Music reverberated in the cool air of Tagore Centenary Hall on Sunday evening. The compositions of Mozart and Beethoven were rendered with ease by a group of inexperienced musicians, leaving the crowd astounded.
Children were the stars of Ragasandhya, the variety musical programme organised as part of the 11th anniversary of Ragadeepam music school.
The programme was inaugurated by Srikanth Kamath, noted singer-cum actor from Mangalore. It saw children as young as six playing difficult compositions effortlessly with minimal guidance from adults.
The Ragadeepam Children’s Orchestra is a group of students who learn instrumental music under the guidance of musician L. Sasikanth.
It consists of around 50 children of the age group six to sixteen, from different schools in the district. They have been undergoing rigorous training in various musical instruments for years.
The Ragadeepam choir group is only two years old. It was formed by inviting entrees from various schools in the city supported by music teachers. The choir’s role was limited to two songs, the prayer ‘Amruthageetham Swagathageetham’ written by Fr. Cheriyan Kuniyanthodath and composed by Mr. Sasikanth and the Onam song ‘Araniranju, Paraniranju,’ also a composition of Mr. Sasikanth. The latter was performed as a tribute to the late lyricist Girish Puthencheri, who penned the song.
The programme consisted of more instrumental music than vocal. Most of the songs played by the students were western classical. A fusion number based on a Purandaradasa composition was also notable. In the concert that followed, Mr. Kamath had the audience spellbound with the nostalgic old Hindi melodies he specialises in. He was supported by the students of the orchestra and the choir.