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Vidya Subramanian gets fund support from SPAF for new work `Sangeetham’
Clifton Park, January 13: Vidya Subramanian, a Clifton Park-based vocalist and teacher of Indian classical music, has been granted funding for the creation of new work in 2010 under the Saratoga Program for Arts Funding (SPAF).

SPAF provides grants to non-profit organizations, municipalities and individual artistes for arts and cultural programming in communities throughout Saratoga County.

SPAF is funded by the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a re-grant program administered by Saratoga Arts.

A grant award ceremony was held on January 11 at Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Vidya is a nationally recognized artiste in the genre known as Carnatic music. She has performed and lectured all over the country and teaches in person as well as online. Vidya has received numerous other accolades including the 2009 Arts Grant Award from the Community Arts and Culture Commission of the Town of Clifton Park; and New York Foundation for the Arts’ (NYFA) Strategic Opportunity Stipend awards from The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

Vidya co-hosts a well known podcast series dedicated to Carnatic music. Titled Raagarasika,, the podcasts are freely accessible from and have won the appreciation of listeners from all over the world.

Vidya’s SPAF artiste grant winning project is titled Sangeetham: A journey into the classical music of India. Vidya will embark on an exciting journey to educate and engage local communities in the 3000-year-old tradition of Carnatic vocal music.

Sangeetham is a three-part project, which will involve the following components:
Part I: Creation of two new musical compositions by the artiste.
Part II: A free training course to interested community members at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon public library in January and February 2010 (details given below).
Part III: Shows in Saratoga County locations in February and March 2010. Each show will include a lecture by the artiste and recital by the artist and trainees, including children (details given below). All events are free and open to the public.
Part IV: A free six session training course:
Location: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library (Piracci Board Room, 1st floor), 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065

Prior musical training is not required. Attendees will be invited to participate in optional singing training at the end of each session. One has to pre-register to get a copy of course material and training audio CD. To register for one or multiple sessions, call Vidya at 373-9037 or email her at This program is open to adults and children aged 10 and above. Attendees may register for one or multiple sessions. Although every session will be taught as an independent module, attendance at all sessions is recommended. The details of the session are given below:

Session 1: Saturday, January 16, 2010, 2 p.m., raga (melody) and tala (rhythm)
Session 2: Saturday, January 23, 2010, 2 p.m., compositions and great composers
Session 3: Saturday, January 30, 2010, 2 p.m., Carnatic music and spiritualism
Session 4: Saturday, February 13, 2010, 2 p.m., improvisation in Carnatic music
Session 5: Saturday, February 20, 2010, 2 p.m., how to appreciate a Carnatic music
Session 6: Saturday, February 27, 2010, 2 p.m., more on Carnatic concert appreciation

Note: Sessions 5 and 6 will include an audio/visual presentation

Lectures/recitals in Saratoga County by Vidya and students:
Friday, February 12, 2010, 6 p.m. – Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive, Malta, NY
Friday, February 19, 2010, 2 p.m. – Mechanicville Public Library, 190 N. Main Street, Mechanicville, NY

Saturday, March 6, 2010, 4 p.m. – Historic Grooms Tavern, 290 Sugarhill Road, Rexford, NY

This program is funded in part by the Saratoga Program for Arts Funding (SPAF), a part of the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by Saratoga Arts.