Kutcheri in the park hits the high notes :

Posted by-Kalki Team

The 12th edition of Sunday Kutcheri in the Park at Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore was kicked off on Sunday with a mikeless, open air concert by R Shwetha, a Class 9 student of GRT Mahalakshmi Matriculation Higher Secondary School, West Mambalam.

Early morning walkers as well as a dedicated group of students and concert followers were treated to a lively concert for an hour from 6.30 am. She presented compositions that included Mooladhara Moorthi Gajamugane,Paripalayamam Sri Padmanaba, Kanne Karpagambika, Vennai Unnum En Venugananai, Ragathil Sirandha Ragamedhu and Venkatachala Nilayam. A disciple of Neeraja Badrinath, Shwetha was accompanied on the violin by RD Shyam Raghav, a student of Sherthalai Sri R Sivakumar. Jayendra Kumar, a disciple of Kalaimamani Thiruvarur Sri Bakthavathsalam was on the mridangam.

Commenting on the concert for budding talent, TT Srinivasaraghavan, MD, Sundaram Finance said, “We launched the Sunday Kutcheri in the Park in February 2006 with the idea of providing a platform for young musical talent aged below 15 years and for them to shed their inhibitions and present in front of an informal park audience amidst chirping birds and falling leaves, sans mike and speaker. At that time, we were not sure if the children would like the mikeless concept. We are glad that the Sunday Kutcheri has gone on for 11 years and has helped serve as a platform for around 1100 budding musicians.

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