Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Srishti Mikeless Sunday Kutcheri

11 Year old R.S. Srishti (Guru Smt. Meenakshi Srinivasan) presented a one hour Mikeless Kutcheri on Sunday(July 7) morning amidst chirping birds and falling leaves at the chess square of the Nageswara Rao Park, Mylapore. She was accompanied on the Violin by Chitoor Barghav Vignesh and on the Mirudangam by Vishvesh.

Applauded by an informal audience comprising of morning park walkers and kutcheri regulars, Srishti presented compositions that included Vande Nee Shamagam (Hamsadwani / Adi), Sri Maha Ganapathim  (Aatana/ Adi),  Bhavayami (Ragamalika/Roopakam), Enai Nee Maravadhe (Amirthavarshini/Adi) and Swagatham Krishna (Mohanam/Thisra Nadai). 
R. Harikrishnan, GM, Sundaram Finance presented certificates and mementos to the artistes.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Varshaa Mikeless Kutcheri


13 year old K Varshaa (Disciple of Vidwan Dr. B. Umashankar), a class VIII student of Sairam Vidyalaya School, Madipakkam presented a lively Mikeless Kutcheri amidst chirping birds and falling leaves this Sunday (June 2) morning between 6.30am and 7.30am at the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore.  

A unique feature of the Kutcheri in the Park is that no mikes and speakers are used at the Kutcheri. The idea is to provide a platform for young musical talent aged below 15 years to present in front of an informal park audience and to help them shed any stage fear that they may have.

Applauded by an informal audience comprising of morning park walkers and Kutcheri regulars, Varshaa presented compositions that included Balasubramanyanai (Bilahari/ Roopakam), Brihadambigai (Vasantha / Misra Chaapu),Karpagamey (Amritha Varshini/ Ka) and Nanda Gopala ( Yamuna Kalyani/ Aadhi).

Varshaa was accompanied on the Violin by Madurai Kishore (Guru Madurai Krishnamoorthy and G.Suresh Kumar) and on the Mirudangam by Pazhani Balaji (Guru Thiruvarur Bhakthavatchalam). 

S Sivakumar, VP, Sundaram Finance Ltd., presented certificates and mementos to the artistes.

Launched in February 2006, Sunday Kutcheri in the Park is organised on the first Sunday of every month. 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. To audition, email details to sundaykutcheri@sundaramfinance.in


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Shrinidhi Sunday Kutcheri in the Park


It was a lively Sunday morning at the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore with early morning walkers gathering around the chess square at 6.30am to listen to the vocal carnatic music performance of 14 year old N. Shrinidhi, disciple of Dr. Shubha Ganesan. Mikes and Speakers are not used at the Kutcheri.

Shrinidhi was accompanied on the Violin by K. N. Aniirudh and on the Mirudangam by S. Anirudh. 
Applauded through the one hour of the mikeless kutcheri by an informal audience that sat around the chess square, Shrinidhi presented compositions that included Shakthi Ganapathim, Shambho Mahadeva, Deva Devam Bhajhe and Maragatha Manimaya.

Organised by Sundaram Finance on the first Sunday of every month, the Sunday Kutcheri in the Park 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 1300 children have been part of the Kutcheri in the Park series since the launch in February 2006. 
P Viswanathan, Company Secretary, Sundaram Finance Ltd., presented certificates and mementos to the artistes.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Deeptha presents Sunday Kutcheri

14 year old V Deeptha (Disciple of Vidwan Dr. B. Umashankar) presented a lively Mikeless Kutcheri on Sunday (April 7) morning between 7am and 8am at the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore. Mikes and Speakers are not used at the Kutcheri. 
Applauded by an informal audience comprising of morning park walkers and Kutcheri regulars, Deeptha presented compositions that included Thyagarajar’s Parakuni Kelara (Kiranvavalli/Aadhi), Shyama Sastri’s Himachala Tanaya ( Anandha Bairavi /Aadhi), Muthuswamy Dikshithar’s Nanda Gopala (Yaman Kalyan/Aadhi), Puranadara Dasar’s Innudaya Bharathe ( Kalyana Vasantham/ Kanda Chapu), Papanasam Sivan’s Muruganey Bhaji Manamey ( Johnpuri /Aadhi) and Barathiyar’s Malarin Mevu ( Jog/ Aadhi).
Deeptha was accompanied on the Violin by Parur Ananthalakshmi and on the Mirudangam by A Rohith.
                            
N. Sriraman, Senior GM, Sundaram Finance presented certificates and mementos to the artistes.

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.