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mahakavi
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Rasikai Program of India Foundation in North Carolina

Post by mahakavi » 26 Apr 2010, 03:34

India Foundation of Hope Mills (North Carolina) is a non-profit organization committed to serving the community through the arts. One of its cultural outreach programs is called Rasikai, which represents an appreciation of the arts. The Rasikai program aims to present a series of interactive and educative music concerts involving Indian music and dance artistes living in or visiting North Carolina to benefit the students and patrons of the arts.
The program got a start with a Carnatic music concert presented by Smt. Smitha Prasad (a Carnatic vocalist) accompanied by Sri. Sudhindra Rao on mridangam, and Sri Partha Aji on ganjira and flute on April 24, 2010. All the artistes live in the RTP (Research Triangle Park) area of North Carolina. The stated objective of this concert was to promote an artiste-to-artiste dialog coupled with an artiste-to-rasika dialog as well. The ultimate aim is to promote a better understanding of music and dance in the minds of the lay audience so that attending a concert would be a wholesome experience for them.

Five items were chosen for presentation: a pada varNam (by Lalgudi Jayaraman), a kriti by Harikesanallur Muththaiah Bhagavathar(HMB), a song by OoththukkADu Venkata Kavi (OVK), a kriti by Muththuswami Dikshitar (MD), and a tillAna by Svati TirunAL (ST). A panel of 4 dance teachers who run dance schools in the area attended the program along with an invited audience. The dance teachers were Smt. Asha Bala, Smt. Meena Rajagopal, Smt. Padma Rao, and Smt. Sridevi Jagannath.

The padavarNam “dEvar munivar tozhum…” in Shanmugapriya was presented as the first item. The panel discussed the features of the varNam which is a popular item for Bharathanatyam. The panel agreed that since the varNam’s theme is romantic (sringaram) it is not generally chosen as an item in Carnatic vocal concerts. At the request of a member of the audience, the dance teachers did brief demos for a few varNams. The second item was “gam gaNapatE namO…” in Hamsadwani (by HMB). This item is popular in the dance circuit. There was a discussion as to whether items exclusively designed for dance would gain popularity in the Carnatic music stage. The general consensus was that they would not. A couple of Kathak teachers pitched in with their remarks that in Kathak dance many songs are very specific for dance only and they don’t make it to the music stage.

The third item was “alai pAyudE kaNNA…” by OVK in the rAgam KAnaDA. It was sung in its entirety. This piece is very popular in dance as well as the music stages. It is rich in lyrical and rhythmic beauty. The theme is mainly sringaram. The fourth item was “kanjcadaLAyadAkshi…” by MD in the rAgam Kamalamanohari. It was presented by Smt. Prasad elaborately with tani Avardhanams by the supporting percussionists. The concept of manOdharmam was discussed by the artistes, and the panel. The final item was a tillAnA by ST in the rAgam dhanasri.

The program conducted in a dance studio in Cary, NC was well received by the audience who seemed very satisfied by the interactive discussion. More concerts centered on different themes are planned for the future.

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Re: Rasikai Program of India Foundation in North Carolina

Post by arasi » 27 Apr 2010, 23:41

Mahakavi,
A good start to what promises to be a helpful interaction among artistes in the area and their keenness in helping rasikAs develop more interest in CM by educating them. Those of us who live abroad are just active it seems, as those in Chennai and other cities in introducing such interesting programs.

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Re: Rasikai Program of India Foundation in North Carolina

Post by VK RAMAN » 28 Apr 2010, 00:03

Good going Indian Foundation of Hope Hills. Why the program is called Rasikai program instead of Rasikas program? Any difference ?

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Re: Rasikai Program of India Foundation in North Carolina

Post by mahakavi » 28 Apr 2010, 01:48

>> Why the program is called Rasikai program instead of Rasikas program? Any difference ?<<

Because it is run by women !!!!!!!!!!!
Just kidding!
Will get you the answer after contacting India Foundation folks.

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Re: Rasikai Program of India Foundation in North Carolina

Post by mahakavi » 29 Apr 2010, 07:09

The words "rasigan" and "rasigai" are used in Thamizh to denote the male and female rasika (connoisseur),respectively. In Sanskrit, it appears the feminine form for rasika is rasike. Example: sAma gAna priye vANi janani sangeeta rasike jagat janani; sAdu jana priye sangeeta rasike mAtru kAruNya etc.

rasike's morphic form in Thamizh is rasikai. Basically the word describes goddess Saraswati in the song lines described above, if I understand it right. The Foundation leaders chose the word "rasikai" to invoke the blessings of the goddess for the program.

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Re: Rasikai Program of India Foundation in North Carolina

Post by VK RAMAN » 29 Apr 2010, 07:32

Thank you mahakavi for taking the trouble to talk with the organizers and giving all the rasikas why the program is named after rasikai (Goddess Saraswati).

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