December 06, 2010

Sadhana of Kerala's music colleges

It requires an enthusiastic teacher like Prof. M. Balasubramoniam and a minister like M.A.Baby and an institution like the Music Academy, Madras to make possible a 'Sadhana'.

It was indeed a sadhana in many aspects.

Bringing the students of three state-run music colleges in Kerala to Chennai on a cultural exchange trip for the second consecutive year.
Bringing most of the Sangita Kalanidhi awardees on a single stage.
Bringing the scholars to the students to educate and inspire them during the busy 'season'

The programme 'sadhana' is an initiative of the Government of Kerala put together by Prof. Balasubramoniam and his team.

At the inauguration of the four day programme Honourable minister for Education & Cultural Affairs, Kerala state insisted that the students had courage to take up study of their interest rather than timidly accepting the choice of their parents.

By this he hoped to have more people taking up liberal arts, language and more soul satisfying studies.

The minister M.A.Baby's was indeed an inspiring speech.

N. Murali, MD of The Hindu and the president of The Music Academy wished every state had a minister like M.A.Baby.

Violinist Prof. T.N. Krishnan, chairman, Advisory Committee, Govt. Music Colleges, Kerala applauded the works of the Government and the convenor of the programme Sadhana.

Scholar Pappu Venugopala Rao observed that from a visit to the Music Academy archival centre last year, the students got inspired and set up a similar archival centre at Sri Swathi Thirunal College , Trivandrum,

Having the greats of Carnatic music together on stage is another inspiring moment for the students. Each of the Sangita Kalanidhis present on the stage were honoured and the students got received their blessings. The bonus surprise was a photograph of the students with the dozen stalwarts of music to cherish for the lifetime.

During the four days the students will get to listen to senior vidwans like R.K.Srikantan, Prof. T.N. Krishnan and Parassala Ponnammal apart from educative and interactive lec-dems by Chitravina Ravikiran and Prof. T.V. Gopalakrishnan.

The students of Sri Swathi Thirunal College of Music, Thiruvananthapuram, Chembai memorial Govt. Music College and R.L.V.College of music & fine arts, Tripunitura are in Chennai till Dec. 9, 2010,

Contact the convenor of 'Sadhana' Prof. Balasubramoniam at 094470 14885 or 094464 33751

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