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A gem to the heart
Aaarthi Sri is a 6th standard student of PSBB SS School, K. K. Nagar. Her elder sister Meera studies 9th standard in the same school. They are learning Carnatic music from Ms. S.V.Usha at West Mambalam in Chennai for over five years. Thanks to her school, they are able to atte nd the maiden music programme `Svanubhava’ organized by the student community for the students with the help of an organization (Matrka) promoted by vocal singers Bombay Jayashri and T. M. Krishna. The two sisters had an independent opportunity to make it to the festival at different venues. Quite excited and happy at making to the festival, they narrate their experience.

A gem to the heart
By Aaarthi Sri

I was given a wonderful chance to listen to the concert sung by T.N. Seshagopalan at the Government Music College Adyar. My heart, craving to hear the concert of the giant, agreed heartily. The adults’ permission too was at favour. I was all set on August 8 to go to the Adyar College and breathe the music air. All of our friends agreed heartily when I commented about it. We were taken through our school by the school bus. I was concerned to learn the ingredients for a music gift. We reached the venue by 8.30 am. We went straight into the auditorium and there we were greeted by the smiling faces of Smt. Bombay Jayashri and Mr. T.M. Krishna. We immediately settled down, although I was anxious and restless to see a sudden group of music lovers. We were hushed down and the air was immediately filled by the prayers sung by the students of the Madras Music College. Various people were rummaging for their notebooks to write down notes about the spell-bounding performance. Then every one gasped. There entered majestically T.N. Seshagopalan. He sang Mohanam varnam `Ninnukori’, which was heart lifting. He also told us some tips about the difference between singing a Hindustani and Carnatic music patiently to the intense audience. Next he sang a Bharatiyar song ``Odi vilayadu pappa’’ marvelously. He washed it down with an alapana gracefully. It was time to disperse out of the music charm.

Sad, exhausted and happy, our group left the venue. Each of our minds made up to make this as our most memorable day ever.

A wonderful experience
By Meera S

On the first day of the Svanubhava festival, the workshop was inaugurated by N.Murali of The Hindu. Mrs.Leela Sampson of Kalakshetra and many others were present.

It started with a prayer song `Saraswathi’, sung by the students of Music Academy School. It was followed by a dance performance by the students of Kalakshetra based on Shiva’s thandava. It was a mind-blowing performance. The expressions were too good and it was a wonderful beginning. After this, we had Mr. Vijay Shiva’s melodious concert. He began with a song `Nada thanu manisham’ in raga Chittaranjani, which was wonderful to start with.

It was then followed by `Innum para mugam’’. The next came an amazing Varali alapana for the song `Mamava Meenakshi,’’ composed by Muthuswamy Dikshithar. The alap was too good. He then sang other popular songs, which grabbed the attention of the audience.

His Sankarabharanam alapana for `Saroja Dala Netri’’, a Shyama Sastri kriti, was spell bounding. His concert was a feast to the ears. This was followed by a concert-cum-lecdem by Neyveli Santhanagopalan. It was an informative session.

He imitated GNB, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Madurai Mani Iyer, D.K.Jayaraman and many other legends and told about the legacy they had left for the next generation.

It was very nice. This was then followed by a lecture on Lalguid bani by Lalgudi G.J.R.Krishnan. This gave us an idea about the bani and how to maintain it.

This was followed by a conversation by Nityashree Mahadevan and Tamil writer Sivasankari. Nityashree said how she got lot of criticisms initially and improved later on. Sivasankari said how she got criticism about the usage of English words and Brahminical basha. Nitayashree said she was lucky to be born in a music family and told about the greatness of her grandmother D. K. Pattammal. She also explained her experience about her first kutcheri in YACM (Youth Association for Carnatic Music).

It was a very informative session. We had a wonderful experience. We wish they conduct this workshop every year.