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Sunday Kutcheri in the Park completes 12 years
CHENNAI, January 7: The monthly Sunday Kutcheri in the Park, organised by Sundaram Finance, has completed 12 years today. It was launched in February, 2006.

On the occasion of the final day of the Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival 2018, around 25 students from PS Senior Secondary School, Mylapore presented a one-hour group Mikeless Kutcheri at the Nageswara Rao Park in front of a big Sunday morning audience that gathered around the chess square. Spoorthi Rao, who won the Super Singer award, was among the artistes who presented the group Kutcheri today.

The students presented compositions that included Vathapi Ganapathin (Hamsadhwani/Adi), Kanavendamo (Sri Ranjani /Rupakam), Vanchasi Yadhi Kushalam (Kalyani / Adi), Sri Valli Devesenapathe (Natabairavi / Adi), Telisi Rama (Poornachanarika / Adi), Rama Rama Raghava (Ragamalika / Adi) and Nee Irangadhenil (Atana / Adi).

Addressing a gathering at the park, Mr. T.T. Srinivasaraghavan, Managing Director, Sundaram Finance, said that the Kutcheri in the Park was launched12 years ago with the idea of making this a stepping stone for budding musical talent. ``I would like to think that the Sunday Kutcheri in the Park has played a small role in helping young ‘unsung’ children aged below 15 years shed the initial inhibition that we normally associate with stage performances by giving them a platform to showcase their talent. About 1,200 children have so far presented the Mikeless Kutcheri since the launch in February 2006. Many have gone on to the next level in their musical career. That for us is very heartening; those for whom we provided a platform, blossoming and moving on,'' he added.

On sticking to the Mikeless Kutcheri concept over this 12 year period, Mr. Srinivasaraghavan said, ``during this period, we have had suggestions from the audience to convert this into the usual‘Miked’ Kutcheri but we have resisted the temptation and stuck on to the ‘Mikeless concept’ for we believed that an open-air kutcheri, amidst falling leaves and curious birds chirping around the park, would bring out the best in the children if they performed without the help of mikes and speakers.'

Also present at the park this morning was Arul Priya, an artiste who had come all the way from Dubai as a 13-year-old and presented the Mikeless Kutcheri in 2008. She has now turned a music teacher and was present as the guru of one of the students who presented the Group Kutcheri today.

Mylapore MLA R Natraj presented certificates to the artistes, and a memento to the PS Senior Secondary School Music Teacher Latha Anantharaman.

No Mikes and Speakers are used at the Kutcheri. The monthly Kutcheri in the Park is restricted to children aged below 15 years. A committee from Sundaram Finance conducts audition to select the artistes.

The Kutcheri in the Park has also featured in the Limca Book of Records over the last two years as the longest open air Mikeless Kutcheri for children.