Shruthi had its humble beginnings on 20th March, 1993 and the initiative was mainly by Saras Param and Kuna Iyengaran among others.
There were around 10 families who were keenly interested in promoting art and culture that were predominantly south Indian in nature. A few people who could sing were roped in to start an informal gathering. Initially, film music with ragam based songs/dance were encouraged. The nomenclature – Shruthi- is based on the 7 musical notes and the logo came much later. Functions of this group were attended by people who originated from India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Australia and other countries.
Shruthi, in addition to bringing music lovers, scouted for new talents amongst young and old and brought them together on stage thereby promoting talents and developing confidence. It has been and continues to be successful to a large extent in achieving this and hopes to continue this good work. Shruthi nurtures talent through vocal and instrumental music, dance and other art forms. The Shruthi Committee was formed informally with Krishnamoorthy and others volunteering to run the show.
Shruthi was incorporated on 10th April 2000 with the combined efforts of K.N. Krishnan, Muralidharan and V. Sundar who were Committee members that year. Instead of performing at private homes, the Indian association Hall, based at Blamey Avenue, was hired for the purpose. This went on for more than 5/6 years until the venue was moved to The Parks Community Centre due to the efforts of V. Mohan.
There were a few years when Shruthi broadcast on 5UVFM for an hour-listeners’ choice of Carnatic music. It flourished for a few years and later died a natural death. Shruthi has performed regularly at the Indian Mela under the banner of Samskrithi where vocal, dance and workshops on Carnatic music were held. Shruthi was by now established and each committee outdid the other by presenting different themes and titles for the programmes to the immense delight of the audience.
Skits, dance, jokes, drama, quiz and other forms of carnatic related ideas were presented. Youngsters and children were always encouraged to be part of the success and performance. Programs by professional artistes from India are also conducted to expose to the community the status of Indian arts.
Thyagaraja AAradhana began within a few years of Shruthi’s inception. There were about 5 people initially who knew one keerthana among the Pancharatna keerthanas. They then began to learn the other 4 keerthanas to perform during the following years. There came a time-year- when Shruthi was struggling to survive and planned to close down but it regenerated due to the untiring efforts of the dedicated volunteers.