The traditional role of the Music Season is to allow aficionados of Carnatic music to appreciate performances by renowned artistes, and also to provide a good opportunity for promising young artistes to display their talent and skill. During this time, a large number of Sabhas (music halls) organize kutcheris (formal concerts). Artistes come from across India and from the international Indian diaspora to perform during the season. The event has grown over the years; there were over 1200 performances by about 600 artistes in 2004-2005 (about 700 vocal, 250 instrumental, 200 dance and 50 drama and others ).
Typically, most Internet Websites like www.artindia.net, chennaionline.com, ramsabode and rasikas.org provide details on the who's who and where's what of the season. Local dailies like The Hindu and Indian Express carry a dedicated section under the title Engagements or Arts, Dance and Drama that lists some of the important concerts / events around the city. The rule of thumb is that when a concert claims All are welcome, it is a free concert with no entry fee. Generally the concerts in the evenings at most places are paid. Tickets usually range from Rs.50/- (a seating from where the stage is barely visible) to Rs.250/- (VIP seating). Almost always, the concerts held at Temples have no entry fee.
Since most of the famous sabhas are located in and around Mylapore, it is a good idea to find an accommodation in Mylapore. (A good hotel that's just a minute's walk from the Music Academy is the NewWoodlands) Besides, all other important sabhas are well-connected to Mylapore by bus and local trains. Parthasarathy Swami Sabha conducts several lecture demonstrations, and most concerts except the evening slots are free.
It is quite easy to identify a hall from the banners, posters and decorated name boards outside the hall facing the roads. and most of these halls are important landmarks, so getting there is quite easy. (e.g. Rani Seethai Hall and Vani Mahal have Bus Stops named after the halls. Buses stop at a fairly close distance to the halls).
Generally, Medium / Small sized halls don't have a dedicated monitor and the PA system usually fills in the role of a monitor.
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