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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The attraction of AIR grades for artistes


They pave the way for participation in national programmes and will help in getting wider visibility 
Recently, when the world of music heard that 19-year-old flautist twins Heramba and Hemantha had bagged the A-Grading in the All India Radio auditions, it was something to cherish. While Akashvani grading sets a benchmark for a musician, earning these grades is considered prestigious, as they pave the way for qualifying to participate in national programmes for wider visibility. For every production centre of Akashvani, approximately 2 to 3 per cent of the A-graders at any given point of time are made up of teenage talent. “When vocalist Bellary Raghavendra of Akashvani Mysuru told us that taking up auditions for upgrading will help get into national programmes of AIR, I asked my sons to go for the recording last year, when they were 18 years old. We were pleasantly surprised that they received A-grade two weeks ago,” said Ambale Satyaprasad, mridangist from Kodagu and the father of Heramba and Hemantha.

Value of grading

Although many musicians feel a “progress card” with grades is not going to be the barometer for musicians interested in “art for art’s sake”, most of them are of the opinion that AIR — the national broadcaster — bestows grades that helps organisations across the world assess the merit of musicians. “Our national programmes in music are open only to A-grade qualified artistes. Gradations help assess candidates, especially when they are young, for selections in performances,” said Mr. Raghavendra, music producer at Akashvani Mysuru. Pavani Kashinath, a 20-year-old vocalist from Bengaluru, got Akashvani’s A-grade three years ago. “She is among the youngsters who has bagged a chance to perform at the Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan light music programme later this year,” said N. Raghu, programme executive, AIR, Bengaluru. “It’s good to get oneself upgraded. It will help establish one’s talent and be available in the database (of talented artistes).” The foolproof system of AIR auditions and the sanctity attached to the process of selections make the gradations attractive, according to violinist Mysore M. Nagaraj. His son Karthik Nagaraj, who has taken to the violin, was 18 when he auditioned at AIR. Today, at 24, he performs along with his cousin Sumanth Manjunath and also solo, across the globe. “Competitions and audition exams help the young mind strive for bringing in quality, if not prizes,” said Mr. Nagaraj.

Source and Credit :- http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/the-attraction-of-air-grades-for-artistes/article8694950.ece
Forwarded by :- Shri. Jainendra Nigam PB News Desk prasarbharati.newsdesk@gmail.com

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