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.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Flute Kutcheri Advaith


Enthralls Park audience with a confident performance
13 year old R. S. Adhvaith (Disciple of K. V. Ramanujam) presented a lively Flute Kutcheri this Sunday (Dec 2) morning between 7am and 8am at the chess square of the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore. Mikes and speakers are not used at the Kutcheri in the Park. Accompanied on the Violin by D. Shyam Ragav and on the Mirudangam by V Balaji, Adhvaith enthralled the audience comprising of morning park walkers and kutcheri regulars with his flute rendition. Adhvaith presented compositions that included Mahaganapathim (Naatai/Adi), Saadinchaney (Aarabhi/Aadi), Saabapathihu (Aabhogi /Rupakam) and Anupama Gunabhothi (Aatana/Kandachapu).
Vasantha Rajagopal, a regular at the Sunday Kutcheri said that “playing an instrument at such a young age in front of a big audience can be challenging. It was a great opportunity for the boy to showcase his talent this morning. This presentation in front of an informal audience will help him develop as a musician. I commend Sundaram Finance for providing opportunities to young artistes aged below 15 years to present such Kutcheris at the Nageswara Rao Park.”
Another regular walker at the park said that he usually turns up late for the morning walk every day of the month “On the first Sunday of every month, I start my walk early so I can watch such talented young artistes perform at the Mikeless Kutcheri.” Bhuvaneswari, who was present this morning at the Chess Square to watch the Mikeless Kutcheri said “the flute recital of Adhvaith was a treat to the ears.” G Harikrishnan, GM, Sundaram Finance presented certificates and mementos to the artistes.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Gurupreethi presents Sunday Kutcheri in the Park


14 year old G. Gurupreethi, student of Vidwan Dr. B. Umashankar, presented a lively Mikeless Kutcheri on a cloudy Sunday (Nov 4) morning between 7am and 8am at the chess square of the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore.
Accompanied on the Violin by D. Shyam Ragav and on the Mirudangam by Yashwanth Ravi, Gurupreethi enthralled the audience comprising of morning park walkers and kutcheri regulars with compositions that included Thyagarajar’s Ethari Sancha (Shruthi Ranjani/Deshadhi), Ninne Bhajana (Nattai/Adi) and Narasimha (Bilahari /Misra Chapu), Muthuswamy Dikshithar’s Sri Kamalambige ( Sri Ragam/ Kanda Ekam), Shyama Sastry’s Himadri Sudhe ( Kalyani/ Adi) and Devi Sri Kamakshi (Bairavi/Adi) and Bharathiyar’s Saaga Varam Arulvai (Behag/Roopakam).
N Sriraman, Sr. GM, Sundaram Finance Ltd., presented certificates and mementos to the artistes.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Navarathri Kutcheri in the Park completes 10 years

Around 1200 children aged below 15 years have presented Kutcheri in the Park
On the third and final day on Sunday (Oct 14) morning, 14 year old Shriya Vishnuram, a student of PSBB Nungambakkam presented a one hour ‘Mikeless Kutcheri’, accompanied on the violin by T Kishore and on the Mirudangam by G. N. Bhuvanasundaran. Applauded all the way by an informal park audience comprising of morning walkers and kutcheri regulars, Shriya presented compositions that included Bala Murali Krishna’s Amma Ananda Dayini (Gambheeranattai/Adi), Muthuswami Dikshithar’s Kamalaam Baambhajare (Kalyani/Adi) and Madurai Sreenivasan’s Karunai Deivamey (Sindhu Bhairavi /Adi).
C Muralidharan, Sr. GM, Sundaram Finance Ltd., presented certificates and mementos to the artistes.
On the completion of 10 years of Navarathri Kutcheri in the Park, TT Srinivasaraghavan, Managing Director, Sundaram Finance said, “In the initial phase of the launch of the monthly Sunday Kutcheri in the Park, 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, we encountered a happy problem. Applications poured in and we had a serious backlog of the children who had cleared the audition. And that’s when we decided 10years ago to expand this format to include a 3day Navarathri Special Kutcheri in the Park. Honestly we did not expect this kind of positive response. Thus, we now have the monthly Sunday Kutcheri in the Park, ‘Navarathri Special’ Kutcheri in the Park and Concert in the Park as part of the annual Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival. Around 1200 children have presented concerts at the Kutcheri in the Park.”
Sundaram Finance conducts audition to select the artistes aged below 15years for the monthly Kutcheri in the Park. To apply, email: sundaykutcheri@sundaramfinance.in

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Ananya presents Navarathri Kutcheri


On day two of the three day Navarathri Kutcheri in the Park series organized by Sundaram Finance, 12 year old N. Ananya Ranganayaki, a student of Guru Smt. Bhagyalakshmi Suresh presented a mikeless Kutcheri. She was accompanied on the Violin by Chittoor Bhargava Vignesh and on the Mirudangam by Abhinav Kailasam.
Ananya presented compositions that included Girirajasuta (Bangala / Deshadhi), Jaya Jaya ( Nattai / Kandachapu), Sri Shankara ( Nagaswaravali / Rupakam) and Arabhi Manam ( Ragamalika / Adhi).
G Sundararajan, CFO, Sundaram Home Finance presented certificates and mementos to the artistes.

Vaishnavee Kicks off Navarathri Kutcheri


On day one of the three day Navarathri Kutcheri in the Park series organized by Sundaram Finance, 14 year old S Vaishnavee presented a lively one hour ‘Mikeless Kutcheri’ this Friday morning between 7am and 8am at the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore. This is the 10th Edition of the Navarathri Kutcheri in the Park.
Vaishnavee, who is learning from Guru T.R Vasudevan, was accompanied on the Violin by T. Kishore and on the Mirudangam by V.G. Vishwesh. With the early morning sun beating down on her face through the branches of the tall tree at the Nageswara Rao Park, Vaishnavee presented compositions that included Muthuswamy Dikshithar’s Gajananayutham (Chakravakam Ragam/Adi Thalam), Thyagarajar’s Adamodigalade (Charukesi/Adi), Shyamashastri’s Mayamma (Aahiri/ Adi) and Papanasam Sivan’s Kana vendamo (Sri Ranjani-Adi). P Viswanathan, Company Secretary, Sundaram Finance Ltd., presented certificates and mementos to the artistes.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Thushara presents Sunday Kutcheri


Amidst chirping birds and falling leaves, 14 year old R Thushara, a class X student of PS Sr. Sec School presented a lively Mikeless Kutcheri on Sunday (September 2) morning between 630am and 730am at the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore. It was her debut Kutcheri performance.
Thushara, who is learning music from Guru Palakkad R Ramprasad, was accompanied on the Violin by Thirucherai Karthik (Disciple of Sri V. L. Kumar) and on the Mirudangam by Punnar T. R. Arvind Kaushik (Disciple of Sri Mannargudi A. Eswaran).
Appreciated through the one hour by an informal audience comprising of morning park walkers and Sunday Kutcheri regulars, Thushara presented compositions that included Pranamamyaham (Gowla/Adi), Guru Lekha (Gowri Manohari/ Khanda Chapu), Sri Ranganatham (Poornachandrika/ Adi), Gnanamosagaradha (Poorvikalyani/Roopakam) and Maa Ramanan (Hindolam/ Roopakam). N Sriraman, Senior GM, Sundaram Finance presented certificates and mementos to the artistes.
Launched in February 2006, the idea of the Sunday Kutcheri in the Park, organized by Sundaram Finance on the first Sunday of every month, is to provide opportunities to young budding talent aged below 15 years to present in an open air environment without the aid of mikes and speakers. The Sunday Kutcheri has served as a launch platform for over 1200 children to showcase their talent in an informal park setting over the last 12 years. The Mikeless Kutcheri in the Park has featured in the Limca Book of Records for the longest running open air Kutcheri for children. Sundaram Finance conducts audition to select the artistes to present the Mikeless Kutcheri. To apply for the audition, email details to sundaykutcheri@sundaramfinance.in