“Music Technology and the Differently Abled”
    3 December 2011, World Disabled Day, was commemorated by Rotary club of Madras Coromandel who dedicated
    the day as a day of music since music is entertainment, therapy and creativity benefited by and benefiting technology.
    Three events marked the day – CarnaTech between 10 am to 1 pm, Parallel Music Fest between 3 pm to 5 pm and
    Karnamrit, a Carnatic concert between 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm by Smt. Ranjani and Smt Gayatri who volunteered to
    perform in aid of the visually challenged – all the events at The Music Academy Main Hall.
    Our associates for the day, Carnatica webcast all the events live on and Sankara TV covered the
    proceedings of CarnaTech.
    CarnaTech, the brainchild of K.N.Shashikiran, was a three pronged event bringing together tradition, modernity, and
    technology in the most innovative way. “It is a tribute to the genius who brought in aesthetics to computing; the
    one who always thought differently and revolutionized the way people work – Steve Jobs”, observed Shri
    Shashikiran, in his opening address.
    1. Presentation by eminent artistes
    The following presentations were made in the CarnaTech Session:
    Technological milestones in Carnatic music-Sridharan Shankaran
    Carnatic music learning on line pros and cons with a live teaching session online- Neyveli
    Multimedia and web portals in carnatic music- Some Challenges – Ramanathan Iyer
    Digital Tanpura-V.Shankaranarayanan
    2. CaranaTechie Talent
    The session had performances by employees of the Corporate World who have been selected by
    conducting auditions live and online.
    A first ever virtual quiz-CARNATIQ (I)nternet (Q)uiz, open to all, to fans across the World, was conducted and
    streamed online with five teams participating in the finals. It was moderated by Sriranjani Santhanagoplan.
    The winners got a prize worth Rs.2500, the Runners up Rs.1500 and Rs.1000.
    CDs would be given to people who participated online, for every right answer they gave.
    In the Rasikas round, each right answer was rewarded with a cash prize of Rs.100
    To RCMC, the day had a very special significance. The day is being celebrated by RCMC every year as Parallel
    Music Fest with the patronage of Shri N. Murali of The Hindu and with Airtel as the title sponsors. This year, at
    the event “Music for and by Differently Abled” Shri Guruvayoor Durai was conferred the title – Distinguished
    Differently Abled Artiste. It was followed by a vocal concert by Prof. P.P. Ramakrishnan, a visually challenged
    disciple of late M.D. Ramanathan. As in the past, the Club also felicitated the Sangita Kalanidhi designate of 2011,
    Mridanga Vidwan Dr. Trichy Sankaran. In his absence, the plaque was received by his grandson, Sivasubramanyan.
    “Karnamrit”- a fund raiser concert by Ranjani- Gayatri was the last event. The illustrious sisters volunteered to
    perform for the cause of the visually challenged. They started the concert with a varnam in Begada. After
    elaborating the krithi Pahi Jagajanani in Raga Vachaspathi, they rendered their piece de resistance a Ragam, Thanam,
    Pallavi in Karna Ranjani. The pallavi aptly chosen for the occasion was also rendered in raga malika. The abang
    “Dhanya dhanya hey tey shareera”was a fitting finale to the 2.5 hrs concert. The audience gave a standing ovation to
    the artistes after the mangalam.

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