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2) Kutcheri - A Concert Experience: Carnatic Music is one of the most aesthetic and beautiful musical forms in the world. A
pleasant atmosphere is created where the music is honest, natural and from the heart. For
both the listener and the performer, the atmosphere in which we share this music is as much
an experience as the music itself. It has the ability to sometimes even enhance the experience
and spur creative impulses. Kutcheri is an experiment to present the collective expression of a
group of artistes coming together and presenting music that is vibrant, in a setting that is
vivid and bright with colours and light. This project is to show that a little work can go a long
way in creating a portrait that is not often seen or listening to music in a way that is not often
3) Indian Classical Vocal Music Classes offered by Qualified, Sincere & Dedicated Teacher in Singapore: Home Tuitions Available too. (E-Learning) via Skype is also available
to Foreign Students.
Contact: +65(94660132) or musicgalsaras AT gmail.com
4) Nirupa.M.A : Nirupa.M.A is conducting Veena &Vocal classes at West mambalam, Chennai. Lecturer Carnatic music college Students are welcome in any age group - contact no 99406 60346, 9144 24724355
8) World of Veena Music by Sujana Vadlamani: This site contains classical veena music in real audio by Sujana
Parupalli who is the grand daughter of Gayaka Sarvabhouma Parupalli
9) Vikshepa: Home page of Vikshepa-Group comprises of Vinod
M.K,Aravind,Pramodh,Solomon and Keerthi. All song lyrics by Vinod M.K
and orchestra by Vikshepa.The songs are rendered by Vinod M.k and
Pramodh. The songs and tunes are original.The songs are in Hindi and
Tamil.Please listen to the tunes and send your comments.
10) Savithri Arts Academy: Internationally acclaimed classical dancer Dr. Sinduri Jayasinghe is
the Founder, Director and Guru of Savithri Arts Academy which was
established in 1997. Specializing in Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi, folk
dances of India and Sri Lanka, we offer Karnatic and Hindustani
musical courses as well. The Academy is situated in Cerritos, California.
11) Sri Ogirala Veera Raghava Sarma: web site gives life history of Sri Ogirala Veera Raghava Sarma, who
composed 86 compositions in classical carnatic style and also the list
12) Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan: Web page is written on Sri Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan, a leading mridangist of the
day. Having played for many stalwart Vocalists and instrumentalists, no doubt -
he is one of the top instrumentalists. Web page aims to introduce basics and
advanced playing techniques of mridangam in the next phase of development. Hope
readers will enjoy it.
15) SwarShala: SwarShala is a wonderful tool for anyone interested in Indian
classical music, whether beginner or advanced, by providing means of
learning, practicing and composing this style of music. Such a user
will be able to create fully customized practice sessions with the
required instruments, cycles, pitch, tempo, acceleration, etc... and
select them to be played at wish.
16) T.M.Krishna: T.M.Krishna is one of the leading artists in the field of carnatic
music (Indian classical music-south Indian style) today. He has been
performing from the age of 12. Today he is the youngest singer to
occupy the top slot in almost every major music festival.
17) T.V. Ramprasadh: T.V.Ramprasadh is one of the prominent Carnatic classical vocalists.
Gifted with a mellow, bass voice capable of a panoramic range,
Ramprasadh has trained it with infinite patience and practice, and
shaped it into a voice that weaves a magical spell of sonic beauty.
His captivating voice, clarity in diction and unique style have evoked
unqualified approbation of all listeners. He is capable of
establishing an instant rapport with listeners and his haunting
strains linger in the mind of audiencesí world over. He maintains
purity of the classical form through discipline, concentration and
uncompromising adherence of tradition.
18) Chicago Tyagaraja Utsavam: Chicago Tyagaraja Utsavam (CTU) is a not-for-profit organization
dedicated to promoting Carnatic music in the USA. We actively support
students, teachers and amateurs of all ages in the midwest to learn,
perform, master and propogate this classical art which is at once
ancient and contemporary.
19) Carnatic Music Page of Deepa Srinivasan: She has performed in Bangalore, Cuddalore, Thanjavur, Karaikudi,
Mallur and so on. She has peformed in different sabhas like Vidwath
Samajam, YACM, Bharath Kalachar, Kapali Fine Arts, Mylapore Fine Arts,
Rasika Ranjani Sabha, Naada Inbum in Madras; and in sabhas like Gayana
Samaj, Indian Institute of World Culture, Yuvanika, Jayanagar Cultural
Association in Bangalore. She has also performed in places like
Austin, College Station, Houston and Dallas in the USA
21) Chembai Vaidyanatha Iyer: With a knowledge of the art deeply acquired and with a voice that
earned Chembai Vaidyanatha Bagavathar the fame of bell metal voiced
bhagavathar with its power and majesty yet sweet and melodious, he
rose to supreme heights, taking vast audiences to rapturous delights
in a span of about 70 years of performance expertise. A humble man, he
attributed all his success to his favorite God - Guruvayurappan. His
closed left fist gently swaying up and down, the joy of pure nada when
he held on to single notes, his very own kathiri swaras, his
stupendous stamina, his great sense of humour, his closed mouth
singing of ragas, his abiding sympathy for his fellow accompanists as
also his disciples endeared him to connoisseurs and critics alike
22) Future Carnatic Music: ..If we (yes, those of us who enjoy good carnatic music) do nothing
more than brag about the golden era of carnatic music and carry on
doing things the way we are doing things at present, carnatic music
will slowly but surely fade into oblivion..
24) Taala in Carnatic: ..Tala in Indian Carnatic Music is a time measure or rhythm cycle. As
heart beat is to life for a man, Tala lends life for whole of a
concert. It is said "Sruthi Mata Laya Pitha" which means, the drone
emanated from the Tambura is Mother to the music and the Tala is like
father. The tala or time in Carnatic Music is a series of counts made
by wave of hand or tap of the hand on the lap or by using both the
hands in a manner of clap..
25) looking for classical vocal and instrumental (mirudhangam, gatam or tabla) in the Illinois area: Madhan Dhanikachalam (madhan_dc AT yahoo.com) is living in
Bloomington, IL. and looking for courses in classical vocal and
instrumental (mirudhangam, gatam or tabla).
26) Sahithya karta Ennappadam Venkatarama Baghavathar: Somebody claiming to be E.R.Rajagopalan (errgopal at yahoo.com) wrote
I am the grandson of great Harikatha exponent and Sahithya karta Late
Ennappadam Venkatarama Baghavathar. The speciality of his compositions
is KRISHNATTOTHAREEYAM One hundred and eight kritis set to different
Ragaas and different Taalas comprising one NAAMAM from Krish
Ashtothram. So far no one has composed this kind of Kritis based on
Krishna Ashtothram. The compositions are copyrighted to Kerala Nataka
Sangeetha Acaademy who have broghtforth a book in Malayalam. In
colleges in Kerala,for Music students one composition of Ennappadam
Venkatarama Baghavathar is a must in curriculum.
I, Erode Nagaraj, from the childhood had a great interest to learn rhythm and was initiated into the art of Mrudangam at the age of 7 years. I learnt the art of mrudangam initially from Palladam Sri. V. Ramachandran for 8 years. In order to have further training in all the branches of this art, I became the disciple of Padmabushan Umayalpuram Sri K. Sivaraman since 1990. I took intensive and advance training from my revered Guru, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Umayalpuram Sri. K. Sivaraman, which included accompaniment to vocal music and instrumental music as well and to learn playing for more number of thalas. Though I had participated in several state level school competitions with distinction, my first debut at Chennai was held on Friday, the 16th April 1993. The Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resources & Development, Govt. of India under the scheme, ‚ÄúScholarship to Young Artistes in different Cultural Field‚ÄĚ awarded me scholarship, during the year 1994 ‚Äď 1996 (F2-53/94/CH2). I have been performing both in All India Radio since 02.06 1994 and Doordharsan Kendra, Chennai since 17.09.1994.I have also played laya vinyasam (Mrudangam Solo) in a rare thala - Misra Thriputa ‚Äď Two Kalai- Samam in All India Radio, Chennai and laya vinyasam in Adhi Thala in Doordharsan, Chennai. I am an ‚ÄėA‚Äô grade artiste. I have been playing in almost all esteemed sabas like The Music Academy, Sri Krishna Gana Saba and other well known organisations in India and abroad and also given lecture-demonstrations successfully. My performance on mrudangam was very much appreciated by vidwans and rasikas and I have won many best player awards and have also been credited with very good review in press like The Hindu, Indian Express and other celebrated magazines.
I have been thinking of making substantial contribution to the field of my profession and I owe fullest responsibility not only to maintain the cultural heritage of this art but also to take the art of mrudangam to Global Level, to the mass and even to the layman, the niceties of this art without compromising the sasthras and grammar. I have a very good experience in teaching fingering techniques and laya intricacies of mrudangam for the past 6 years not only to the students of India but also to foreigners. I am keen to interact with all forms of music. I rendered konnakol (verbal rendition of jathis and phrases that are played in mrudangam) to the playing of my Guru Padmabushan Umayalpuram Sri K. Sivaraman with Mr. Steve Coleman (Sax) and Vijay Iyer (Key board) from USA, in the Madras Cricket Club. My mrudangam solo in a rare thala (sankeerna chapu) has been recorded for Samudra, an organization promoting Indian music in London. G.K.Foundation Trust created with noble ideals inter alia honouring selected best musicians and dancers, honoured me in their anniversary function held on 31st July 2001, along with Sangeetha Kalanidhi Palghat Sri K.V. Narayanaswamy. I had the privilege of performing in the platinum jubilee of the Music Academy in the august presence of the Honourable President of India Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, Governor of Tamil Nadu Sri Ram Mohan Rao, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Padma Vibhushan Sri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Sitar Maestro Padma Vibhushan Sri RaviShankar.
TTN ‚Äď the Thamizh Oli Network of Europe, has telecast my interview and mrudangam solo. Chennai-online interviewed me for their internet magazine. I have also performed in Sun-TV, Raj-TV ( DVD of the concert has been released by Raj Video Vision) and Raj Digital Plus and in WIN-TV in their special programmes.
I visited Detroit (MI,USA )last year ( june ‚Äď November -05) for
concerts, lec-dem and classes for advanced level and beginners and
also teaching rhythmic intricacies for vocalists and instrumentalists.
28) Dr. K J Yesudas @ 50 Rivervale Crescent Sengkang: In connection with the consecration ceremony at Arulmigu Velmurugan
Gnanamuneeswarar Temple, musical and dance programs have been arranged.
30) Savita Sreeram wishes to perform and teach music in New Jersey: Somebody claiming to be Savita Sreeram (sreevita24 AT yahoo.com)
31) Sampradhaya - School for Carnatic Vocal, Violin and Keyboard Lessons - Palatine, IL: At Sampradhaya, We teach carnatic Vocal, Bhajans, Violin, Keyboard
for Kids and Elders of age 4+. We are located in Palatine and are 10
minutes away from major cities of Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove and
Vernon Hills. You can reach us at 847-934-7268/847-682-2287. You can
also contact us through email at email@example.com
32) Learn Carnatic music,Annamacharya kritis and more from M.B.shankar: Somebody claiming to be shankar (naarada AT yahoo.com) wrote:
33) Byblos Antiquarian & Rare Books: Sellers of Rare, Antiquarian, Manuscripts, Fine, Second Hand,
Out-of-Print, Used and First Edition books. Specialising in
Children's, Illustrated, History and Literature with many General
Subjects in Stock.
Somebody claiming to be Jayashree Kumar (jskumar AT juno.com) wrote:
I am looking for a Flutist and a Violonist to play for an Arangetram in Memphis, TN USA. Please let me know if anyone is interest4ed.
Best regards Jayashree Kumar - contact jskumar AT juno.com
35) The Art of Tabla: Classical & Contemporary Solo Tabla of India: Sangeet Studios: World Music Performance & Learning Center, 1212
Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. tel: 856-745-5361 - email:
tabla AT sidmehta.com --- Teaching classes in NJ, PA, & DE
36) Subashree Ganeshprasad is a teacher in London: suba_gp AT yahoo.com writes ..I would like to let people know that i
am keen to teach beginners to sing carnatic music. I am based in
London and to begin with can be contacted through email..
37) CarnaticGuru webmart: Welcome to CarnaticGuru webmart an affiliate of SYAMA, Singapore- a
not-for-profit entity. Conceptualised and designed by experts in
carnatic music, our products intend to complement the traditional form
of music education.
38) Amrithavarshini Muralikrishnan: Amrithavarshini Muralikrishnan started playing the instrument under
the tutelage of her Father and Guru Shri N. Muralikrishnan a Vina
player and Keyboard virtuoso and learnt her vocal music from her
mother Rose Muralikrishnan at the tender age of two. She accompanied
her father and mother on all their concerts & tours from her
In summer of 2005 Varshini was initiated into Lalgudi School of
music to further advance and master her music performance skills in
Amrithavarshiniís dream is to propagate and popularize the Carnatic
music on the keyboard in India as well as the world music scene
along with several other western instruments in the same catagory.
She is working very hard to pursue her dreems into reality.
Her recent Music Albums 1. keyboard expressions and 2. Classical
Carnatic Keyboard are hot selling in India and USA music market.
Amrithavarshini is a first ever child prodigy to perform the Carnatic Music on the Electronic keyboard. She released 2 Classical Carnatic Albums 1. Keyboard Expressions, and 2.Classical Carnatic Keyboard Produced by Spring Nectar Productions.Album I - Keyboard Expressions - Produced by Spring Nectar Productions Album II - Classical Carnatic Keyboard - Produced by Spring Nectar Productions. Artists: Amrithavarshini Muralikrishnan - Keyboard Accompanied by world class musicians Sri Vittal Ramamurthi - violin Sri Thiruvarur Vaidhyanathan - Mridangam Sri Adambakkam Shankar - Ghatam Produced by Spring Nectar Productions USA. Recorded and digitally mastered at Shruthilaya Studios Chennai India. Marketed by: Shruthilaya & Spring Nectar
40) Amrithavarshini Muralikrishkrishnan performs for SIMA: Amrithavarshini Muralikrishnan will be featured on the youth
Festival sponsored be South Indian Music Academy SIMA on the 29th of
October at 4:30 PM. She will be accompanied on the Mridangam by
Shriram Brahmanandam and violin on Shruthi Iyer.
For more details please visit www.varshinimusic.com
Concert is open to public.
There will be 2 other performances featured along with this event on
the same day. Please contact south Indian Music Academy for more
details on that.
41) Rythms of Carnatic Music : Dear Music Lovers,
Carnatic Music Classes offered for kids (age above 4) and ladies.
Trained in carnatic music for 20 years under guru Sajeev Kumar of
Ė Classical/Carnatic lessons (from basics to varnam to keerthanams),
- Light music
- Slokas and Devotional songs.
- Theory of carnatic music with regard to ragas, arohanam,
avarohanam, origin also taught.
Individual classes for each student.
For further details contact Nandini Anant @ 973 220 4740.
42) Where could i hear some carnatic music and other traditional Indian music in Dubai: Kiya writes: I am interested in Indian music although know nothing
about it. Where could i hear some carnatic music and other traditional
Indian music in Dubai?
43) Sudhas Carnatic Songs: Basically Sudha is a Professional Carnatic Vocalist based in
Chennai. Dedicated herself to the World of Music. She is doing
research in music, voice culture. Holding Master Degree in Music.
Also playing Veena. Learnt Western Voice culture and Piano in
Finland and presented various types of presentation.
44) Bharatanatyam Varnam Instructional DVD & VCDs: Bharatanatyam Varnam - The Sum & Substance
An Exposition by Priyadarsini Govind
Combo Pack of DVD & Audio CD with 2 Varnams demonstrated
Theory, Demonstration & Recital and audio tracks of two varnams
Varnam is an important component of Bharathanatyam that ageless and
exquisite dance form of India. True to its name, 'Varnam' lends
colour , variety and verve to the dance recital and serves as a
perfect yardstick to judge the quality of the dance and the
competence of the dancer.
This product developed by Swathi Soft Solutions under their Sanskriti
Series, eminent danseuse 'Nrithya Choodamani' Priyadarsini Govind
sets out to explore 'Varnam' in a structured manner and provides a
panoptic view of this colourful element through a dazzling
demonstration & recital of two exciting Varnams:
45) Kalyani Ramchander T -Carnatic Veena and Vocal: Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts (Veena & Vocal)(Veena Vidwan). Has been teaching music to serious
students with an ear for music. Learnt music from Pandit NCH Krishnamacharya, noted violin exponent and
Dr Ayyagari Shyam Sundar, noted veena exponent. Was an artiste with All India Radio, Vijayawada.
Performed in concerts in Oman & Dubai and Sharjah, various charity shows and at the World Telugu
Conference Dubai (2005). Was the Joint Cultural Secretary of Rasamayi, Andhra Cultural Forum of Indian
Association - Dubai. Websites - http://www.youtube.com/user/AradhanaDXB and
ďSoul stirring scintillating Carnatic Keyboard performance that reverberates in us even much after the concert is overĒ is how the Southern Californiaís audience review and describe about Amruthavarshini Muralikrishnanís concert on May 14th 2005 at Hoover Auditorium. She was accompanied by Shri Vittal Ramamurthy on the violin and Shri Neyveli Narayanan on the Mrudangam. The hall was overflowing double its capacity. More than 700 Music rasikas witnessed this young musical genius concert.
Amruthavarshini Muralikrishnan is just 16 years old, young star making a rave in the USA, India and around the world by popularizing the Carnatic music on the Keyboard and is already taking the world of Carnatic music by storm. Innocence on the face, mastery in presentation and classicism in performance made music lovers to bind in Amruthavarshiniís spell of music. Music is part of her lineage. Varshiniís formal training in music started at the tender age of 2 and needless to say that her first teachers were her father, and mother, Veena and Keyboard virtuoso performer and Guru Shri N. Muralikrishnan (www.nmuralikrishnan.com) and renowned Carnatic performer and teacher Smt. Rose Muralikrishnan (www.rosemuralikrishnan.com) who is a disciple of M. L Vasanthakumari.
Varshini is a first ever child prodigy to perform the Carnatic Music on the Electronic keyboard who started playing the instrument at the age of two under the tutelage of her Father and Guru Shri N. Muralikrishnan. After Several years of research playing Carnatic Music on the Keyboard was a concept conceived and stylized by N. Muralikrishnan under the model "Changing Trends without Changing traditional ValuesĒ 23 years ago, which became a hot pick among the youngsters in the field of Carnatic music lately in India and around the world. Not only are her father and mother a well known gurus, but are musicologists and renowned Carnatic practitioners who performed around the globe for more than two decades.
Varshini started the concert with the chouka kala Ata tala Bhairavi Varnam in thrikalam within the same tala cycle. Playing the Keyboard on right hand, doing the tala on her left with a great smile and cheer proved her mastery and confidence on the instrument. Her rendition of Vathapi in Hamsadwani in drutha kala with Kalpana swara was an effective booster. A difficult Anupama gunambudhim in Atana was an excellent communicative piece between the main artist and the accompanists Vittal Ramamurthy and Neyveli Narayanan. After Sobillu saptaswara, brova bharama and few other krithis a grand main Chakkani Raja Marga in raga Karaharapriya was great gate opener to prove her brilliance and deep knowledge in music. Ragam Tanam Pallavi in Raga Mohanam was a breath taking piece of the evening. The concert ended with traditional Tamil, Kannada Telugu Thukkadas with a grand Tillana in Behag by Lalgudi Jayaraman and Mangalam. Chemistry between Amruthavarshini and the accompaniments Shri Vittal Ramamuthy on the violin and Shri Neyveli Narayanan on mirdangam kept the entire concert lively and thrill filled.
Several well known musician and performers such as Delhi Sunderrajan, B.U. Ganesh, Raji Gopalakrishnan, and Southern California Carnatic music organizers and teacher were present in the audience and praised Varshiniís performance level with todayís master musicians. Delhi Sundarrajan delivered a speech and mentioned that Varshiniís presentation of music is beyond the mastery level. Her stage presence, eye contact and communication with accompanists, performing the tala in left and playing the keyboard in the right hand, Raga sancharas, Jaru prayogas, selection of ragas and compositions were well appreciated by him. She was awarded with the title of Sangeetha Kala Rathna by Antelope Valley Temple officials.
At the end speech Amruthavarshini said that there are no short cuts for success in any field. A goal with focus, dedication, hard work, long hours of practice, parental support, appreciating audience and gods grace are the key to make things possible.
Amruthavarshini has a dream of popularizing the keyboard in the Carnatic music scene widely as a solo and accompanying instrument. As there was Baluswami Dikshitar for violin, U. Srinivas for Mandolin, Kadiri Gopinath for Saxophone, A.K.J. Natarajan for Clarinet, she wants Amruthavarshini to be a land mark for Keyboard in Carnatic History.
Amruthavarshini has played in many Music Albums, music and dance productions and performed at several prestigious Halls such as Carpenter's performing Arts center of Long Beach, Cerritos Performing Arts Center, Bovard Auditorium, Getty Museum Center of Los Angeles, Cleveland Aradhana, and so forth. She also participated in several World music Festivals around the country and was a special invitee at the A.R. Rahmanís LA 2000 show at Shrine Auditorium to sing the Vande Matharam and National Anthem of India. She often accompanies her father and motherís Carnatic concerts in and around the country. She participated in several fund raising events for many nonprofit organizations such as UdhavumKarangal, ASHA-LA, SPICMACAY, Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) for Tsunami Disaster Relief, and Corazon de Vida Foundation for orphans in Baja, to support good cause.
Varshini is well versed in Western and Carnatic singing and bagged over 100
awards, prizes, and certificates for her merit. She plays the Sarasvathi
veena, as well as the western Piano, and has composed music for several
musical events. She makes difference in sick and older Citizens lives by
volunteering at retirement homes through her music performances. She enjoys
western dancing, playing sports, and swimming as spare time hobbies. Her
second interest is public speaking and attended many conferences in California
and Arizona High Schools and Universities and won many awards for speech
47) Gita Govindam on May 21, 2005 at Plainsboro, NJ: Nrithyanjali Institute of Dance, a NJ based Not for profit institute
with a mission to preserve and promote Indian classical art forms,
are organizing an event Gita Govindam on MAy 21, 2005 at Plainsboro,
NJ. It is choreographed and presented by Padma Bhushan Kalanidhi
Narayanan, based on Jayadeva's compositions.
48) Vidyarthi - A Forum for Indian Art, Music, and Mythology: For many of us living in the Western world, India is a mystery. The
religion is too ritualistic, the music is too complex, and the art is
anachronistic. Are they really?
Raga Lakshana is the technical boundary of the raga. There are various factors that determine the Lakshana of a raga ó the arohana and the avarohana (the ascending the descending order of the scale), the characteristic phrases of the raga, the special distinguishing prayogas, the gamakas peculiar to a particular raga and so on. In fact different gamakas even when applied to the same swara portray different shades and is one of the factors that helps one differentiate between ragas. [ The Hindu: Torchbearer of a great tradition ]
also see carnatic - raga list
50) Review of a delightful vocal concert by Gowri Raghunandan at 21st Annual Thygaraja Aradhana - New Jersey, USA: by M.G. Prasad - (sent by shammiraghu at yahoo.com )
It was one of those bright days in January when the weather was very pleasant and the audience was treated with another pleasant experience of a delightful vocal concert by Ms. Gowri Raghunandan (winner of Bharataratna M.S. Subbalakshmi award, in recognition of being placed first in the senior vocal competition 2004 conducted by CMANA - Carnatic Music Association of North America). She was accompanied by Ms. Smitha Krishnan on the violin Mr. and Prakash Venkatraman on the mridangam. This year‚Äôs Aradhana of saint composer and musician Sri Thyagaraja was celebrated on Saturday January 29, 2005. A highlight of the day was a one-hour concert by the highly talented young artists Gowri, Prakash and Smitha, at Glenrock Community church, NJ.
Gowri sang seven kritis of Thyagaraja reminding us of the seven notes. Her rendering of the well chosen first selection ‚ÄúShobillu sapta swara‚Ä¶.‚ÄĚ in Jaganmohini raga set to Roopaka tala was beautiful. The music reflected the spirit of the composition that worships Goddess who presides over the seven notes that shine through navel, heart, throat, tongue, nose, etc and in the Vedas, Gayatri mantra and minds of Gods, holy men and Thyagaraja. In raga Ravichandrika set to Adi tala, the second offering ‚ÄúMaakelera vicharamu‚Ä¶..‚ÄĚ was bringing out the melody and devotion to Rama who takes care of the things in the universe. The third kriti ‚ÄúPariyachakama maata‚Ä¶.‚ÄĚ in raga Vanaspati and Roopaka tala was nicely sung. It is in Rama that one needs to take refuge as many devotees has been protected by him says Thyagaraja.
The next offering was ‚ÄúOkapari joodaga Rada‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ in Kalavathi raga and set to Adi tala. Gowri brought the devotional feeling in this kriti in which Thyagaraja prays Rama to bless his grace through sight. In raga Saranga and set to Adi tala, the next kriti ‚ÄúKamalaapta kula‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ was nicely rendered that brought put the bhava of surrender as depicted by Thyagaraja. The final kriti was a popular one ‚ÄúHechharika Ra Ra Ra‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ in Yadukulakamboji raga and set to Khanda chapu tala. This kriti was very pleasantly rendered that brought out the feeling of inviting Rama as composed by Thyagaraja.
It was quite an experience to the audience that these young artisits not only gave high quality performance but also assured the future of Carnatic music is bright and strong in their hands. The organizers have to be congratulated for organizing such a tribute to both Saint Thyagaraja and the great spiritual path of music.
Brief profile of artists ‚Äď each of them have won several awards over the years in festivals and competitions conducted throughout USA:
Gowri Raghunandan (9th Grade Student, Holmdel High School, student of
Smt. Vani Sateesh ‚Äď A grade Artist of All India Radio and currently
residing in USA)
Smitha Krishnan (10th Grade student, West Windsor Planesboro High
School, student of Sri. Ananantha Krishnan, well known Musicologist and
violin teacher, NJ)
Prakash Venkatraman (11th Grade student, J.P. Stevens High School,
Edison, student of Dr. Suresh Ramachandran, well known Mridangist, NJ)