55th Annual Art Fesatival of SICA… an Innovative, Enchanting and Colourful week of music and dance:
R Chakrapani, Hon. Secretary said . . . .
“For six evenings conitnuously, the rasikas of twin cities were glued to their seats at Ravindra Bharathi, Hyderabad from 8th to 13th Dec 2013. H.E.the Governor of A.P. ,Sri E S L Narasimhan who inaugurated the festival, profusely lauded the efforts of our association in propagating and preserving the glorious heritage of SICA. Dr S Chakravarthy,IAS, President of SICA while thanking all the music lovers for their continuous support, paid wholesome tribute to all the artists who were taking part in this year’s festival.
During the inaugural function, Sri T V Sankaranarayanan was felicitated and honoured with the title “SANGEETHA CHAKRAVARTHI”. In his response, Sri Sankaranarayanan recollected his long association with SICA since 1970s and praised the yeomen service rendered and the standards maintained by SICA in promoting classical music.
SICA is proud of introducing two very talented artistes, Smt. Mahati (Carntic vocalist/Playback singer) and Smt. Rama Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam) to the rasikas of Hyderabad and Secunderabad through this 55th Annual Art Festival.
A senior member of SICA, Sri A N Swamy complemented the Managing committee members for their voluntary and selfless service in promoting the classical art forms in Hyderabad. He particularly made a mention about the high quality concerts being organised by SICA and said that certainly SICA occupies No.1 position as far as music sabhas in the city are concerned.
A glimpse of this six day 55th Annual Festival can be seen in the Photo Gallery of our Website “.
Sri Gudipudi Srihari, popular journalist of classical music and dance wrote in The HINDU:
“It is notable that SICA went innovative in clubbing the concerts of the well known musicians with local talent, especially of younger generation, by holding two concerts on each day barring the inaugural session.
Thus audience was exposed to two concerts each day, the younger opening the eveningwith their concert limited to three quarters of an hour and the invitee musicians taking their own time for their concerts.”