With the divine Mangalasasanams of H.H. Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji, she started teaching Carnatic Music classes in 2000 at Plainsboro, NJ along with Prajna classes for JeeyarEducationTrust. All the funds from these music classes and Prajna classes are donated to JET.
About the classes: Carnatic Music Vocal for adults and kids (min age 5 yrs) are offered by JET NJ. The course starts from the fundamentals of music to the advance levels. Necessary theory is also introduced along with Swara exercises. Geethams, Swarajathis, Varnams, Krutis and Kirtanas are taught as a part of the course. The individual attention to the kids is given by the teacher if required. Students are tested periodically to check their sruthi (pitch) and memorization skills.
Interested children are given an oppurtunity to participate in Thyagaraja Trimurthi day celebrations and also in various competitions. Teacher even helps in training for the above mentioned events by giving additional classes.
In summer music camps/workshops are also conducted.
For Adults: The classical songs of various composers are offered without going through the fundamental training. The classical songs like Annamacharya Kirtanas, Ramadasa songs, Mangalaharathi songs etc are part of these classes .
About the teacher: These classes are taught by Mrs.Vijaya Allakki. She is a gifted singer who won the first prize in district level singing at the age of 8 without any professional training, which was the first of many awards.
She started getting trained in Carnatic Vocal at the age of 12 under Kausalya Devi. In 1990 she finished her training in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (London, UK) under the tutelage of Sivasakthi Sivanesan. She also trained with Vijay Kumar Bharathi, T Gopala Krishna, Dr.Balamurali Krishna. She has given concerts in Australia, Scotland, Brazil, London, Florida and California (USA).