The December Margazhi season is here and if you are overwhelmed and trying to decide where to go, how to get tickets and who to listen to, well, you have come to the right place.
There are three performance streams that happen during the season. Here they are listed in order of frequency:
-Carnatic Music (singing mainly)
-Bharathnatyam (mainly dance, solo or group)
-Lecture-demonstrations (of music and dance practices)
The key is to find the right mix based on your capacity to absorb, the time you have available and preference of form, knowledge and aesthetic. With so much happening during the festival, that it’s important you find your own rhythm, so you do not have Kutcheri-fatigue (performance-fatigue). So Step 1 is to identify your daily/weekly capacity to attend and properly enjoy performances.
In order to start planning which performances to attend, you need to know what performances are available, when and where. There are two ways of figuring this out:
There are a few ways to plan the month-long (sometimes even longer) Margazhi season.
This should get you prepped and ready to start planning which artists to follow and how to get your tickets sorted out. These will be addressed in the next couple of blog posts.
Update: For ticketing/parking advice for specific venues, please read my newer blog entry on the subject: Sabha Advice
Author: Shreya Nagarajan Singh
Shreya is the founder of this blog and arts management company of the same name. She has a strong background in the performance arts, as a Bharathnatyam dancer and comes from a family of performers. She has been a regular patron of music, dance and theatre for a decade and a half. Through her company she helps artists in navigating the management of their careers and art organisations in curating and executing business plans and events alike.