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Music contest to tap young talents

Olympia Shilpa Gerald

Swass Fezz draws 100 participants in first two days

—Photo: R. Ashok

TUNING UP: Participants at the Swass Fezz 10' at Swastika in Tiruchi on Saturday.

TIRUCHI: Swass Fezz '10, the annual cultural extravaganza organised by Swastika Institute, opened to enthusiastic response on Saturday. The cultural fest presents a unique platform for celebrating Indian classical and western music and dance.

Carnatic vocal and instrumental competitions were held for junior and sub-junior categories on Saturday while the competition for seniors and super seniors was on Sunday.

Around 100 participants took part in the first two days of the event. The fest includes a total of nine competitions: classical singing, classical instrumental, classical percussion, keyboard, guitar, drums, drawing, Bharathanatyam and western dance.

Participants are grouped under four categories: sub juniors (5-10 years), juniors (11- 15), seniors (16- 20) and super seniors (21- 25).

The ninth edition of ‘Swass Fezz' is part of the annual day celebrations with the grand finale planned for September. The cultural fest will go on till August 8, with competitions scheduled for consecutive weekends.

“This time there have been entries from outside the city, even from other districts like Karur and Thanjavur,” said B. Harilakshmi, Founder -Director of Swastika.

Though registrations are pouring in for other competitions, there have been no takers for classical instrumental music.

“Vey few students are taking up classical musical instruments. There were hardly two participants who played the veena. There is a noticeable shift towards instruments like guitar and keyboard, as students think they are easier to learn,” she added. Registrations for all competitions are open till the end of the contest.

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