Svatantra - A National Festival of Arts

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The ARTery is a unique Chennai-based arts portal focused on curating and presenting authentic content in Indian classical & performing arts. Our flagship event is SVATANTRA, a festival centred around Independence Day every year, with the theme being Creative Freedom. The festival is different because of the varied and eclectic content and the unprecedented cross-genre collaborations that are presented. And MOST IMPORTANTLY, every year we feature a performance by children with special needs and artistes with disability!

The festival will be having its sixth edition this year from Aug 11-15 at Youth Hostel (Hamsadhwani), Adyar, Chennai. Pride of place goes to a spectacular theatre production on the life of Bhagwan Ramana Maharshi. We also present a traditional Namasankeertanam for the first time, by the peerless Udayalur Kalyanaraman Bhagavatar. Another unique presentation will be a rewind nostalgia of vintage Tamil film melodies based on classsical tunes, presented by media personality Subhasree Thanikachalam and sung by popular upcoming and young playback singers. There will also be traditional Carnatic and Hindustani performances by popular artistes. Corporate sponsorship for the arts has been dwindling dramatically and gate collections are insufficient to meet the costs. Your help is necessary for us to continue this effort.

SVATANTRA is The ARTery's annual flagship event during the week of India's Independence Day in August, thereby having Creative Freedom as the theme! It's a one-of-its-kind event that brings together the most diverse arts forms under one umbrella and over the years we have brought you some spectacular presentations:

Exceptional Jugalbandis: 
Prof TN Krishnan & Dr. N. Rajam
Anil Srinivasan, Jayanthi Kumaresh Veena & Praveen Godkhindi
Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar & Anil Srinivasan

Spectacular thematic presentations:
Vidushi Sowmya presenting Ramanatakam along with young stars K Gayatri, Nisha Rajagopalan, Bharat Sundar & Sandeep Narayan with beautiful paintings by the peerless Keshav Venkataraghavan

Classic Carnatic Concerts:
Mahavidwan Nedanuri Krishnamurthy's last concert in Chennai

Thematic RTP concerts by Malladi Brothers, Ranjani-Gayatri

Classical Drama, Melattur Bhagavata Mela brought live all the way to Chennai

An early platform for some of today's brightest young stars Ramakrishnan Murthy, Bharat Sundar, Sandeep Narayan, Sriranjani Santhanagopalan, Ashwath Narayanan

Subhasree Thanikachalam's rollicking nostalgia creations based on Tamil film melodies have been a mainstay every year... Classically Kodambakkam featuring Suhasini Maniratnam 
Vishwa-Rama-Dasan a tribute to the TFM trinity
Kanne Kaniye a B&W retrospective

Unique Laya Presentations: Vikku Vinayakaram's Ghatam ensemble
Laya Chatura Khanjira Quartet featuring Shree Sundarkumar, KV Gopalakrishnan, Anirudh Athreya & BS Purushotham

Dance: Padmashri Shobana's presentation on Krishna

Fusion & New-Gen: Sean Roldan & Friends
Paramparya by playback Singer Karthik with Viji Krishnan
Young band Hybrid Division

Theatre & Plays: Chennai Art Theatre 's presentation of short plays

Plus... we are the only major event to feature a special performance EVERY YEAR by a choir of special-needs children The Blue-Blue-Sky
Also Dr. Sudha Raja's Sargam Choir 
Smt. Ambika Kameswar's RASA presentation by differently-abled dancers

Wouldn't you want such a spectacular and diverse festival to be sustained?
This is a completely NON-PROFIT event, all surpluses, gate collections and donations remaining after event expenses go to SUKRTAM FOUNDATION, a charity that works with children of special needs.
Schedule and content of Svatantra 2017
Schedule and content of Svatantra 2017
The Hindu announcement of the 2015 event
The Hindu announcement of the 2015 event
The Hindu announcement Aug 2017
The Hindu announcement Aug 2017
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26th July 2018
Dear Supporters,

The event is about two weeks away, schedule has been finalized and the publicity campaign has started. Latest updates will be available at our FB page:
The fundraising so far thru Milaap as well as other sources has helped us raise about 60% of anticipated expenses. Thanks to all those who've donated so far. Please continue to share and spread the word amongst your friends, so that we can get more support in the remaining two weeks.

 Thank you!

6th July 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank You for the support shown so far. We have about a month to go for the festival and so far, we have been able to raise approximately 40% of the required funds, through Milaap as well as individual donors and limited corporate support. Please help us with any amount possible and also share this with your friends and acquaintances!

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