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Friday, 2 October 2015
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Chennai: “Questions received for the contest (Anwesha) exhibit the passion of students in knowing the intricacies of the music. Though many questions seem basic, knowing them would make one comprehend the nuances of Carnatic music,” said Malladi Sreerama Prasad.

He was speaking at the event organised to present the sixth Indira Sivasailam Endowment award which he received along with his brother Malladi Ravikumar yesterday.

The recipients of the medal, the Malladi brothers, answered in person the questions collected for the contest 'Anwesha - Quest for the Best'.

The contest, which invited questions on Carnatic music, provided an opportunity for rasikas and students - ranging from 13 years to 80 years - to interact with the acclaimed artistes and improve their knowledge. Around 30 finalists were invited for the interactive question and answer session with the Malladi Brothers.

From explaining a relationship between guru and shishya to talking about the evolution of Skype classes, the musicians handled them all deftly.

For example, answering a question on the usage of neraval in a Carnatic music song, the musicians said, “Only if used in the right place, neraval can bring out the innate beauty of the song. Understanding the meaning of the phrase plays a vital role.”

Faculty members of Advanced School of Carnatic Music, The Music Academy, Ritha Rajan and Dr R S Jayalakshmi, shortlisted the questions received from all parts of the country.

The sixth Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert will be held at The Music Academy on 9 October, marking the beginning of the Navarathri season.


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