Concert Appreciation Workshop MarchMar 11 2023 10:00am Europe/Berlin

Fine Arts

Indian Classical music has been in existence for many 1000s of years and find their origins from the Vedic periods. Carnatic Music is predominantly present in the Southern states of India and Hindustani Music is present in the Northern India. Carnatic Music flourished under the patronage of the Vijayanagar Empire and it was during this time that Saint Purandaradasa, also known as "Father of Carnatic Music" composed several Kritis and also formulated the basic lessons of Carnatic Music.


In addition to vocal music, there are several instruments such as Veena, Violin, Flute, Nadaswaram, Saxaphone, Mrudangam, etc., that add variations and bring about a sense of fulfilment to the listener.


In this workshop, Purva will bring to fore various characteristics of Carnatic Music and also look into the different components of a Carnatic Music Concert. By attending her workshop, one can expect to have the following questions answered:-

What is Carnatic music, as an artform?
Why and How is it expressed by means of a concert?
How is Carnatic Music different, as well as similar, to Hindustani Music?
How are Vocal carnatic concerts different from Violin concerts?
What does a Carnatic concert usually comprise of?


Date & Time : 11,12, 1819 March 2023, 10 AM CET
Fees : One session - 15 €; Any 2 sessions - 25 €; All 4 sessions - 40€
Platform : Zoom; link will be shared a day before the workshop
Refund Policy : Once booked, a refund is not possible.
Workshop will be conducted by Purva Dhanashree Cotah, from India.

Purva Dhanashree Cotah is a Carnatic vocalist, violinist and musician, awarded by the Central Government of India with a scholarship. She is a recipient of several prizes from India's prestigious sabhas, such as the Music Academy and is a regular performer in Chennai's Margazhi season. She also dabbles in world music and records for projects with the Indian Film Industry.



Who is this workshop for?
Anyone interested in knowing and understanding one of India's most precious Classical Art Forms will find it useful to attend this workshop. It is not necessary to be a singer to participate in this workshop.

At the end of the 4 sessions, one will be able to have a delectable experience at any Carnatic Music Concert by becoming a Rasika.

Is there a minimum age to attend this workshop?

While there is no recommended minimum age, it would be more enjoyable if the attendee is able to understand what is being communicated during the workshop.

Is it necessary to attend all the 4 sessions?

Not really, but being part of all the 4 sessions will enable one to get the complete picture, as there will be a continuity flowing from one session to the other.




  • Organizer of Concert Appreciation Workshop

    Sowmya Natarajan is a freelance consultant into Leadership coaching and is a vegan entrepreneur. She has taught veena at The India International school Washington DC. She has two daughters Purva Dhanashree Cotah and Paavani Cotah. Purva Dhanashree Cotah is a Journalism Graduate and is currently pursuing second year at The Advanced school of music at The Music Academy. Purva is a National scholarship holder in Music from CCRT and is a National runner up for the Balashree awards. Purva also does violin accompaniment for vocal concerts. Purva is exposed to the style of a galaxy of Gurus as part of her curriculum at The Music Academy, Chennai. Purva and her younger sister Paavani perform vocal and violin events and have an interest in holistic development of individuals through music. Purva and Paavani have won various awards from premier institutions and have won the admiration of rasikas with their renditions on YouTube and live concerts. Both are students of Smt Kalyani Shankar. Both have been awarded the Rotary International award for vocational excellence.

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