The Krishna Gana Sabha’s Pongal Nadaswara Isai Vizha, an annual week-long Nadaswaram Festival that began in Jan 1987, gives pride of place to this great traditional instrument of South India, SKGS is the first and only Sabha to offer such a concert platform to the Nadaswaram and Tavil artist and popular is this instrument, otherwise restricted mainly to temples and marriage halls.
Double-mridangam accompaniment was first featured at the Krishna Gana Sabha and was a resounding success. In 1958, Sri Palghat Mani Iyer and his son, Palaghat Rjamani, provided the first double-mridangam accompaniment to the Alathoor Brothers with Lalgudi Jyaraman on the violin. Krishna Gana Sabha, over the years, has featured many such concerts involving different mridangam artist of eminence.
The All India Natya Kala Conference at the Krishna Gana Sabha, remind unprecedented and unparalleled as a single forum show casing the varied classical dance forms of India through annual lecture demonstrations, research paper presentations and live performances. The nucleus of the concept was derived from a discussion with the Bharatanatyam Virtuoso, Dr. Padma Subramanyam who expressed the need for presenting the diverse Indian classical dance forms to posterity. The Natya Kala Conference celebrates its solver jubilee this year.
The great traditional Bhagavatha Mela of Metaroor was brought to the city Sabha platform in 1965 by the Krishna Gana Sabha in a week long festival former.
First Sabha to deviate from the prevailing practice of other Madras Sabha’s that of concentrating all their programs during the December - January time frame alone SKGS pioneered the August - September Gokulashtami Festivals in 1955. The first Gokulashtami season was a concerts strong (namely trial of MS Subbalakshamni, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Chiiti Babu, Sheik Chinna Moulena Sehiba, Flute Mali, K. B. Sundarambai with MS Gopalakrishnaan as violin accompaniment). The Sabha is proud to note that the Gokulashtami festival has grown steadily over the year to offer a inch variety of over 60 concerts in 2005.