Atlanta, GA, May 31, 2017: Carnatic Vidyalaya, a South Indian classical music school for children celebrated its second annual day program on Saturday May 13, 2017 at Milton Center, Alpharetta. The program included participation from all the students of the school, in many different group and solo events.
The events included popular compositions of Shri Thyagarajar, Annamacharya, Swathi Thirunal, Papanasam Sivan, Purandaradasar, Tulasidas and Muthuswamy Dikshithar in various languages viz., Telugu, Tamil, Sanskrit and Awadhi.
The teacher and a few senior students performed Bavayami Rghuramam, the entire story of Ramayana. Other senior students performed Varnams and Kritis as well as Hanuman Chalisa. Younger participants performed Geethams and some of them, as young as only three, went on to perform shlokams and small songs. It was wonderful to see all the kids perform with remarkable group co-ordination, along with a perfect sense of rhythm (talam) and tune (ragam) in alignment with the scale (shruthi).
Based in Alpharetta, Georgia, Carnatic Vidyalaya strives to keep cultural ties intact among the young children living in the northern part of Atlanta. Children learning shlokams and Carnatic music at an early age are able to connect with Indian tradition and culture much more easily.
Viji Murali, founder and teacher at the school emphasizes the importance to preserve and nurture our culture, even if we live thousands of miles away from homeland.
As a token of appreciation and encouragement, each student was awarded a trophy by Viji Murali.