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Sunday Kutcheri in the Park enters 9th year
CHENNAI: Eight summers have gone by since this unique initiative was launched. While it has gained in stature, it has now become a centre of attraction for many young kids from within and outside. The Sunday Kutcheri in the Park (which doesn’t use electrical gadgets such as mikes and speakers) is organised on the first Sunday of every month by the well-known non-banking finance company Sundaram Finance at the Nageswara Rao Park here. In the eight years since it was launched, over 850 children, all aged below 15 years, have presented morning kutcheris at this park.

Kids' Day
Explaining the thought behind the innovative mike-less concerts at the Park, Mr. T.T. Srinivasaraghavan, Managing Director, Sundaram Finance, said: “We did not want to disturb the peace of the morning walkers with loud music, and have consciously stayed away from mikes and speakers. Also, being an open-air kutcheri, we believed that, amidst falling leaves and curious birds chirping around the park, we would be able to bring out the best in the children if they performed without the help of mikes and speakers. And, hence, we have stuck to the format of the Mikeless Kutcheri.”

The platform, he said, was aimed at helping young children, aged below 15 years, shed their inhibitions. The idea was to give them the confidence to move up to the next level, he pointed out. ``To us, the first Sunday of every month is their ‘Day’. The young children are the ‘stars’ of the show. Hence, we are clearly focussed on developing this as a platform for young ‘unsung’ children,’’ he said.

Navarathri series
A few years ago, Sundaram Finance expanded the Kutcheri in the Park concept to include a Navarathri Kutcheri in the Park series. Sundaram Finance conducts audition to select the artistes. To register for the audition, call 94450 34557 or email sundaykutcheri@gmail.com

Impressive Preethi
14-year-old Preethi Sethuraman, a class nine student of Jawahar Vidyalaya, heralded the initiative’s entry into the ninth year with a with a lively vocal Carnatic music performance on Sunday (February 2) morning.

Preethi, who is learning music from Smt. Vasantha Shankararaman, was accompanied on the Mridangam by R. Kishore and on the Violin by Parur Ananthalakshmi.

Preethi’s compositions included Sri Valli Devasenapathe (Nata Bhairavi/ Adi), Ganamoorthy (Ganamoorthy/Adi), Thaye Thripurasundari (Sudha Saveri/ Kanda Chapu) and Om Namo Narayana (Karnaranjani/Kanda Chapu).