10200 Crow Canyon Road,Castro Valley, CA 94552
Performers of the month (in random order):
Sarada Bhajan Mandali CCC children group performance (guided by Smt Natana Valiveti)
Divya Mohan (student of Sri Neyveli Santhanagopalan)Malini Mahes (student of Smt Jaya Narahari)Priya Gundavajhala (student of Smt Shanthi Shriram)
Shruthi Aravindan (student of Sri Vivek Sundararaman) ThaaLa Vaadhya program by CCC children (students of Sri Ramesh Srinivasan)
Durga Ganesh (v), Keerthi Sundaramurthy (v), Sanjna Arvind (v), Vignesh Thyagarajan (v)
Chinmai Raman (m), Gopal Ravindhran (m), Nithin Sampath (m)
I don't know where to begin the summary for our April event, it was full of special touches: A special venue, special bhajan segment, special taala vaadya segment dedicated to Sri Vellore Ramabhadran mama, soulful solos from our girls, it was such a treat to all those who attended yesterday. My sincere thanks to all those who made an effort to be there.
I know it was bit of an extra drive for many but those who
attended would certainly agree with me that the venue was so divine and the ambiance
was so very wonderful for the performers. Our children who performed
yesterday were really lucky that they got to sit and perform in the 'special
stage' that Amma shares. The Ashram folks (MA Center) were extremely happy
with our program and have extended their welcome to us for the future
Our CCC children who performed as part of the Sarada Bhajan
Mandali group did an awesome job singing in unison, it was very well received
by one and all. I heard from the Ashram devotees that couple of the bhajans
presented were well-known to the MAC folks and they pass their appreciation
to the entire group! Thanks Natana for putting together this segment and
thank you children for all your efforts towards this. I was happy to see many
first-time performers singing as part of this group as well. Congratulations to Adarsh,
Aditya, Divya R, Kashyap, Mayuri, Medha J, Ritika, Sandya, Vedika, Kaavya (harmonium),
Prasanna (flute), Rahul (Tabla) for a job well done!
The Taala Vaadya segment by Akshay, Vivek, Sathya and
Achyut was really nice with support from Srivatsan on the konnakkol. Thank
you Vignesh for accepting to be a part of this and accommodating the
practices. Our sincere thanks to Sri Ramesh Srinivasan for preparing the
children for this segment amidst his hectic schedule. The highlight of this
segment was the presentation Ramesh put together with slides about his Guru
Sri Ramabhadran mama after the performance. It was very informative,
especially for the many children present in the audience. I feel very happy
that we were able to show our respects to this great legend in our event
The solo concerts by Priya, Shruthi, Malini and Divya were
really wonderful and the accompanists Durga, Chinmai, Sanjna, Keerthi, Nitin,
Vignesh and Gopal did a very fine job as well. We are getting aboard new
members to our accompanist pool and I'm very happy about that.
Sriram and Namdev did an excellent job with their departments, along with me, MAC folks extend their thanks to them as well. Sound was well taken care of by Nami and Sriram's powerpoint slides flowed smoothly keeping the audience well connected with the performers and the performances. Sriram also pitched in with taking pictures and Namdev promptly has uploaded all the pics to our album, please visit the URL below when you get a chance.
Our next event will be on Sunday, June 3rd 2012, please mark your calendars and save the afternoon for CCC. Our best wishes to all those going to Cleveland competitions. Do send me your thoughts/comments about CCC when you get a chance.