and lows of Chennai January season
Compiled by Lalitha Venkat
Jan 24, 2007
Yamini Krishnamurthy ('Yours Yamini!' by Anjana Rajan, The Hindu, Dec 22, 2006)
(Meenakshi Chittaranjan in 'My festival,' Music Season, The Hindu, Jan 3, 2007)
(Saraswathi Vasudhevan in 'Scores with facial expressions,' The Hindu, Friday Review, Jan 5, 2007)
(Rupa Srikanth in 'Margam, Malavika style,' Music Season, The Hindu, Jan 5, 2007)
(V Balasubramanian & Rupa Sriaknath in 'Music Matters,' The Hindu, Music Season, Jan 5, 2007)
(Vyjayanthimala Bali in 'Screen, stage and beyond' by Anjana Rajan, The Hindu, Metro Plus, Jan 15, 2007)
(US based vocalist Rajeswari Satish in 'Birds of the same feather' by Sujatha Vijayaraghavan, Music Season, The Hindu, Jan 2, 2007)
More than all this, the Margazhi Mahotsav is a meeting place for artistes and art lovers from around the world. Friendships are made and ideas are exchanged. With each passing year, we are also learning to look at classical arts from different time and culture zones.
The concert duration has shrunk, audience expectations are changing and the celebration is getting bigger and bigger.
I feel happy thinking about the day when I first picked up the saxophone after seeing it at the Mysore palace.
(Kadri Gopalnath in 'My festival,' Music Season, The Hindu, Jan 2, 2007)
('Birds of the same feather' by Sujatha Vijayaraghavan, Music Season, The Hindu, Jan 2, 2007)
- G Swaminathan ('Music Matters,' The Hindu, Music Season, Jan 2, 2007)
When artistes and organizers get over-ambitious, it spells disaster for the art. Changes are inevitable and there is no cause for panic because satyam is bound to succeed.
(R Vedavalli in 'My festival,' Music Season, The Hindu, Jan 5, 2007)
One often hears that classical arts are under assault from the more popular media like films and television. The Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival at Kamarajar Hall the other day provided a unique example of this phenomenon. As Kathak maestro Birju Maharj took the stage with his accompanists seated to his right, as per tradition, one could discern one more 'artiste' on his left. This was a camera person presumably from one of the numerous TV channels covering the event. He remained glued to his spot throughout the presentation.
But when the Swedish violinist Anna Schulze was playing her solo, the cinematographer in him seems to have leapt out. Like the proverbial bee to the honey, he made his inexorable way towards the centre of the stage. A ripple of laughter turned into a surge in the 1000 strong crowd, as the cameraman crept towards the apple of his eye, who to her credit ignored him and continued playing. One could only imagine her discomfiture at having the audience guffawing while she was playing serious music. If she was unperturbed, so was he.
In what looked like some comic choreography, he retreated to his position, only to start towards her again, crouching dramatically, the camera perched on his shoulder. The second time, he placed himself between the artiste and the audience, swaying to the music. Must have taken some dramatic footage. A few protests arose from the audience, but what were the oganisers doing?
- Anjana Rajan ('Music Matters,' The Hindu, Music Season, Jan 2, 2007)
Given an afternoon slot, the young vocalist promptly arrived with her accompanists and near and dear ones. But on the notice board and the newspapers, the name was different. So the other vocalist also arrived with her pakka vadyam and actually started her recital.
The girl's grandfather, meanwhile, was making frantic efforts to reach the secretary on the phone. One did not know what the response was but the group left after a while.
- G Swaminathan ('Music Matters,' The Hindu, Music Season, Jan 3, 2007)