11.30am: Madras Music Academy
- 13 Jan, 7.30pm: Krishna Gana Sabha
- 29 Jan, 7pm: Arupadai Veedu Murugan Temple, Besant Nagar
Info: parshwanathupadhye@gmail.com

Ramya Kapadia & Kasi Aysola


Rama Vaidyanathan

Info: vaidyanathan.rama@gmail.com

Roja Kannan's Bharatha Natyalaya
- 16th Dec, 10am: GURU SMARANANJALI, 85th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Guru Adyar K. Lakshman, featuring M.S.Ananthashree, Sahana Selvaganesh & Sivasri Skandaprasad in a Margam of Lakshman Sir's choreographies. 
Venue: Sri Abhinava Vidyateertha Kripa Auditorium, The Madras Sanskrit College, Mylapore
- 17th Dec, 7.15pm: THYAGA RAHASYAM - The Search For the Blue Lotus - dance theatre presentation by Roja Kannan & disciples for Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Dance Festival. 
At: TAG Auditorium, Bhavan's Rajaji Vidyashram School, Kilpauk.
- 18th Dec, 1.45pm: Solo Margam by Jayanthi Srivatsan (disciple of Roja Kannan & Bragha Bessell)
At: Narada Gana Sabha (main hall)
- 18th Dec, 7pm: MEENDUM BHARATHI, thematic presentation by Roja Kannan, Priya Murle & disciples.
At: Bharat Kalachar
-19th Dec, 11am: Roja Kannan presents Karuna Rasa for ‘Moving Canvas- Navarasa in Painting, Caricature & Natyam,’ for Natya Darshan 2018
At: Forum Art Gallery, Adyar
- 21st Dec, 7pm: SHIVAYA NAMAHA- Bharatanatyam duet by L. Shruthi Bhuvaneswari & Nivedha Harish
At: Sri Rathnagireeswarar Temple, Besant Nagar
- 25th Dec, 4.45pm: ‘Ilamayil Thiramai’ Series, Subheeksha Raviganesh presents Bharatanatyam solo.
At: Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Kamakoti Hall, T.Nagar
- 26th Dec, 5pm: Parashaha Group presents THIRUMAYILAI KURAVANJI dance drama
At: Tamil Isai Sangam, Raja Annamalai Mandram, Esplanade
- 28th Dec: Bharatha Natyalaya presents NATYA AARAADHANAI Festival of Bharatanatyam. Chief guest: Mavin Khoo    
6pm: Ragavarshini Sankar
7.30pm: Shruthi Bhuvaneshwari, S.Vaishnavi & Nivedha Harish
At: Kapaleeswarar Koil, Mylapore
- 29th Dec: JANANI-PUTHRI NATYAM, Chief guest: Geetha Chandran
6pm: Kishoree Hampiholi & Kamakshi Hampiholi (disciples of Guru Adyar K. Lakshman & Kishore Hampiholi) 
7.30pm: Anuradha Ramesh & Tvisha Vadhul (disciples of Roja Kannan)
At: Kapaleeswarar Koil, Mylapore
- 30th Dec: Solo Margams by disciples of Roja Kannan
6pm: Manasvini Visagan / 7.30pm: Jayanthi Srivatsan.
At: Kapaleeswarar Koil, Mylapore
- 4th Jan, 11am: Dr. Sahana Selvaganesh presents solo Margam in the Talent Promotion competition for Indian Fine Arts Society
At: Ethiraj Kalyana Mantapam, TTK Road, Alwarpet
-14th Jan, 7.30pm: Solo Margam by Roja Kannan for Brahma Gana Sabha
At: Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, Alwarpet
-17th Jan, 6pm: Solo Margam by Sivasri Skandaprasad for Kartik Fine Arts
At: Narada Gana Sabha (mini hall)
-18th Jan, 7.30pm: ABHAI Repertory presents MARGAM for Kala Pradarshini Festival
At: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore
- 21st Jan, 6.30pm: Sahana Selvaganesh presents solo Margam for BHARATHAM FESTIVAL, At: Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, Vani Mahal, T.Nagar
- 26th Jan, 6pm: Swetha Sankaran presents solo Margam for Kartik Fine Arts
At: Narada Gana Sabha (mini hall), TTK Road, Alwarpet
Info: rojakannan6@gmail.com / (044) – 42110194

Sasirekha Raammohan
-1st Jan, 11am: ‘Aranganum Aazhwargalum’ for Indian Fine Arts Society @ Ethiraj Kalyana Mandapam
-12th Jan, 4.30pm: ‘Aranganum Aazhwargalum’ @ Vani Mahal
-13th Jan, 8pm: ‘Thennadudaya Sivane Potri’ @ Mylai Fest
-14th Jan, 7.15pm: ‘Aranganum Aazhwargalum’ @Bharat Kalachar

Srinidhi Raghavan

Srinidhi Raghavan presents Margam
- Jan 2: 4:30 to 5:30pm
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, for Kartik Fine Arts
- Jan 4: 5 to 6:15pm
At Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, Luz Church Road, for Brahma Gana Sabha
Info: srinidhi.raghavan@gmail.com / www.srinidhiraghavan.com