Spell #1: Sacred Music Festival, Thiruvaiyaru, Tamil Nadu, India

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Ingredients:
1. Map
2. Enthusiasm
3. A great playlist
Add (at your will):
4. Scenic explorations

We’re getting ready for our first spell – a trip to Thiruvaiyaru to check out the Sacred Music Festival organized by the Prakriti Foundation. This is not to be confused with the Thyagaraja Music Festival, which is held in January every year.

This is going to be a momentous trip for two reasons. Firstly, because we are both deeply steeped in music our visit to Thiruvarur, which is the birthplace of Thyagaraja is probably going to purport the greater cause of our lives. Secondly, driving through the paddy fields of Tamil Nadu was a regular feature of my childhood that I am excited to revisit after what seems like eons.

Not to mention we will of course be sussing out anything eye/ear/mind catching along the way.

Hard Facts:
This will be a 3-day festival from March 1st – 3rd, featuring the following:

> A special sitar duet Concert by Pandit Shivnath Mishra and
Deobrat Mishra (father and son) who were born into a
renowned family belonging to the Benares Gharana,
spanning seven generations.
> Sufi Concert by Qawwal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers
(of Pakistan), who are the ambassadors of Sufism
> Saptaakshara concert by percussionist Vikku Vinayakram
> Vocal Concert by Sanjay Subramaniam

Each concert will take place in 3 stunning venues. But, more on that later.

Since we are going to be driving from Bangalore we did a little research on the best route to take. The parents made a trip recently and advised us against taking the State Highway post Namakkal. So we will be taking a diversion from Namakkal via Karur to then rejoin the highway at some point.

We’re looking forward to sharing this and many more experiential journeys that we have our eyes on. Here’s hoping that we can dive in and soak in the true spirit of what lies ahead!

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