Morning Raga brings an evening full of bliss to New Jersey fusion lovers
The confluence of two genres Jazz and Carnatic music, can be extremely tricky to pull off.
Morning Raga, a fusion ensemble lead by Padmashri Smt. Sudha Raghunathan along with Amit Heri and 4 others did exactly that. They treated the New Jersey music lovers with a fast paced 3 hrs of East meets West, musical extravaganza. I have heard Sudha many many times performing classical concerts, Jugalbandhi’s and even singing film songs. But, today she certainly showed her flair for fusion too. Ofcourse she admitted that her foray into fusion did raise plenty of eyebrows in the conventional circuit, however judging by the crowd of youngsters, it seems clear that to preserve history, culture and legacy, change is inevitable.
Morning Raga during the evening? Certainly had people talking, but Sudha was quick to start the concert with the reason behind why it was called so. She explained that the concerts are based on the theme of the popular motion picture ’Morning Raga’ where the bollywood star Shabana Azmi gave a beautiful performance with the theme being the fusion of Indian and Western music.
I must complement the entire team of artists, who excelled in every way possible. The artists ensemble included;
– Sri. B V.Raghavendra Rao: Electric Violin
– Sri. Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan: Mridangam
– Sri. Keith Peters: Base Guitar
– Sri. Arun Kumar: Western Drums
– Sri. Guruprasad: Ghatam
The tempo was well maintained by each artist and the tani avartanam by the percussionists was simply electrifying.
Fusion music if not carefully composed can be disastrous, and Amit Heri along with others brought the fine nuances and delicate blends to complement Sudha’s vocal singing. The pieces were chosen carefully and woven very well with the western instruments.
The concert was organized by Jana Seva’s to raise funds for work with orphanages and old age homes in India. The interesting touch by organizers was the post concert dinner, where they had each artist sit in different tables so that music lovers could interact with them. Very good idea indeed.
To add to all this excitement, it was Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan 50th birthday, and a beautiful cake was cut, so that Vaidyanathan could celebrate this loved day with us.
Magical world of Color, Lights and Glass
Enter a world of make believe.
A world defined by colors, so spectacular that you hold your breath, just wondering if you have been transposed to an enchanted land.
This world comes to you from Dale Chihuly, a resident of Tacoma, Washington.
So a visit to Seattle will never be complete without seeing his work of art.
The world of Colors through the eyes of Glass
At Tacoma, you have a museum and a glass factory where they teach students. There also you will find the Bride of Glass. This bridge, not really as impressive as people write about, but will give you an introduction to outdoor are.
Where you really get to the fantasy world is in the Seattle Chihuly Garden Museum.
Every themed room transports you to a different world.
Lets start with the room themed Glass Forest.
Here you will see a spectacular combination of Glass and lighting through electrically charged Neon & Argon. A visual spectacle indeed.
You then have two other rooms showing some delightful creations, and as you pass through his creations, artwork and more, you end up in the Sealife Tower, bringing you yet another immersive experience of Color & Light.
The effect color can have with glass can only be experienced here, against the dark black background. Its magical, it’s a fantasy land.
After a few more rooms you end up seeing the outdoor art very creatively blended with the colors of nature. Shine transparent balls are placed to reflect the iconic Space needle, and you can even take a selfie with yourself and the reflection of the Space Needle.
On conclusion, all I can say is my pictures don’t do any justice. Go and experience this yourself, you will truly be immersed in a world of light and color brought in the form of GLASS.