Carnatic Doyen Smt. Sudha Raghunathan to Perform Sahasra Jyothir Linga Archana

Iselin, NJ, October 30, 2006 --( Legendary Carnatic Music Doyen Sudha Raghunathan to perform at the Sahasra Jyothir Linga Archana conducted by Devipura Peethadhipathy Srila Sri Kompella Subba Rao.

[Sahasra Jyothir Linga Archana is formation and worship of Shiva Linga with 1116 lamps.]

This classical extravaganza will encompass Sapta Thandava Natyam by Smt. Devi Suhir.

The month Karthikam (commenced on 23rd October 2006) is considered to be very sacred and auspicious. It reflects the end of the dark ages, the conquest of the good over evil, light over darkness and the return of unsullied peace, purity and all around effulgent prosperity. The epics state that Lord Vishnu assumed the form of a fish [Mastyavataara] on the evening of Kaarthika Pournami. On the same day, Lord Shiva killed demon Tripura.

Commemorating this auspicious time, Srilasri Kompella Subba Rao, the new Pontiff of Sri Sahasraakshi Raja Rajeswari Peetham (at Devipuram, Visakhapatnam, AP India - would be conducting the Sahasra Jyothir Linga Archana on Saturday, November 18th at India House, 465 Route 27, Iselin, NJ 08830.

As the lights are lit one after another duly explaining the meaning and significance of the ritual, 18th November will surely be a memorable day as you will enjoy a soulful evening of music by Legendary Sudha Raghunathan accompanied by Sri B V Raghavendra Rao on Violin, Sri R. Raman on Muhursing and Sri Neyveli Skanda Subramanian on Mridangam. 

All are very cordially invited to this lifetime opportunity

About the Devipuram:

Devipuram is near Anakapalle north of Visakhapatnam (Vzag) in Andhra Pradesh India. It is like a jewel resting in the bosom of green hills all round. Crystal clear waters come from a bore well, checked for purity and found to be like mineral water. Kamakhya Peetham and Sivalayam are on the hill nearby. Devi inspired a scientist to leave his job to build this unique Sri Chakra temple in the world. The Divine Mother is inspiring him now to build a center of learning called Soundarya Lahari around the existing structure, having four acres of built-up area. It will attract talented devotees, and invoke their grace to promote abundance, beauty, harmony, peace, and wisdom all over the world.

Devipuram's focus is a 3 storeyed building 108'x108'x54'. There one can see all Shaktis of Khadgamala life size. Some of them are sky-clad, implying that they have nothing to hide, they are pure shaktis. 1000 eyed Lalita called Sahasrakshi is the presence everywhere. Weekly Sri Chakra Nava-avarana puja, havans, Daily 1000,108, names are recited and the fruits of these actions are offered to every Shakti in a special Khadgamala Arati. Devotees come to sing, dance, pray, and meditate; many come just for fun.

The eminent artists that would grace the evening:

Sudha Raghunathan, ( one of the most accomplished, acclaimed and prominent Carnatic vocalists in India, is a disciple of Padma Vibushan Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. M.L. Vasanthakumari (MLV). Significantly from 1990, Sudha's rise was phenomenal, and following her Guru's demise she has been considered as MLV's “natural Vaarisu.”

Among Sudha’s most significant awards are:
Prestigious Padma Sri award from the Govt. of India, conferred by the President of India, His Excellency A.P.J.Abdul Kalam on 30th June 2004. 

Kalaimamani the highest award conferred by the Tamilnadu Government (India), given to outstanding artistes - 1993

Sangeetha Choodamani in 1997 from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai.

Sangeetha Kala Sarathy from Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, Chennai from His Holiness Shri Jayendra Saraswathi of Kanchi Mutt.

Bharatha Sangeetha Bhusana from Sri Bharatalaya, Chennai.

Bharat Jyothi in 1998 from The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New York.

Sangeeta Saraswathi from The Mahasannidanam of Sringeri.

Gana Kokila from Valmiki Manram, Chennai

Sri B.V. RAGHAVENDRA RAO - Violinist
Raghavendra Rao was initiated into music at an early age of five by his father B.Sudarsana Rao and is presently the disciple of the violin “Maestro” Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri.T.N. Krishnan.

Kalaimamani Sri R. RAMAN - Muhursing:
Raman was initiated into the art of percussion at the age of 10 by his father Sri. M.S. RamaKrishna Iyer. He started learning Mridangam, Ghatam and Muhursing from the Laya Maestro Sri. T.R. HariHara Sharma in his famous Jaya Ganesh TalaVadya Vidyalaya and later under took advanced studies from none other than the Ghatam legendry Sri. T.H. Vinayakaram and Sri. T.H. Subash Chandran.

Sri Neyveli S. SKANDASUBRAMANIAN – Mridangam Artist:
Sri Neyveli Skanda Subramanian, is a disciple of Vidwan Thiruvarur Sri. R. Krishnamoorthy and Vidwan “Kalaimamani” Thiruvarur Sri. Bharath Kalachar has awarded Chennai Bakthavathsalam, with whom he learnt under Central Govt. of India Scholarship. He with the title of “Yuva Kala Bharathi” in the year of 2001.

Smt. Devi Suhir:
A celebrated dancer who has limited her performances to focus on spiritual depth. She is highly recommended as performer by her Guru, Kalaimamani Indra Rajan.

The event is coordinated by SAPASONA - South Asian Performing Arts Society Of North America ( The Sapasona supports all the artistic disciplines in classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of South Asia. It works with other art connoisseurs and organizations around the United States to broaden our collective audiences and to create a network for shared information and resources. Its focus is South Asian organizations in North America to facilitate artists from South Asia to exhibit perform and produce their work here.

South Asian Performing Arts Society Of North America, [Sapasona] is proud to present Padma Sri Kalaimamani Srimathy Sudha Ragunathan to the discerning audience of Carnatic music in New Jersey. Her concert will begin at 3:00 PM on Saturday, November 18th at India House, 465 Route 27, Iselin, NJ 08830.

The event is open to public. They will appreciate any donations given.

South Asian Performing Arts Society Of North America
Suhir Ponncchamy
201 208 4795