Dear Friends, Namaste.. I am Viji Somanath. I am a college professor working part time at TCC. My passion as a Classical Carnatic music vocalist has always been to develop and share what little music knowledge I have attained with the rest of the world. I routinely perform in the Irving temple and other concerts and activities around the Metroplex. Past 44 years of my training has been spent in learning from gurus in India including the very popular and highly talented musician Smt. Sowmya. S. and gurus in the Dallas area including Guru.Mrs.Lalitha Seshadri .
This past summer, my daughter Sowmya and myself went to explore the Hindustani music segment of A.R.Rahman institute(KMC) in Chennai for 3 months. It was a superb experience to be part of the Music Conservatory which is supposedly India’s first Apple authorized training center, and offers quality education. Presently, we are under the able tutelage of Sangeetha Samrat Chitravina ravikiran who is an exponent of Music!. I have always loved to teach music and my whole life seems like it revolves around dance and music besides family and work.. After conducting a Bharathanatyam arangetram and a Kuchipudi rangapravesam for my daughter, i must admit that my desire and love for this divine art form and music has escalated exponentially! Past 4.5 years of my formally teaching students has been spent in teaching carnatic music/slokas/bhajans/stotrams/slokas etc which can be festival appropriate . I have involved my kids/students in temple programs, fund raisers and festivals including UTA Diwali program, Tantex Sankranthi and Ugadi programs,India Nite/day programs and Vasant panchami and Brahmotsavam besides the vidya vikas annual program at the D/FW hindu temple in Irving. I have always been involved in teaching and giving performances as part of my volunteer work and charity programs that includes the DFW temple(Ekta Mandir) where i am the Bhajan coordinator, Thyagaraja radhana involvement for the past 30 years, OVK sapta ratna kriti programs at various temples in and around the metroplex..
My very recent programs include participation as part of Ravikiran Sir's group at Cleveland Thyagaraja festival,Singing the complex Syama Sastry Kamakshi Swarajathis at the Maha Kumbhabhishekam at the Maragatha Karya siddhi Hanuman temple as part of a group etc.. There could be various opportunities for the students to display their talents in future programs in the area provided they are ready and capable to perform. . . Class Structure: The class will last for 30 minutes to an hour depending on the level of learning. There will be 4 classes/month. Once/week.. No make up classes can be offered if the students misses a class/classes.. If the instructor misses a class., I either make it up or adjust the fees. Please make sure the student brings their music book, a notebook and a pencil/pen with an eraser,a water bottle. I will send the recording of the music via email.
You will somehow receive your recording via one of the above routes. The files will be emailed to the student ID/and or parent email.Starting Jan 2015, The fees will be 70$ for students who are ages 5-16 respectively. Adult students will be charged separately depending on their level of training... It is due the last class of the month.(4th class of the month).