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INDIAN CLASSICAL

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Indian classical music is the classical music of the Indian subcontinent. It has two major traditions: the North Indian classical music tradition is called Hindustani, while the South Indian expression is called Carnatic. These traditions were not distinct until about the 16th century. During the period of Islamic rule of the Indian subcontinent, the traditions separated and evolved into distinct forms. Hindustani music emphasizes improvisation and exploring all aspects of a raga, while Carnatic performances tend to be short and composition-based. However, the two systems continue to have more common features than differences.

The roots of the classical music of India are found in the Vedic literature of Hinduism and the ancient Natyashastra, the classic Sanskrit text on performance arts by Bharata Muni. The 13th century Sanskrit text Sangita-Ratnakara of Sarangadeva is regarded as the definitive text by both the Hindustani music and the Carnatic music traditions.

About Shruthi

Shruthi had its humble beginnings on 20th March, 1993 and the initiative was mainly by Dr Kuna Iyenkaran. Mr Param, Mrs Saras Param, Dr Mallika Prasad, Mr Krishnamoorthy, Mrs Raji Krishnamurthy, Mrs Prema Iyer  were the initial people amongst many others, who worked with Dr Kuna Iyenkaran  enabling Shruthi to organize several events.

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.

MEMORIES

One evening my family and I were invited by Valli Rao along with a few other families to their house for dinner. While we were talking I came to know about Shruthi programme. As I had learnt Carnatic music singing, I was encouraged to join the programme to meet other people and settle in a new place.

I attended the programme with my family and the people were very nice to us and it made us very comfortable to live in a new place and a new country. We met a lot of families; to name a few – Raji Krishnamoorthy, Bama Ganesan, Anandhi Sundar, Lakshmi Sridhar, Jaya Pathy, Hema Devanathan, Saradha Sundar, Dr. Kala, Jayashree Badri, Renuka Narayan.

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