Hamsadhwani renews its warm greetings to
musicians, dancers and patrons of our carnatic system living abroad.
HAMSADHWANI plans to hold its 12th NRI annual
festival of music and dance concerts (two a day) from December 9th, 2006
lasting till January 5th, 2007 on our usual grand scale. We held music
recitals only till 2001. Later taking advantage of the excellent permanent
stage that has been built, we introduced some dance performances (including
ballet) in December (2002 and 2003) in response to persistent requests from
NRI dancers all these years. We had a record of 50 concerts (35 music and 15
dance recitals in 2004) in celebration of our 10th year.
Beginning with 4 concerts 12 years ago, the
programme has swelled to 53. This series is most expensive to us as we meet
the costs entirely from our own resources. We get no sponsorship support
whatever for the NRI festival. We do not mind the financial burden because we
offer happiness to you NRIs, who work hard on your music/dance amidst the job
pressures abroad. We appreciate that you spend enormous amounts of money to
come to India and the least we can do is to provide you a platform. We
function in total transparency.
The only thing we expect of you is that you
become a patron member (a one time payment obviously). NRI artistes who have
performed for us in the previous years and are already our patron members are
not required to make any contribution unless it is voluntary and spontaneous
as a donation. Our experience is that NRI musicians abroad respond to our
request with enthusiasm. Our remuneration is on par with what we do for our
Indian artistes here. The festival has brought us immense satisfaction and
earned us a distinctive reputation here in India and abroad as well.
We appeal to NRIs who are planning to visit
Chennai during this December 2006 to communicate to us the duration of your
stay here and the days you are available so that we can schedule your
programme. Please indicate your sruti as well.
Musicians and dancers of merit, who have not
performed in our series so far, are also welcome to respond, enclosing their
biodata. We contemplate featuring drama also. Infact on July 14, 2005 a U.S.
NRI team KREA presented a drama “Sruti Bedham” of excellent standards. We
would like to include Harikatha and discourses and have decided to constitute
the Hamsadhwani International chapter to hold the NRI festival.
A request to you is made hereby to use your
good offices with your NRI relatives and to join the Hamsadhwani International
chapter as members. Kindly respond by email by August 31, 2006 to help us
scheduling the programme by Sept / Oct 2006.
Contact: Hamsadhwani, No: 2, Eighth Lane,
Indira Nagar, Adyar, Chennai – 600 020. Kindly note the following contact
email addresses: 1) firstname.lastname@example.org 2) email@example.com 3)
Tele: 91-44-2491 5555 (R. Ramachandran) 4) Tele: 91-44-2491 9225 (Aparna
Gopalakrishnan) 5) Tele: 91-44-2491 0552 (N. Neelakantan)