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Coverage: Amruthavarshini’s Thyagaraja Aradhana.

5 March 2008 9 Comments

– By Sundar Rajan G S, Coffee With Sundar

Location: NIT Trichy
Date: 23rd and 24th Feb 2008

If you had entered the lecture hall complex, NIT Trichy on Saturday Morning… You could have felt the vibrations from the shruthi box.. There was a resonance everywhere.. To add to the beauty of music, there were school kids with innocent faces.. fully determined.. Yes! They were all eyeing the trophy which will be given to the winners of the Carnatic Music Contest conducted by Amruthavarshini – The carnatic music club of NIT Trichy.

Day 1 – 23rd Feb 2008.
This was the first time Amruthavarshini is organizing a 2 day event.
On the first day, the school kids were divided into 2 groups – Juniors (<= 7th Standard) and Seniors (8th - 10th). They were competing for the 3 prizes in each of the vocal, percussion and non percussion categories. The turn out was very high. Students were accompanied by their school teachers and parents, who were giving tips and advise to the students. The stiff competition created a lot of confusion in deciding the winner. The judges were none other than the members of our very own Amruthavarshini. They convinced the students and parents that it was music that was the winner at the end of the day, as they announced the winners. There was happiness, dissappointment, anger.. Everything.. The place was full of emotions.. πŸ™‚ But everyone agreed that it was a great event! All the candidates were presented with a CD which had 12 carnatic songs from the stalwarts. Day 2 – 24th Feb 2008

At 4:30 pm, when the curtains closed for India in India-Australia ODI, there were curtains opening else where. The winners of the contest were given the stage to show case their talent to a small and very music savvy crowd of NIT Trichy. “The students raised to the occasion” is just an understatement. They sang extremely well with the accompaniment of mridangam, violin and kangira. Finally Satyavrata, the senior member of the club, rendered a fantastic piece.

The artists from Trichy and Srirangam arrived at 5:45 in NIT Trichy bus. After a small coffee break and brief round of introduction, they all started to mean business. A thyagaraja archana was done. This was followed by the renderings of pancharathna krithis under the guidance of Sri. TKV Ramanujacharulu. Sri. Madhusudanan lead the percussion troupe. There were singers and instrumentalists from our very own nit trichy.

The grand event was concluded with the prize distribution ceremony and a very motivating speech from the director Chidambaram. Pa Badri, the president of the club was a proud man. Its now upto the juniors to keep up the tradition. The curtains were falling again as guests from srirangam were given “banana leaf” dinner. Amruthavarshini’s flagship event – Thyagaraja Aradhana was a grand success.

I enjoyed the 2 days at NIT Trichy, where I witnessed the godess of shruti and laya, Saraswati landing at NIT Trichy.
Long live Amruthavarshini!
Long live NIT Trichy’s thyagaraja aradhana.

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  • harsha said:

    Great to know that the seeds have grown up and popped out as a plant.. I am sure this plant will become a huge fruit yielding tree in the years to come.. πŸ™‚ KUDOS to all the amruthavarshini members to continue the tradition of aradhana.

  • Ganapathy said:

    Great to see that the aradhana was really great! Hope this tradition continues with continuous improvements over many more years to come!!

  • Varun S said:

    Long live Amrutavarshini

    and long live the nicereads link in the invitations ;).


  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ harsha,

    Yes, It is exciting to see the growth.. I was thinking about our 750 rupees budget that we had estimated.. πŸ™‚
    I hope it continues to grow like this..

    @ ganapathy,
    You donation is still there gannu.. πŸ™‚ It is still not spent.. πŸ™‚

    Sure.. Why not..

  • Bala said:

    great job shri sundar!!!
    extremely pleased to hear about the aaradhana!!!!!!!! really missed the event, i guess!!!

    kudos to the “team” and wish u all gr8 years ahead!!

    with best wishes
    bala/1405 hours/MEST/5th march

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ bala sir,

    Thank you sir… We also missed you very much sir.

  • bharath said:

    nice to know of such events.

    its quite a nice thing to celebrate… good work

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ bharath,

    thanks a lot! It is indeed satisfying to do such events and even more when I write about it!

  • srividya sivaram said:

    its a very great event to attend and proud thing to be a part of it……how many mornings we start our day with amazing beauties of carnatic music?????how many weakends do we get to spend with such greatly talented people and more than every thing we hardly spend time in appreciating this music in our daily routine…(except people like harsha and others who have blended music to their life)… so its a great thing on your part for having attended this event and more than everything communicating the beauty of it in a very nice way!!!!!!!:)