Thursday, December 18, 2014

December 16, 2014 - Charsur Arts Foundation

violin - hn bhaskar
mrudangam - srimushnam v rajarao
ghatam - sv ramani

narada gana sabha mini hall

varnam - kathanakuthuhalam - adi - ks krishnamurthy
angarakam - surutti - rupakam - muthuswami dikshitar (s)
gana mudha panam - jyothiswarupini - misra chapu - koteeshwara iyer (r,s)
dharma shravana - durga - adi - purandaradasa
chakkani raja - karaharapriya - adi - thyagaraja (r,n,s,t)
thillana - hamir kalyani - adi - muthiah bhagavathar

This year I sang the inaugural concert for Charsur Arts Foundation (CAF) in Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall. In this concert series, up and coming artists perform with established senior artists. I could not have asked for a better team to sing with. I shared the stage with Sri HN Bhaskar after many years, and I was so happy with the way he supported me. I have known him since I was very young, so our off stage friendship made for a very comfortable rapport on stage as well.

On mrudangam was Kalaimamani Srimushnam Sri V Rajarao. I am not qualified to comment on someone as senior and experienced as Rajarao Mama. Mama has known me practically since I was born, and I consider him to be one of my gurus in my musical pursuits. Sri SV Ramani, as Rajarao Mama put it, played in all the right places to complement perfectly.

I felt really good after this concert, for so many reasons. Before the concert started, Rajarao Mama told me to sing slowly and comfortably and to modulate my voice. This last minute advice actually eased my nerves a little bit, as I felt like I was singing with my teacher accompanying me, and not just such a great vidwan. Sri Bhaskar and Sri Ramani helped lift the concert to such a higher energy level, and got the audience involved from varnam to thillana.

Although it is a small hall, I enjoy singing here with rasikas sitting around me on stage. Reminds me of when my guru Sri Sanjay Subrahamanyan sings to packed audiences in much larger auditoriums such as Music Academy and Narada Gana Sabha Main Hall. 

Hope to get to that stage one day!

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