A cheerful group of students took a brief break from their routine on Tuesday morning for an interaction with noted Carnatic musician T.M. Krishna. Following the session with the maestro, students of Chennai Corporation schools said they too wanted to pursue the art form as a career.
“I want to be a singer, I want to learn our culture,” said R. Balaji. His father is an auto driver. The Corporation, on Tuesday, started free Carnatic music classes for its school students. Nearly 100 students from four of its schools in Kottur, Taramani, Vanniya Teynampet and Pudupet have been selected for the music classes. Mr. Krishna has helped prepared the curriculum for the students. “Music should reach all people. We will take it to all the students,” said Mr. Krishna.
Kottur school headmistress K. Maheswari Kalpana said the programme was a “dream come true.” Students were selected by each of the schools for the programme.
They will learn music for two hours every week after school hours.
Volunteers from Aanmajothi, in association with the Rotary Club of Madras East, will conduct classes in classical music and Bharatanatyam. The initiative is also part of the preservation and propagation of Indian culture to teach music and dance to students.
With support from Kalakshetra, Chennai Corporation School students will learn dance in Kotturpuram, Pulla Avenue, Tiruvanmiyur, Triplicane, Vannia Teynampet and Rangarajapuram.