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Striking a common chord

It started with a few friends chatting on Facebook- about concerts, ragas and instruments. From a closed group on a popular social networking site where a coterie of budding artistes from the city hobnobbed, Trichy Carnatic Musicians (TCM) has materialized into a forum where top-grade and junior artistes from the Cauvery delta , particularly Tiruchi, find common ground.

On the brink of holding its first major event outside the virtual world, TCM is all set to celebrate three years since its founding on January 20, 2010, on the exact date this year. “This is the first time all our members will meet,” says Kashyap Mahesh, vocalist. “We started out with 20 members and today, we have crossed 100, of which at least 60- 70 are performing artistes from Tiruchi,” says Anand Jayaraman, administrator of the Facebook group. The rest are novices and students just beginning to get acquainted with the world of ragas.

Seasoned and struggling

Envisaged originally as an interactive forum for youth, the essence of the group’s success has been in bringing seasoned exponents and All-India Radio graded artistes to interact with young performers and keen students of music. It is no easy task to get musicians, familiar with a climate of rivalry and known to keep to themselves, to unite repeatedly on a forum. “That is the magic we believe we have created,” exclaims Kashyap. “Novices can freely interact with vidwans, something which might not have been possible before TCM took shape.” The lecture-demonstration by T.V.Ramanujacharlu on Sunday is part of the ‘learning and sharing’ experience fostered by the online community, says Narayanan Mohan, mridangam artiste. Age or achievement is no benchmark to belong to the group, stresses Anand.

Who’s performing where?

One of the primary tasks of TCM has been to ensure young musicians make the most of concerts presented by veterans, says Harish Sundar, mridangam player. “We regularly post concert schedules with photos and invitations to update members on events around the city. This has gone down well and has encouraged response to local concerts,” he says. This has worked particularly well for students or beginners, for whom, listening to recitals is crucial in moving up the trajectory of growth as a performer.

‘Dinam our Thiruppavai’ where a Thiruppavai a day with lyrics and the sound clip was posted throughout Margazhi evoked kudos for their efforts. 'Nadopasakashas' helped members to tune into YouTube videos featuring legends of Carnatic Music. On the anvil, are plans to encourage interaction with rasikas and lobbying for more performance opportunities for local artistes.

http://www.thehindu.com/arts/music/stri ... 319692.ece







hearty Congrats and all the best to TCM----Trichy Carnatic Musicians-- -----an association formed by members in Facebook



Facebooka yeppathiyellam nalla muaraiyila use pannanum yenbatharku ithu oru best Example----------TCM sets a best Example on how properly Facebook can be used for a good Cause




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Striking a common chord

It started with a few friends chatting on Facebook- about concerts, ragas and instruments. From a closed group on a popular social networking site where a coterie of budding artistes from the city hobnobbed, Trichy Carnatic Musicians (TCM) has materialized into a forum where top-grade and junior artistes from the Cauvery delta , particularly Tiruchi, find common ground.

On the brink of holding its first major event outside the virtual world, TCM is all set to celebrate three years since its founding on January 20, 2010, on the exact date this year. “This is the first time all our members will meet,” says Kashyap Mahesh, vocalist. “We started out with 20 members and today, we have crossed 100, of which at least 60- 70 are performing artistes from Tiruchi,” says Anand Jayaraman, administrator of the Facebook group. The rest are novices and students just beginning to get acquainted with the world of ragas.

Seasoned and struggling

Envisaged originally as an interactive forum for youth, the essence of the group’s success has been in bringing seasoned exponents and All-India Radio graded artistes to interact with young performers and keen students of music. It is no easy task to get musicians, familiar with a climate of rivalry and known to keep to themselves, to unite repeatedly on a forum. “That is the magic we believe we have created,” exclaims Kashyap. “Novices can freely interact with vidwans, something which might not have been possible before TCM took shape.” The lecture-demonstration by T.V.Ramanujacharlu on Sunday is part of the ‘learning and sharing’ experience fostered by the online community, says Narayanan Mohan, mridangam artiste. Age or achievement is no benchmark to belong to the group, stresses Anand.

Who’s performing where?

One of the primary tasks of TCM has been to ensure young musicians make the most of concerts presented by veterans, says Harish Sundar, mridangam player. “We regularly post concert schedules with photos and invitations to update members on events around the city. This has gone down well and has encouraged response to local concerts,” he says. This has worked particularly well for students or beginners, for whom, listening to recitals is crucial in moving up the trajectory of growth as a performer.

‘Dinam our Thiruppavai’ where a Thiruppavai a day with lyrics and the sound clip was posted throughout Margazhi evoked kudos for their efforts. 'Nadopasakashas' helped members to tune into YouTube videos featuring legends of Carnatic Music. On the anvil, are plans to encourage interaction with rasikas and lobbying for more performance opportunities for local artistes.

http://www.thehindu.com/arts/music/stri ... 319692.ece


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From cave temples to drawing rooms

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artistic endeavour:The depictions of Sithannavasal murals displayed in Tiruchi.PHOTOs:R.M. RAJARATHINAM.

Team of city-based artists is recreating Sittanavasal murals on canvas
Lotus ponds, elephants and dancers painted on caves more than a millennium ago may make a re-appearance in drawing rooms of 21st century households, thanks to a team of city-based artists who have taken up the task of recreating murals of Sittanavasal on canvas
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Seventh century

Sittanavasal, a cave temple, was an abode for Jain saints, excavated around the seventh century. The paintings here are regarded among the finest examples of murals in caves and said to resemble the works in Ajanta and Ellora. “When we talk about talk about cave paintings in India, we immediately think of Ajanta and Ellora. But closer home we have Sittanavasal, whose frescoes resemble the famous caves in Maharashtra,” says Suresh, proprietor, Kalanjiyam, Tiruchi-based art gallery that is sponsoring local artists to take up the project.

“The monument has been the focus of maintenance and restoration only recently. Many of these paintings have been vandalised by shepherds and sundry visitors and only traces of some paintings remain,” rues artist Village Mookaiya, who earned his sobriquet owing to rustic themes of his paintings. The paintings have been done using vegetable dyes and include lotus ponds, birds, women dancers.

“These paintings are yet to come to light as few visit the site and photography is not permitted,” says Kumar Shankar, an artist who reproduced three works, exhibited at a city expo recently.

30 paintings

Kumar along with the team hopes to familiarise art lovers and households with the works of antiquity. Around 30 paintings have been planned, according to Mr. Mookaiya. Apart from recreating the murals, the team comprising four Tiruchi-based artists would sketch the Jain stone beds and caves that Sittanavasal is known for.

The paintings have been done on acrylic as it dries faster than oil colours, said Kumar. “I did a small pencil sketch on the spot and did the painting later. As the paintings are barely visible, they can be recreated only by artists who have studied them and possess in-depth knowledge of anatomy and techniques used,” says Mr. Kumar, a Kumbakonam Arts College graduate who spent time researching the murals. The artists have invested a touch of imagination in the choice of colours.

“I was keen on reproducing the murals on canvas but I did not have the opportunity or backing to do so until Kalanjiyam offered support,” says Kumar, underlining the necessity of support for local artist


courtesy: Mr.Raja sir

source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 314847.ece





Very Happy that Sittanavasal is Recieving the much needed Attention----------------It is a Treasure of Ancient Arts and Culture. Its Rock cut Caves Atttract a lot of Foriegn Tourists all over the world

It is Classical and Marvellous Tourist Centre

Thanks to Trichy Based Kalangiyam Team for these Excellent efforts and Endeavours :)

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Troupe from Chennai brings on stage 13 different pieces


TIRUCHI, January 17, 2013
ARUNA V. IYER

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dazzling duo:Dancers from Chennai performing at Tiruchi Tamil Sangam on Tuesday.PHOTO:R.M. RAJARATHINAM.


In a hallway accustomed to strong voices and informed opinions, the audience was treated to a symphony of salangai (dancing bells), indigenous music and eloquent expressions: Gramathugeetham, the dance recital staged by Shivakalalayam Academy of Indian Performing Arts marked the 57th anniversary of Tiruchi Tamil Sangam. :D :D :D

The programme also roped in Tamil Sangam’s Pongal celebrations and presented through dance the various aspects of life in the villages of Tamil Nadu.

Beginning with Isai Thamizh, a pure classical piece on the evolution of Tamil music and musical instruments, the recital went on to depict an array of home-grown dance forms such as kummi attam, kavadi attam, oyilattam, and lambaadi attam.

First performance

Performing in the city for the first time, the troupe from Chennai brought on stage 13 different pieces that were themed around the antics of Krishna, the devotees bearing kaavadis, the lives of kuravars and paambattis, and the joy surrounding the harvest season among others.

While most of the songs were sourced from elsewhere, the harvest dance song was written and set to tune by S. Shivakumar, who runs Shivakalalayam along with his wife and dancer, Shailaja Shivakumar.

Choreographed by the couple the pieces subtly combined the nuances of classical dance within the broader framework of folk dance and were all preceded by small introductions.

The 12-member troupe put forth performances that were in sync and high in energy.

While the opening piece focused on the evolution of music, the finale appealed for world peace and hoped the love for arts would bring the world together.


source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 315236.ece

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Veena (veenai) international school is going to be established in trichy, chennai & coimbatore, to initiate & develop veena players in TN.

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thanks for sharing the news prasanna sir :)


it is a must and welcome one for a place like Trichy which is a citadel of Arts and Culture and also the Cultural Capital of Tamil Nadu and a Golden Treasure of Heritage


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Recitals bring cheer

SYED MUTHAHAR SAQAF

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A treat Clockwise from Top left) Srirangam Susithra Sisters; Mayilattam presented by Revathi Muthuswamy and troupe; Bharatanatyam by students of Tiruchi Sri Sakram Dance School; Dance drama by Revathi Muthuswamy and troupe and Dindigul Nadhalaya Nattiya Kalalaya troupe’s Natha Laya Nattiyam.Photos: M. Moorthy, R.M. RAJARATHINAM and A. Muralitharan




Occasion A cultural event was held at Srirangam, Tiruchi, in connection with the Vaikunta Ekadasi festival. Syed Muthahar Saqaf
The three-day cultural event, which featured vocal concerts, dance drama, Bharatanatyam, Tamizhisai and other folk arts of the State, was held at Srirangam, Tiruchi, in connection with the Vaikunta Ekadasi festival and brought cheer to the devotees.


Jointly organised by the State Department of Art and Culture, South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, Regional Centre for Art and Culture and the Tiruchi District Kalai Manram, it was held in the open on West Chitra street.

The festival commenced with mangala isai by the students of Government Music School. Rasika Prasad troupe presented Tamizhisai, which was followed by another Tamizhisai concert by Srirangam Susithra sisters. The fourth and final programme of the opening day was a Bharatanatyam performance by Tiruchi Sivathani Kalakshetra troupe.

Srirangam Abirami Mandali troupe presented a vocal concert on the second day, followed by Tamizhisai by Kashyap Mahesh. Tiruchi Sri Sakram Dance School students and Mayur Natyalaya Devika Sukanthi troupe presented separate Bharatanatyam recitals.

Tiruchi Isaipalli Swaminathan and other students presented Layakolam programme on the final day. Tiruchi Sri Puranthari Dance School, Sri Vidya Sundaresan troupe presented a Bharatanaytam recital and Dindigul Nadhalaya Nattiya Kalalaya troupe presented Natha Laya Nattiyam. Mayilattam was staged by Revathi Muthuswamy and troupe of Srirangam Bharatha Natyalaya, which also presented a dance drama as a fitting finale.


source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-fridayreview/recitals-bring-cheer/article4270769.ece



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Kids showcase talents at fest

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A two-day children’s cultural festival organised by the Tamil Nadu Jawahar Bal Bhavan and South Zone Cultural Centre got underway at the Sringeri Vidhya Bhavan in Srirangam on Saturday.

Inaugurating the festival, N.R.Sivapathi, Minister for School Education, Law and Youth Welfare, said Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was keen on ensuring welfare of folk artistes and has been implementing various welfare schemes for them. In Tiruchi district, about 2,480 folk artistes have been enrolled as members of the State Folk Artistes Welfare Board.

S.S.Jawahar, Principal Secretary and Commissioner, Arts and Culture, said Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has allotted Rs.30 crore this year for promoting folk arts. Jawahar Bal Bhavans were functioning at 52 places across the State and were engaged in creating a platform for children to display their talents.

Earlier, artistes from Odisha, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu presented various dance and song performances.

P.Kumar, MP, Jayashree Muralidharan, Collector, M.Paranjothi, R.Manoharan, T.P.Poonatchi and D.Indira Gandhi, MLAs, and others were present.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 064044.ece


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On stage with zest

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The highlight of the seventh anniversary of the Tiruchi Mavatta Nataka Nadigargal Sangam was the conferring of the titles, ‘Kalai Semmal’ and ‘Valar Ilam Kalaignar’ on the senior and budding stage artists, respectively. Rasu Maduravan, film director, conferred the titles on them at a function held at the Rasika Ranjana Sabha auditorium in Tiruchi recently.

While ‘Kalai Semmal’ award was conferred on M.S. Jagan, Sinivasan, A.P.S. Manimaran and K. Varadharajan, ‘Valar Ilam Kalaignar’ award was conferred on K. Barakath Ali and A. Ahmed Ibrahim.

Jagan said that he left his house in Mayiladuthurai at a very young age due to his interest in theatre and joined the ‘Sri Vairam Drama Troupe,’ Chennai. He acted in all the plays staged by Kallal Ramanathan, husband of renowned comedian, Manorama. He had also acted in various plays starring yesteryear stars such as S.A. Natarajan, T.R. Ramachandran, Angamuthu, ‘Kuladeivam’ Rajagopal and ‘Kallapart’ Natarajan. He launched his own ‘Kalaivani Nataka Sabha’ and staged plays in various parts of the State. On spotting his talent, R.S. Manohar made him a member of his troupe. In the recent past he acted along with K. Bhagyaraj, Sangili Murugan, Goundamani and ‘Pasi’ Sathya.

Various awards

G. Sivan Srinivasan’s ‘Karumari Creations’ has staged plays across the State for the past three decades. His troupe has been recognised by the Government of India and his dramas, focused on creating an awareness, were staged more than 4,000 times. He also had the opportunity to stage a drama promoting national integration in the presence of the then President of India late R. Venkatraman. He was the recipient of Culcon Award, Malcolm Heritage award, Wisdom International award, Perunthalaivar Kamarak award, Puducherry Government award etc. He had also acted in Cho Ramaswamy’s ‘Enge Brahmanan’ and 990 episodes of the TV serial ‘Roja’ produced by AVM. At present he is acting in different serials being telecast by Jaya TV, Vijay TV, Zee TV, etc.

Manimaran launched his drama career along with a group of friends at the age of 22. Due to financial crisis, all his friends abandoned him. But he continued his quest and boldly staged the play ‘Thangaiah? Thaarama?, which was a big hit. Under the auspices of Muthamizh Kalai Mandram he staged more than 30 plays. Besides acting, he was also in charge of story, dialogue and direction. Some of his plays that were staged have won prizes in the competitions held in Thanjavur, Tiruchi, Neyveli, Puducherry, Erode, Nagapattinam, etc. His drama troupe ‘Tamizhannai Kalai Mandram,’ which he promoted later won the best drama award in the contest conducted by South Indian Film Actors Association. Manimaran, who is 75-years old, is still active in the drama field.

K. Varadarajan began his career in theatre in 1983 through the play, ‘Sumangali.’ He has staged more than 500 plays so far and scripted about 15 social plays. He launched many drama schools in Namakkal, Salem and Erode districts. He won the ‘Kalai kaavalar’ and ‘Kalaiperarasu’ awards.

K. Barakath Ali of Ramanathapuram district and A. Ahmed Ibrahim of Madurai, are disciples of Madurai Tipu Sulthan. Barakath Ali had acted as hero in the drama ‘Pudhu Kathal.’ This role fetched him the outstanding actor award. Ahmed Ibrahim is also a good cameraman.

http://www.thehindu.com/arts/theatre/on ... 054355.ece


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CM’s announcement comes as music to ears

The Chief Minister has sanctioned Rs.6 lakhs for providing musical instruments and costumes to about 100 folk and drama artistes in an effort to promote art and culture in the State.

The State Department of Art and Culture will implement this project through the six regional cultural centres in the State.

Steps have already been initiated for identifying the beneficiaries and the instruments and costumes will be provided within a month, said R.Gunasekaran, secretary, Folk Artistes Welfare Board, while speaking at the valediction of the drama competition organised by the South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, State Department of Art and Culture and Tiruchi-based Annai Stage Creations at Rasika Ranjana Sabha auditorium in the city on Sunday evening.

Explaining the various programmes being implemented through the Board, Mr.Gunasekaran said welfare assistance of Rs.1,000 per month to 6,850 economically weaker folk and drama artistes was distributed.

The Chief Minister has increased the income ceiling for the sanctioning of welfare assistance from Rs.12,000 to Rs.60,000 per annum, he said.

The State government has also provided identity cards provided by the District Collector to more than 1 lakh folk and drama artistes all over the state and this will enable them in getting the benefits without any difficulty, he added.

R. Manoharan, MLA, was the chief guest and he said that the Chief Minister, herself being an artiste, has accorded top priority for the promotion of art and culture in the state. He gave away prizes to the outstanding dramas and the artistes. He also honoured six drama artistes with ‘Kalaithendral’ title.

M. S. Mohamed Masthan, general secretary of the Tiruchi Mavatta Nataka Nadigargal Sangam, pleaded with the government to hike the welfare assistance from the present Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 1,500.

R. Ramachandran, founder of the Annai Stage Creations, Muthu Velazhaga, drama producer and director and others offered felicitations.

Rs.6 lakhs has been allotted for providing music instruments and costumes to about 100 artistes

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 024792.ece


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