By S. Chandra Mouli
While Tyagaraja Aradhana is a usual affair in the US, it was organised for the first time by Indians, especially south Indian youth in The Netherlands. The event was conducted on a Saturday evening at Sri Arunachaleswara Temple in Beverwijk, an hour's drive from Amsterdam. The three-hour programme was a grand success, say the organisers, with over 40 participants and around 400 spectators.
The Madras Chorus is an association of musicians, singers and music lovers of Delft, educational hub of The Netherlands where there are about 300 Indian students studying in the 175 years old Technical University. Usually the group organises an annual musical event called “Sarang” with its thrust on Indian film music. This time some members decided to organise a Tyagaraja aradhana and gauge the response. Immediately the message was shared on social media and people started showing a lot of interest.
Singers, instrumentalists and the audience had a unique experience on the occasion and felt honoured to receive the blessings of mridangam maestro Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman via a video message.