Stu­dent to pub­lish re­search pa­per on tra­di­tional Omani mu­sic

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a Grade 12 stu­dent of ABA School Mus­cat and a mu­si­cian who is known for his char­i­ta­ble pur­suits, will be pub­lish­ing his re­search pa­per on Omani mu­sic.

Speak­ing of his ini­tia­tives, Santrupth said, “mu­sic was the right choice for me as I have had the op­por­tu­nity to hear tra­di­tional Omani mu­sic from a very young age. Mu­sic plays an im­por­tant role in Oman. Tra­di­tional mu­sic marks all the stages in the life of an Omani, in­clud­ing birth, mar­riage and death. In con­trast to many Arab coun­tries, most Oma­nis par­tic­i­pate in mu­sic, in­clud­ing both men and women.Omani tra­di­tional mu­sic in­volves au­di­ence of all age groups.”

He said that in Omani mu­sic there are dif­fer­ent kind of songs for child­birth, mar­riage, hunt­ing, po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, mu­sic to ward off evil spir­its and also to pay re­spect to good spir­its.

“They are as­so­ci­ated with a par­tic­u­lar dance. Both in African and Omani mu­sic some songs are per­formed by the pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians at the Royal Courts. All these facts in­spired me to do my ex­tended es­say on Omani mu­sic with the help of my teach­ers. I also had a great op­por­tu­nity to meet Prof. Is­sam El Malla. Ad­vi­sor to Board of Di­rec­tors at ROHM,” he added.

The young mu­si­cian was first moved to take up the cause of can­cer when he saw his school­mate bat­tle the dreaded dis­ease and he had started crowd fund­ing cam­paign for Oman Can­cer As­so­ci­a­tion.

All the money he has earned through the sale of his first al­bum ‘Amogha Mi­lana’ was do­nated to the cause of can­cer aware­ness in Mus­cat and for Manonan­dana, a school for the men­tally chal­lenged in Ben­galuru.

Santrupth has also do­nated prof­its from his per­for­mances to the Ban­ga­lore Hospice Trust – Karunashraya which pro­vides free pro­fes­sional pal­lia­tive care for ad­vanced stage can­cer pa­tients who are be­yond cure. He was also part of the ‘Trin­ity Live in Con­cert’ or­gan­ised in Mus­cat to raise aware­ness and funds for the As­so­ci­a­tion of Early In­ter­ven­tion for Chil­dren with Dis­abil­ity.

Santrupth re­cently do­nated 50 so­lar lanterns to poor stu­dents of a school in Gowdgere, a vil­lage lo­cated in out­skirts of Ben­galuru in Kar­nataka, In­dia. He raised the money for so­lar lanterns from the sale pro­ceed­ings of his al­bums and funds from the nu­mer­ous con­certs he had per­formed.

Last year, Santrupth do­nated 50 per cent of his in­come from con­certs and sale pro­ceed­ings of his al­bum ‘Palasam­pada’ to help set up a drink­ing wa­ter fa­cil­ity in Gowdgere. Nearly 400 fam­i­lies ben­e­fit­ted from drink­ing wa­ter plant. Be­fore set­ting of the project, he has sup­plied 25 litre wa­ter bot­tles for each of fam­i­lies in vil­lage to solve the im­me­di­ate prob­lem of wa­ter short­age.

Santrupth was re­cently pre­sented the ‘Youth Award’ for his con­tri­bu­tion to char­ity through his work in the field of mu­sic.

In­dra­mani Pandey, for­mer Am­bas­sador of In­dia to Oman pre­sented the award at an event or­gan­ised in as­so­ci­a­tion with Oman Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion.

He was hon­oured with the award for be­ing a young­ster with a vi­sion and pas­sion to serve the so­ci­ety. He was recog­nised for en­rich­ing the com­mu­nity through mu­sic and char­ity work.

On the mu­sic front, Santrupth was se­lected to at­tend a one-week long Stan­ford Jazz Work­shop at Stan­ford. While Santrupth has com­pleted a five-week schol­ar­ship pro­gramme at the US-based Berklee Col­lege of Mu­sic (BCM), at 13, he be­came the youngest stu­dent to clear eighth grade in drums from Lon­don’s Trin­ity Col­lege of Mu­sic.

Santrupth, who plays five in­stru­ments, has played the drums at In­dia’s renowned com­poser A R Rah­man ‘Jai Ho Mus­cat’ con­cert. He has also shared the stage and been men­tored by Si­va­mani, Gino Banks, Bikram Ghosh, Dilip Doshi and Arunk­u­mar, em­i­nent names from the world of per­cus­sion.

The young­ster, who is pro­foundly com­mit­ted to mul­ti­ple causes, wants to carve out a niche for him­self in the world of mu­sic, aca­demics and con­tinue do­ing a world of good.

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