Atlanta, GA, May 23: Carnatic Vidyalaya, a South Indian classical music school for kids based inAlpharetta,Georgia, celebrated its annual day program on Sunday, May 15 at Skyland Business Center, Cumming. Students participated in group as well as solo events.
The event included popular compositions of Shri Thyagaraja, Annamacharya, Oothukadu Venkata Subbier, Muthuswami Dikshitar , Purandharadasar and Tulsidas in various languages including Telugu, Tamil, Sanskrit, and Awadhi.
The senior students of the school performed varnams and also paid homage to MS Amma on account of her 100th birth anniversary this year by rendering krithis (songs) popularized by her including Sriman Narayana, Kurai Ondrum Illai and Hanuman Chalisa (which is immediately synonymous with MS Amma). The other students and younger participants, some of them as young as four, went on to perform slokams and geethams. 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) .
As a token of appreciation and encouragement, each student was awarded a trophy by their guru Viji Murali, who is the founder as well as the teacher of the music school. Carnatic Vidyalaya strives to train and inculcate the knowledge of South Indian classical music among the Indian community in the Atlanta area.