CTU 2016 Chetulara Performance

Chicago Tyagaraja Utsavam is glad to announce the Chetulara performance by a group of children on instruments before the Pancharatna Kritis are performed on the first day of the Memorial Day 2016 music festival – Saturday, 28 May 2016. We are looking for a healthy combination of children playing various instruments including Veenai, Flute and Violin for this performance.

CTU 2016 Chetulara Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Feb 08, 2016

Participation Guidelines

  • Participants must be between 10 and 20 years old as of the Memorial Day weekend.
  • Participants must have at least four years of training in Carnatic Music and have been trained in Sarali Varisai through Alankaram (3 speeds), Geethams, Swara Jathis and at least 5 Varnams in 2 speeds, before having them participate in this performance.
  • Participants must attend the Chetulara practice sessions on a regular basis and be open to corrections in order for the CTU 2016 Chetulara Team to deliver a well-coordinated, synchronized, high-quality performance.

CTU 2016 Chetulara Team Selection Process

Team Selection Time Period (2 hour duration): 1 PM to 3 PM on 14 Feb 2016

Team Selection Venue: Skype (to be communicated by e-mail to registrants)

All applicants are requested to make arrangements in advance to make themselves available during the entire Team Selection Time Period.  Each applicant will be allocated a 30-minute slot.  CTU will contact the applicant by Skype during this 30-minute slot to start the Team Selection process.

CTU will be identifying candidate children for the CTU 2016 Chetulara team based upon the following process:

  • All applicants will be requested to play one of the following compositions in front of a CTU panel of experts:
    • If the applicant has been already trained by CTU on Chetulara in previous years, they can play Chetulara.
    • If not, the applicant will be requested to play the Viriboni Ata Tala Varnam in Ragam Bhairavi (Charanam optional)
  • If there are technical issues encountered during the Skype connection process, the applicant may be also requested to send an audio recording of one of these songs.
  • CTU will factor in all the inputs from the CTU panel of experts to identify the members of the CTU 2016 Chetulara team
  • Subject to the selected applicants regularly attending the practice sessions, they will perform at the CTU 2016 Chetulara performance.

Practice Schedule

  • Chetulara practice sessions will be held from 2 PM to 3 PM on the same dates and at the same venue where the CTU Pancharatnam Sessions are held.  The practice session dates will be updated on the CTU Calendar.
  • CTU will be conducting regular, intense group practice sessions to train the selected children on Chetulara. Participants must attend the practice sessions on a regular basis and be open to corrections in order for the group of children to come out with a well-coordinated, synchronized, high-quality performance.
  • If you are an out-of-town participant interested in learning remotely, please refer to the Remote Learning guidelines. Out-of-town participants must attend at least two practice sessions in person before the Memorial Day festival.


CTU requests children interested in being part of the 2016 performance (including those children who have performed in previous years) to provide the information requested below by the CTU 2016 Chetulara Registration Deadline by e-mail to ctu {dot} cl {at} ChicagoTyagarajaUtsavam {dot} org.

CTU may not be in a position to accommodate children who do not send all the information requested by the 2016 Chetulara Registration Deadline.

  • First Name of Participant
  • Last Name of Participant
  • Address
  • E-mail address
  • Phone Number
  • Skype ID
  • Age
  • Vocalist or Instrumentalist
  • Instrument played (if applicable)
  • Full name of teacher
  • Composition to be played during Team Selection (Chetulara or Viriboni)

Questions: Please send an e-mail to ctu {dot} cl {at} ChicagoTyagarajaUtsavam {dot} org.

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