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Bhoomija showcases young classical talent this weekend

CultureAnchor4Performing arts trust Bhoomija follows up the Manganiyar Classroom with another stellar production, The Children’s Carnatic choir to mark their second birthday. This year, the choir is conducted by Abhishek Raghuram, who comes from a family of musicians, who include mridangam legend Palghat Raghu and veena exponent Jayanthi Kumaresh.
The 23-member group will perform classic compositions by the carnatic trinity, Tyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Syama Sastri.
“An increasing number of youngsters are interested in this ancient discipline of music. Even little kids have so much fun with it. I just want the world to know that carnatic music doesn’t have to be serious and boring,” says Gayathri Krishna, managing trustee of the Bhoomija Trust, and software professional by day. Raghuram has included all the nuances of a carnatic concert with elements like vocal solos and taniavarthanam – percussion solo.

Dramatic turn
Ranging from ages 10 to 16, the show by the bunch of talented kids will last for 85 minutes and includes a story woven into the production. Directed by Mallika Prasad of the National School of Drama, the choir members double up as actors and use a small narrative Prasad wrote to string the songs together.

“The characters in the play are young children on a quest to find the ‘jewel-de-bliss’ where they encounter obstacles and monsters that give them complicated instructions,” explains Prasad, adding, “They brave dark forests and mighty oceans, minor cuts and bruises and yet survive by the sheer strength of their ability to sing.”

At Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, Malleswaram. Tickets (`300 upwards) on bookmyshow.com

—Rashmi Rajagopal

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