Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sunday Kutcheri completes 12 years

1200 children have presented the Mikeless Kutcheri to-date 25 Students from PS Senior Sec School present a lively Group Kutcheri on the final day of the Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival
Launched in February 2006, the monthly Sunday Kutcheri in the Park organised by Sundaram Finance has completed 12 years this Sunday (Jan 7).
On the occasion of the final day of the Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival 2018, around 25 students from PS Senior Sec School, Mylapore presented a one hour Group Mikeless Kutcheri at the Nageswara Rao Park in front of a big Sunday morning audience that gathered around the chess square. Spoorthi Rao, who won the Super Singer, was among the artistes who presented the Group Kutcheri today.
The students presented compositions that included Vathapi Ganapathin(Hamsadhwani/Adi), Kanavendamo (Sri Ranjani /Rupakam), Vanchasi Yadhi Kushalam (Kalyani / Adi), Sri Valli Devesenapathe (Natabairavi / Adi), Telisi Rama (Poornachanarika / Adi), Rama Rama Raghava (Ragamalika / Adi) and Nee Irangadhenil (Atana / Adi).
Speaking on the occasion, TT Srinivasaraghavan, MD, Sundaram Finance said ‘When we launched the Kutcheri in the Park 12 years ago, our idea was to make this a stepping stone for budding musical talent. I would like to think that the Sunday Kutcheri in the Park has played a small role in helping young ‘unsung’ children aged below 15 years shed the initial inhibition that we normally associate with stage performances by giving them a platform to showcase their talent. 1200 children have so far presented the Mikeless Kutcheri since the launch in February 2006. Many have gone on to the next level in their musical career. That for us is very heartening; those for whom we provided a platform, blossoming and moving on.’
On sticking to the Mikeless Kutcheri concept over this 12 year period, Srinivasaraghavan said, ‘During this period, we have had suggestions from the audience to convert this into the usual ‘Miked’ Kutcheri but we have resisted the temptation and stuck on to the ‘Mikeless Concept’ for we believed that an open-air kutcheri, amidst falling leaves and curious birds chirping around the park, would bring out the best in the children if they performed without the help of mikes and speakers.’
Also present at the park this morning was Arul Priya, an artiste who had come all the way from Dubai as a 13 year old and presented the Mikeless Kutcheri in 2008. She has now turned a music teacher and was present as the Guru of one of the students who presented the Group Kutcheri today.
Mylapore MLA R Natraj presented certificates to the artistes and a memento to the PS Sr. Sec School Music Teacher Latha Anantharaman. No Mikes and Speakers are used at the Kutcheri. The monthly Kutcheri in the Park is restricted to children aged below 15 years. A committee from Sundaram Finance conducts audition to select the artistes. The Kutcheri in the Park has also featured in the Limca Book of Records over the last two years as the longest open air Mikeless Kutcheri for children.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Hindu School Adyar students present Kutcheri in the Park


Students from Hindu Sr. Sec School, Adyar presented a Group Kutcheri in the Park on Saturday (Jan 6) morning.
M Ramaswamy, CFO, Sundaram Finance presented certificates to the artistes and a memento to the Guru.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Group Mikeless Kutcheri

10 students, disciples of Guru Dr. Chitra Madhavan presented the Kutcheri in the Park on the 2nd morning of the 16th Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival.
The students presented compositions that included Gurulekha Etu ( Gowri Manohari/ Kanda Chapu), Mayil Vahanan ( Hindolam / Aadhi), Varaparachara ( Nattai / Aadhi), Rajagopalani ( Bimplas / Aadhi) and Arunachalamey ( Madhayamavathi / Aadthi).

Saturday, January 6, 2018

PSBB students present Group Kutcheri


10 Students from PSBB, T. Nagar presented a one hour group Mikeless Kutcheri this (Jan 4) morning between 7am and 8am at the Nageswara Rao Park to kick off the 16th Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival 2018.
The students presented songs that included Papanasam Sivan’s Sri Ganesha Saranam (Tilang), Bharathiyar’s Boologam Kumari ( Bimplas), Purandaradasar’s Adi Dhano Ranga (Arabhi /Hamsanandhi) and Indhina Dinave (Surati), Arunagirinadhar’s Thamaru mamaru (Hameer Kalyani) and Narayana Theerthar’s Alokaye (Karaharapriya).
TT Srinivasaraghavan, MD, Sundaram Finance Ltd., presented certificates to the artistes and a memento to the Music teachers Mrs. Padmashree and Ms. Ammu.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Akshara presents Sunday Kutcheri


Akshara Ashok, a class VII student of Vidya Mandir presented a lively one hour ‘Mikeless Kutcheri’ this Sunday (Dec 3) morning between 7am and 8am at the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore.
Akshara was accompanied on the Violin by R.D. Shyam Ragav (Disciple of Sherthalai R Shivakumar) and on the Mridangam by K. Abhinav (Disciple of Arjun Bharathi). Akshara presented compositions that included Jaya Jaya Janaki Kantha ( Naattai), Bantu Reethi Kolu (Hamsantham), Seethamma Mayamma (Vasantha) and Govinda Govinda Yani Koluvare (Brindavan Saranga).
Dhandayudhapani, GM, Sundaram Finance presented certificates and mementos to the artistes.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Raghavender Navarathri Kutcheri


13 year old G Raghavender, a student of PSBB KK Nagar presented the Mikeless Kutcheri on the final morning ( Sunday) of three day Navarathri Special Kutcheri in the Park at the Nageswara Rao Park.
Raghavender, who is learning from Guru Thiruvayaru P Sekar, was accompanied on the Violin B. Sudha (Guru Lalgudi Smt S Alamelu) and on the Mirudangam by Ajeeth Sridhar (Guru Chromepet Sri G. Suresh).

Harini presents Navarathri Kutcheri in the Park


13 year old M Harini, a student of Vaels Higher Secondary School, Injambakkam presented a vocal carnatic music performance on the 2nd morning (Saturday Sept 23) of the three day Navarathri Special Kutcheri in the Park organized by Sundaram Finance. Harini was accompanied on the Violin by R.D. Shyam Ragav (Guru Sherthalai R.Sivakumar) and on the Mirudangam by Sai Srivats Kamath (Guru Thanjavur Srinivasan). Harini presented compositions that included Girirajasuta (Bangala), Kamakshi kamakoti (Sumadhyuti), Koluvaiyunade (Devaghandhari) and Thirumalai Giriraya(Mohanam).
P Viswanathan, Company Secretary, Sundaram Finance Ltd., presented certificates and mementos to the artistes.