Sowmiya Muralidharan tries to make music simple for children. A series of books shows she is adept at it. Vipasha Sinha reports
Communicating intricate music ideas in simple terms to kids can be a challenge. Sowmiya Muralidharan has taken on this difficult job. However, going by the response to her series of music books for children, she is sailing through it.
Sowmiya, a post graduate in music and a graduate in fine arts, has written Kids’ Comet 1,2 and Svaritha 1,2, a series the teach children the various kinds of sounds and rhythms and the basic concepts of Carnatic and Hindustani music. A student of Brihaddhvani, a Chennai-based research and training centre for music founded by Dr. Karaikudi S. Subramanian, Sowmiya says, “COMET (Correlated Objective Music Education and Training) is a curriculum designed at Brihaddhvani for young beginners in music. After years of research, I wrote these books which aims at making music simpler. I drew upon my love for arts to design the books.”
The Svaritha series is an offering for students of class one and two. It teaches basic concepts of Carnatic music and Hindustani music through activity-based learning. The Comet series is for kindergarteners. “The Kids COMET I programme encourages children to observe different kinds of sounds, rhythms and music around them through play-based activities. The second series of the programme teaches the child the fundamentals of classical music,” she says. The larger objective of the books is to promote a holistic approach to music. It is aimed at preparing the student for appreciating all forms of music. Says Sowmiya, “At the end of the book, I have included stories that dwell on music in countries like China, Japan and India.”