Sunday, August 5, 2012

California Students presents Sunday Kutcheri

13 year old Arjun Subramanian, a class VIII student of Harker Middle School in San Jose, California came all the way from the US to present a lively Kutcheri this Sunday (5 August) morning at 630a.m at the chess square of the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore as part of the monthly Sunday Kutcheri in the Park organised by Sundaram Finance. No mikes and speakers were used at the Sunday Kutcheri. Arjun was accompanied by Tippirajapuram Hari (a student of Umalaypuram Sri Mali), on the Mridangam, and by Sriram Sridhar (a student of Lalgudi GJR Krishnan), on the Violin. Arjun has been learning music from Guru Sugandha Kalamegham. Arjun’s presentation this morning included compositions such as Gajavadhana (Sriranjani), Sarasasamadana (Kapinarayani) and Vellai Thamarai (Abheri) -tributes to Madurai Mani Iyer-, Sivananda Kamavardhani (Panthuvarali), Brova Baramma (Bahudari), Pahi Parvatha Nandini (Arabhi) and Padame Thunai (Valaji). Sundaram Finance has been organising Sunday Kutcheri in the Park on the first Sunday of every month between 630am and 730am since February 2006. The idea behind the Sunday Kutcheri in the Park is to promote young musical talent aged below 15 years and to help them shed their inhibitions and give them the confidence to move up to the next level. Over 500 children have presented the mikeless Kutcheri at the Nageswara Rao Park. Sundaram Finance conducts audition to select the artistes. For registration: email

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