10.00 AM : "Classical Music Symphony" by Apoorva Krishna and team
11.30 AM : Music workshop by Prince Rama Varma, where children will get to learn kritis from the direct descendant of Maharaja Swati Tirunal
1:00 PM : Tala Vadya Kacheri by Vidwan Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma, who will bring out the music that lies hidden in household items like pans and buckets
3:00 PM : Magic show by Satish Kumar, and music-related games with prizes to be won!
Music, Magic and Majaa - Children’s Day Special on 14th Nov, 2015
Neither the depressing weather nor the India - South Africa test match deterred the avid music- lovers of RFA, in turning up on time for the Childrens’ Day Special. While it was flooding in Chennai, it was a deluge of music & fun at RFA. A sizeable crowd was present to attend our musical, fun- filled children’s day celebrations! Children of various ages attended the event! It was quite gratifying to see the child-like enthusiasm and energy level among people of all ages!
The day- long show kicked off with a symphony led/orchestrated by Vidushi Apoorva Krishna. She was accompanied on a mridangam, a khanjira, a morsing, the drum pads, and a keyboard – a blend of Carnatic and Western. The idea of this symphony was very different. The ensemble of young artists presented a well co-ordinated mini concert. Innu Daya Barade (Kalyanavasantam), Vatapi Ganapatim (Hamsadhwani), and Valachi Vacchi (Navaragamalika varnam) were among the songs that were played. The beautifully rendered nottusvarams and the English note towards the end, was quite appealing especially to the younger folks. The taniavarttanam with a few excerpts of konnakol lifted the energy level of the audience. Well, a commendable performance that too on short notice. Chocolates in a tray outside the hall vanished in just a few seconds during the break subsequent to the symphony!
All the kids geared up to attend the workshop of the Prince of Travancore. Not many people knew that Rama Varma Sir’s actual name was Prince Aswathi Tirunal Rama Varma! His ability to involve children of all ages with his humorous approach, was very captivating. Firstly, we practiced a few svara patterns in Hamsadhwani. His didactic skills had an instant effect, as the children picked up the various svara patterns he taught with ease! He then introduced the audience to a song of Bhadrachala Ramadasa- Sri Rama Namam in raga Shankarabharanam. A simple, yet beautiful song, with a profound meaning. After the song, he surprisingly asked the audience whom they thought was the most famous person living on earth. Strange answers like ‘Justin Bieber’, ‘Bill Gates’, etc. were heard from the audience. People cheered with delight as he donned a mask of Mr. Bean! Children could not suppress their smiles as they sang along with Mr. Bean! A fun-filled workshop, with lots of learning, what more can be expected!
The thirst for music was partly quenched by noon but hunger struck everyone. Many ate their lunch before the unique program - The Talavadya kutcheri. Pots, spoons, other cutlery items, bottles, grains, sand, basket balls, bamboo sticks and other odds and ends proved themselves useful in the field of music, thanks to the group. Everyone listened spellbound as the rhythm filled their ears. It was a very unique performance! The chirping sounds of birds, the gush of water, the rage of the fire and lots of other interesting sounds were created! Creativity was at its best as the artists used several ideas like the edges of fingernails on tumblers, use of scissors etc. All this was the brain child of Vidwan Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma. The talavadya was led on stage by Sri. Anoor Vinod Shyam.
Not before long, another surprise awaited the audience - It was a show of magic, games and lots of fun. Some exciting magic tricks included the rope magic, some disappearing tricks, and some card tricks that were performed with precision by Sri Sathishkumar. These tricks left big question marks as to ‘how he did it’, in the minds of the children. Adults also participated enthusiastically. One of the successful aspects of the event was that it brought out the child in everyone! At the end, there was also a demonstration of hypnosis which astounded the audience.
By the end of the children’s section of the day, a lot of new things were learnt, a lot of games were played, a lot of fun was experienced, a lot of chocolates were eaten (!) and not to forget, a lot of hearts were filled with sheer happiness!
- Vibha Arvind & Rakshita KL