Hamsadhwani renews its
warm greetings to musicians, dancers and patrons of our Carnatic system
plans to hold its 11th NRI annual festival of music and dance
concerts (two a day) from December 15 lasting till December 31, this year 2005
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 50 concerts (35 music and 15 dance recitals
last year (2004) in celebration of our 10th year).
with 4 concerts 11 years ago, the programme has swelled to 50. 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.
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.
to NRIs who are planning to visit Chennai during this December, 2005 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.
and dancers of merit, who have not performed in our series so far, also
welcome to respond, enclosing their biodata. We contemplate featuring drama
also. Infact on July 14, this year a U.S. NRI team KREA presented a drama
“Sruti Bedham” of excellent standards. We would like to include Harikatha and
discourses. Since NRI concerts keep expanding every year, we wish to open a
separate corpus named Hamsadhwani - NRI (Pan – Indian) corpus fund to take
care of funding. It will be used solely to promote NRI artistes performances.
institutions abroad are welcome to enroll themselves as institutional members
and their students will be entitled to perform for us. Membership fee can be
discussed and fixed. Another suggestion is to start a Hamsadhwani NRI friends
club. Your response is most welcome.
A request to you is made
hereby to use your good offices with your NRI relatives and friends to
contribute to such a fund apart from yours so that self sufficiency in
organising an NRI (Pan
– Indian) festival of music and dance on a large scale is attained. This will
also offer you a platform as and when you visit Chennai even during other
months of the year.
E-mail by August 31, 2005 to help us scheduling the programme by Sept
Hamsadhwani, No: 2, Eighth Lane, Indira Nagar, Adyar, Chennai – 600 020.
Kindly note the following
contact email addresses & numbers: