TAP TO RAGAS CHOIR
Tap to Ragas is a contemporary Carnatic Fusion choir put together in 2016 by Sugam Karnatica, comprising of children and youth ranging from ages 7 to 20. The group specialises in combining pop elements into their predominant Carnatic music background, resulting in a fresh genre of music. They recently received a Bronze award at the 2019 Kuala Lumpur International Choir Competition (KLICC).
ZIZU SING-ALONG SESSION
Zizu is a unique programme for children aged 3 – 6 years as an introduction to Carnatic Music and Culture. The programme integrates music, expressive language, peer interaction and play to initiate a life-long interest in music and culture to little kids.
The Violin used in Indian classical music is similar to the one used in Western classical traditions. Indian violinists play their violins in a sitting position, as opposed to western violinists who hold and play their violins while standing up. As a result, Indian violinists are able to move their bows more freely and adjust to playing around other classical Indian instruments.
The Veena is among the oldest of Indian musical instruments. From the references to Vedic writings, it can date back to around the first millennium B.C. The veena has seven strings strung over twenty four fixed frets. It has a large resonator, a tapering hollow neck and a tuning box that curves downwards.
The Mridangam is made from a large piece of hollowed out jackfruit wood. The two mouths or openings are covered with goatskin, and attached to each other with tightly bound leather straps. The two sides of the drum are different sizes, so you can get bass and treble sounds from one drum! The Mridangam is the main percussion instrument of South Indian music.
The Tabla is the percussion instrument most commonly used in north Indian classical music. The instrument consists of two drums, called bayan (left) and dayan (right) as per the hand they are most commonly played with. The drums consist of a layer of goatskin stretched over a metal or clay vessel. The left and right vessels are shaped differently, with the right being narrow and more cylindrical.
Bharatanatyam is presumably the oldest classical dance heritage of India and is regarded as the mother of many other Indian classical dance forms. Bharatanatyam style is noted for its fixed upper torso, legs bent or knees flexed out combined with spectacular footwork, a sophisticated vocabulary of sign language based on gestures of hands, eyes and facial expression.
Sugam Karnatica, founded in the year 2003, is a non-profit community arts education institution which provides formal and informal arts and culture education programmes.
Its aim is to spread knowledge and foster skills that enhance sustainable development of the community. It functions as a community Centre of Excellence for the arts which provides children with a vehicle to express their background and heritage.
Sugam Karnatica is wholly owned and managed by Sugam Culture & Heritage Berhad, a registered not-for-profit organisation which focuses on societal transformation through arts and culture. Sugam Karnatica is also an affiliated partner of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Annamalai University, India and acts as their exam centre in Malaysia.
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