Anwesha 2013

We at the Indira Sivasailam foundation, wanted to value add to our annual Navarthri Concert through a new event called Anwesha. The name Anwesha – in Sanskrit – means ‘search or pursuit of something’. And as most music lovers, are in an eternal pursuit of finer knowledge of music we thought it would be a befitting name for the contest.

We invited rasikas to send us questions on Carnatic music, and the best 25 questions were selected, and these finalists would be invited for an interactive Q&A session with Bombay Jayashri.


The contest saw participation from people of all ages and from different parts of the country. The questions were largely related to technical aspects of Carnatic music like concert formats, deeper understanding of ragas and various compositions and the intricacies of taala calculation, dwelling briefly on bhavaand spiritualism.

Smt. Bombay Jayashri answered the top 25 questions herself at the event packed with Carnatic music enthusiasts and rasikas, who exhibited an overwhelming response to the initiative and appreciated the efforts of the Indira Sivasailam Foundation for providing them with a platform to interact with Bombay Jayashri and hone their knowledge on Carnatic music.


Smt. Ritha Rajan and Dr. R. S. Jayalakshmi, faculty members at the Advanced School of Carnatic Music, The Music Academy, evaluated the questions. Objective questions with more focus on traditiona land technical aspects of Carnatic music along with other parameters, were considered in the evaluation process.


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