A Letter to NRI Musicians and Dancers
from Hamsadhwani, Chennai

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Hamsadhwani renews its warm greetings to musicians, dancers and patrons of our Carnatic system living abroad.

HAMSADHWANI 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).

Beginning 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.

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, 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.

Musicians 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.

Music 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.

Kindly respond by E-mail by August 31, 2005 to help us scheduling the programme by Sept / Oct.

Contact Address:  Hamsadhwani, No: 2, Eighth Lane, Indira Nagar, Adyar, Chennai – 600 020.

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