CTU 2018 Geetharthamu Performance

The Geetharthamu performance by children on the first day of the Chicago Tyagaraja Utsavam has steadily grown to be a regular feature at the annual Chicago Tyagaraja Utsavam music festival. Chicago Tyagaraja Utsavam is glad to announce that this group performance will be held at the end of the Homage to Tyagaraja performances on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

CTU 2018 Geetharthamu Registration Deadline:  Sat, 17 Mar 2018

Participation Guidelines

  • Participants must be between 10 and 20 years old as of the Memorial Day weekend.
  • Participants must meet one of the following criteria: 
    • Participants should have been part of one or more CTU Geetharthamu performances during the Memorial Day festival


    • Participants should have fully learnt the following Krithis at CTU Pancharatnam practice sessions:
      • Sree Ganapathini – Raga Saurashtram – Adi Tala
      • Jagadananda Karaka – Raga Naata – Adi Tala
      • Dudukugala – Raga Gaula – Adi Tala
      • Sadhinchene – Raga Arabhi – Adi Tala
      • Kanakana Ruchira – Raga Varali – Adi Tala
      • Endaro Mahanubhavulu – Raga Sri – Adi Tala
  • Participants must attend the Geetharthamu practice sessions on a regular basis and be open to corrections in order for the CTU 2018 Geetharthamu Team to deliver a well-coordinated, synchronized, high-quality performance.
  • Participants must be able to sing the whole Geetharthamu krithi properly by the end of Mar 2018.
  • The pitch (Shruthi) for this performance will be G (5 kattai) or G# (5 1/2 Kattai) and will be finalized during the practice sessions.

Practice Schedule

  • At the request of CTU, Vasanthi Iyer will be teaching Geetharthamu during these practice sessions.
  • The practice schedule for Geetharthamu is the same as the schedule for the G-Shruti Pancharatnam practice sessions. Geetharthamu practice sessions will be held at the end of the G-Shruti Pancharatnam practice sessions.  Additional practice sessions may be scheduled as needed.
  • The first Geetharthamu practice session will be held on Sun, 25 Mar 2018.
  • If you are an out-of-town participant interested in learning remotely, please refer to the Remote Learning guidelines. Out-of-town participants must attend at least two practice sessions in person before the Memorial Day festival.

Note: Photographs from CTU practice sessions may be shared across CTU publications and CTU social media channels.


  • Sun, 25 Mar 2018: Pallavi
  • Sat, 14 Apr 2018: Anupallavi and Charanam
  • Sun, 22 Apr 2018: Every participant is expected to perform the whole song solo


CTU 2018 Geetharthamu Registration Deadline:  Sat, 17 Mar 2018

Please fill out the information requested below.
Questions: Please send an e-mail to ctu {DOT} gt {AT} ChicagoTyagarajaUtsavam {DOT} org.

Applicant Details
First Name
Last Name
Instrument played
Teacher Name
Participation History
If you are not already trained on Geetharthamu, it is important that you have fully learnt all the Krithis below through CTU practice sessions. Please select all the Krithis you have learnt fully through CTU practice sessions
Parent Contact Details
First Name
Last Name
Street Address
Email Address
Phone Number

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