It is a gargantuan task to identify musical talents in youngsters and kids. Even more huge to equip, educate and teach the art to them. That is what Sai Fine Arts does at its best!! The institution was formed by Guru Shri Nellai M Vinayaga Moorthy who is the disciple of Suchindram S.P. Sivasubramania Bhagavatar. If you desire to learn any music instrument say Violin, Veena, Keyboard, Guitar, Tabla, Piano and such others, Sai Fine Arts bridges the journey to meet the desire. Gurus at Sai Fine Arts includes Shrimathi V. Thanga Selvi, wife of Nellai M Vinayaga Moorthy and Shri A. Vishwamithran.
With average interest to learn Veena, I joined in January 2017 with my sibling who desired to learn Violin. Right at the start, Guru Shri A. Vishwamithran said us that one vocal session is made compulsory in each week for students who learn musical instruments. That shook me. I hadn’t been into singing since my lower class but my sister had already been establishing her singing standards with bhajan groups in school. Guru Shri Nellai M Vinayaka Moorthy emphasized that learning vocal supports effective playing of notes in the instruments. His passion for music drives him to teach his disciples. I and my sister were part of a vocal group for whom classes were held on Tuesday. The team had been so adaptive and caring, I must admit. With time, interest developed and I still keep trying to enhance each day. Be a beginner or a budding music professional, he showers right amount of interest in teaching. There are enormous activities conducted for the students to equip and enhance their skills.
One such is the ‘Weekly Rounds’. The students play instruments before Guru each Wednesday and the Guru tirelessly reviews the performances. Music Quiz, Tempo Maestro and such others are conducted just to enrich learning. Musical theories are also taught during Vocal sessions. Guru Vinayaga Moorthy had also said about the importance of theoretical knowledge requirement. We, the students are also given opportunities to perform at various music concerts through Sai Fine Arts.
Wonder what? The greatest gratitude students can ever give to their Guru’s is rendering an astonishing performance over the stage granted. That is what Sai Fine Arts did at a recent event. The Sai Fine Arts hosted ‘Margazhi Maha Utsavam’ on 7th January, this year. Nearly 150 of us participated in the event. It was a whole day event with students performing numerous songs in groups during the day and an exclusive event, ‘Meha Concert’ where all the budding musicians performing in a row. It was such a pleasant feeling to witness the performances. The parents and friends were the major audiences. Known or the unknown, you get greeted by people for having performed on stage. Such friendly atmosphere prevailed. The Meha Concert was astounding with each song played at various tempos. The coordination should be recognized and applauded. The reason behind such delivery are the practice sessions.
Having the lessons being taught much prior, we had effective practice sessions in the class. For almost two weeks prior to the event, students had been performing before Guru Vinayaga Moorthy with Guru Vishwamithran playing Tabla. And if they notice something wasn’t inline, they just uttered “You have much more time to practice. You can”. So much of positive vibes. To unite the members of each group, train them passionately in the midst of exam season and others aided in putting up a grand show. When I’m questioned to cite living examples who dedicatedly teach any form of art to their students, I get only one name all through my mind; Sai Fine Arts. The chief guests of the event notably spoke about Guru Vinayaga Moorthy’s deeds. Every participant was honored with a trophy and medal. The event ended but the journey had not.
I took to come up with this write-up as a tribute to Guru Nellai M Vinayaga Moorthy and A Vishwamithran since ‘thank you’ seemed to be much less.
To all the budding musicians, wish you a great future. ‘Age is no bar to begin.’