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U.S. kid Aadhya Sridharan makes a mark at park concert
CHENNAI, July 12: As part of the monthly Sunday Kutcheri in the Park organized by Sundaram Finance, 12-year-old Aadhya Sridharan, a class VIII student of Valley Academy, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., presented a mikeless kutcheri on the morning of July 1 between 6.30 a.m. and 7.30 a.m. at the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore. Mikes and speakers are not used at the kutcheri in the Park.

Aadhya, who is learning music from Smt. Vijayalakshmi Balaji, was accompanied on the violin by V Sai Priyadarshni and on the mirudangam by Anirudh Sriram.

In the past too, students from the U.S. and the Middle East have presented the mikeless kutcheri in the park.

Aadhya presented compositions that included Muthuswamy Dikshithar’s Swaminatha Paripalayamam (Nattai / Aadi), Parvathi Pathim (Hamsadwani/Aadi) and Ekambresa Nayike (Karnataka Sudha Saveri /
Aadi), Annamacharya’s Sriman Narayana (Bowli / Aadi) and Narayanathe (Behaag/ Aadi), Thyagarajar’s Kaalaharana (Suddha Saveri/Roopakam) and Papanasan Sivan’s Enna Thavam (Kaapi/ Aadi).
R Harikrishnan, General Manager, Sundaram Finance, presented certificates to the artistes.

Launched in February 2006, the idea of the Sunday Kutcheri in the Park, that takes place on the first Sunday of every month, 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. Around 1,200 children have been part of the kutcheri in the park series.

Sundaram Finance conducts audition to select the artistes to present the Mikeless Kutcheri. For details, email: sundaykutcheri@sundaramfinance.in