After a hiatus of two years, Chennai-headquartered NBFC (non banking finance company) Sundaram Finance Sundaram Finance Ltd. (SFL) re-launched its hugely popular open-air mikeless concerts for children. The concert series saw a record-breaking 14-year run before it was forced to halt by Covid-19 pandemic. SFL re-launched the Sunday Kutcheri in the Park series in April this year. With this, its annual Navarathri concert series too returned. This concert series for the kids is a significant component of the annual Navarathri festival around the Mylapore Kapali temple in the heart of the city of Chennai. Sundaram Finance, which saw a transformation in the management not long ago, held mikeless concerts for 3 days from September 30. The Day I saw Kamakshi giving a one-hour ‘mikeless kutcheri’. On Day II, it was the turn of Dathaterya Mahesh. The concluding day saw S Shwetha taking the stage. These mikeless concerts, as usual, were held the Nageswara Rao Park, Mylapore. They were held from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Kamakshi is currently undergoing training from Smt. R.S Jayalakshmi. She was accompanied by Avantika Saravanan on violin and Umashankar on the mridangam. Dathaterya Mahesh is the disciple of Dr. Nandita Ravi. Accompanying him was Bargava Vignesh on violin, who is the great grandson of the violin legend Kalaimamani Sri Chittoor Gopalakrishan. He is currently learning violin from his grandfather, Sri C. G. Kumaresan, and his father C.K. Vijayaraghavan. Kalai Ila Mani played the mridangam.
S Shwetha is the great granddaughter of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Palghat Mani Iyer. She is under the guidance of her grandfather Palghat T. R. Rajaram. Accompanying her were Haritha Narayanan on the violin and Sannath Parameswara on Mridangam.
While there has been a constant lament about the lack of opportunities for young unknown artists to showcase their musical talent, this over six-decades-old NBFC, known for its trust and values, came up with a unique mikeless concert concept for children, and has run it successfully for a decade-and-a-half with around 1,400 children getting opportunity to perform in this public park that the company has also been maintaining for close to two decades. The Sunday Kutcheri in the Park concept of Sundaram Finance has already gone into the Limca Book of Records as the longest running open air mikeless concert in the country.
To select the artists, Sundaram Finance came up with an audition model where children would first be tested for their voice and then be chosen to perform at the park.
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