A few words from students about Anjalee Fine Arts....
I have been studying music from the tender age of 14. Throughout the years, music has provided me with numerous benefits through all facets of my life. Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. I am able to think more articulately and creatively. There is a causal link between music and spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things). This kind of intelligence, by which one can visualize various elements that should go together, is critical to the sort of thinking necessary for everything from solving advanced mathematics problems to being able to pack a book-bag with everything that will be needed for the day. The study of Indian classical music has taught me to be more towards the people of these cultures. This development of compassion and empathy, as opposed to development of greed and a "me first" attitude, provides a bridge across cultural chasms that leads to respect for ones culture at an early age.
During many shows at places such as temples and television stations such as TVI, opportunities I received through Anjalee Fine Arts, has helped build my confidence and has help develop my strengths as a musician. Music has provided me and my fellow students with a means of self-expression. Now that there is relative security in the basics of existence, the challenge is to make life meaningful and to reach for a higher stage of development. All need to be in touch at some time in their life with their core, with what they is and what they feel. Self-esteem is a by-product of this self-expression. Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline. In order for an orchestra to sound good, all players must work together harmoniously towards a single goal, the performance, and must commit to learning music, attending rehearsals, and practicing. Through music rehearsals, performers learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work.
Music has helped build my character, as well my career aspirations. Employers are looking for multi-dimensional workers with the sort of flexible and supple intellects that music education helps to create – a focus on “doing” as opposed to “observing”, a “leader” instead of a “follower”. Last but not least, music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks. A little anxiety is a good thing, and something that will occur often in life. Dealing with it early and often makes it less of a problem later. Risk-taking is essential if a child is to fully develop his or her potential. My advice to young individuals is to learn about classical music; develop a deeper understanding of its roots; and enjoy the sounds it harnesses.
Aiyesvarie Vairavanathan, Student of Kothai Sandrasegaran
Masters in Information Studies (Mist, Honours)
Bachelors in Information Technology Management (B.Comm)
It is a fact of life that fine talent is truly rare and can be hidden anywhere. I can say that I have found such talent in Kothai Sandrasegaran. Though I came to hear about Kothai through a friend, it was only upon meeting her that I got a true sense of her extraordinary abilities. Looking back at my years as a student, I can say that Kothai has not only introduced me to the Veena but has also given me a glimpse of the infinite depth and richness of Carnatic music. Her sense of shruthi is amazing, and her explanations of the intricacies of Karnatic music, such as the Varnams, is truly unique. It is a real treat to watch Kothai play the Veena. We are very fortunate to have such a talented person amongst us. I would strongly recommend all to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
Devika Swami MSc