TUSTIN, CA - Having demonstrated that the next generation of Indians who were born in the US are more than capable of performing traditional styles of Indian Classical music,19 brilliant and talented young artists collaborated with other musicians from their age group to perform Carnatic vocals and instrumentals,
These youngsters came from various states to Southern California to perform with their contemporaries. The lineup of talent included vocalists and instrumentalists. There were seven female and six male vocalists, and six instrumentalists who played the flute, harmonium, violin, tabla, and mridangam. Some of the children were multitalented and knew how to sing as well as play instruments.
The Indian Fine Arts Academy of San Diego, SIMA LA, and Kalanjali of Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles came together to coordinate a platform in which the younger generation was able to showcase their talents. The hope is that witnessing such extraordinary talent perform, more children will garner an interest in learning various styles of Indian classical music. The aim is also to create an atmosphere for the youth to want to continue to develop their skills and generate a community of supportive music lovers who want to see these children succeed. With hopes of continuing this event and turning it into an annual affair the talents demonstrated will grow from music at first to an assortment of other talents such as dance. The utmost prioritized goal is to publicize and spread Indian classical music among mainstream Americans.
All those who applied were picked in a completely anonymous process. The artists and judges were not known to one another.
“Participants applied to perform and were chosen in a double blind and random selection process,” said Raj Mantha, one of the organizing committee members. “Knowledge is acquired through teachings and teachers should be applauded for teaching these students,” said Swami Ishwarananda, head of Chinmaya Mission in SoCal. Bringing the evening to an end, all of the participants came together to perform the grand finale and were then given a plaque of appreciation.