Devaganavali Trust organized a workshop conducted by veteran musician Smt. R. Vedavalli on Sri Maha Vaidyanatha Sivan’s magnum opus – the Mela Ragamalika, the culmination of which was a rendition of a part of the same by the workshop participants at Raga Sudha Hall, Mylapore Chennai on the 13th of June 2009. I got an opportunity to play mrudangam for the recital and it was a nice experience getting to play for the first four chakras that were sung. I was not fortunate enough to be able to attend the workshop though.
More info on the composer and on the workshop is available in the following articles published in The Hindu:
Grappling with a challenge … by Sri G. Swaminathan
Blend of lakshana and lakshya by Smt. Lalithaa Krishnan