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Chennai rocks with over 1500 performances in music & dance

Submitted by on December 21, 2011 – 11:03 pmNo Comment

As crazy as it gets, there is is something nostalgic in the air, that electrifies your senses, during December in Chennai.

It’s my usual annual Mecca, where I hibernate with music. The atmosphere never ceases to amaze me, the fragrence of Malli poos (Jasmine Flowers) in the air, the abundant gorgeous silk sarees displayed by the beautiful women who attend the over 250 venues of carnatic music, is indeed something to watch, hear and live for.

The artists are a treat to watch, they bring out the best in them during this festival, as they are aware of the importance of attracting Rasikas (music enthusiasts), as well as get favorable ratings in the much read reviews of performances.

I have always mentioned my surprise that this spectacle is not listed in the Guinness book of records, nowhere else will you see such a large conglomerate of musicians, passionate music lovers classical dancers and presentations of rich research on every aspect of Indian Music and Dance

Think about it this way, over 250 venues of music, having a range of daily performances ranging from 2 to 5 a day per venue. With an average of 3 musicians per concert, this truly must be the largest gathering of musicians in one place. In my opinion makes Woodstock pretty pale in comparison. It is claimed that the performances in chennai season exceeds 1500 in number, within a period of 30 days.

My start to this musical extravaganza started a few days late this year, but I inaugurated my listening session with Vijay Shiva at the Music Academy. The highlight of the performances I attended in the last two days was a superb concert by TM Krishna at the Music Academy yesterday.

Wow, what a night, he mesmerized a packed audience with a superb rendering of Sri Viswanatham -Ragam Chaturdasa and a Ragamallika. I had a French couple sitting beside me, they were ecstatic, and told me that they came here to Chennai from France just to listen to him. I could feel their excitement. They simply loved the Thanam part of the Ragam Thanam Pallavi in Husseni and they wanted to know details of the Thanam portion.

The earlier session was S Sowmya, as expected was a nice entertaining concert. She started hers with a beautiful piece Seethama Mayamma in Ragam Vasantha.

I also heard a 3rd concert yesterday of Sumitra Vasudev, She is a primary disciple of Sangita Kalanidhi Smt. R. Vedavalli, a very well renowned singer herself.

Sumitra”s performance stood out for her really clean music, where she adheres to tradition quite strictly. But, personally, I feel she loses a lot of appeal, as she does not show a unison with the accompanists. But, I did enjoy the pure form of singing and won’t miss her again next year.

Well, to me these are just a start, looking for more magic in the air.

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