By the benign grace of Sri Madhuri Sakhi sametha Sri Premika Varadha Takur ji and our Guru Maharaj, Madhura Gitam Music Contest 2018, was conducted in Cary, North Carolina on 19th May 2018.
It was a festival celebrating the unique compositions of His Holiness Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji, and the spirit of Sankirtanam. Numerous saints starting from Thiayagaraja, Badrachala Ramadasa, Purandarasa , Pandarpur bhaktas hail the path of devotion through sankirtanam (singing the Lord’s Names) as the simplest and most potent dharma to sprout love. This spirit of Madhuragitam was to sow the seeds of love towards music in younger minds which bring not only devotion but also blossom love and affection towards humanity. The event started with Sub-junior category, around 12 kids participated enthusiastically and performed Namavalis and Bhajans. In the junior category, we had 5 participants who beautifully performed Sri Guruji’s wonderful compositions.
We also had a fun quiz on Music Trinities and other composers, in between the contest for the kids. We also had a privilege of hearing Mrs. Myteri Shastry Aravind students who sung beautiful compositions of Sri Guruji. In the sub-junior category, Sudharshan Shankar won the First place; in Juniors, Vidyut Ramakrishnan won the first place and in Seniors, Lavanya Balachandran got the first place.
The event concluded with Sri Guruji’s Kaliyayum Bali kollum kirtan. Parents and Participants showed lots of interest and enthusiasm towards this unique contest. Around 60 people got the opportunity to hear the compositions of Guru Maharaj.