Atlanta, GA: Shruthilaya Carnatic Music School celebrated the annual Composers’ Day on February 28 at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta in Riverdale. Students of all ages as well as adults participated and paid tributes to the saints of Carnatic music.
Compositions of pre-trinity, trinity, and post-trinities were included.
The event started with small kids singing the Ganesha Pancharatnam and bhajans.
This was followed by Saint Tyagarja’s Pancharatna kritis led by Kala Vasudevan , Gayatri Krishnan, Ranjani Yoganand along with senior students of Shruthilaya.
The kritis were enriched by instrumentalists C. V Subramanian on the violin, Ravi Subramanian on the electric guitar, Prashanth Kallur on the flute, Suresh Kothandaraman and Amit Narayan on the mridangam, Shree Varshenee and Nitheyaa Shree on the veena .
This was followed by thematic presentations. The theme of Rare Varnams and kritis and KrishnaLeela Tarangini of Sri. Narayana Theertar were rendered by senior students who took care of the utmost intricacies and nuances of every composition and raga.
The children’s segment was skillfully accompanied by Shweta Vedarnayanan on the violin, Prahlaad Ram and Archit Suresh on the mridangam.
Excellence awards were presented to select kids who have consistently progressed through the year.
The event concluded with an ensemble of vocal and instruments followed by mangalam.
The sound system, which was well managed by Neal Giedd through the daylong event, kept the audiences captivated.