CTU 2018 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 2018 music festival – Saturday, 26 May 2018. We are looking for a healthy combination of children playing various instruments including Veenai, Flute and Violin for this performance.

CTU 2018 Chetulara Registration Deadline: Sat, Feb 17, 2018

Participation Requirements

  • Applicants must be between 10 and 20 years old as of the Memorial Day weekend.
  • Applicants must be able to play one of the following:
    • Chetulara
    • Bhairavi Ata Tala Varanam (Viriboni)
    • Any Krithi in Bhairavi Raga (Pallavi, Charanam and Anupallavi)
  • Percussionists must demonstrate their ability to provide accompaniment for any 2-kalai Adi Thalam composition.
  • Participants must attend the Chetulara practice sessions on a regular basis and be open to corrections in order for the CTU 2018 Chetulara Team to deliver a well-coordinated, synchronized, high-quality performance.

Stage Performance

  • The final list of participants on stage will be determined based on various factors including:
    • Ability to play Chetulara solo by the last practice session in Apr 2018 
    • Precision and quality of the individual performance of the participant
    • Ability to perform in synchrony with the rest of the group
    • Regularity in attendance.

Practice Schedule

  • At the request of CTU, Aparna Sunder will be teaching Chetulara during these practice sessions.
  • Chetulara practice sessions will be held from 2:30 PM to 3:30 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.

Note: Photographs from CTU practice sessions may be shared across CTU publications and CTU social media channels.


  • Sun, 25 Feb 2018 : Pallavi taught with corrections as needed
  • Sat, 10 Mar 2018: Anupallavi taught with corrections as needed
  • Sun, 25 Mar 2018: Charanam taught with corrections as needed
  • Sat, 14 Apr 2018: Play the complete song as a group, sangati by sangati
  • Sun, 22 Apr 2018: Participants must be ready to perform solo.  The final list of participants performing on stage at the 42nd CTU Festival will be determined based on their solo performance on this date as well as the Stage Performance guidelines specified above
  • Sat, 12 May 2018: The selected participants practice the whole composition together 


The registration for the CTU 2018 Chetulara performance is now closed.

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

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