A musical festival named RAKENDHU held at CMS College Kottayam from 13th to 16th of February 2014, was inaugurated by the Honourable Minister for Cultural Affairs, kerala Government, Mr. K.C Joseph.
RAKENDHU – a salutation to the musical geniuses of Malayalam film industry. Music directors V.Dakshinamoorthy and K.Raghavan, Singers K.P.Udayabhanu, P.B.Sreenivas, Mannadey and T.M.Soundara Rajan, and the lyricist Abhayadev were honoured by the presentation of their everlasting songs.
The musical festival was jointly organised by the Kerala State Chalachithra Academy, C.K.Jeevan Memorial Trust and CMS college Kottayam, with the co-operation of various cultural organisations like Atma, Abhayadev Foundation, Arts Society, Darsana Cultural Centre, Ranjini Sangeetha Sabha, Vidhya Souhrutham, Anithara Cultural Centre and Sargakshethra.
The four days musical festival was named Nadam, Ragam, Thalam and Layam respectively. Playback singer V.T.Murali was the presenter of the programme.
Nadaswaram maestro Thiruvizha Jayashankar and lyricist M.S.Vasudevan were honoured in the music festival.
The main attractions of the festival were-
The fusion music in tabla by Dr.B.Iqbal (Neuro surgeon and Former Vice-Chancellor, Kerala University), and in violin by Dr.V.L.Jayaprakash (Additional Director,Dept. of Cardiology, Medical College, Kottayam). Songs composed by V.Dakshinamoorthy were included in the fusion.
Dramatic presentation of the everlasting romantic song of the 70’s written by M.S.Vasudevan (Karivalayitta kayyil…….), by the artists from ‘Atma’.
Ragamalika- a violin concert by C.S.Anuroop comprising the songs of K.P.Udayabhanu, Mannadey, P.B.sreenivas and T.M.Soundara Rajan.
Whistling song by Joy Ipe.(Karimukil kattile….by K.Raghavan master)
In the four days festival, the songs were presented by the talented singers V.T.Murali, G.Sreeram, Leela Joseph, Alice Unnikrishnan, E.P.Sainudhin,Felix Devasia,Thansen and Thomas George.
The programme was blessed with the presence of eminent personalities like Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Dr.T.M.Thomas Issac,K.Jayakumar,Prof. C.R.Omanakuttan, Dr.Manoj Kuroor, Dr.P.S.radhakrishnan,Adv.Suresh Kurup, Mons Joseph, Joseph Vazhakkan, Joshy Mathew,M.P.Santhosh Kumar, Tomy Kallani, Perumpuzha Gopalakrishnan,Adv.K.Anil Kumar etc.
The festival co-ordinators were Dijo Kappan, Kurian.K.thomas,S.Rajendran Nair and Dr,Roy Sam Daniel.