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Musings from the Srinivasa Kalyanam, Birmingham/Solihull

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.

 

 

 

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Sri Srinivasa Kalyanam, Birmingham/Solihull

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.

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Carnatic Kritis/Bhajan/Chanting Balaji temple, Birmingham

Sampradaya Bhajanai 17th Feb 2018

Our “Sampradaya” group has grown from strength to strength and sings a very vast and varied repertoire. Being a one of kind, the group has attracted talent from across the Midlands. The interest is still growing, in fact soaring. In this forthcoming session, our Sampradaya group from Carnatic-Circle will be singing a repertoire accompanied by Senior musician Mr Viswanathan & Mr Sugavanam on the violin, Devavrat on his Dholak and Shravan Gopal on Tabla.

Our “Mantrasara” group will also have a chanting session in the afternoon covering Devi Mahatmiyam, Sundarakandam and Narayaneeyam.

The Birmingham Balaji temple invites 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!

Carnatic Choral Singing- Providence Hall, Birmingham

Sunaada Vidyalayam kindly invited Carnatic-Circle to come and perform Thodaya Mangalam Bhajanai at Providence hall in Bilston, Birmingham on Saturday, the 2nd of December. This was part of a bigger & a more elaborate event which included Saraswathi Puja, Rudram Namakkam & Carnatic Flute/Veena/Guitar music performances by students and various guest artists.

Our Choral singing performance at Providence hall was very well received by the audience. The 200 people audience could be seen enjoying, tapping, waving and even singing along with us. We were accompanied by Ram Nemani on Flute/Guitar, Dr Selvakumar on Mridangam and Mr H.Viswanathan on Violin. Dr Selvakumar is Doctor by profession but an avid percussionist from heart. Visiting violinist Mr Viswanathan is a very senior and experienced violinist who hails from a musical family and has a strong background in Sampradaya Bhajanai activities. Mr Viswanathan has played for over 2,000 (yes, Two thousand) concerts. His father Sangeetha Surendra Nagercoil Harihara Iyer has played violin with doyens like MS Subbalakshmi, GNB, Chembai and DK Pattammal.

We look forward to supporting such cultural activities and promote our diversity. Sincere thanks to Ram Nemani and other organisers at Sunaada Vidyalayam.

Click here for Excerpts from our previous such Choral performances

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Bhajans/Krithis Birmingham Balaji Temple 21st Oct 2017

Carnatic-Circle’s Midlands based “Sampradaya” Bhajan group and “Mantrasara” came together to put together a traditional & impressive performance at the Tividale Balaji temple community hall on Saturday, the 21st Oct 2017 (5pm- 7.15pm).

The event was graced by the presence of Tabla Pandit Sandip Banerjee (From Kolkata) and Chief guest – Dr Kanakaratnam (Chairman of Trustees at the Balaji Temple)  who graced the occasion with their presence and support.

The Balaji temple has been ever supportive of our Carnatic based Devotional singing & Bhakthi initiatives and we are very grateful to them and their volunteers who made this event successful in every sphere. Such a unique choir consisting of Adults & Children does not exist in the entire country and it is with utmost pride that we present our Bhajans/Krithis and ensure that we uplift everyone that participate in our community gatherings.

This performance was well received by the audience who came from across the midlands to see us perform. One of the feedbacks that we received from few of the experienced elders was that, we have implemented a traditional system in the same lines as it is done in South India. Below were the songs that were sung as a part of our repertoire at the temple Continue reading “Bhajans/Krithis Birmingham Balaji Temple 21st Oct 2017”

AIKYA 2017 – Resounding Success

AIKYA 2017 hosted by us on the 8th Oct 2017 in Birmingham, UK was a Dance and Music festival unparalleled. It was designed to provide our students/participants a platform to showcase their talents in a unique manner, hitherto unseen in other traditional concerts. Below are some of the photographs/glimpses of this wonderful event.

Carnatic-Circle takes pride in preserving & promoting our great traditions and culture with its musical entreaties.

We hope we have given some fantastic memories for the participants & local community to treasure. Many thanks to all the participants & parents who took pains to ensure that they participate and make the event a grand success.

Carnatic-Circle.com thanks everyone for being a part of AIKYA 2017. We had the festive amalgamation of Carnatic vocals,…

Posted by Santhana Gopal on Thursday, October 12, 2017

AIKYA – Promo Video for Bharatanatyam

Carnatic-circle.com and Aabheri Nritya Vidyala come together to present AIKYA – A grand festival of Indian classical music, Tabla Ensemble & Bharatanatyam dance.

AIKYA – Our annual Music & Dance showcase event on 8th October 2017 (4-8 pm) will be one of Birmingham’s biggest event in 2017 for portraying Indian culture & tradition with local upcoming talent in its pristine form.

The Chief Guests will be the Queen’s representative for West midlands – Deputy Lieutenant Gurpreet Bhatia. Guests of Honour are Head of Chancellor from the Indian Consulate Shri S.M. Chakraborty, District Judge Asokan from the Judicial appointments Commission and Sri Harmohinder Bhatia (Upasak Ji) from Sant Nirankari Mission.
All performances will be delivered by our group of students who come from varying ages, linguistics & background. The Vocal music will be accompanied by instruments such as the Sitar, Veenas, Flute, Violins, Guitar & Tabla.
Tickets can be bought from http://tickets.ruddockpac.co.uk/…/events/ruddo…/aikya/ticket


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Krishna Janmashtami/Gokulashtami 2017

Krishna-Janmashtami – Rules and observances as per Hindu Dharma shastra

For Krishna Janmashtami on 14th August 2017 Midnight

The following has been extracted from a text describing the customs to be followed on Janmashtami. On 14th August 2017, Monday midnight, we will be set to celebrate the 5244th birthday of Lord Sri Krishna. Continue reading “Krishna Janmashtami/Gokulashtami 2017”

AIKYA – Annual Music & Dance showcase

Carnatic-circle.com and Aabheri Nritya Vidyala come together to present AIKYA – a grand ensemble of Indian classical Bharatanatyam dance and music

AIKYA – Our annual Music & Dance showcase event on 8th October 2017 (4-8 pm) will be one of Birmingham’s biggest event in 2017 for portraying Indian culture & tradition with local upcoming talent in its pristine form. All performances will be delivered by our group of students who come from varying ages, linguistics & background. We all have come forward to perform with utmost fervour.

Tickets can be bought from http://tickets.ruddockpac.co.uk/Sales/events/ruddock-hall/aikya/ticket. This will be an agglomeration of Indian classical Carnatic Music which will be followed by a Tabla Ensemble & Bharatanatyam dance in a concert environment on a professional stage in a hall with renowned acoustics. The Chief Guests will be the Queen’s representative for West midlands – Deputy Lieutenant Gurpreet Bhatia. Guests of Honour are Head of Chancellor from the Indian Consulate Shri S.M. Chakraborty, District Judge Asokan from the Judicial appointments Commission and Sri Harmohinder Bhatia (Upasak Ji) from Sant Nirankari Mission.

All performances will be delivered by our group of students who come from varying ages, linguistics & background. The Vocal music will be accompanied by instruments such as the Sitar, Veenas, Flute, Violins, Guitar & Tabla. Any musicians who are interested to perform are welcome to apply for an Audition. Bharatanatyam performances will be performed with live vocals and music. Carnatic vocal renditions following age old traditions will be sung.

Mark your diaries – 8th October! All are welcome!

Bhajan event-Birmingham Balaji

Sampradaya Bhajanai group & Mantrasara performed in front of Birmingham Balaji on Saturday, the 3rd of June.

After several weeks of rehearsals, our Sampradaya Bhajanai group & Mantrasara performed in front of Birmingham Balaji on Saturday, the 3rd of June. The team had well prepared notes distributed amongst the audience for them to sing along in the typical Dakshina Bharata Sampradaya style. Songs in Thodaya Mangalam were followed by energetic deliveries of Astapadhis, Abhangs and Namavalis amidst the chanting of Devi Astotram and Hanuman Chalisa. Our performance at the temple was well received and we shall be performing there periodically.

Some Excerpts/Photos of our Weekly Bhajan sessions

If you want to join our Solihull/Birmingham based Bhajan sessions, please call on 07906 535762 or send us an email through this website.

We welcome anyone that has an interest in Indian Classical music, be it Vocals or Instrumental.

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