In the forties & fifties Mandali gained wide recognition as one of the important Cultural Centres of South India. In those days Sabhas and Music Institutions were very few. Opportunities to listen to eminent and popular Artistes were quite rare. Ramanavami Festivals of the Mandali provided such an opportunity and remains a prime attraction to music lovers, even today.
As the size and duration of the festivals grew Mandali looked for a more spacious place. The vacant land adjacent to Bangalore City Institute was an Ideal one. Thus in the year 1952, Ramanavami Festivals were shifted here and were conducted in the same venue for the next 16 years. Mandali pioneered in providing a congenial atmosphere and creating the right ambience required to enjoy Music. A spacious Pandal which could easily accommodate up to 2000 people, Quality Audio System, Comfortable seating arrangements, were some of the facilities initiated by the Mandali.
Mandali, during this period attained a pre-eminent status as a Premier Cultural Institution of Bangalore. It earned a prestigious place as one of the most sought after Platforms to perform. The decades of the fifties and sixties could easily be termed as the Golden Era of the Mandali.
Mandali shifted to this venue in 1952, by strange coincidence Bharataratna M.S. Subbulakshmi’s first concert under the aegis of the Mandali was also in the same year. Mandali enjoys a very strong relationship with M.S. Subbulakshmi. She and her husband late Sri.T. Sadashivan, both showed immense love and affection towards the Mandali. Starting from the year 1952 till 1992 in a span of Forty-one years M.S. has performed on Thirtyone occassions in the Mandali’s Ramanavami Festivals. Mandali has been singularly fortunate in establishing such a glorious feat.
Each concert of M.S. at the Mandali had its own richness of the occasion, to be remembered and cherished for a long time. The most memorable day was, when in the year 1980 M.S’s concert at the Mandali was broadcast Live by AIR all over the South. Another interesting aspect of M.S’s concerts at the Mandali was ‘Rain’. It did rain on a number of occasions, but such was the sagacity of M.S and her husband T. Sadashivan the concerts used to go on smoothly till the end, and no such occassion arose when the concerts had to be cancelled or rescheduled. Every concert of M.S at the Mandali turned out to be a Grand success.
Some of the finest Musicians of this period have added Credence and Grace to the Mandali’s platform : Doyen of Karnatic Music and inventor of the modern Concert format Sri Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Chittoor Subramanya Pillai, Sathur Subramanyam, K.B. Sundarambal, M.K. Thyagaraja Bhagavatar, S. Balachander, Veena Dhanammal, R.S. Keshavamurthy, B.S. Raja Iyengar, A. Subba Rao, B. Devendrappa, M.D. Ramanathan, Madurai Somasundaram, Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu, D.K. Jayaraman, S. Ramanathan, C.S. Murugabhoopathy, Madurai Krishna Iyengar, and many others, have adorned the Mandali's Platform and given it a hallowed stature.