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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Melharmony Day in Wisconsin

Mayor honours Chiravina Ravikiran 

By Samudri

Middleton, WI
November 16, 2013
As a tribute to Chitravina N Ravikiran's concept of Melharmony, the Mayor of the city of Middleton, WI, USA, has decreed the 3rd Saturday of every November as Melharmony Day.

The proclamation came on the eve of the first OVK-Bach Festival, held at Middleton, featuring Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi and Johann Sebastian Bach, two 18th century composers from two different parts of the world.

Here is the text of the Mayor's proclamation:


Melharmony Day in Middleton-November 16, 2013


The two major approaches to music in the world have been melody and harmony; and


Even though the two systems evolved in parallel in various parts of the world over centuries; and


Melodic music made great strides around the 1700s in India through composers such as Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi (OVK), Tyagaraja, Muttuswami Dikshitar, Shyama Shastri and others; and


Just as the concept of Harmony scaled high peaks in the West around the same time through creators such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and others; and,


The concept of Melharmony was conceptualized in the year 2000 by musician-composer Chitravina N Ravikiran to create music with harmony but with an emphasis on melodic rules; and,

The USA has been committed to preserve, project and protect such diversity over the last several decades; and,


The United States has been committed to preserve, project and protect such diversity and innovations over the last several decades; and,


One of the Wisconsin standards for music requires that students learn about music as it relates to history and culture, and a comparison of the approaches of these two 18th century styles will provide an invaluable insight into connections between the East and West at that time; and,


Middleton desires to give its students practical exposure to such diverse and traditional forms of music by supporting cultural concepts and festivals such as the OVK-Bach Festival at the Middleton Performing Arts Center, Saturday, November 16. 

Now, Therefore, I, Mayor Kurt Sonnentag, do hereby proclaim the third Saturday, November 16, 2013, and every third Saturday of November in subsequent years,

Melharmony Day

in the City of Middleton, and urge all citizens to support efforts strengthening our city's cultural programs; and,

Further, I urge all citizens to take part in such diverse cultural events to gladden the hearts and promote the well-being of present and future generations, and I thank Arohana School of Music & IFCM-USA for presenting this great opportunity to the citizens of Middleton.

This proclamation is made on this --- day of November, 2013.

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Kurt J. Sonnentag, Mayor                                                              Lorie J. Burns, City Clerk

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