The onset of Margazhi brings with it blissful temperatures, quiet mornings, and a contemplative spirit - about the year that has been, and that is to come. In the south of India, famous saints - Andal, Thyaagaraja, Dikshitar, Alwars have left us with a wealth of devotional compositions in praise of the Gods and to reap immense personal and societal benefits. Compositions have been particularly written in praise of Lord Krishna and Vishnu, but the Chennai season artists explore their musical prowess and present a buffet of rich lyrics and enthralling musical arrangements.
In the same spirit, we proudly present a pan European Margazhi Utsavam for the first time. This virtual event is a combined effort of like-minded Indians (expats, permanent residents and EU nationals with OCI status), eager to uphold the tradition, and rediscover the joy of Margazhi season. We invite artists from Netherlands, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland and other European nations to present Kritis as micro concerts, which will be telecast on YouTube and social media from the 1st of Jan to the 10th of Jan 2022. Participants are requested to send a video of 5 – 15 min duration, and can present their songs as individuals or as a group, with/without accompaniments.
--> You must be at least 18 years of age and should be living in Europe.
--> You must be Professional or semi-professional:
--> Performing artists: Must be from a Guru-Shishya Parampara, Gharana, etc. and have at least 5-10 stage performances to your credit.
--> Harikatha / Upanyasam : Experience and expertise in this art form.
--> The music or dance must be traditional or (semi-)classical performance, with roots in Indian culture.
--> Participation can be solo or group (with separate registration for each person in the group), with or without accompaniments.
--> The last date for registration is 05.01.2022
--> Samskriti EU Team will contact you ONLY if your profile has been selected.
--> If selected, please send the Google Drive / Drop Box link of your recording on or before the due date without delay. The file should be in mp4 format with a max. resolution of 720p and be recorded in landscape format. The video recording should be 5 to 15 minutes long only.
Our team of Organisers:-
Organizer of Margazhi Utsavam 2021 - 22Samskriti Europe is a pan European organization, consisting of a group of experienced art schools, cultural organizations, and event organizers in Europe. It aims to (1) motivate young talents and seasoned artists to practice their art forms, and provides a platform to showcase their talents and 2) ensure the continuity of culture and value system unique to India, to the next generation, by helping them better understand the rich heritage they hail from.
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