S.Rajam’s (Music Appreciation notes)

Thursday, 10 November 2016

The Karnataka Association, Coimbatore

By BuzyBee

The Karnataka Association, Coimbatore was started in 1938. The members of the association are Kannadigas hailing from Karnataka who have settled in Coimbatore; and also friends of local Kannadigas who appreciate the culture of Karnataka. Cultural activities like Yakshagana, Navaratri, Children’s Day, Bombe Aatta, music competitions and Rajyothsava day, are celebrated every year. These activities are held in the association's auditorium in Tatabad, Coimbatore. The Purandara Dasar music competition is a major draw for music lovers in the city. Nearly 200 music students in and around Coimbatore participate in the programme. The competition is not just to test their singing skills, but also to evaluate the rendition of the sahitya of the songs. 

A workshop is organised for the competitors to help them improve their diction, correct their pronunciation and to understand the essence of the Devarnama. The one-to-one workshop will be conducted by specialist-resource persons from Karnataka on 19 and 20 November 2016. Moreover, 130 compositions of Purandaradasa are uploaded on the Association website in Hindi and English, to enable the participants and the music teachers to learn more of the Sangeeta Pitamaha's songs.

For the ninth year, the Association will be conducting the music competition in Purandaradasa kritis, which will be held on 31 December 2016 and 1 January 2017.

The competitors will be divided into three age groups, and the group competitions will be held on 31 December 2016. Ten finalists in each group will compete in the final round on Sunday, 1 January 2017 before an invited audience. The total prize money would be around Rs. 50,000 plus gifts. All the participants will also receive a CD of Purandaradasa kritis.

More details can be had from C.R. Suryanarayan, Secretary, Karnataka Association <ka.coimbatore@gmail.com>

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