Guruguhanjali - Annual Series
Guruguhanjali is an annual series
that is conducted every year around Deepavali coinciding with the Mukthi
Thithi of Muthuswami Dikshitar as an Anjali by
Dr.V.V.Srivatsa, a music
scholar and composer. It was originally conducted in Chennai, but
later has been conducted in various South Indian states.
Guruguhanjali is a movement meant
to serve the common man, the Rasika. It does not and cannot flaunt wealth,
cannot expend colossal amounts for amelioration of ambience, it seeks no
patronage. It is time, once again, for our annual offering - for Guruguhanjali.
We stoop now, to conquer. Conquer your hearts? Yes, indeed - but our ego,
as well. We do not wish to proclaim our achievements but wish to express
our sense of gratification.
We subscribe to constructive interaction
with Rasikas, of whom, we now have a dedicated group. As a movement for
the Rasikas, we do heed suggestions. There has atleast been an indirect
impact of our efforts, as the incidence of presentation of Dikshitar's
compositions in concerts has increased. We have had requests for copies
of our cassettes and publications, from many sources, throughout the year.
Yet, ostensibly, there are some die-hard performers who never render, in
any concert, even one Dikshitar Kriti. The enthusiasm to participate at
Guruguhanjali has spread and the response from artists was such that we
had to implement, with a heavy heart, certain drastic measures. To make
way for newcomers, we had to deny ourselves, the participation of veterans.
We hasten to declare that we shall be utilising their services in a proposed
mid-year series, slated to synchronise with the 'Vardhanti' of Muttusami
Dikshitar. We must mention our indebtedness to the veterans, especially
to Sangita Kalanidhi Shri.B.Rajam Iyer and Vidwan Shri Tirussoor Ramachandran,
who have stood by us virtually from inception.
-Dr.V V Srivatsa, organizer of Guruguhanjali
Dr.V V Srivatsa
Sri Maithreyam, 25, First Cross
TTK Road, Chennai 600 018
Ph: 2435 1773 / 2432 0533
Click here for an article by Smt.Sulochana
Pattabhiraman featured in "Bhava Raga Tala Modini" a book of articles compiled
by Dr. V.V. Srivatsa circulated at the annual series of Guruguhanjali in
1998 - Dikshitar the Genius