Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Chennai will maintain its Margazhi programme on the Rajaji Vidyashram grounds
Newtone Studio in Kilpauk is a vital place within the historical past of Madras. Kannamba’s dance for M.Ok. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar’s track ‘Unaikkandu Mayangada’ within the 1941 movie Ashok Kumar (music by vocalist Alathur Sivasubramania Iyer; lyrics Papanasam Sivan) was shot in a single evening at Newtone. Some scenes of M.S. Subbulakshmi’s Meera had been filmed right here, and the track ‘Kaatrinile varum geetham’ was additionally recorded right here. Anandan (of Movie Information), the chronicler of Tamil movie historical past, learnt pictures at this studio. And now this venue is on the verge of making historical past once more.
From studio to high school
Within the place the place the studio functioned, we right now have a college, Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram. This 12 months, the college campus goes to be the outside venue for the Margazhi pageant of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB).
That is particularly important as a result of Chennai’s much-awaited December pageant has moved on-line this 12 months due to Covid-19.
“Yearly we’ve got a programme that runs for eight weeks. This 12 months, we clearly can not have one thing on that scale. However we come across the thought of an open-air occasion within the Rajaji Vidyashram campus,” says Ok.N. Ramaswamy, director, BVB, Chennai.
N. Ravi, chairman of the Chennai Kendra, says, “Artistes felt reside live shows had been higher than digital ones. If the climate permits, the top of November must be positive for the pageant. Different issues being equal, if in any respect a gathering is permitted, then our programme will give each artistes and rasikas a really feel of the season. The programmes will probably be open to all. The playground is giant, and we will have enough house between chairs.”
Ramaswamy explains the security measures that will probably be put in place. “The playground can maintain 3,000 individuals, however we anticipate an viewers of about 800. We’ll place six screens on the grounds, so that individuals may even watch from inside their automobiles. Bhavan’s has a superb popularity for its audio requirements, and we’ll keep that. The place will probably be sanitised on a regular basis. We’ll verify everybody’s temperature on the gate and they are going to be given a masks and a cap. We’ll organize buses to choose up and drop those that wish to attend the live shows. There will probably be three pick-up factors — close to our Kendra in Mylapore, close to Narada Gana Sabha, and close to Ice Home in Triplicane. If there’s a demand from the Adyar space, we might have a further pick-up level close to the Sivaji Ganesan Memorial. We additionally plan to provide the viewers a hygienically ready, packed dinner.”
Says Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, vice-chairman, BVB, Chennai, who’s on the board of many sabhas, “Not one of the sabhas within the metropolis has deliberate a reside programme this 12 months, as a result of nobody has a lot open house at their disposal. Bhavan’s is a singular try.”
“The final time we made use of the college floor for a public perform was in September 1983, when the college, which was once referred to as Rajaji Centenary Vidyalaya, was renamed Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram. Chief minister M.G. Ramachandran, President Zail Singh, and a bunch of different dignitaries attended the occasion. M.S. Subbulakshmi sang the invocation track and I had the honour of taking part in the sruti field for her,” recollects Ramaswamy.
Artistes on board
Singer Pantula Rama, who lives in Visakhapatnam, is likely one of the artistes taking part in BVB’s open-air pageant. “Since all precautions are being taken, we must be protected,” she says. “Persons are depressed being indoors. I feel they wish to attend an open-air kutcheri.”
O.S. Arun, who’s scheduled to carry out a bhajan live performance, says, “I do miss reside live shows. The factor of unpredictability is the appeal of a reside efficiency. I’m trying ahead to the Bhavan’s live performance.”
Bhavan’s initiative is supported by South Zone Cultural Centre, and Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit is anticipated to inaugurate the fest, which is able to run from November 28 to December 19 and embrace non secular discourses as properly. What occurs if the federal government permits solely a small viewers? “In that case, we’ll organise some type of pre-registration format,” says Ravi.
The Chennai-based creator writes on tradition and heritage.