Perambulating the Bounds

Thursday, March 20, 2008

This Saturday: Belcourt and Sri Ganesha

What to do this Saturday?

Morning: Belcourt Community Meeting, 10-11:30. Back in 1999, when the Save the Belcourt process started, we held a big community forum at the Methodist church in the Village. 9 years later, and the Belcourt is operating as a non-profit, things are going really well with the programming, staff, finances. So well in fact that we were able to actually buy the building this Fall. It was hard to imagine in 1999 how we would get to this spot, but here we are. Now that we own the building we’ve started strategic planning in earnest. And part of that is to do a community meeting again to hear from people about what we’re doing and should be doing. The meeting will be from 10-11:30 at the Theatre. Please come. If you come to the theater a lot, tell us about it. If you don’t come very much, tell us why not. Here’s the write-up on it from the organizers:

Hi there fine friend of the Belcourt.

We hope that you'll join us for the Belcourt Community Meeting
Saturday, March 22 10:00am-11:30am.

In 2003 the theatre was purchased by Belcourt YES! founding committee member Thomas Wills with the intention of reselling the theater to the organization for the original purchase price. Belcourt YES! purchased the theatre from Mr. Wills in November of 2007, for the exact amount paid for the property in 2003. At about the same time, the Board of Directors changed the organization's name to The Belcourt Theatre, Inc.

The Belcourt is now the last of the neighborhood theatres to remain operational, and is recognized as a unique cultural icon and as Nashville's choice for the best foreign, independent, and classic film, great musical performances, cutting-edge live theatre, and unique programming for kids and their families.

Join us Saturday for Step 1 of The Belcourt Theatre, Inc.'s Strategic Planning Process:

Programming: What are we doing well? Where might we improve? Is there anything you'd like to see us do that we're not doing?

Membership: Are you a member? If not, why not?

Communication: How are you hearing about Belcourt news and events? What suggestions to you have for improved communication?

Facilities: We KNOW! But tell us again anyway . . . and try to think beyond theatre seats, bathrooms, and accessibility . . . dream BIG!

This meeting is open to the entire Nashville and Middle Tennessee Community. We'll even have coffee and doughnuts. We need to hear from YOU! We hope to see you there.

OK, so that’s your morning. I don’t really have any suggestions for the afternoon. Consider that open time, like a conference.

Evening: TNS Krishna, Sri Ganesha Temple, 6:00.

Last Fall Sri Ganesha presented a concert by major Carnatic vocalist T.N. Seshagopalan. I missed this concert for some reason I can’t remember, but it was one of those cases where you looked at the write and said this is going to be very good, and reports from the concerts were that this was exactly what happened. So now Seshagopolan’s son is coming to town. I’d say it’s a consolation prize for those who missed the father’s concert, but I suspect it will be much more than that. Here’s Sankaran Mahadevan’s writeup on the concert:

T. N. S. Krishna is the son and disciple of the great genius Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan, the leading vocalist in the field of Carnatic music today. Many of us remember the brilliant and moving concert by the father at the temple last October. Now the son comes to sing for us, already one of the prominent young stars in the field, and having proved himself worthy of carrying forward his father's rich legacy. Krishna's performances are marked by the same brilliance as his father, rendered in a rich melodious voice. In 2004, he won the Yuva Kala Bharati award in Chennai, one of the most prestigious awards for accomplished young artists.

Jayshankar Balan learnt Carnatic violin in Bombay under well known musicians T. S. Krishnaswamy and N. S. Chandrasekaran, and has frequently accompanied many leading Carnatic musicians during the past twenty years, such as T. N. Seshagopalan, K. J. Yesudas, N. Ravi Kiran and others.

M. Lakshman is the student of Palghat T. R. Rajamani, son of the legendary Palghat Mani Iyer, and has regularly accompanied prominent Carnatic musicians during the past fifteen years, such as N. Ravi Kiran and R. Prasanna.


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