This season as the Monsoon arrived at Thiruvananthapuram city in rhythmic ragas, the city folk witnessed one of the most spectacular Music Festivals of all time, the Monsoon Music Festival.
The Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala organised the Monsoon Music Festival in the Nishagandhi Auditorium, Thiruvananthapuram for five long days (July 15-19) that saw electrifying performances of many great musicians across the country. Mr. P. Sathasivam, Governor, Kerala inaugurated the event presided over by Mr. Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Kerala.
Blessed with the participation of legendary musicians such as Hariharan and Bombay Jayasree, this gala was welcomed with much fervour by the capital city. This first edition of Monsoon Music fiesta featured carnatic, ghazal and traditional music.
The event began with the performance of the ‘Super Kids’- drum-piano-flute ensemble. Other performances of the festival were a carnatic vocal performance by V. Sooraj Lal, Arjun B. Krishna, carnatic saxophone performance by M.S. Lavanya, flute-tabla concert by Mrityunjay Mukherjee and Rimpa Siva, carnatic nadaswaram performance by Vinayak V. Gopal, fusion music performance titled ‘Moods of the Bamboo’ by B.V. Balasai, B.V. Raghavendra Rao, B. Sivaramakrishna, Anoop Nair, K. Sai Giridhar, and D.C. Venkitesh, Mizhavu Melam by Kalamandalam alumni.
On the final day, the event soaked everyone in the symphony of the eminent musician Hariharan’s ghazal.