Ashwat Subbaraman (student of Sri A S Murali)
Kaushik Hariharan (student of Smt Jayanthi Umesh & Shri Sikkil Gurucharan)
Meenakshi Iyer (student of Sri. Shivkumar Bhat)
Sashwat Mahalingam (student of Sri Paduka Academy)
Shashank Venkat Violin solo (student of Sri. Arvind Lakshmikanthan)
Siddharth Srinivasan (student of Sri Paduka Academy)
Tanisha Srivatsa (student of Smt. Sangeetha Swaminathan)
Viresh Kumar (student of Smt. Lavanya Kothandaraman)
Vittal Thirumalai (student of Smt. Padma Shankar)
Aditya Satyadeep (violin)
Aparna Thyagarajan (violin)
Apurvaa Anand (violin)
Deeksha Venkateswaran (violin)
Geeta Shankar (veena)
Sahas Ramesh (violin)
Srishiva Manikantan (violin)
Urmika Balaji (violin)
It was indeed a grandNINTHanniversary event Sunday and thank you all for attending the event and sharing your MahaSankranthi day afternoon with us.
Each of ourNINEperformers in the line-up did a stellar job and there was no dull moment! Sincere thanks to the participants and their teachers for choosing compositions that fit the anniversary theme! MeenakshiâsNavagrahakrithi on Lord Surya, (intro voice)Tanishaâs Mohanam, (intro voice)Vireshâs Aberi, Shashankâs Abogi (intro violin), Siddharthâs KamalambaNavavarnamin Sree, Vittalâs Sogasuga- Sriranjani, Sashwatâs main slot exposition ofNavaragamalikavarnam, Ashwatâs Marubalga âSriranjani and Kaushikâs RTP on Lord Surya made ourNinth anniversary â Pongalevent such a grand one to remember.
As always, our accompanists made the various segments more enjoyable to listen to, with their superb support. We introduced Sahas on the violin and Ramanan on the Mrudangam this month and rest of them were familiar faces from our accompanist pool. However, six of them get a special mention this month because they participated in a new initiative called On-The-Spot (OTS) accompaniment. Urmika, Aparna, and Aditya on the violin, and Sriram, Pranav and Avinash on the Mrudangam all got chosen for the three vocalists (Siddharth, Sashwat and Ashwat) who had offered to perform with OTS accompanists in January. The accompanists came in totally blind to who the performer is or what the content will be(as accompanists were picked at the venue minutes before the event started) yet they all did a fantastic job accompanying their respective vocalists and this goes to show the level of talent we have within our CCC pool. Congratulations to all the performers who participated in this new initiative and you can expect more of these OTS concerts in the future too. I really hope this initiative will motivate and inspire our performers and accompanists to work harder to reach the next level, of performing without a rehearsal or advance notice of the content and be always ready for anything!!!
Our sincere thanks to ourcore volunteer teamfor helping with all of the event day logistics, rain or shine, sick or well! And special thanks to parents of Vasudha, Shashank V, Ashwat, Kaushik, and Siddharth for helping me with snacks for the kick-off meeting with teachers.
Pictures from the event (courtesy of Murali S.)
Video excerpt from the event (courtesy of Vidya A)
Please save February 11th Sunday (2pm to 5pm) for our next event.