LIFE

Helping budding artistes bloom

Pushpa Kashinath

Pushpa Kashinath  

HAVEN'T YOU noticed how awards after awards are showered on accomplished men and women who have achieved almost everything?

However, in the world of music, Ananya, a Malleswaram-based music organisation, has been encouraging youth, though accomplished artistes are not ignored. For the past six years, Ananya has been honouring four upcoming artistes with the Yuva Puraskara every year.

Jyotsna Srikanth

Jyotsna Srikanth  

This year, Pushpa Kashinath, who first performed at the age of 12 (veena), Jyotsna Srikanth, who started playing violin on stage at the age of nine, Amrit N., a "B-High" grade artiste in All India Radio (AIR) and "khanjira praveen", and B.S.Arun Kumar, who can play the morsing and several other folk instruments and Western drums. Sangati is another programme of Ananya, which provides an opportunity for youngsters belonging to different music organisations to come together. These efforts culminate in the conferring of the annual Ananya Puraskara and Ananya Yuva Puraskara. This year between May 14 and 18, about 50 artistes performed on stage. The audience was mesmerised with the jugalbandi by Manasi Prasad and Pratima Bellave, and Pavandeep C.K. and Omkar Hawaldar, and a violin trio by Ravikiran, Aswin, and Nagaraj. Well, Ananya dares to dream. It hopes to bring all the music organisations in the State together under its Sangati project. The BMT Cultural Academy, Sri Ramalalitakala Mandira, and Sri Tyagaraja Gana Sabha Trust have already agreed to participate.

In the case of senior artistes, Ananya meticulously chooses talented artists who are not hungry for publicity. This year the award has gone to A.V.Anand, veteran mrudangam player. Ananya says he is known for following the main artiste without compromising his own style.

By Govind D.Belgaumkar

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