Cultural bonanza at Tamil Festival
FROM the age of five, vocalist Nireshan Munsamy established his footing in singing Carnatic music.
The 27-year-old can be seen this weekend performing at the Merebank Tamil School Society’s flagship cultural presentation – the annual Tamil Festival.
Munsamy has spent his lifetime fine tuning his craft and went to India for two years where he studied the art further with his twin brother in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai City, through a scholarship via the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
A chef by profession, Munsamy said youth were exposed to many things that could make or break them as individuals.
“But having this tradition and this lineage has helped me build a path for my future. Music has steered me in this direction.”
“The arts have made me who I am today; it gives me a sense of identity and I will always be grateful for this and all those who have played a big role in my journey, such as my parents Kantha Ruby and Collin Munsamy.”
Munsamy said his father was his first teacher and he went on to become a disciple of one of Guru Magantharen Balakisten.
“My dad instilled these foundational values into me and my brother as children. Thereafter, we furthered under Guru Magantharen Balakisten under the Ajna Foundation. I’m still a student of his.
“I’m also a Mirdangum student of Sivanathan Pillay of the Sivalaya School of Percussion. I really am blessed to be involved in the arts under these leaders. The arts bring us close to our creator in our religion and beliefs as a Hindu boy,” he smiled.
The songs that Munsamy sings were written thousands of years ago under the Carnatic umbrella and carry a great history under the Devine.
“Knowing that and singing just makes it all the more special. I forget I’m singing in front of people, I blank out from that, I just focus on the task and whoever is with me on stage as a group I get lost in the music.
“It’s in praise of a god we pray to and I pour my heart out with the music,” he said.
The Merebank Tamil School Society’s annual Tamil Festival takes place at the MTSS Hall on October 7, commencing at 10am.
Morgan Nadasen Odayar, executive member of the Merebank Tamil School Society and festival co-ordinator, said the programme would feature well-known and talented local performing artists.
“It promises to be a carnival of entertainment for both young and old. Admission as usual is free and lunch will be served,” he said.
The festival celebrates youth and features young artists Yovani Naidoo (singer), Tiashan Moodley (violin solo), Nireshan Munsamy (vocalist) and Sharmlin Doorsamy (saxaphone solo).
The artists will perform instrumental music, devotional songs and popular Tamil songs. Group musical items will be performed by pupils of the MTSS Tamil School and MTSS Bhajan Group.
Munsamy said he was grateful to Thiru Ashley Kisten for his guidance through the journey of the festival. Call 082 809 0001 for enquiries.
Vocalist Nireshan Munsamy will be among a contingent of young performers at this weekend’s annual Tamil Festival in Merebank.