CHENNAI: Predictions about a heavy monsoon and a cloudy sky could not hamper the spirits of music enthusiasts who came together for the ‘Vodafone Parallel Music Fest’ on Sunday. The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Madras Coromandel. This is the second edition of the music competition, which aims to showcase differently-abled singers from across the State.
The event had singers from the age group of 13 to 25 years, vying for the prize, irrespective of their qualification, among categories such as classical carnatic vocals and light music instrumental.
The organisers have planned to bring out the talent in the differently abled, stories of which are waiting to see the light of the day. The judges included OS Arun and other trained musicians such as Aruna Suresh and Pushkala Ramky. OS Arun says, “I have recommended some of their names to major music fests. The bar has been raised this year.”
The final round of the competition is proposed to be held at the Music academy on December 3, which also happens to be ‘World Disability Day’ and judged by OS Arun, differently abled carnatic vocalists Karaikal Jai Shankar and H Ramakrishnan. Karaikal Jai Shankar and H Ramakrishnan will be conferred the title ‘Distinguished Differently Abled Artiste’.
Apart from music competition, 100 participants showcased performed at an event for differently abled musicians.