The 2-day Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi - Johann Sebastian Bach festival on November 9th & 10th in Madison, WI aims to raise appreciation for the brilliant composers it is dedicated to and also raise monies for environmental & educational initiatives such as the Planet Symphony’s Climate Literacy & Action Drive (CLAD) project and ASHA’s educational initiatives for the underprivileged. 

The festival will feature concerts, discussions and competitions devoted to the great icon of melody of the 18th century – Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi (OVK) & the master of harmony, Johann Sebastian Bach. 

The jewel in the crown will be the coming together of melody, harmony and Melharmony in a concert on Nov 10 at 2 pm by the globally acclaimed virtuosos - L Shankar (10-string Double Violin) and Chitravina N Ravikiran (20-string slide) in  “Lakshya – String Vision 2030”. They will be joined by Wisconsin Melharmonic Orchestra artists led by Ben Jaeger and percussionists Neel Agrawal and Vinod Seetharaman.

Talent promotion: The 2-day festival offers opportunities for students of both Western and Indian traditions to showcase their repertoire of yesteryear and living Composers of Carnatic/Western Music.  The festival is expected to draw talents from Western and Indian Classical as well as various dance forms of India as also listeners from WI, IL, MN, GA, VA, CT, NY, NE and CA like the previous editions.

The highlight of the opening day at Madison Memorial High School will be feature concerts by eminent artistes – Bhargavi Balasubramanian (Vocalist from India), Flute Radhakrishnan (Flautist from CA), Vijay Neelakanthan (Guitarist from MI) who will be accompanied by talented youngsters from all over the country. Another set of concerts will feature young upcoming vocalists and instrumentalists accompanied by eminent Violinist Raman (WA) and Mrdangists – Sriram Natarajan, Ethirajan Ramanujan and Shankaran Bhattatiripad from MN and Ghatam (Clay-pot) artiste Balaji Chandran from MN. Band students of Memorial High School will present a piece of OVK and Bach preceded by a short presentation on Bach by Ben Jaeger – Band Director of Memorial High School.

On the second day, the operatic dance drama “The Almighty Trinity” - an original creation of Maestro Ravikiran will be presented by Bharathanatyam choreographers and gurus – Padmini Radhakrishnan (India), Meenakshi Ganesan (WI), Preetha Sayeekrishna (GA) and Radhika Srivastava (CT) along with scores of talented dancers from various American cities. The festival will culminate in a choral rendition of OVKs Saptaratnas (seven melodic masterpieces) followed by recognition of competition prize winners.


  • Occurred Sunday, November 10th, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Vanitha Suresh