Villisai : A Charity Musical Programme in Singapore

The 150th Birth Anniversary of Sister Nivedita is being celebrated all over the world. The Singapore Ramakrishna Mission joined the world community in paying homage to the great dedicated disciple of Swami Vivekananda by organising two functions – one on 8 August 2016  held at the PGP Hall where Swami Sarvagananda from India participated. The Villisai was the second programme where Smt Bharathi presented a brilliant Bow Music. Villisai is a folk art form of southern India. The performer uses a Bow with bells tied on it’s long string, singing mythological stories from the Puranas with music essentially meant for the rural masses who delight in the colloquial narration. Smt Bharathi weaves modern subjects into the ancient art of Villisai.

“Kalaichudamani” (Crest Jewel of Arts) Smt Bharathi Thirumagan from Chennai, India presented a “Villisai” on the dedicated Life of Sister Nivedita, an Irish disciple of Swami Vivekananda at the Sarada Hall on the evening of Sunday, 5 November 2017. She was ably assisted in the musical performance by her son Sri Kalaimagan. She rendered a few inspiring incidents from the life of Sister Nivedita accompanied by her husband Sri Thirumagan on the Ghatam,  Dr Shivraj on Flute and Keyboard and Sri Ganesh Rao on Tabla. The Programme Director was Smt Swarna Kalyan. Sri S M Arumugam gave a Vote of Thanks. Swami Vimokshananda concluded with a benedictory address. Supper was served at the end to all the assembled rasikas.

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