Thenuga & Mathuriga Thevapalan

Our initial training in Karnatak music began under Ms. Kumuthini Prithviraj at ‘Sahithya Sruthi Laya’ in Denmark. We continued to receive our advanced training under vainika Dr. S.V. Sahana from Mysore. In February 2016, we started to learn from our guru, Prof. Dr. Karaikudi S. Subramanian, when he visited Denmark to conduct a four-day workshop arranged by Ms. Krishnapriya Gobinesan, the chairperson of the dance school ‘Geethalayam Art Institute’. During the workshop, we were introduced to Dr. Subramanian sir’s work at Brhaddhvani and his contribution to music education in the World music context. Immensely intrigued and inspired by his work and his pedagogical way of teaching through his method ‘COMET’, we continued to take online lessons from Dr. Subramanian sir. In summer 2016, we had an experience of gurukulavasam for two months in Denmark followed by a three-month gurukulavasam from October 2016 to January 2017 in residence with Dr. Subramanian sir at Brhaddhvani in Chennai. This was again followed by a gurukulavasam for three weeks in Denmark in February 2017. In between the gurukulavasam, we continued to pursue music from Dr. Subramanian sir through online lessons.

 

Stefeja Vasantharasan 

Initially, I started my training in Karnatak music under the guidance of Ms. Kumuthini Prithviraj at ‘Sahithya Sruthi Laya’ in Denmark. I supplemented my training under Prof. A. M. Chandrasekaran of ‘Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts’. In February 2016, my dance teacher Ms. Krishnapriya Gobinesan, the chairperson of ‘Geethalayam Art Institute’ arranged a workshop where I got introduced to my guru, Prof. Dr. Karaikudi S. Subramanian and his methodology ‘COMET’. Hereafter, I continued my study with him through online classes. I have also had the experience of gurukulavasam several times both in Denmark and when I visited Brhaddhvani in Chennai February 2017. 

 

Tusara Balandram 

My dance journey began under Mrs. Mahaluxmy Sathiyamoorthy, director of ‘Geethalayam Art Institute’. Afterwards, I continued my training under Mrs. Krishnapriya Gobinesan, the chairperson of ‘Geethalayam Art Institute’. Simultaneously, I received my training in Karnatak music under Mrs. Kumuthini Prithviraj at ‘Sahithya Sruthi Laya’ in Denmark. I met Dr. Karaikudi S. Subramanian sir for the first time at a workshop in April 2007 organized by ‘Geethalayam Art Institute’. During the workshop, he introduced us to the basic of the basics which caught my attention and at the same time I did not take it further to me due to my surroundings and my immaturity at that time. But then I got a second chance to experience Sir’s teaching when I attended a four-day workshop in February 2016. I was intrigued by his vision and work at Brhaddhvani and the ‘COMET’ programme. Afterwards, I was blessed to experience gurukulavasam with Dr. Subramanian sir and other passionate and dedicated student in summer 2016 and February 2017.