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Swara-Laya: 9th Creative Violin Camp For Young Fiddlers In Mangalore

by Sushma P Mayya  photographs by K Prathviraj Shastry | 3 min read

Clear, melodious notes from the violin waft through the air…… the atmosphere at a residence in the City at 8 am is serene with a touch of divinity. The melody is a result of the constant practice of all the young participants, but the impact is profound.

The occasion here is the Swara-Laya camp.

Getting inspiration from Vidwan Vittal Ramamurthy, the camp which took birth with the meeting of minds of Violinist Vishwas Krishna and music patron Prabhachandra Mayya with a few students at the residence of Vishwas Krishna in Mangalore has bloomed with many getting inspired to learn music and hone their skills.

Young Fiddlers playing violin at Swara-Laya 9




“Students of this era are blessed to be part of the most happening generation. There is a lot of creativity and lot of changes all around them, he explained. This camp proves that there are still lot many students interested in music and there are genuine teachers as well, he added.”

–  Dr. Babu Narayan, Renowned Structural Engineer & NITK Professor


“Sangeetha Sahitya Kala Viheenaha, Sakshath Pashu puchcha vishana heenaha that is, a person who does not show interest in music and literature is worse than even animals, said NITK Professor and renowned structural engineer Dr Babu Narayan.

The idea behind the camp was to practice Basics in Violin from morning to evening, which will strengthen the Swara Jnanam and fingering techniques of the participants. Usually, learners abandon basic practice once they start learning Kristis. Hence the camp becomes extremely useful.

He was speaking after inaugurating the 9th consecutive Swara-Laya full-day violin camp organised at the residence of entrepreneur and music buff  Prabhachandra Mayya at Kadri Kambla Road in the City.

Students of this era are blessed to be part of the most happening generation. There is a lot of creativity and lot of changes all around them, he explained. This camp proves that there are still lot many students interested in music and there are genuine teachers as well, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Gurumurthy Swaroop from Swaroopa Adhyayana Kendra said that an inquisitive mind and observation are key to learning anything we want, be it musical instruments or oratory. We must retain in our memory whatever we hear or see, he advised. Today, kids are acquiring much knowledge and we can imagine the heights they would scale by the time they grow up, he exclaimed.

Vedamurthy K Lakshminarayana Acharya said that the association with upright persons and people with good character is like a crown on all the good deeds that people undertake. The Samhita Yaga – Sahasra Bhojana is a ‘prayaschitta’ or redemption from grave sins. Mr. Mayya is doing this by organising music camps apart from encouraging musicians.

Well-known entrepreneur Arun Prabha advised students to put in efforts so as to bring to fruition the efforts of their gurus.

Beauty Wall Spot CEO and Violinist Vishwas Krishna said the camp is a unique way to celebrate birthdays and marriage anniversaries, just as the initiative taken by Mr. Mayya. He added that the camp is being held under the guidance of Vidwan Vittal Ramamurthy, Vidwan Yatiraj Acharya and Vidwan Udupi Gopalakrishnan.

The full-day violin practice camp wherein the basic lessons of music are practiced, helps in improving fingering in violin. Usually, learners abandon basic practice once they start learning Kristis. Hence the camp becomes extremely useful.

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The camp also had an interview session with Vidwan Undemane G Narayan Sharma followed by a concert by him. Shri Pannaga Sharman accompanied on the mridangam and Vishwas Krishna accompanied on the violin.

Eminent personalities who have attended the camp include Vidwan Udupi Gopalakrishnan, Vidwan Kunnakkudi Balamuralikrishnan, Vidwan Trichy K R Kumar, Vidwan Ravi Kumar,  Vidushi Sarojamma, Vidushi Satyavati Moodambadittaya and Vidushi Surathna.

 

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