LIFE

Musical offering

WHEN THE great singer, K. J. Yesudas, inaugurates the Sruthilaya Institute of Music in Kochi on Sunday morning, the city will have a school that promises to help you open your heart to the eternal bliss of music. For the Kaithapram brothers of Damodaran Namboothiri and Vasudevan Namboothiri, there is no better form of art to worship nature and God than music.

It is a venture by the State film award winner, Kaithapram Viswanathan Namboothiri, who says that music soothes ones mind and body, and takes one to another world of ecstasy.

In the material world in which values and relationships are measured in terms of monetary aspects, Mr. Viswanathan believes that there are not many chances to indulge in peace and spread the harmony of compassion and love. It is this thought that prompted him and his brother to launch Sruthilaya Institute of Music in honour of his father, Sangeetha Vidwan Kannadi Bhagavathar.

He says Sruthilaya is not just another of its kind. ``Our attitude is different, our approach is different.''

The Institute will have an experienced faculty handling various instruments and dance forms. It will offer classes in Western, Hindustani and Carnatic music. Piano, violin, guitar and keyboard will be taught in western, while Hindustani training will be given in vocal, sitar, violin, flute and tabla, and Carnatic in vocal, veena, violin, flute and mridangam.

The inaugural ceremony will be a treat for the music lovers. The presence of Mr. Yesudas, V. Dakshinamoorthy (who will preside over the function), and Mr. Damodaran Namboothiri on the same stage adds significance to the event.

By Abdul Latheef Naha

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