Artistes cross religious borders for musical feat

Staff Reporter – 

Members of the Tamil community in general and members and devotees of the New Zealand Thirumurugan Temple in particular should consider themselves fortunate as a number of artistes of varied religions come together to process a music programme in Auckland next fortnight.

Nadesan Nanthakumar, who calls, the programme, ‘A Musical Journey- Beats & Melodies’ is not sparing any effort to make it a success and raise as much money as possible for the Temple.

The three editions of the ‘Journey’ in as many years have brought about $16,500, and with the performers showing their generosity, this year’s event should also fetch not less than $4000.

The Performers

The programme will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Auckland Normal Intermediate School auditorium, located at Poronui Street, Mount Eden.

The ‘Interfaith’ artistes include Akhilesh Madhur (Tabla), Balu Mallela (Octopad), Joscel Alexander (Acoustic Drums), Jerish Jose (Lead Guitar), Joseph Alexander (Electronic Drums), Madan Mohan Kalyan (Keyboard) and Vishnu Sreekumar (Bass Guitar).

They will be led by the Nanthakumar sisters Geerthana, Divya and Manisha.

Geerthana Nanthakumar

Geerthana is pursuing her graduate (BA) course in Commerce at the University of Auckland, following which she will undertake studies to become a Chartered Accountant. She is on summer internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

She completed Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music grade eight exams on violin and piano and for the last 10 years, she has been a frequent performer at many shows in Auckland. She teaches Violin and Piano.

Divya Nanthakumar

Divya is a second year undergraduate student (Commerce) at the University of Auckland and hopes to follow her sister to become a Chartered Accountant. She is employed as a casual sales consultant at the New Zealand Media and Entertainment.

Her qualifications at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music grade are also identical to that of Geerthana and teaches Violin, Piano and Music Theory.

Manisha Nanthakumar

Manisha is a year Nine student at Epsom Girls Grammar School. She has completed Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Grade 5 Piano and Grade 6 Violin exams. She has been representing the Auckland Primary Principals’ Association orchestra for the past five years.

She is also learning Carnatic music and Eastern Classical Violin and played Netball and Softball for her school.

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Photo :Performers and other participants of Musical Journey 2015

What: Musical Journey Beats & Melodies 2016

Who: Nadesan Nanthakumar and others

Purpose: In aid of the New Zealand Thirumurugan Temple Society

When: Saturday, February 27 at 530 pm

Where: Auckland Normal Intermediate School Hall

                  Poronui Street, Mt Eden

Tickets: $25 (Family), $10 (Adults) $5 (Seniors & Children)

Contact: Nadesan Nanthakumar on (09) 6251300 or 021-1829381;                       

                Email: musicaljourney@hotmail.co.nz

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