La musique carnatique à Paris. (Indian culture in Europe)
- Supriya Balasubramanyam -
As India prepares to celebrate 75 years of independence, Indians living in Paris have one more reason to cheer, Mythri Mes Amis. Carnatic Conservatory of Paris (CCParis), under the patronage of Indian embassy in France, is organising a month-long cultural events to celebrate 75 glorious years of diplomatic relationship between India and France.
This month-long festivities began with Paris Tyagaraja Aradhana on May 8th. (Saint Tygaraja is considered as one of the greatest Carnatic music composers. Tyagaraja Aradhana is held every year on Bahula Panchami in the month of Pushya on the banks of the river Cauvery in Tiruvaiyaru.)
This event was graced by various artists and eminent personalities who have contributed immensely to India-France relationship. The chief guests, Bruno Lionel Marie, the deputy mayor of Paris and Aishwarya Sheoran, delegate member, Indian embassy of France, greeted the enthusiastic audience and congratulated Bhavana Pradyumna, the founder of CCParis, for bringing together this august gathering of artists.
The chief guests of honor, Sanskrit scholar and renowned historian Smt. Vasundhara Kavali-Filliozat and founder of Tapovan, Sri. Kiran Vyas, threw light on India-France friendship that dates back to few hundred years.
Smt. Bhavana Pradyumna and her team started the cultural event with pancharatna kritis. The team sang in unison the intricate composition of Saint Tyagaraja and captivated the audience through their rendition of the kritis. This was followed by various other cultural performances that kept audience asking for more.
Various artists came together to celebrate the spirit of freedom and friendship. It was a complete surrender to the ultimate bliss of music and dance.
Young boys and girls dressed in their traditional best singing kritis and dancing to jathis reassured that this great legacy of Tyagaraja will continue.
“Founded by Bhavana and Pradyumna CCParis is based out of France, promoting Indian Music, Dance, Yoga and Scriptures. Its projects have been recognized by Ministry of Culture, Govt of India and France, ICCR and different Indian Embassies across the globe.
Carnatic Conservatory of Paris is committed to spread knowledge about Indian Music, supported by Scientific Research. It recently collaborated with National academy of sciences, Azerbaijan to do the first ever study of Indian Raga and AZ Mugham academically”
CCParis also collaborates with S-Vyasa Yoga university to provide Carnatic Music certifications useful for the students of the west to gain credits for their academic progress.
CC Paris, 6yr old organization has also published books in multiple Indian and International languages about Carnatic Music, ‘Raga and Yoga’ and ‘Children's Carnatic’ book which was one of the selected publisher for World Book fair in Delhi 2021 and France book festival in 2022. CCParis also releases Bhagavadgita Doodle videos making Gita relevant to the present generation through Indian Embassy Social media channels through Youtube channel : Carnatic Conservatory of Paris.
More details can be obtained from: www.carnaticconservatoryofparis.comBuddhist and Jaina connections of Chola Temples.