Auckland based New Zealand Carnatic Music Society (NZCMS) elected Sreeranganath Koilkandadai as its President for 2016-2017 at its Annual General Meeting held on August 13, 2017.
Yashwanthkumar Ramalingam was chosen for the post of Vice-President and Ashok Devarajan to the post of Secretary.
Among the other office-bearers for the current year are Harish Srinivasan (Treasurer), Dr Ashok Malur (Joint Secretary); and Jay Jeyashankar, Leena Mani, Mala Nataraj, Priya Vijay, Ravi Nagarajan and Shanthi Swaminathan (Committee Members).
Established in 1999 to promote South Indian Carnatic Music, NZCMS has provided its platform for local artistes to blossom into credible performers, in addition to encouraging youngsters and teenagers to learn and perfect the art.
The Society is a recognised body to facilitate Carnatic Music examinations leading to well-recognised qualifications.
Mr Sreeranganath said that as a part of its endeavour, NZCMS conducts monthly programmes according opportunities for resident students and teachers to perform.
“Apart from local talent, the Society invites eminent overseas artistes to perform, thereby giving a chance to local music enthusiasts, teachers and students an opportunity to listen to the exponents of this music format,” he said.