Monday, 26 November 2012

In-demand guest; Gopalkrishna Gandhi

The man in demand to star at inaugurations or finales in Chennai?
Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Chairman of Kalakshetra and former governor of West Bengal who now resides in south Chennai.

An invite from Sruthi Laya Kendra, run by mridangam guru Karaikudi Mani just landed on our table at KutcheriBuzz. The Kendra presents a two-day music fest on Dec.8 and 9 at Asthiga Samajam, Alwarpet.

Gandhi is the chief guest. If there is one good reason why he is in demand is because he prepares his speech, packs it with anecdotes, peppers it with some poetic lines and winds up on time.

Guru Mani charges Rs.30 at the gate and all for a cause. Collections go to fund a aged, senior artiste. If you want to make a donation, you are welcome.

By the way, guru Mani's collaboration with the Australian Art Orchestra for The Hindu's November Festival which just got over here was probably the best in that genre. Mani had Suresh, Balasai and U P Raju by his side.

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