February 2011 Archives

Sustaining Sampradaya in Chennai

We are pleased to announce that the Sri Kanchi Mahaswami Trust, in association with the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival, will be conducting a focused and intensive 4-week cultural immersion program in Chennai starting on Monday July 11, 2011. The program will feature workshops in Carnatic Music, Bharathanatyam and training in Yoga. In addition, there will be classes on slokas, pasurams and bhajans. Renowned musicians and natyacharyas will lead the workshops on music and dance.

The daily schedule is planned to be as follows:

7:00am - 8:00am Training in Yoga
8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am - 12:00pm Training in carnatic music or bharathanatyam
12:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch break
2:00pm - 4:00pm Training in music or dance
4:00pm - 6:00pm Snacks & break
6:00pm - 8:00pm Classes in Slokas, Pasurams, Bhajans or Lectures on Indian culture and heritage, Arthi at the attached Temple
8:00pm - 9:00pm Dinner

On Saturday July 30th, a program of music and dance by the participants will be presented in a major auditorium in Chennai.

On August 1st, all the participants will be taken on a week-long heritage tour of South India covering important cultural centers like Thiruvaiyaru, Thiruvarur, Thanjavur etc. An air-conditioned Volvo bus will be chartered for the tour and en route accommodation will be in the local hotels.

The venue for the workshops will be Sri Kanchi Mahaswami Vidya Mandir, Rajakilapakkam, Tambaram (East), Chennai 600073, a newly built high school campus with excellent facilities resembling some of the best schools in the western world.

The Hindu Mission Hospital, Tambaram is about 15 minutes by car from the campus. A doctor will be available on call for any medical needs.

The total cost for this program is US$750 per participant. This covers all tuition, food and the cost of the heritage tour. For those who desire accommodation, a very modern, air-conditioned room with attached bathroom will be made available in the campus on a twin sharing basis for an additional cost of US$250.

Enrollment is limited as we desire to give a very focused and intensive training taking into account the overall competence of the participants. Although there is no age limit for this program, it is geared more towards young people growing up in north America. Both accomplishments to date as well as potential will guide the selection process.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please send your application with the following details.

  1. Your name, address, age and contact telephones (both residence and mobile)
  2. A brief write up on your musical or dance career including the years of your training and your guru/gurus.
  3. A 5 minute audio/video clipping of your performance. The audio should be in MP3 format and video in MPEG4 format. Although this is not mandatory, it could help us evaluate you better.

Please email the above information to gopi@aradhana.org. A non refundable application fee of US$50 made in favor of Aradhana Committee should be mailed to:

Aradhana Committee
4 Cranbury Brook Dr
Millstone Twp NJ 08535
USA

The final deadline for receipt of all application material is Monday, May 9, 2011. As the number of participants will be limited, we suggest that if interested, please send your completed application as early as possible. Early applications will be treated preferentially.

posted on February 16, 2011 | Categories: Announcements | Sustaining Sampradaya