Sunday, March 3, 2019

Manasa presents Mikeless Kutcheri


12 year old Manasa Hariprakash, a student of Guru Sri. Palghat Ramprasad, presented a Mikeless Kutcheri this Sunday (March 3) morning between 7am and 8am at the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore. Mikes and Speakers are not used at the Kutcheri.

Accompanied on the Violin by Thirucherai Karthik and on the Mirudangam by Sunaada Krishna Amai, Manasa presented compositions that included Siva Siva Siva Enarada (Pantuvarali), Elle Ilang Kiliye (Begada), Kanchadalayadakshi (Kamala Manohari) and Eesane Indha Ezhai (Chakravakam). 
N Sriraman, Senior GM, Sundaram Finance presented certificates and mementos to the artistes.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Manaswini Sunday Kutcheri in the Park

Kicks off the 14th Year of Mikeless Kutcheri at Nageswara Rao Park
14 year old Manaswini Sathyanarayanan, student of Smt. Neeraja Badrinath presented a lively Mikeless Kutcheri on Sunday (Feb 3) morning between 7am and 8am at the chess square of the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore. The Kutcheri marked the beginning of the 14th year of the Sunday Kutcheri in the Park.

Accompanied on the Violin by Parur Ananthalakshmi and on the Mirudangam by Punnur T. R. Arvind Kaushik, Manaswini presented compositions that included Muthuswami Dikshitar’s Ekambresa Nayike (Karnatika Suddha Saveri/Adi), Arunachala Nadham (Saranga / Rupakam) and Gopika Manoharam (Mohanam/ Adi), Thyagarajar’s Makelara (Ravichandrika/ Deshadi) and Sri Arunagirinaathar’s Muthai Tharu (Thiruppugazh/ Shanmugapriya). 
S Dhandayuthapani, GM, Sundaram Finance Ltd., presented certificates and mementos to the artistes.

Launched in February 2006, the idea of the Sunday Kutcheri in the Park, that takes place on the first Sunday of every month, is to provide opportunities to young budding talent aged below 15 years to present in front of an informal park audience amidst chirping birds and falling leaves. Mikes and speakers are not used at the Kutcheri in the Park. Over 1300 children have been part of the Kutcheri in the Park series.

Sundaram Finance conducts audition to select the artistes to present the Mikeless Kutcheri. For details, email: sundaykutcheri@sundaramfinance.in

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Sunday Kutcheri in the Park completes 13 years


Spoorthi Rao presents a lively Kutcheri in the Park at Nageswara Rao Park
Launched on the first Sunday of February 2006, the monthly Sunday Kutcheri in the Park organised by Sundaram Finance completed 13 years on January 13. Around 1300 children have so far presented the Mikeless Kutcheri at the Nageswara Rao Park. To mark the occasion, 13 year old Spoorthi Rao, who is learning music from Guru Ranjani and Gayathri, presented a lively one hour Kutcheri in the Park, without mikes and speakers, at the Nageswara Rao Park in front of a big Sunday morning audience that had gathered around the chess square. She was accompanied on the Violin by Akilesh and on the Mridangam by A Rohith.

TT Srinivasaraghavan, MD, Sundaram Finance said ‘When we launched the Kutcheri in the Park 13 years ago, our idea was to make this a stepping stone for budding musical talent and to help 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 in an informal environment. 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 the Mikeless Kutcheri concept, Srinivasaraghavan said, ‘During these 13 years, 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.’ 

Srinivasaraghavan, MD, Sundaram Finance presented certificates to the artistes.

Talented children from the US, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Pune and Bangalore have also presented mikeless kutcheri at the Nageswara Rao Park over the last 13 years.

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 as the longest open air Mikeless Kutcheri for children.

Group Mikeless Kutcheri Day 3 SFMF

10 students from Gaana Surabhi Music Academy presented a Group Mikeless Kutcheri  on the third morning ( Jan 12) of the Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival at the Nageswara Rao Park.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Geetha Raja's Students Kutcheri in the Park



Students of Smt. Geetha Raja presented a lively Kutcheri in the Park sans mikes and speakers on the second morning of the Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival at the Nageswara Rao Park.

The students presented compositions that included Papanasam Sivan’s Kapali (Mohanam/Adi), Thyagarajar’s Tulasamma (Devagandhari/Adi), Mayuram Viswanatha Sastri’s Kanthamam (Sindhubhairavi/Ekam(Tisra gati)) and Paramacharya Shri Chandrasekhara Saraswathi’s Maitreem Bhajatha     (Ragamalika  / Adi).
 TT Srinivasaraghavan, MD, Sundaram Finance presented certificates to the artistes.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sivaswami Kalalaya Mikeless Kutcheri in the Park

38 Students from Sir Sivaswami Kalalaya Sr. Sec School, Mylapore presented a lively group Mikeless Kutcheri this morning between 7am and 8am at the Nageswara Rao Park to kick off the 17th Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival. No Mikes and speakers are used at the Kutcheri in the Park.

Accompanied by Shriya Desikan on the Violin and R Ramakrishnan on the Mridangam, the students presented songs that included Bharathiyar’s Paarukulley Nalla Naadu (Jompuri/Adi), Muthuswamy Dikshithar’s Mahaganapathim (Nattai/Ekam), Shri Saraswathi (Aarabhi /Rupakam) and Kamalaasana Vandita (Sankarabaranam/Ekam), Thyagarajar’s Vidajaladura (Jana Ranjani / Adi) and Gandhamu Puyyaruga ( Punnaaga Varali/Adi) and Papanasam Sivan’s Devi Neeye Thunai ( Keeravani / Adi). 
P Viswanathan, Company Secretary, Sundaram Finance Ltd., presented certificates to the artistes and a memento to the Music teacher H Sujatha.

The idea of the Kutcheri in the Park organised by Sundaram Finance is to provide opportunities to young budding talent aged below 15 years to present in front of an informal park audience amidst chirping birds and falling leaves. Over 1200 children have presented the Mikeless Kutcheri to-date since the launch in February 2006.  Sundaram Finance conducts audition to select the artistes.



Sunday, December 9, 2018

Srinivasaraghavan Lifetime Achievement Award

Unflinching Commitment to Society, a Record Breaking Mikeless Kutcheri and Phenomenal growth in business earns TT Srinivasaraghavan, MD, Sundaram Finance the Lifetime Achievement award at the Trinity Arts Festival

Dedicates the Award to 'Team Sundaram'
While commending his contribution to the business - Sundaram Finance under Srinivasaraghavan’s dynamic leadership saw phenomenal growth and earned the distinction as one of India’s most trusted NBFCs with best in class ratings in Fixed Deposits, Long Term and Short Term borrowings - the award Citation pointed to his commitment to the Society.                                  
It was a revolutionary never before heard concept on the Indian Music Scene. An open air kutcheri at a public park without mikes and speakers in an informal atmosphere with the audience seated around the artiste  - 'Mikeless Kutcheri in the Park' as it has now come to be called. Will artistes be interested to perform in such a Kutcheri sans mikes?

The Launch in February 2006
Just over 12 years ago, on the first Sunday of February 2006, Srinivasaraghavan launched the Sunday Kutcheri in the Park for children making it a monthly feature "We chose to focus on young children - ‘catch them young’ - and restricted it to children below 15 years as we believed it would help them shed their inhibitions and give them the confidence to move up to the next level. To us, the first Sunday of every month is their ‘Day’. The young children are the ‘stars’ of the show. For most children, this is their first Kutcheri." 
                                                 
A committee from Sundaram Finance conducts an audition to select the students. Certificate and memento are presented to the artistes.

While there were voices that pushed for mikes and speakers, Srinivasaraghavan stuck to his stated position "We did not want to disturb the peace of the morning walkers with loud music and hence consciously stayed away from mikes and speakers. We have to be conscious and mindful of the fact that we operate in a public place. It would be presumptuous on our part to assume that all of them are lovers of carnatic music. Therefore the first thing we decided was ‘No mikes No speakers’. We decided to do it in a confined space, whereby those who are interested can come seeking this but we will not impose this on someone who doesn’t necessarily want to be bothered by carnatic music. Also, being an open-air kutcheri, amidst falling leaves and curious birds chirping around the park, we believed that we would be able to bring out the best in the children if they performed without the help of mikes and speakers."

In the initial phase of the launch, "we wondered if the participants would really like this concept and if we would have enough interest in this ‘never before tried out mikeless open air format’."
But very soon and frankly quite unexpectedly, the Sunday Kutcheri in the Park encountered a happy problem. Applications poured in and there was a serious backlog that the children who had cleared the audition.In fact the demand from prospective artistes increased so dramatically that Sundaram Finance expanded the Kutcheri concept to include a three day Navarathri special every year.
       
Nostalgic memories                                 
10 years after she performed with her friend Sagarika in February 2008, Anjana Venkataramanan
(Photograph above) still cherishes the memento that she received from TT Srinivasaraghavan that morning at the Nageswara Rao Park.
Says her mother, Geetha Venkataramanan ( the Editor of The Hindu, Friday Review), "It has faded, almost tearing at the edges but Anjana would not remove it from her cupboard door. It has been stuck there for 10 years - the review with that photo and the memento. Nostalgic memories of the Kutcheri!!!" 
                                            
Murali Raghavan, Convener of the Trinity Arts Festival said that it was this persuasive long term commitment of Srinivasaraghavan to provide opportunities to budding musical talent and making this a launch pad for children aged below 15 that led to over 1200 children getting opportunities to sing at the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore. Many of whom have gone on to scale higher peaks in the musical arena."

A decade after the launch of the Sunday Kutcheri in the Park, the Limca Book of Records, after an exhaustive study and analysis, included the Mikeless Kutcheri in the Records Books for being the longest running open air Mikeless Kutcheri in India.
                                  
In his award acceptance speech, Srinivasaraghavan said, “All evening I have been sitting here wondering why I am here. You have a whole bunch of extraordinarily talented people who have achieved so much individually in their chosen field. All of them received awards because they are outstanding individuals. The award that I have received has very little to do with me the individual. I am very humbled by this recognition. However, this award belongs to all my colleagues who constitute Team Sundaram. I receive it as the captain of the team."
                                        
T. T. Srinivasaraghavan, Managing Director, Sundaram Finance Ltd., was presented the Life Time Achievement award by N Ravi, Chairman, Press Trust of India at a function held at the RR Sabha in Mylapore, Madras on Friday evening at the inauguration function of the Trinity Arts Festival.