LEC DEM MELA – A tour-de-force of Tyagaraja

A tour-de-force of Tyagaraja
The Sruti Foundation and Karnatic Music Forum jointly organised Lec Dem Mela 2017 at the Arkay Convention Centre on 9 and 10 December to mark the 250th birth anniversary year of Tyagaraja. The series was supported by The Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Visually challenged young musicians of the Freedom Trust— Akshaya, Shreelekka, Manoj and Nagaraj (all students of Dr. S. Sunder)— gave a flying start to the proceedings with a Tyagaraja kriti rendered as an invocation.

Chief guest Akhila Srinivasan, Managing Director of Shriram Life Insurance Company and Director at Shriram Capital, presented scholarships administered by the Sruti Foundation to deserving young artists. The Manna Srinivasan Endowment Scholarships for an instrumentalist and a Bharatanatyam dancer were presented to vainika Ramana Balachandhran and P. Sundaresan respectively. The Meenakshi Ramakrishnan Endowment Scholarship for a young vocalist was given to Sahana Samraj.

Four lecdems were held each day—in the morning and evening—and they drew a very good response, especially from young musicians. The resource persons had done enough groundwork to make their presentations enriching and enjoyable. They shared a wealth of information on the compositions of Tyagaraja. Their lectures were aptly supplemented with music by their disciples… read more