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Gift of music offered to the poor

Sudha Raja has been teaching music for 25 years Photo: M. Karunakaran   | Photo Credit: M_Karunakaran

R. Agileshwaran could not afford to learn music. But he is now adept at rendering Muttuswami Dikshitar’s Nottusvarams. He is not classically trained.

He has only Sudha Raja, who runs Suswara School of Music, to thank for this. She is now offers Carnatic music classes for free to the underprivileged.

“This year, organisers of Covelong surfing and music festival approached me to train the children from the fishing settlements in Kovalam, to enable them to give a performance. We had three days to train these children. I taught them Bharathiyar songs. In that brief period, they learnt enough to give a memorable performance. In another instance, I had to teach music to students of Vidya Vanam, a school for the underprivileged at Anaikatti in Coimbatore. While I was engaged in these initiatives, I realised that children among the underprivileged, who have an aptitude for music, have to be identified with the view of imparting formal music training to them,” said Sudha.

“I have been teaching music for nearly 25 years and I’m quite impressed with the dedication and sincerity of these children. They are also able to acquire the nuances and sing in perfect pitch. So, it is evident that music is latent in them and it has to be tapped. I want to teach music to many more poor children,” says Sudha.

Suswara School of Music is at 13/8, Poes Road, Teynampet. Sudha Raja can be reached at 044 – 2434 3918 / 98401 32913.


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