Seetha Rajan, a Chennai-based senior Carnatic musician and guru has recently begun in this city what she calls 'musical exploration series’.
With more than five decades of experience in the field of music,Seetha is respected as much for her unswerving adherence to tradition and classicism, as forher contribution to the propagation of the art.
Sound musical training under doyens in a traditional semi-gurukula atmosphere, combined with an academic orientation warranting an analytical outlook enabled her to strike a balance between tradition and innovation.
Seetha pursues a gurukula-kind of training for her sishyas at her south Chennai space. She started the training program for children called Balabrundam Sangita Gurukulam'. This complete 25 years this year. The initiative to train women (mostly mothers) called Mathrubrundam Sangita Gurukulam was launched by her in 2014 and has been running for about 5 years now.
The ‘musical exploration series’, envisaged by Seetha Rajan is motivated by an inner urge to share her perceptions with those interested in fine-tuning their understanding of the art, be it students, teachers or rasikas, she says in a note.
A series of lecture demonstration sessions are being planned with a view to present a deep analysis of most of the commonly known raga-s from their structural as well as presentational angles.
Each session would cover a few ragas with similarities in svara structure, but with distinct differences in their handling. The initial sessions on July 6 and 7 covered the raga-s Shankarabharanam, Harikambhoji, Kambhoji, Yadukulakambhoji and Khamas.
The forthcoming session in August would deal with the allied raga-s Suddha saveri, Sama, Arabhi and Devagandhari on the first day, and Kedaragaula, Narayanagaula, and Surati on the second day.
Details of the next session -
Date - August 10 (Saturday) and 11 (Sunday).
Time - 10:30am - 12:30 noon.
Venue - Nada Inbam, Ragasudha hall, Mylapore, Chennai.
Balabrundam Sangita Gurukulam is doing the audio-video recording of these sessions, which will periodically be uploaded on their YouTube channel. The video recording of the first day of the previous session (July 6) has already been uploaded, says the note.