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Story Telling & PE with Mridangam & Konnakol in Chennai

Thaka Dhimi Thakita
Dhi Tha Thaam Thakita
Thalaangu Kita Thaka….

What ‘s that? Some ancient incantation? A Vedic hymn? Or an encrypted message?

Questions, questions and more of it abound, our everyday lives has become a quest unto itself. How marvelous would it be if these lines hold the key to the treasure trove of answers to a lot of questions?

Carnatic music, thought to be one of the most difficult forms of music has been taught to us by Gurus who have spent their lifetime mastering the art form. Music as such is a form of meditation when practiced. It’s a scientifically proven fact that practicing music increases your memory power, cognitive skills and maintains your mental equilibrium.

What if we could provide the benefits of physical training with music? Sounds crazy right?

Crazy Laya, in association with Jhoola Activity Centre, intends to teach children rhythm through physical activity and team work. It focuses on teaching children Konakkol ( while involving the children to do physical exercises.

Accompanying the physical activity session would be a story telling session that would have rhythm sections in it. The rhythm sections in the story telling would be played in the Mridangam.

A brief demonstration of how the syllables taught in the class would sound on a Mridangam will also be done.

Event Details:

Age Group: 6 – 12
Fee: Rs. 300/- per child
Venue: Jhoola Activity Centre, Nanganallur
Date: 15th July : 4 – 6 PM

About the facilitator:


He hails from a family of legendary musicians with his paternal great grandfather being Sangeetha Kalanidhi Alathur Siva Subramania Iyer of the famous Alathur Brothers. He had his early tutelage under his grandfather Kalaimaamani Late Sri Kanjira V. Nagarajan and he is presently under the guidance of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr.T.K.Murthy. With over 24 years of rich experience in playing the Mridangam and Kanjira, he has accompanied most of the stalwarts in the Carnatic concert scenario on the Mridangam during the December music season and otherwise.

He is the percussionist in the renowned world fusion music band Oxygen, based out of Chennai. With his continuous pursuit for excellence and thirst for knowledge he has explored into playing other percussion instruments like the Darbuka, Cajon, Djumbe, Modular Drums, Ghatam and Dolak. His excellence in playing the Mridangam has won him titles like Yuva Kala Bharathi from Bharath Kalachar, Ilam Isai Maamani from Chennai Kalibari Trust and the best Mridangist award from Krishna Gana Sabha.

With an experience of over 3000 live concerts in his credit, he also has a rich teaching experience of over 10 years and has trained over 50 students in India and abroad.

Start Date 15 July 2018End Date15 July 2018
Start Time4 PMClose Time7.00 PM