Helping talented musicians realise their dreams

    PERFORMING BEFORE an applauding audience and seeing your music album on the top of the charts… dreams many with singing talent have but few realise them.

    2003032003630201Making such dreams possible and nurturing talented but little known musicians are what and Sri Krishna Sweets are about to do in Bangalore at the end of the month.

    “Kreativ 2003”, the two-day event being promoted in association with Tarangini Arts Foundation, will be held at Chowdiah Memorial Hall from March 28.

    Talented dancers will also get a chance to give performances. is the brainchild of popular young musicians K.N.Sashikiran and S.Sowmya and the mega talent contest will be the first of its kind in this City, closely following a similar event in Chennai.

    It will be modelled on the beauty pageant style with selection based on various parameters such as voice reach and flexibility, modulation, speed and stage presence, says Shashikiran, brother of “Vichitraveena” Ravikiran.

    “Who says that there cannot be a standard ranking system in music and dance such as the tennis ranking or a cricket world cup-like contest or our version of Grammy awards for music?” Shashikiran asks.

    “Kreativ 2003″ seeks to do just this.

    At the end of the exercise, you will have a Mr. Voice and Ms. Voice (vocal), Mr. Perfect and Ms. Elegance (dance), Mr. Virtuoso and Ms. Virtuoso (instrumental) and Mr. Rhythm and Ms. Rhythm in percussion.

    To break the ice and help get over those first-time-on-stage jitters, there will be four or five rounds. The first round is to create awareness among the people present and to create a database of good voices.

    The second round will be a filtering process to be able to identify and select meritorious and top performers.

    The subsequent rounds will be a more challenging version of the second round where the judges will identify the most talented in each of the parameters and also promote them by giving them an opportunity to perform.

    “Those who are not winners will not be disappointed either,” says Shashikiran. “They will also be ranked like in any professional institution for better grooming and a talent development programme through our Carnatica Gurukulam.”

    The Gurukulam, which now functions in Chennai, may spread its wings to other cities. It offers courses in different genres of music covering Carnatic, Hindustani, film, Western, devotional, folk and light classical. It has also brought Nadopasana, a VCD for children to learn Carnatic music, the first to be released in India.

    “Making music learning available on a multimedia format was done after a lot of planning. We found that many children, even those not much exposed to classical music at home, had an innate interest in it. This set us thinking,” Sahshikiran recalls.

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