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An impressive show by T. Shruti at Park concert
CHENNAI, April 4: A big crowd, comprising morning walkers and Sunday Kutcheri regulars, gathered around 13-year-old T. Shruti at the Chess Square of the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore on Sunday morning to watch the class IX student of Modern Senior Secondary School, Nanganallur present a mikeless kutcheri, as part of the monthly Sunday Kutcheri in the Park organised by Sundaram Finance.

Shruti, who has been learning music for the past fiveyears from Vidwan Anasuya Krishnamurthy, was accompanied by Sumesh Narayanan on the mridangam and by Shraddha Ravindran on the violin.
Warming up with Saanitha at 6.30 a.m, Shruti followed up with the composition of Dikshithar (Vallabha Naya- Begada Ragam- Rupakam). Her presentation of Papanasam Sivam’s Karunai Nilavi Kapali (Mohanam, Adi) and Bharatiyar’s Villinai (Kavadi Chindu, Thrisra Ekam) was much appreciated.

The grand mother of Shrut,i who sat through the Kutcheri, was happy at the opportunity provided by Sundaram Finance to the young musical talent. ‘The mikeless kutcheri is an ideal platform for young children. Singing in front of this big crowd in an informal atmosphere amidst the chirping of birds gives these young artistes a lot of confidence. Through this platform provided by Sundaram Finance, I think the stage fear for these young children will go away. This will help them shed any inhibitions they may have of performing in front of an audience and will encourage them to present more kutcheris,’' she said.

C. Muralidharan, Head (Karnataka), Sundaram Finance Ltd., was present on the occasion and presented certificates and mementos to the artistes.

Launched in February 2006, the aim of the Sundaram Finance Sunday Kutcheri in the Park is to provide opportunities to young children aged below 15 years to perform in front of an informal park audience. Over 250 children have presented Kutcheri at the Nageswara Rao Park. Sundaram Finance conducts audition to select the artistes.

For audition enquiries, email sundaykutcheri@gmail.com