The onset of every Ramanavami in Bangalore brings an eternal divine bliss of Musical feast that is served with an essence of raga, the spirit of tala and the emotion of Bhava. For the past 78 years, we have dedicated ourselves to the growth of the rich cultural heritage of our country by conducting Sree Ramanavami National Music Festivals with a rich and colourful fare of cultural programmes in which artistes from all parts of the world participate.
For the religiously devout and to the discerning Music lovers of Bangalore and nearby places, the advent of spring indicates the arrival of yet another exhaustive feast of music. They eagerly look forward to the Ramanavami season during the months of March-April which provide a rich fare of Classical Music. Similar to the year-end festival season of Chennai, the Ramanavami Celebrations organised by Sree Ramaseva Mandali, Chamarajpet, has captivated the attention of both Musicians and
Music lovers alike.
A survey of the cultural scene a few decades prior to independence - particularly old Mysore region, brings to fore several festivals which were celebrated on a large scale. However, those with greater community participation were mainly two : Ramanavami and Ganesh Chaturthi.
Sree Ramaseva Mandali of Chamarajpet, had its humble begininng in such a cultural background. The Mandali is now an important Cultural Institution in the country. From its origin on a roadside pavement, today it has gained wide recognition and admiration from Artistes, Scholars and Music lovers, across the country and is the organiser of the Largest Indian Classical Music Festival.
The Mandali has completed one full “SAMVATSARA CHAKRA” and is now in its 80th year. At this juncture it will be an interesting exercise to trace and document the progress made by this great Institution.
The Mandali has a rare privilege of having 3 Presidents of India & 4 Vice Presidents inaugurating our Sree Ramanavami National Music Festivals. All the Governors & Chief Ministers of Karnataka state have inaugurated our celebrations. Sri.C.Rajagopalachari referred the Mandali as “Temple of Music”. His Highness Sri Jaya Chamarajendra Wodeyar of Mysore referred Mandali as 'Gnana Gana Sudha'. It is with great pride we say that, Mandali has hosted who's who of Indian Classical Music.
Sree Ramaseva Mandali, the Temple of Music was born out of Shivarapatna Vasudev Rao Narayanaswamy Rao (SVN Rao), Shri Rao's profound passion for Indian classical music which itself stemmed from his devotion towards Rama, his favorite deity.