Keli Festival 2016-17


Saga of a Village: An Arts Story

Phase 2

Vaikhari 2016

(A music evening unvelling the music world of Vidyadharan Master)
17 December 2016

In association with

Dear Art Lovers,

KELI is a Mumbai based registered charitable organization striving to preserve, develop and propagate the classical cultural heritage of India.

Peruvanam is a small cultural village in Trichur district, Kerala. This village has a significant place in the cultural map of Kerala for its anthropological relevance of an art history unique to the world. It is the land of an exclusive aural rhythm art tradition called Melam which has a history of 1434 years and possesses the world’s most ancient, 1800 year old Sanskrit theatre tradition. The village also has its proud presence in the contemporary film and theatre scenario and it continues through new writers and literary movements. Within these two extremes of the ancient and the new, the village embeds a variety of folk and traditional art forms. Keli’s artistic mission includes the research, documentation and outreach of this unique cultural heritage of Peruvanam.

The Keli Festival signifying the 25th anniversary is titled as the ‘’ Saga of a village- an arts story ’’. It is a series of festivals telling the Story of a village by arts.

In observance of its 25th anniversary, Keli has devised an appropriate innovative programme, featuring diverse art forms of Peruvanam , spread over a period of three months commencing from November 2016 and concluding by January 2017.

It is a matter of immense happiness and satisfaction to us that the recently concluded Keli’s phase 1 in this series The Classical Women’s Theatre Festival 2016 was , on all accounts a resounding success. Needless to say, a festival of such magnitude would not have been possible but for the generous support extended by the audience.

Keli Festival phase 2 is titled as Vaikhari 2016-The Voice, a music evening unveiling the music world of the celebrated music composer Vidyadharan Master. It will be organised at Cidco Exhibition centre Vashi on 17 December 2016, evening 7 pm.

We have great pleasure in inviting all art lovers to participate in this unique musical evening.

K. Subhaschandran
Artistic Director & Project Co- ordinator

Ramachandran. K
Festival Director
Cell: +919820835737

KELI. 201, Baba Niwas, Plot No. 74,
Sector 19, Nerul, Navi Mumbai 400706


Saturday, 27th December 2016,
at CIDCO Exhibition Centre, Vashi, Navimumbai
at 7 p.m.

Gust of Honour: B. Venugopal, Ajithkumar.L, Mahesh, Ajith Menon, Radhakrishnan, Surendrababu

Welcome Speech: Shri Subash Chandran

Dedication: This festival will be dedicated to the memory of Kochakkan Asan and Devarajan Master.

Felicitation: Felicitating Vidyadharan Master with the title ‘’Sudhaamsu’’

Music Concert exploring the musical journey of Vidyadharan Master

(presented by Ragalaya Mumbai)

Vidyadharan Master

Vidyadharan master is a distinguished music director from the Malayalam film industry. His aesthetic approach to music is known for its indigenous component, creative approach and insight on the classicism of music. His various music albums exploring the folk music traditions of Kerala is remarkable for its high degree of aesthetics.

Born in 1945
Father: Late Sankaran
Mother: Late Thankamma
Wife: Leela
Daughter: Sangeetha
Son: Sajith
In Laws: Chandran, Anila

Born and brought up in Arattupuzha, Peruvanam Village. Dedicated himself to music for 55 years. Singer, composer, actor, art organiser. Initiated into music by his grandfather Kochakkan asan, his grandfather. Continued learning from Trichur Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, Irinjalakuda Govindankutty Panikkar, Trichur Sankaranarayanan Bhagavathar.


*    Singer and music composer in Drama, Dance and music choreography since 1955.
*    Music Director in Malayalam film industry, AIR, TV serials in Malayalam and Tamil, music albums since 1976.
*    Member in the audition committee AIR from 1997-2002.
*    Jury member for intra university competitions in music, Theatre, films.
*    Life member for Indian Performing Arts Right Society.
*    Composed music for over 300 albums, 3500 songs.
*    Achievements and Awards.
*    Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award 2004.
*    Karunya Foundation, London for contribution to Film Music world.
*    Nadabrahma Kalakshethram Award.
*    J.C Foundation Award.
*    Sadhakam Sangeethaalayam Award.
*    KMCC, Doha Award.
*    Bharath P.J. Antony Film Fest award.
*    Paithrukam, Cherpu award.
*    FEFKA award.
*    Kairali- Swaralaya Award.


Raagalaya Academy of Music & Arts was founded with a prime objective to promote Indian Music and Arts in all forms. It strives to bring young talented artists to the limelight so as to get them the necessary exposure to nurture their skills. Every year Raagalaya conducts music contests among hundreds of music enthusiasts, with winners felicitated by eminent musical stars in a grand annual function.

Another objective is also to recognize and respect the masters of these fields for the services rendered by them to the society. Over the last couple of years, Raagalaya Awards Ceremony has set the benchmark by honouring evergreen greats in the Malayalam film industry.

In the Keli festival phase 2, Raagalaya will present the songs composed by Vidyadharan master.


Singers: Vijaykumar (Raagalaya), Baburaj Menon, Madhu Nambiar, Soumya Ayyappan

Leader of the orchestra: Viswanath Iyer

Keli Festival 2016-17

Phase 3:

Keli Rural Theater Festival on 19, 20, 21, 22 Jan
at Prithvi Theater, Juhu, Mumbai.

Keli Festival 2016-17

Phase 4:

Keli Rhythm Festival 2017 on 19, 20, 21, 22 Jan
at Y.B Chavan Centre and Horniman Circle Garden

Our Sincere Thanks to:

Y.B. Chavan Centre, Prithvi Theatre, B. Venugopal, RajeshkumarDubey, Ajithkumar L, Mahesh, AjithMenon, Manojkumar, V. Sasikumar, InduSagar, Kunal Kapoor, Surendrababu,Kaippilly Vishnu Nambothirippad, Vijayakumar Nair, Junoon, Sanjna Kapoor, SameeraIyengar, SreekumarKaimal, Vijay Desai, Santhosh Nair, Vikram, Jayram Pala Ramachandran, DeepthiPanikkar

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