FRIDAY REVIEW

Science with a touch of music

HOMAGE: Participants singing kritis of the saint-poet.  

SYED MUTHAHAR SAQAF

Students and teachers of the National Institute of Technology paid homage to Tyagaraja recently.

Amruthavarshini, the Carnatic music club of the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchi (NIT-T) organised Tyagaraja Aradhana recently to pay homage to the great saint composer. The festival commenced on an auspicious note with the nagaswaram concert of Kasim and Babu brothers.About 30 students and children of the faculty of the college sang kritis of the saint poet. The pancharatna seva was performed by the students and the teachers under the guidance of senior vidwans - T.V.Ramanujacharyulu, N.C.Madhav, Kovai Mohanram, Tiruchi Madhusoodanan, Salem Srinivasan, Jayalakshmi Sarma, Tiruvaiyaru B.V.Jayashree and the artistes of the Tiruchi station of All India Radio. These senior vidwans also rendered kritis.

Lively concert

Karaikkudi Shanti Mahesh, faculty in the department of Music, Mother Teresa Women's University, Kodaikanal, presented a lively veena concert in the evening. Shanti Mahesh, who is also a grade `A' artiste of AIR and Doordarshan, played the majestic instrument with élan and dignity choosing `Emi Chesiti,' (Thodi) as the main piece. She was ably accompanied on the mridangam by Charan Rajan, a chemical engineering student of the NIT-T and disciple of Uamayalpuram Sivaraman. Tiruchi Krishna, a disciple of Tiruchi Hari Kumar, lent good support on the ghatam. The event was sponsored by Hutch Mobile, Nalli Silks and IEEE Student Chapter of the NIT-T. Amruthavarshini was launched a year ago with the aim of promoting Carnatic music in the institute through concerts, guest lectures and demonstrations. The club commemorated Papanasam Sivan's anniversary in September. A vocal concert by the president of Amruthavarshini, Satyavrata Samavedi, a third year chemical engineering student and a disciple of O.S.Thiagarajan, was conducted last semester. The club under the supervision of A. Ramakalyan, assistant professor, Instrumentation and Control Engineering Department, also provides opportunities to talented students to perform during the monthly meets, according to its secretary, Harini.