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A lively concert by Ayshwarya
CHENNAI, May 1:Twelve-year-old V.U.M Ayshwarya, a student of Modern Senior Secondary School, Nanganallur, presented a lively one-hour mikeless kutcheri on Sunday morning from 6.30 a.m. in front of an informal gathering at the chess square of the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore here.

Ayshwarya, who is learning music from Vidwan Shri B Uma Shankar, was accompanied on the Violin by T. Vagadeeswari (a disciple of Melakaveri K.Thiagarajan) and on the Mirudangam by K. Sudev (a disciple of Kalaimamani Thiruvarur Bakthavathsalam).

Ayshwarya presented popular compositions that included Muthuswamy Dikshidhar’s Saraswathi Chayatharangini (Chayatharangini/ Adhi), Papanasam Sivan’s Gajavadhana Karuna Sadhana (Sriranjani/Adhi), Paradeivam Unaiyandri Unndoo (Poorvi Kalyani/ Adhi) and Thyagrarajar’s Janakiramana (SuddhaSeemandhini/Adhi), Meevalla Gunadhosha (Kaapi/Kandha Chaapu), Nee Nama Rupa Mulagu (Sowrashtram/Adhi) and Bharathiyar’s Pagaivanukkarulvai (Ragamalika / Yekam Thisra Nadai).

All the artistes were presented with certificates and mementos.

No mikes and speakers are used at the kutcheri. Organised on the first Sunday of every month by Sundaram Finance, the idea of the Sunday Kutcheri in the Park is to provide opportunities to young budding talent aged below 15 years to present in front of an informal park audience amidst chirping birds and falling leaves. Certificates and mementos are presented to the artistes by Sundaram Finance.

Over 1,000 children have presented kutcheri to-date since the launch in February 2006. Sundaram Finance conducts audition to select the artistes.

For audition, email:, Follow Sunday Kutcheri on Facebook on