We had been waiting for this day for the last several months. In Fact, we had been waiting for this week with bated breath as it was going to be especially special and the reason was simple – The Radhakalyanam week and the days preceding were going to be really musical.
The excitement was palpable. The hall was packed. A busload of music lovers arrived from London and the vicinity. People arrived from places as far away as Liverpool, Chester, Leicester & Nottingham for this grand 2 hour concert.
The entire audience swayed and sang to accompany Brigha Balu on vocals, Dr Seetharaman providing thunderous beats on his Mridangam, Mr Sankararaman on his mellifluous Harmonium and literally the entire audience as accompanying vocals. We thank the Hindu community centre for encouraging us to deliver a professional concert. Clearly, this evening was an evening of all hands on deck. There were a number of tasks running up to the event. Fund collection, Advertising, informing friends, organising food for the Bhagavathas, Organising snacks/tea and even administering Food hall, the Innumerable phone calls, Stage decoration & preparation, Hall preparation, Sound testing, Manning the car park, Photography, Video editing, FBLive and the list is endless. Many thanks to each one of you for making this event a success.
Carnatic-Circle is happy to present a twin Carnatic devotional concert in line with Dussehra/Navarathri festivities. This time, we have a group of adults and children that have done a 6 weekend rehearsal. Many thanks to each one of you that came to the rehearsals over the last 6 weeks and persevered. Since this is choral singing, special focus is given to Shruthi, Talam and Ragam to ensure that the entire group is in Sync. Following are the twin performances during the Navarathri period of 2018.
Sri Hindu Community Centre – Saturday, 13th Oct 2018, 5-7PM
Tividale Balaji temple – Saturday, 20th Oct 2018, 11am-12.15pm
Our group has grown from strength to strength and sings a very vast and varied repertoire. The Birmingham based temples invite our group to perform on selected Saturdays. The above is one of them. Please come and attend this event at the main temple Sannadhi. Come and sing along!
Solihull basedCarnatic-Circle& London based Shri Radha Madhava Kalyana Mahotsav is pleased to invite you all for a Grand Bhajan festival. On Saturday, the 17th Nov 2018, world renowned Dr Udayalur Kalyanaraman and troupe are performing between 5-7pm at the temple of
Shree Hindu Community Centre 541A Warwick Rd, Birmingham B11 2JP.
4.15pm – Car park opens. Coach and Cars allowed. 4.45pm – Temple opens. A small snack will be available in downstairs hall 4.45pm – Sound check with the artists upstairs 5 to 6.45pm – Bhajan event by Mr Brigha Balu. Car park will be securely locked 6.45pm – Short discourse (5 mins) by Mr Brigha Balu 6.50pm – Vote of Thanks by Raj (5mins) 7.00pm – Car park will be reopened 7.00 – 7.20pm – Temple Aarti
Parking is available on Warwick road and the adjoining roads. A special manually gated car park has being arranged withTyseley Locomotive works (670 Warwick Rd, Birmingham B11 2HL) which is situated diagonally opposite the Temple and is a 5 minute walk. The car park will be opened between 4.15-5.05pm by Bharath (07902 865540). Please note that the GPS takes you to the neighbouring car park. Hence, please use the map below.
The temple is undergoing refurbishment and consists of 2 church style buildings(White & brick Colour). There are no signboards for the temple at the moment. The programme will be conducted at the Temple Sannadhi hall on the 1st floor.
RSVP – Santhana Gopal (07906 535762) or Krishnan (07929 613063).
This will be followed by a week-long celebration culminating in a Radhakalyanam on the 24th and 25th November near Heathrow.
A week long celebration/event list is provided below
With the start of the Autumn term, we have new batches starting in Indian classical Carnatic Music vocals as well as Tabla Classes.
Indian classical vocal classes are run by Preetha Gopal for beginners/intermediate or Advanced levels and caters for Adults and Children of all ages. The teaching is based on the age old tradition of learning the Swaravalis and gradually build up to Alankarams, Gitam & Varnams. Here are some testimonials
Tabla Lessons – Percussion lessons in Tabla are held as group lessons by Santhana Gopal and are conducted for children and adults on Sunday evenings. Lessons usually delve into the theory & practical aspects such as Kaydas/Paltas and gradually progressing into taals, Moharas, Mukhdas and Relas.
All lessons include theory and the necessary preparation for Grade exams conducted by the OFAAL/PRSSV/Open University.
Carnatic-Circle was invited to come and perform in front a discerning audience on Saturday the 14th of July at Stoke-On-Trent. Our Sampradaya Bhajanai Satsangham team spent 3 weeks preparing for this day. A list of songs were prepared based on the traditional format and keeping variety Ragams in mind. This time, the plan was to provide the lyrics to the audience so that they can get actively involved. In addition, we had the company of over 18 children participating in the vocals alongwith us.
The Vocals received a pep by the accompaniment of by Karthik on Mridangam and Sai on Dholak.
During one of weekly sessions in Bournville,Birmingham, we had the opportunity to interact with Sanskrit scholar Mr K Balasubramanyam. Mr Balasubramanyam (http://eeswaraha.co.in) has mastered the scriptures and provides regular classes in Bhagawat Gita and many other spiritual texts. His knowledge in these subjects is indeed immense and the group used this event to learn further in their quest for learning.
The session lasted just beyond an hour where we tried to understand the significance of Lalitha Sahasranamam. Why Lalitha Sahasranamam is one among the pinnacle of the Namams? How some of the siginificant vedic compositions have been compressed into a few words in Lalitha Sahasranamam? How to chant Lalitha Sahasranamam and what are the benefits? Thanks to our official Videographer Vasantha Raman, we were able to capture the happenings in the below 5 videos. Please use below playlist for your deep dive into Lalitha Sahasranamam.
Our Matrasara and Sampradaya Groups in Solihull/Birmingham perform various devotional/musical activities throughout the week. We chant Narayaneeyam, Devi Mahatmiyam, Sundarakandam and various sahasranamams and Ashtakams.
We also perform Sampradaya Bhajans on a weekly basis. Adults/Children get involved in these activity.
Carnatic-Circle.com was invited to perform at the phenomenal Ramanavami celebrations on Saturday, the 31st March at the Spacious New Bingley Hall, Birmingham. The divine Sita-Rama kalyanam event held on Utharapalguni Nakshatram in Vilambi nama year was attended by not less than 2500 people – full of energy and lively. The ambience at the hall was stunning due to sheer numbers. This shows the excellent strength of our community and a typical example for the togetherness in serving the lord by serving for the community.
Carnatic-Circle’s music/singing was an integral part of the community and enjoyed the blessings of Sree Rama. We primarily chose some Telugu based krithis composed by Annamacharya & Bhadrachala Ramdas keeping in line with the interests of the audience. The energised performance kept up a relentless pace for 40 minutes. It was full of positive vibrations and was very well received by the community. We received quite a lot of words of praise. Admittedly, we had some background noise in our video recordings, but the fact that we were invited to perform for this divine event as a highlight was indeed a great blessing.
What a glorious event! It was one like never before. The Lord was adorned in the choicest ornaments & flowers and looked exquisite. The colours, music and festivity that Carnatic-Circle rendered was appreciated by one and many that attended the event. The day long religious rituals were elegantly interlaced with our thoughtfully designed music making the event especially special.
We would like to thank all the participants that learnt the Song repertoire and soothingly sang to keep up with the energy and vibrancy of the occasion.
Solihull/Birmingham’s grand SriSrinivasa Kalyanam is today, 17th March. The response has been tremendous and we are happy to announce that we are now fully booked/subscribed. Students from Carnatic-Circle will be providing the traditional vocals/singing/music for the Celestial wedding. Unlike other musical programmes, this one is unique because the Singing is event/rituals based.
See you all soon. Lets get together to make this event a success.
Time – 9am to 4pm Annadhaanam/Mahaprasadam – 1pm (free for everyone) Venue – Shirley Centre, 274 Stratford Rd, Shirley, Solihull B90 3AD. Car Parking is free for 3 hours and payable thereafter.
The event has been carefully planned and put together. Meticulous care has been taken to perform religious rituals according to our sastras. The Celestial wedding will be accompanied by some mellifluous Carnatic Vocals & music as per our rich traditions. All our students from Carnatic-circle are fully geared up for the day. Annadhaanam (Prasadam) shall be provided to everyone attending the event. Yejamans/Ubhayakarthas will be able to fully participate in the Kannika Dhaanam. Kindly partake in the event and help us make a success of it.