YOUNG WORLD

In memory of Tchaikovsky

TRIBUTE TO THE MAESTROS: Standing testimony to genius  



G. MAHADEVAN

Keeping Tchaikovsky's legacy alive this is the pride of the city.

If one sits in an inconspicuous corner of the Russian Cultural Centre, Thiruvananthapuram and does not look carefully, one will entirely miss the fact that there is a piano in one corner of the room that serves as the Centre's library. However, for the past so many years this `upright' piano of Russian origin has been the source of delight for so many lovers of music in Thiruvananthapuram. Even though the Gorkhy Bhavanam opens only at 9-30 a.m., the piano lesson begin at 7 a.m. At present 39 students aged between nine and 65 are learning the intricacies of playing the piano at the `Tchaikovsky Music School' at the centre.

Sweet notes

The Centre's director Ratheesh Nair says that the Tchaikovsky music school is one of the very few places in the city where the piano is taught on a piano. "There are many places where one can learn the piano on an electric organ. But that way you can never get the feel or the ambience of playing in a real piano," he explains. Though most of the students of this school are serious in their attempt to master this instrument, there are also those who can to listen to a symphony just to take their minds off their pressure-filled lives, he adds. Every year students from this school appear for the multi-grade music examinations conducted by the Trinity School of Music, London.The piano instructor at this school also has a Russian (Soviet actually) touch, popularly known as Soviet Madhu. Madhukumar was an employee of erstwhile House of Soviet Culture. For further details refer to these sites: >http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/5648/Tchaikovsky.htm - good resource about the man behind the composer.http://w3.rz-berlin.mpg.de/cmp/tchaikovsky_pic.html - some classic black and white shots >http://www.d-vista.com/OTHER/tchai.html - simple explanations of some of his greatest musical work