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Sisters T. Harini & T. Aishwarya excel at mikeless concert
CHENNAI, September 25: On the first day of the three-day ‘Navarathri Special’ Kutcheri in the Park organised by Sundaram Finance, sisters - 12-year-old T. Harini and 9-year-old T. Aishwarya, both students of DAV Girls School, Gopalapuram, presented a lively one-hour carnatic vocal music performance this morning at the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore. This was the first Kutcheri the two sisters were presenting sans mikes and speakers.

Along side the sisters at the chess quadrangle were S. Sivasubramanian on the mridangam, R.M. Adithya on the dolki and Mannargudi V. Shankarraman on the harmonium.

“This is our first mikeless kutcheri. We enjoyed singing in front of the early morning park audience. It was a different kind of experience for us to sing without speakers and mikes,” a release quoted Harini and Aishwarya as saying.

Commenting on the performance of her students, Mrs. Prabha Rajaram, the guru who has been teaching these two sisters for the last three years, said “ I am quite pleased about the performance of Harini and Aishwarya at their first mikeless kutcheri this morning. The way they presented the songs, it did not seem like a mikeless concert. There was absolutely no strain on their voice and, in fact, the originality was visibly seen.”

Songs the duo presented included among other Sri Saraswathi (Aarabhi), Panchathala (Kamala Manohari), Ramanukkuv (Intholam), Okapari (Kalavathi), Maamavasadha (Kaanada) and Karpakambike (Bilahari).

S. Sivakumar, Vice President (Operations), Sundaram Finance Ltd., was present on the occasion and presented certificates and mementos to the performing artistes.

Navarathri Special Kutcheri will continue on Saturday morning with 12-year-old B. Mrinalini, a student of The Hindu Senior Secondary School, Indra Nagar, presenting the mikeless kutcheri accompanied by C. Sarada on the violin and by B. Venkataraman on the mridangam. On Sunday morning, R. Muralikrishna, a student of St. Michael’s Academy, Adyar, will present the Navarathri Kutcheri accompanied by Sriram Sridhar on the violin and by Thirucherai Kaushik Rajagopal on the mridangam.

The idea behind the Mikeless Kutcheri in the Park is to provide a platform for young children to display their musical talent.