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Chitravina Ravikiran embarks on mission to set music for Tirukkural verses
CHENNAI, January 13: Chitravina N Ravikiran has begun his record-creating exercise to set music for the entire 1,330 Tirukkural verses of Tamil poet and philosopher Tiruvalluvar in just 50 hours. He has commenced this work at the International Institute of Tamil Studies, CIT Campus at Taramani here.

He was able to set music to nearly 350 verses in just over 3.5 hours, an average of over 100 verses per hour. “By God’s grace, if I can maintain this kind of flow, I will be able to accomplish my goal of 1,330 verses in under 24 hours,” Ravikiran said at the end of the opening day’s session.

A well-known slide instrumentalist across the world today, Ravikiran is hailed for brining new audiences to Indian music with his ‘teasing precision and dazzling effects’. He has employed Carnatic, Hindustani and Folk melodies for his tuning, and also attempted several rhythmic innovations using talas scarcely explored such as Mishra Triputa (7+4 units), Mishra Mathya (7+2+7), Sankeerna Mathya (9+2+9) and Sankeerna Chapu (9) in addition to popular talas like Adi,'' said a release.

“People have tuned kural verses in various styles, including classical, contemporary and films. It is an artistic challenge since Valluvar’s couplets have a unique meter with the second line shorter than the first. I found inspiration to try traditional but rare talas to ensure that the melodic beauty, rhyme, meter or meaning will be projected better. This can enable them to be performed more frequently in classical concerts by both vocalists and instrumentalists and also a wonderful way to make it more accessible and enjoyable for school students,” he said in a statement.

Ravikiran wants to make Tirukkural global. “I have arranged works of master Indian composers such as Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi and Dikshitar for Western Classical, Jazz and other world music orchestras. It would be an honour to make Valluvar’s timeless wisdom accessible to global listeners through Melharmony”, he said.

A prolific composer of over 700 traditional pieces in Tamil, Sanskrit and other languages, Ravikiran has also created operatic dance productions such as Ramayana and Mahabharata, and set to music select poems from Sangam literature as well as verses from the Bhagawad Gita. He conducted a first-of-its-kind camp for over 31,000 rural children all over Tamil Nadu in 2006, and has also introduced Indian music in many school districts in the U.S. through Melharmonic orchestral compositions.