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Homage to a guru

To pay tribute to musician-musicologist and guru Sulochana Pattabhiraman and to promote Carnatic music in the U.S., Houston-based Swaralayam Arts Forum instituted the Science Fair Awards in her memory.

Swaralayam instituted the awards for music related projects at the Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) (where Swaralayam is headquartered) and the Science Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH) with the motto: ‘Sound Music through Science – Universal Peace through Music.'

The following are the 2009 winners of this award for the Science Fairs held in February / March: Shrutilaya Award - 6 {+t} {+h} Grade - Nikita Rao for the project ‘Tune Your Traits'; Pattu Rajagopalan Award - Junior Division - Austin Hubbert for ‘Wiggle to the Beat – The Effect of Music on Worm Growth', and Frances Tsenn for ‘Effect of Music on Dog Heart rate'; Sulochana Pattabhiraman Award - Ninth/Senior Division - Alec Dwyer for ‘French Horn Intonation' and Parsa Arman for ‘Sympathetic Vibrations'. These projects were from CCISD.

The awards for projects from SEFH are: Pattu Rajagopalan Award - Junior Division – Franceisca Sims for her work on ‘Rat Operant Conditioning to Play Piano Notes' and Sulochana Pattabhiraman Award - Ninth/Senior Division- David Coldiron for ‘How to Make a Piano Sing'.

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