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. 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

Please read through to know what makes this special and help us by clicking on the donation link. 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 https://youtu.be/ZaKXJStJsDM
Anil Srinivasan, Jayanthi Kumaresh Veena & Praveen Godkhindi https://youtu.be/ORKlvHxtv2A
Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar & Anil Srinivasan 
https://youtu.be/KhPHF7Jw6CE

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 https://youtu.be/36Evz2KtIoQ

Classic Carnatic Concerts:
Mahavidwan Nedanuri Krishnamurthy's last concert in Chennai https://youtu.be/_t4OGFz1sYY

Thematic RTP concerts by Malladi Brothers, Ranjani-Gayatri

Classical Drama, Melattur Bhagavata Mela brought live all the way to Chennai https://youtu.be/MLgGHOTdDeM

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 https://youtu.be/e21u6VDhyAw
Kanne Kaniye a B&W retrospective 
https://youtu.be/uOO5C55Xm3I

Unique Laya Presentations: Vikku Vinayakaram's Ghatam ensemble https://youtu.be/m9rGo2X7010
Laya Chatura Khanjira Quartet featuring Shree Sundarkumar, KV Gopalakrishnan, Anirudh Athreya & BS Purushotham https://youtu.be/lmzgYFTKqaw

Dance: Padmashri Shobana's presentation on Krishna

Fusion & New-Gen: Sean Roldan & Friends https://youtu.be/u_WwQHDhWQU
Paramparya by playback Singer Karthik with Viji Krishnan
Young band Hybrid Division 
https://youtu.be/IVsEviHe5fg

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 https://youtu.be/ufEHbWFxp2o
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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