We,  at  NTR Memorial Trust, a Hyderabad based Non Profit Organization had organized a Musical Fundraiser ‘Swaraveda’ at Gachibowli Indoor Stadium today. We received an overwhelming response from the masses, making the event a phenomenal success.

The Event was graced by Sri Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Managing Trustee, Ms. N. Bhuvaneshwari, Trustee, Mr. D. Seetharamaiah, Trustee Mr. Nandamuri Balakrishna, Chairman, Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital and Mr. Venkat Motaparthy, Chief Executive Officer of the NTR Memorial Trust.

Sri Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Managing Trustee

11 legends of Indian Music, Padmashri Dr.Yella Venkateswara Rao – Mridingam, Sri.Kumaresh – Violin, Sri. Ustad Paravez Khan – Sitar, Sri. Kadiri Gopalanath – Saxaphone, Ustad Tejendra Majumdar – Sarod, Pt. Viswa Mohan Bhatt – Guitar, Sri. Praveen Godkhindi – Flute, Pt Shubhankar Banerjee – Tabla, Sri. Giridhar Udupa , Sri. Sivamani – Drums, enthralled the audience with their scintillating performances.

Sri Chandra Babu Naidu felicitated the 11 musicians, 11 NGOs across the country and 11 donors of NTR Memorial Trust. (List Appended to the document)

As a truly altruistic act, proceeds from the event will be used to sponsor NTR Model School to provide education & boarding for the underprivileged children and other services of the Trust; Blood Bank, Mobile Clinics, Eye Care and Rural Empowerment.

Commenting on the occasion, Sri Nara Chandra Babu Naidu, The Managing Trustee of NTR Memorial Trust said,

‘Swaraveda’ marks the advent of philanthropy on a massive scale in our Pearl City. We are extremely pleased with the overwhelming response and display of benevolence tonight. We’ve witnessed the spirit of giving and the joy of sharing at its vertex. We extend our thanks to everyone who supported the cause and made this event a tremendous success.

The event would not have been possible without the cooperation of Mr. Maganti Gopinath and the huge support provided by all the people associated with the event.

Appendix -1 List of NGO’s Felicitated


Appendix -2 List of donors Felicitated



Dr. Yella Venkateswara Rao is a legend in playing the Mridangam. He started performing at the age of seven as a child prodigy.
A great maestro that he is, Dr. Yella Venkateswara has been recently awarded the Padmashree by the government of India. Speaking about his unique achievements, he is a Guinness World record holder for playing the Mridangam continuously for 36 hours. It was organized by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Andhra Pradesh at Sankar Mutt, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh on 16th August, 2011. Starting from 5 PM on 16th August, 1981, he played the Mridangam till 7 PM of 17th August, 2011.

Apart from this, he holds more than 15,000 regional, national and international performances to his credit. He has been one of the most celebrated performers on the All India Radio and Doordarshan since 1954 and 1965 respectively.
Here are a few of the prestigious national and international awards that he has won:
• Received the first prize in 1961 for the All India AIR Music Competition. Award was presented by Dr. Sarvepally Radhakrishna, the then President of India.
• Hoso Bonka Award for Sivathandavam, a play created, directed and produced by Dr. Yella Venkateshwara Rao about Lord Shiva and presented at the International Radio Music competitions held in Indonesia in 1979, where in 79 Nations participated and India won the award.
• Acharya Award conferred by the Telugu Association, Houston, Texas, USA in the year 1985
• Honorary Citizenship presented and conferred by Mayor of City of Temple, Texas, USA
• Honored with Gold Medal at Rome in 1981 International world Music Festival.
• Life time Achievement Award from North America, Chicago, Telugu Associan Dubai, Telugu Associan Japan, Andhra Mahasabha New Delhi.

Dr. Yella Venkateshwara Rao is considered to be one of the greatest musicians and even a greater ambassador for Indian classical music. A Mridangam legend, he has enthralled India and the world with stellar performances. It is an absolute honor to have Dr. Yella Venkateshwara Rao performing for the ‘Swara Veda.’
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Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya belongs to the famous Mihar Gharana. He is the only Santoor maestro belonging to that Gharan and has, in true sense revolutionized Santoor, a musical instrument as well as its style of play.

Also known as the celebrated torch bearer of Indian classical music, he is recognised all over the world for his wizardry in Raagdari and Layakari. His music touches the inner soul and mind of the listener.

He was born in the year 1951 and brought up in Kolkata, received his first musical lesson from his father, Pandit Robi Bhattacharya. He was also a student of Pandit Dulal Roy. Later on, in the year 1982, well renowned maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar accepted him as his student. His education and performances on television and Radio have been awarded worldwide. Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya’s Santoor appeals to the general public as he has adopted to the changing times despite maintaining the classical genre of music. Hos Santoor transcends countries, cultures, gender, religion and age.

Bhattacharya’s style of playing Santoor differs from other Santoor players in tones and timbers. He has developed a technique that includes sliding/glissando technique, in which he also makes use of his fingernails in picking patterns by hammering with one hand and plucking with the other. He has also developed an additional technique that involves palm mutes during dramatic sections to produce a melodic conclusion.

His most unusual and stirring contribution is a modified string at the bottom of the instrument, tuned to a very low pitch. He has also modified his Santoor in such a way that it facilitates ‘fine tuning’ during performance as there are chances that the Santoor may go out of tune due to its 90 plus strings. Thus, he has modified the instrument in a way that helps to tune it in a quick and uncomplicated manner. He is also known as the inventor of ‘mankas’. This innovation of his facilitates in the laying of Kirtans, Ekhartanas, Boltans, etc. Thus, he has helped widen the utility of the Santoor.

He has released more than 100’s of CDs and cassettes. His album, ‘Nomad Christmas’ was nominated for pre Grammy in 1997. One of his albums, ‘Kirwani’ has been acclaimed as the top 10 in the world.

He is also a global ambassador for Rotary International’s Peace and Goodwill.
All these achievements indeed make us believe that Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya is a great pioneer and revolutionary musician who has helped change the face of Indian classical music.

To understand the depth of Indian classical music at its best be a part of our event, Swaraveda on the 11th of November at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad between 6.00pm to 9.00pm

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Mr. Kumaresh is a renowned Indian violinist better known in conjunction with his brother as the duo of Ganesh and Kumaresh. Kumaresh is a modern contemporary artist who began his career as a child prodigy playing the violin alongside his brother at age of 5 years.

Both brothers have been infatuated with the violin for as long as they can remember. They have performed at different places in India and around the globe for more than three decades.

Kumaresh’s style can be described as soulful, brimming with creativity and laden with a raw classicism only his brother’s violin can match. For these brothers music comes from the soul. The instrument merely transforms it into harmony.

Ganesh and Kumaresh were trained by their father Shri T.S. Rajagopalan, a veteran violinist. They were so talented that by the age of 10 they were performing with the veterans in the musical field. Their strengths are playing carnatic music, which has a more traditional, back-to-roots kind of feel. They have performed with such luminaries as Dr. Balamurali Krishna, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakaram, Late Valangaiman Shanmugasundaram, A R Rehman, John Mclaughin amongst others.

To experience the deepness and intensity of carnatic music, be sure to attend our event, Swaraveda on the 11th of November at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad between 6.00pm to 9.00pm

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Pandit Subhankar Bannerjee, a highly talented tabla player, is a representative of the Farukhabad Gharana.
He started his career at the age of five years and was popularly called the musical wonder kid. Born in a family with musical ambience, he has grown up with listening to music from the very first day of his life. He started his formal training in tabla at the age of five with his father and singing with mother. He used to accompany his mother for her training with the legendary Rabindra sangeet singer, Suchitra Mitra. It is said that he remembers every line and notation just by listening to the lessons by Smt Mitra to his mother.
At the age of five, he was placed under the tutelage of the renowned artiste and teacher of the Farukhabad Tabla Gharana, Shree Swapan Shiva. Over the course of time, he has also learnt different styles from maestros of different Gharanas.
He is the recipient of many awards not only in India but worldwide. A reputed soloist, he has received awards from many prominent artistes and celebrities like Satyajit Ray, Pandit Ravi Shankar. Apart from this, he is also a competent vocalist and has over hundred recording published all over the world and has been sharing his stage with other renowned musicians of the world.
A prolific musician, he has received widespread recognition. He has been presenting music in other countries like UK, USA, Europe and many more. He has also performed at the prestigious “Nobel Peace Prize Concert” in Oslo along with a duet of Pt. Shivkumar Sharma and Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia when Indian classical music was presented for the first time in 1999.
He has performed with famous Greek Clarinet and Saxophone playerPetrolucas Halkias and along with Lire player, Ross Dally on Greek Ethnic music and Indo –Greek fusion band in Greece since 1998. He has also performed in Brazil and was invited by the Pakistan government in 1997 to perform on their 50th anniversary. Last but not the least; he was invited by Prince Charles in London to perform with John Mc Laughin and Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia in February 2010.
To witness the maestro at his best attend our event, ‘Swara Veda’ on the 11th of November at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad between 6.00pm to 9.00pm
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Tejendra Majumdar’s musical journey began with a mandolin and a willingness to learn the Sarod, a mainstay of North Indian classical music. Born in a musician’s family, Tejendra was initiated into the craft by his grandfather Sri Bibhuti Ranjan Majumdar, nurtured by his father Shri Ranjan Majumdar and was later groomed under the tutelage of Late Ustad Bahadur Khan.
Tejendra’s style can be described as, a rare combination of virtuosity with classical purity and a deep sense of aesthetics. He composes music which imposes a deep & ethereal feel on the listener causing one to introspect on the spirituality of life.
To his credit Tejendra has taken part in a number of prestigious concerts and conferences in the country and has a number of CD’s and cassette compilations to his name. He has established himself as one of the most highly respected Sarod players of the younger generation.
Tejendra has directed music for two Bengali films Tollylights and Hanankaal. He has been accompanied by all the great table players of India, including Pandit Kishan Maharaj, Sankar Ghosh, Pandit Swapan Chowdhary, Anindo Chatterjee, Kumar Bose, Sabir Khan and Ustad Zakir Hussain.
Don’t forget to catch him live doing what he does best at Swaraveda on the 11th of November at the Gachibowli Indoor Staduium, Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh and Hyderabad between 6.00pm to 9.00pm.

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If music is the language of humankind then ‘Swaraveda’ is an initiative to touch lives through this sound of music.


We at, NTR Memorial Trust, a Hyderabad based non-profit organization are organizing a musical concert, ‘Swara Veda’ to be held on the 11-11-2011 with the theme of ‘Charity – The Spirit of Life’.

Mr.Anoop at the Press Conference of Swaraveda.

Dignitaries gracing the occasion to support this profound cause are Padmashri Dr.Yella Venkateswara Rao , Mridingam Maestro & Guinness Book Record Holder, renowned Music Directors Mr. R.P.Patnaik & Mr. Anoop, Tollywood singer Ms. Sunitha among many others.

Padmashri Yella Venkateswara Rao (Left) & Mr. R.P.Patnaik at Press Conference of Swaraveda.

Padmashri Dr.Yella Venkateswara Rao will enthrall the audience with his live performance along with Sri. Tarun Bhattacharya – Santoor, Sri.Kumaresh – Violin , Sri. Ustad Paravez Khan – Sitar ,Sri. Kadiri Gopalanath – Saxaphone, Ustad Tejendra Majumdar – Sarod, Pt. Viswa Mohan Bhatt – Guitar ,Sri. Praveen Godkhindi – Flute, Pt Shubhankar Banerjee – Tabla ,Sri. Giridhar Udupa , Sri. Sivamani – Drums, during the event.

Padmashri Yella Venkateswara Rao, The Mridanagam Maestro at the Press Conference of Swaraveda.

The event will mark the union of 11 world renowned instrumentalists for the first time in Indian history So come join us on this musical journey that starts at 6 p.m. at Gachibowli Indoor Stadium.

Mr.R.P.Patnaik at the press conference.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr.Venkat Motaparthy, the CEO of NTR Memorial Trust said, “The core intention of ‘Swaraveda’ is to kindle the spirit of charity, thoughtfulness and selflessness. ‘Swaraveda’ is being organized on a huge scale where all the proceedings from the event will be forwarded to the NTR Model School, Blood Bank and other service programs.”

Mr.Venkat Motaparthy CEO of NTR Memorial Trust Addressing the media at the press conference.

Join us for this noble cause and help us spread the spirit of charity in society. For details you can check out our Facebook page and confirm attendance by visiting http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=268771343166837 or for more information contact:  MS. Y. Swapna (9550726669 /30145800)