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Bhoomija showcases young classical talentA�this weekend

CultureAnchor4Performing arts trust Bhoomija follows up the Manganiyar Classroom with another stellar production, The Childrena��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.
a�?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 doesna��t have to be serious and boring,a�? 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.

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

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

a��Rashmi Rajagopal

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