S Swasthika, a class 9 student of PS Senior Secondary School, Mylapore, presented a lively concert for over an hour at the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore on Sunday, as part of the ‘Sunday Kutcheri in the Park’ initiative by Sundaram Finance. What was unique about the concert was no mikes and speakers were used throughout.
Swasthika is learning music from Sri Thiruvarur Sankaran Iyer. Accompanied on mridangam by CT Karthik (disciple of Madurai K Rangarajan) and on the violin by Master T Kishore (disciple of MSG Suresh), the 14-year-old girl presented compositions that included Villayada Ithu Nerama, Karunai Theivame, Theva Thevam Baje, Enna Kavi Paadinalum, Karunai Chooda Ninnu, Saamaja Vara Gamana, Thelisi Ramachandra and Saarasa Mukh.i
G Sundararajan of Sundaram BNP Paribas Home Finance, presented mementos and certificates to the artistes.
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 700 children have presented the mikeless concert at the Nageswara Rao Park.
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