Cul­tural bo­nanza at Tamil Fes­ti­val

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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.

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Vocalist Nire­shan Mun­samy will be among a con­tin­gent of young per­form­ers at this week­end’s an­nual Tamil Fes­ti­val in Mere­bank.

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