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Annual Day Presentation By Mridangam Player Gaurishankar

Vidya Ganesa

On November 27, 2010 students of well-known Mridangam teacher, Gaurishankar Chandrashekar (known as Gaurish) rendered an appreciation to their teacher.  Besides this, it was  also an opportunity for the children to showcase their own talent in front of their families and friends.  The Mridangam is an ancient Indian percussion instrument that is played as an accompaniment at various Carnatic musical concerts.

Gaurish is a student of Shri.K.Kalyanakrishnan. He has over 15 years of experience, has accompanied several artists and also has performed at the prestigious Berklee School of Music.

The evening began with a Guru Vandanam invoking the blessings of the Almighty.  Following the prayer, several students played individual lessons on the Mridangam based on their level of expertise.  These students included – Vasant, Mano, Bharathan, Hari, Poornima, Chirag, Harry and Kaashi.
Later in the evening, Gaurish's Mridangam students accompanied Vocal performances by students of other local teachers to enthrall the audience. By this token, the students were able to showcase   their Mridangam talents along with other musical talents all put together. Raghu accompanied Uday for a Mohanam Varnam rendition, Srini accompanied Bhuvana for Enna Thavam followed by Thani Avartanam, Adhu accompanied Guhan for Sabhapathiku followed by Thani Avartanam and Rowan accompanied Uday for Himagiri followed by Thani Avartanam.
Besides teaching Mridangam, Gaurish also teaches the Flute. Arya, Ravi along with Gaurish played a beautiful piece in Raagam Kathana Kuthuhalam.  

The program concluded with Gaurish and all the students playing the Mohras for all Thalams. The evening was an authentication of Gaurish’s patience and his teaching abilities to inspire students to give their best.  The evening ended with a wonderful dinner contributed by all the parents and the eagerness of enlivening performances in the coming years. Kudos to Gaurish and the kids!

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