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Music contest for students soon

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"Prizes will be given to those who make a good presentation"



HONOURING A VETERAN: M. Murali of Krishna Sweets presents a memento to vocalist T.V. Sankaranarayanan at a programme organised by Mylapore Arts Academy. — Photo: Shaju John

CHENNAI: More youth should be attracted towards listening to classical music, M. Murali, managing director of Sri Krishna Sweets, said on Sunday.

He was participating in the concluding day of the 10th music festival organised after 40 years of inception of the Mylapore Arts Academy. Mr. Murali said the youth of today should become aware of the glory of Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam."The Sri Krishna Sweets and other organisations will soon organise a music competition for college students. Prizes will be given to those who make a good presentation on aspects of music and Bharatanatyam," he said.

Applications

Applications for the contest will be distributed in colleges and at Sri Krishna Sweets outlets from December 1. A panel of judges would witness the presentations and award prizes, he said.

R. Raman, joint secretary of the Academy, said the concluding day was being offered as a tribute to Madurai Mani Iyer who was the first to give a Carnatic music concert for the Academy in 1966. With tickets of Rs. 2, 5 and 10, huge crowd turned up at the Sai Gana Sabha. Retaining Rs. 300 out of the Rs. 500 remuneration amount, he offered to sing the next concert free for the Mylapore Arts Academy, he recalled.

N. Ethirajan, honorary secretary of the Academy, was present.

The concluding session was followed by a vocal concert by T.V. Sankaranarayanan, supported by S. Varadarajan on the violin and Srimushnam Rajarao on the Mridangam.

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