December 21, 2015

Involving the young

Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha inaugurated its annual December Music Festival in the second week of this month like any other sabha does in Chennai. It was an evening of awards and speeches. But they made young Akshara Samskriti, who has come down to Chennai from Philadelphia, USA, for the 'season' along with her musician mother Kiranavali Vidyasankar sing the invocation.

Photo Credit: Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha

Akshara was all business and went on to the stage to present a long Oothukadu Venkata Kavi's composition 'Ananda Narthana Ganapathim' with all jatis in place. The awardees of the evening, Priya Sisters, senior musician Aruna Sairam who was a special guest, the Jeeyar of Sriperumpudur mutt, veterans Radha Viswanathan and P.S. Narayanaswamy didn't bat an eye while Akshara was singing. Keeping talam in her hands, this young girl confidently sang and earned the appreciation from everyone on the stage and in the audience.

The sabha's afternoon slots for up and coming artistes have a lot of very young singers and instrumentalists. One could spot young students of music walk in with notebooks and pens for the lec-dems at this sabha every other day. The sabha also has a series of young artistes performing short concerts throughout the day from Jan 1 to 3, 2016.

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