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14-year-old Thushara makes a mark at Sunday Kutcheri in the Park
CHENNAI, September 11: Amidst chirping birds and falling leaves, 14-year-old R. Thushara, a class X student of PS Senior Secondary School, presented a lively Mikeless Kutcheri on the morning of the first Sunday of this September month (September 2) between 6.30 a.m. and 7.30 a.m. at the Nageswara Rao Park here in Mylapore. It was her maiden Kutcheri.

Thushara, who is learning music from Palakkad R. Ramprasad, was accompanied on the Violin by Thirucherai Karthik (a disciple of V. L. Kumar) and on the Mirudangam by Punnar T. R. Arvind Kaushik (a disciple of Mannargudi A. Eswaran).

Appreciated through the one-hour by an informal audience comprising morning park walkers and Sunday Kutcheri regulars, Thushara presented compositions that included Pranamamyaham (Gowla/Adi), Guru Lekha (Gowri Manohari/ Khanda Chapu), Sri Ranganatham (Poornachandrika/ Adi), Gnanamosagaradha (Poorvikalyani/Roopakam) and Maa Ramanan (Hindolam/ Roopakam).

N. Sriraman, Senior General Manager, Sundaram Finance, presented certificates and mementos to the artistes.

Launched in February 2006, the idea of the Sunday Kutcheri in the Park, organized by Sundaram Finance on the first Sunday of every month, is to provide opportunities to young budding talent aged below 15 years to present in an open air environment without the aid of mikes and speakers. The Sunday Kutcheri has served as a launch platform for over 1,200 children to showcase their talent in an informal park setting over the last 12 years.

The Mikeless Kutcheri in the Park has featured in the Limca Book of Records for the longest running open air Kutcheri for children.