Enjoying the instrument stays a male bastion, however few have been capable of break this custom
Though ladies have made their mark in varied fields, taking part in the thavil in Carnatic music stays a male bastion. There are numerous ladies who play the nagaswaram. However just a few have been capable of break the mould and pursue a profession as a thavil participant. M. Sarojini of Vriddhachalam is amongst them.
Devotees at Viruthagireeswarar temple know her effectively as she is a musician of the temple.
“My household had reservations after I confirmed curiosity in studying the instrument. They felt the thavil was a troublesome instrument and never appropriate for a lady. However I made a decision to go forward,” mentioned Ms. Sarojini. She learnt the instrument when she was finding out in Class 5.
Studying the instrument was straightforward for her as she belonged to a household of nagaswaram and thavil gamers.
All within the household
Her father Chinna Pillai, a nagaswaram participant, and her brother Gurumurthy, a thavil participant, are hooked up to Viruthagireeswarar temple in Vriddhachalam. The household has roots in Thanjavur, however migrated to Vriddhachalam 30 years in the past.
“As a temple musician, I play 4 instances a day within the temple when the pujas are carried out. I accompany my father. I additionally carry out exterior at live shows however largely with my members of the family, who’re musicians,” mentioned Ms. Sarojini, who needed to take a break from taking part in the thavil when her son was born.
However she quickly resumed taking part in and have become part of Nada Sangamam, a troupe that contains an amalgamation of assorted instrument gamers.
They play classical and movie songs at totally different capabilities and weddings. “Our troupe has carried out in varied locations, together with in Chennai. I’m eager on bettering my profession as a performing artiste,” added Ms. Sarojini.