The fest aims to promote three values for a musician: listening, learning, testing

Amruthavarshini, the Carnatic Classical Music Club of National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi (NIT-T) has invited participation from school students for ‘Manoranjani ‘13’, its maiden Carnatic classical music competition, from April 7 to 9.

The festival, according to G.S. Madhusudhanan, Research Scholar representing the organising committee, aims at promoting the three most important values for a budding musician: listening, learning, and testing.

The interschool competition will test the participant’s mettle in an active stage atmosphere.

Concert series by young talented musicians will provide listening pleasure, and the lecture-demonstrations by stalwarts in their fields will help students to gain valuable insight into the nuances of classical music.

The festival holds promise as a three-pronged treat for the music connoisseur, he said. The festival will start off on April 7 with competition under three categories: Carnatic vocal solo, Carnatic non percussion instrumental solo, and Carnatic percussion instrumental solo.

It will be followed by Music quiz. On Monday, there will be performances by Aishwarya Mohan ( Vocal ), Guru Pranesh ( Violin ), Arvind Shankar ( Mridangam ), Srikrishnan (Kanjira), Ashwath Narayanan ( Vocal ), M. Shrikanth ( Violin ), Sreeram Madhavan Mridangam ), and Santosh Kumar ( Kanjira ). Performers on Tuesday constitute Shravan Kumar (Vocal), M.Shrikanth ( Violin), Santosh Kumar ( Mridangam ), and Ramya Ramesh ( Ghatam ). The festival will conclude with a lecture demonstration on ‘Manodharma Sangeetham - Ragam, Neraval and Swaram’ by Vidwan ‘Veenai’ B Shivakumar.

Last month, the music club organised a similar lecture demonstration that highlighted how concepts of Mathematics and Physics get integrated in Indian classical music.

The lecture demonstration delivered by noted Vidwan K. Varadarangan of Bangalore summarised the depth and richness of Indian classical music in general and Carnatic music in particular.

Citing last year’s turnout of school students from the city, Srirangam and BHEL Township, the organisers expect encouraging participation this time too.

The music club has conceptualised the competition this year with support from faculty advisor S. Raman Sankaranarayanan, Professor; the NIT-T Director S. Sundarrajan, and several senior musicians from All India Radio, Tiruchi.

For more details, visit http://amruthavarshini.

nitt.edu/aradhana.html, or contact Madhusudan GS Iyengar (9791750215) or Shrikanth Mohan (shrikanth_mohan@hotmail.com, 9600020270).