Music Course for MHS Thirumurai Teachers
Malaysia Hindu Sangam
Sangeetha Swara Laya
(In collaboration with Alagappa University India And Alagappa Performing Arts Academy USA)
This Course is designed to give Hindu Sangam Thirumurai teachers the ability to master the basics of Sangeetham (Sarali Varisaigal up to Alangaram) namely Ragam and Thalam structure and the practical lessons to be able to deliver the correct ragam and within the thalam framework. Theory and practical lessons will be given along with availability of home study aids to further enhance the learning process.
The course content is in accordance with Alagappa University Syllabus leading from Foundation Certificate in Music to Degree in Music.
This Course will begin in October 2014 and last for six months ending in March 2015. Each month there will be two classes of three hours each.
Upon completion of the six months course, subject to terms and conditions, the participants may also sit for the Sangeetha Swara Laya Malaysia, Alagappa University India and Alagappa Performing Arts Academy USA recognized examinations to achieve a Foundation Certificate in Music.
We encourage all MHS members and Thirumurai teachers to take this opportunity to further their skills in singing and teaching Thirumurai.
For more details, see check this brochure.
THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
‘My Standard is the Best’
‘My teacher is such an interesting madam,’ tiny Mukesh was recalling his school time to his mother. ‘She teaches arithmetic and each day, she gives a different solution. Two plus two is four, she said the other day. And today, she said, three plus one is four!’ His mother smiled and smiled. Mukesh was so innocent and naïve but he was speaking out a profound issue in his simple, childlike language.
Like Mukesh, we too have similar problems—in different ways and areas of life. For instance, we ask, ‘How could God with Form also be God without Form?’ Or, ‘How can same God be called by different names? If I call Him as Vishnu, how could he be Shiva? Or by some other name?’ And so on.
Not only in terms of religious issues, the problem of one-sided thinking is universal in its existence. It is the problem of finding out the underlying truth behind the multiplicity of expressions, extending into diverse forms of life. We hold something as true and then fail to understand, like Mukesh, that different expressions of the same thing are laid out in different ways and methods. And this non-understanding leads to a hardened stand; we become intolerant and, ultimately, violent. Fanaticism extends to the way we eat, dress, speak, pray and what not. We want everyone to be like us!