By Artiste : Sudha Raja
Where : PSBB, TP Road
-by Vidya Raju
Unnikrishnan Takes PSBB Kids By Surprise at The Musical Rhapsody
The brainchild of classical musician Anil Srinivasan and Dr. Sudha Raja's, 'taking classical music through education' - their first ever The Musical Rhapsody' a three day event, started on December 19, at Padma Seshadri Senior Secondary School, T. Nagar.
The school kids sang Deekshithar nottuswarams in unison. Anil Srinivasan welcomed singer Unni Krishnan, Vainika Dr. Suma Sudhindra, Smt. Y G Parthasarathy and Sri. Pappu Venugopala Rao. Then began the interactive session with Unni Krishnan, for which the kids were eagerly waiting. Unni Krishnan started his classical music training at the age of 11 and his inspiration was Dr. K J Yesudass.
His first Guru was Sri. V N Seshadri and then he was trained under various Gurus like Dr. S. Ramanathan, Savithri Sathyamurthy, T. Brindha, Calcutta Krishnamurthy and presently training under P S Naryanaswamy and Prof. S R Janakiraman. Unni also told the kids that one needs a driving force to succeed. For the query by kids as how to practise music, he fondly replied, 'stay on a note for some time, do Akaarasaadhagam, singing sarali varisai, jhanta varisai and varnam regularly'.
His favourite ragas were Charukesi, Keeravani, Dhanyasi, Thodi, Kalyana Vasantham. The kids were curious about his film songs, he sang a few lines from Ennavale Ennavale and Uyirum neeye which fetched him a national award.
The other guest Sri. Pappu Venugopala Rao was surprised to see the children possessing so much knowledge to identify the ragas using film songs. All through the session the children were very enthusiastic about their idol, singing for them and sharing so many things with them. A small quiz on music was conducted and five children were given away prizes.
The next session saw an energetic flute performance by Mysore Chandan Kumar grandson of Violin maestro Chowdiah supported on the violin by Dr. Jyotsna srikanth and on the mridhangam by Sri. Neyveli Venkatesh.
He started off with Mahaganapathim in nattai, which the children could guess so easily, and to Sriman Narayana in ragam Bowli (This also was guessed by the kids correctly as morning raga), and a lively Raghuvamsa sudha in kadhanakudhukalam and ended with pulsating Samajavaragamana in Hindholam. The children could sing the Arohanam and Avarohanam of these ragas with fluency.
These kind of sessions should be conducted every three months suggested Smt. Dr. Y G P. That was indeed an impeccable morning to one and all present.
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