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Sangeet Ankur, Feb 15th 2014

SANGEET ANKUR- A Popular Classical Music Event

with Youth and kids

San Jose:   Sangeet Dhwani’s Special segment popularly known as Sangeet Ankur i.e., (“Music of Sprouts”-  in Hindi ) has gained a lot of visibility and popularity with the youth and kids within the age group of 8-15years, as was evident from the last four events. At the request of local parents and their music learning kids,  Sangeet Dhwani held a special Event, on  February 15, at the Divine Science Center (Infinity Center), San Jose,  in which as many as ten music teachers and their 20 advanced students participated.  Among these teachers,  six taught Hindustani Classical Music and 4 others trained kids and youth in Carnatic Classical music.

Needless to mention that the Classical Ragas of India date back to 3rd Century and even before, i.e., Vedic period, when the composers who were celebrities had composed rare and unique ragas  with devotional lyrics,  invoking Divine Blass.  It is often expressed that Music flowed from God’s voice - termed as “ Naad Brahma” in Sanskrit and it was felt that God himself was the main source of inspiration to the composers for evolving the devotional lyrics.  The numerous ragas, which they composed run into hundreds, and these had a close  relation to certain timing of the day and night as well as the season  like Spring, Winter. They had researched that the singing performance was dependent on the level of energy which the human body possessed during this time cycle.

The event organized on February 15, included both vocal and instrumental music like Sitar, Veena, Harmonium,  Tabla and Mridungam.  The Event started with a young volunteer of Sangeet Dhwani, Tanisha Joshi,  who presented  a Kannada devotional,  originally sung by the legend late Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, in praise of God- Vithala- ( Vishnu). Then,  followed other students performing either Vocal or Instrumental. Samyukta Natesan, 8 year old sang a Carnatic Raag  composed by Saint Tyagraja,  melodiously.  She is reported to have started learning Classical music at her age of 3 and the audience was surprised how at such a young age,  she had tenacity to learn the complexities of Ragas from her Music teacher, Akila Shankar.   Priyanka Parthasarathy, Akila’ student sang another lyric composed by the same Saint. These two singers were accompanied by Ramya on Veena and  Adarsh Ramachandran on Mridungam.  Tejas Venkatraman was an accompanist on Tabla for Tanisha and Sujata Ghanekar’s students. Aditya Ram kumar played Sitar based on Alhiya Bilaval Raag, Shivani Deglurkar rendered a bandish on raag Yamnan, Shreya Basireddy on Raag Malkaus, Madhura Puntambekar and Trisha both sang a Jugalbandi for a change, which was based on Raag Megh. Arun Sriram showed his mastery over  Mrindagam. He is trained by his father Sriram Brahmanandam. Two young artists named Skanda Krishna and Krishna Rao,  both 9 years trained by Tabla Maestro Satish Tare, played on Tabla”  Kayda” a style of Taal.  Following this, there was an enchanting “Mridungam” percussion in Carnatic style played, alternately by four kids- Sriram Subramanian, Pranav. Shrirram Rao, Shrivatsan and Rahul. The music loving audience had high appreciation for all these youth and kids in displaying their superb skills both in Vocals as well as Instrumental Music.  

The highlight of the performance was by a few students deputed by the popular Music teacher, Ms.Sujata Ghanekar. Ritika Sardana sang a memorable Ghazal- “Mere humnafas humnawa” sung by two famous Ghazal legend singers Begum Akhtar as well as Farida Khanum. Sangeeta Koilada sang a famous raga based song “ Tora Man Darpan Kehelaye” which had featured in the Hindi Movie  Kaajal, the playback  originally sung by the legend Asha Bhonsale.  Avinash Mehta sang a devotional “Sunata Hai GuruGyani.  Tabla and Harmonium accompaniment were mainly provided by the youth artists to the vocalists.   Ramya Lakkaraju performed a melodious Veena recital as a grand finale. Ustad Surinder Mann, Music Advisor of Sangeet Dhwani graced the occasion and blessed all the kids for their excellent performance.

The entire event performed by these youth and kids was characterized as “Spectacular”  by the Music Critic Shakuntala Bahadur, Ph. d., in Sanskrit who spoke on behalf of the audience.  While expressing her sentiments, she felt elated looking to the sincere efforts being made by the experienced Music teachers, who had  helped in preserving the Indian Musical Heritage by passing on the knowledge of Ragas to the young, so proficiently.  On the other hand, she was also astonished how these young artists were trying to master the ragas dedicating their available time, besides managing their regular academic studies.  She was requested to distribute the beautiful trophies to one and all participating artists to inspire them to learn more and perform the best.   Tanisha Joshi emceed the event,  Dilipbhai Shah controlled the music system and other two volunteers Vidya Lele and Celeste Ky helped in the organizational efforts.       

                                                       

Sangeet Ankur - February 15, 2014