Flute by B.V. Balasai at the Swathi Music Festival, Kerala

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Featured in the video is a soulful flute recital by B. V. Balasai, an Indian flautist who has won his own recognition in the world of Indian music, at the Swathi Sangeethotsavam (Swathi Music Festival) held in the Kuthira Malika Palace at East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. He is accompanied by Sri. M.A. Sundaresan on the Violin, Sri. Mannnargudi A. Easwaran on the Mridangam, Sri. Vaikkom Gopalakrishnan on the Ghatam and Sri. Payyannur T. Govindaprasad on the Morsingh or Jew’s Harp.

The Swathi Sangeethotsavam or Swathi Music Festival is a week-long festival of music celebrating the compositions of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal. The festival is held in the month of January every year at the courtyard of Kuthira Malika Palace at East Fort, Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. Swati Kritis are jewels of compositions in the Carnatic music world.

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