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Revive the Classical Aura – Music Academy Announces Music Competitions in August 2012

The Pantheon of Indian Musical Instruments

For the aspiring musicians interested in showcasing their talent in a prestigious stage, the Music Academy announces its music competitions of 2012 on August 18, 19, 25th and 26th.  Graded Artists of All India Radio and Doordarshan are not eligible for participation.  Forms can be collected from the office of the Music Academy from 23rd July 2012 to 14th August 2012.

For details and forms online, read on..

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Know about Violin, the Solo and Accompaniment Instrument of Carnatic Music

English: 7/8 violin from 1658 by Jakob Stainer...

The violin emerged in its definitive form between 1520 and 1550 in northern Italy with Milan as its centre. The first violin makers in the area included, from Brescia, Giovan Giacomo Dalla Corna (1484-1530) and Zanetto de Michelis da Montechiaro (1488-1562). The instruments of these violin makers were not all violins that had reached the final phase of their evolution. Amongst the instruments that bear a date are two violins by Andrea Amati(1500? – 1576), built between 1542 and 1546, that had only three strings in their primitive form. But from 1555 several documents testify to the existence of the four-stringed violin: the first four-stringed violin by Amati that has come down to us is dated precisely 1555.

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Promoting Young Musical Talents, Mikeless Sunday Kutcheri in the Park

This is the 7th year that Sundaram Finance has been organising the monthly, mikeless, Sunday kutcheri in the park. The idea is to promote young, musical talent below 15 years and help them shed their inhibitions and give them the confidence to move up to the next level.

The focus is to make the Sundaram Finance Sunday Kutcheri in the Park a small stepping stone for young children to present their musical talent in front of an audience and to serve as a launch pad for these budding artistes. Over 500 children have presented the mikeless Kutcheri at Nageswara Rao Park.

Sundaram Finance conducts audition to select the artistes. For registration, please call 94450 34557 or 28521181

MusicUniv, Imparting Structured Indian Classical Music Through Schools

Painting of the Goddess Saraswati by Raja Ravi...

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Indian classical music, in both Hindustani and Carnatic traditions, are also seen as esoteric and inaccessible, especially for the economically-challenged. And this is exactly where Chennai-based MusicUniv comes in.

The idea of MusicUniv was born when investor-entrepreneur Sudhir Rao met Dr Karaikudi Subramanian, a ninth generation veena player and founder of Brhaddhvani, a centre for research in music education supported by the Ford Foundation, and started studying Carnatic vocal music in 2008 to better understand the pedagogy for teaching it. Along with the musically-accomplished Anil Srinivasan, Rao and his wife Sadhana decided to collaborate with Brhaddhvani to take the pedagogy into schools, thus, co-founding MusicUniv.

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Music For and By Differently Abled

Carnatic Music, A classical music form of southern India and one of the world’s oldest and richest musical traditions. During the month of December in Chennai many proficient  singers and instrument players of Carnatic Music perform in various venues of the city. Music lovers of all over the world attend these programs.
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