Event date: Saturday, June 25, 2022

Place: Montgomery High School 1014 Route 601 Skillman, NJ 08558

Seating: 4.30 PM

Recital: 5.00 PM

Dinner: 8.00 PM

The Orchestra

Nattuvangam: Guru Kalaimamani Smt Ramya Ramnarayan

Vocal: Vidwan Sri Akshay Padmanabhan

Mridangam: Vidwan Sri Nagai Narayanan

Violin: Vidwan Durai Srinivasan

Flute: Vidwan Thiagarajan Ramani


Thodaya Mangalam | Ragamalika | Talamalika

Thodaya Mangalam is a combination of invocation verses, sung in praise of the village deity of Vazhuvoor, Lord Gyana Sabesa, for an auspicious beginning to the performance.

Kavuthuvam Lakshmi Narasimha Kavuthuvam | Ragamalika |Talam Kanda Chapu | Composer Sri Adi Shankaracharya | Language Sanskrit

This song praises Lord Lakshmi Narasimha, the part-lion and part-man incarnation of Lord Vishnu, extolls his many virtues and requests the presence of his helping hands.

Alarippu Tisra Gathi Alarippu | Ragam Jaganmohini |Talam Rupakam | Composer Traditional

Alarippu means a blossoming bud, and is a short rhythmic dance composition progressing from subtle eye movements to complicated fast-paced footwork.

Jathiswaram | Ragam Kamas | Talam Rupakam | Composer Tanjore Quartet

The Jathiswaram is a pure dance number, featuring intricate footwork set to complex patterns (or jathis) woven together with a lilting melody of “swaras” or musical notes.

Introduction of the orchestra

Padam Meera Bhajan | Ragam Misra Khamaj | Talam Rupakam | Language Brajbhasa | Composer Meerabai

Meera speaks to her sakhi and says, “My eyes are struck with His bana, the arrows of His loving glance and the enchanting music from his flute is etched in my heart. Oh Sakhi bring Him to me, I long to see that Kanhaiya.”

Varnam Angayar Kanni | Nava Ragamalika | Talam Adi | Composer Sri Lalgudi G Jayaraman | Language Tamil

Today’s Varnam, Angayarkanni, is a very famous composition of the violin maestro Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. This Varnam speaks of the navarasa or nine states of mind of Goddess Parvati.

Padam Pazham Onru  | Ragamalika | Talam Adi | Composer Vidushi Charumathi Ramachandran | Language Tamil

This song tells the charming tale of the fruit of wisdom and the turn of events that follow. The piece is specially woven together by the carnatic musician Srimati Charumathi Ramachandran and has been compiled, arranged to music and choreographed by Guru Ramya exclusively for this occasion. 

Felicitations, Vote of thanks, Awarding of the Diploma

Padam Asaindadum | Ragam Simhendra Madhyamam | Talam Adi | Composer Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi | Language Tamil

This song depicts the vibrancy of a dancing peacock which announces the arrival of the handsome lord Krishna, who Radha sees everywhere and is intoxicated by the music of his flute.

Thillana | Ragam Mand | Talam Adi | Composer Lalgudi G Jayaraman | Language Tamil

The Thillana is fast paced finale with intricate footwork and striking lyrics

Mangalam | Ragamalika | Talam Adi | Composer Tulsi Das | Language Hindi

The performance concludes with the famous Hanuman Chalisa of Saint Tulsi Das. Guru Ramya has hand-picked select paragraphs from the Chalisa and woven them into a Mangalam specially for Shriya.  


    Montgomery High School, 1014 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558

    "Everything in this universe has rhythm. Everything dances."

    – Maya Angelou