We all know that one about not looking a gift horse in the wrong places, but this one shows how out of favor traditional forms of singing have fallen. On the one hand you have MTV and its ilk offering huge mileage, prizes and promotion to young talent both on- and off-screen, and on the other you have ones like this where the winner gets a memento and a participation certificate. Whoever is to blame for it, you feel bad for these guys.
The Sri Bharathi cultural organization, started on 27th May 2001 by Chintalapati Suresh, is organizing a music competition for artists from the twin cities. Beginning this month, Sri Bharathi will conduct such competitions every month, under the banner 'Sri Bharathi Sangeetha Sahitya Kalavikasa Vedika'. The participants can choose between singing a film, a classical or a light music song, and the winner will get a memento along with a participation certificate.
The first competition, of devotional music, will start at 10am today, and the eligibility is an age of 9 to 36 years. The winners in these competitions will be honored on Guru Purnima (6th July) at the Malkajgiri Sai Baba Temple at 6.30pm. On the same day, Swami Achalananda Swamy, along with Veda Chaitanya and Abhirama Chaitanya, will inaugurate a book titled 'Upanishad Ganam', a composition of slokas from various Upanishad Granthas, and will give away prizes and mementos to the winners.
Suresh himself is a not a trained classical singer, but has 20 years of experience and an in-depth knowledge of the octaves. He is a regular artist of the Doordarshan Kendra and the All India Radio music programs. The organization plans to recruit qualified music teachers and train aspiring musicians.
Please contact Suresh at 724-6470/703-9694/98490-34694 for further details.