Saturday, 1 December 2012

Charan's emotional acceptance speech

This evening was indeed an emotional one for Sikkil C Gurucharan, one of the spotlight artistes in the Carnatic music world.

Minutes after he was decorated with the Isai Peroli award at the opening evening of Kartik Fine Arts sabha's season festival, he was invited to the mike to make the acceptance speech on behalf of the awardees, the Nadanamamani award decorated on young Dr Jyotsna Jagannathan.

Charan, as friends call him was in rewind mode in a half-filled auditorium where in the front rows, his family and relatives were seated.

He took us back to the days when he would accompany folks at home to sabhas, the time when Kartik sabha founder R. Rajagopal, now in his 90s encouraged him, gave him a few concerts, as did Yegnaraman of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, of the break he took while pursuing college studies, getting back to Carnatic music and being decorated with the Isai Chudar award in the 90s, as a young talent.

Charan, whose voice was described as 'silky' by the emcee of the evening, dancer T M Sreedevi (she hosts a show on Jaya TV) also said 'thank you' to his dad and to the Sikkil Sisters, well known flautists, he is related to (Kunjumani is no more, Leela was present at this evening's show as was her daughter, flautist Mala Chandrasekar.)

It was a simple, graceful speech. And it crowned the simple, formal launch of Kartik Fine Arts this evening at Sadguru Gnanananda Hall, Alwarpet.

P. S. : No, it did not rain today! The skies darkened at about 5 p.m. as dusk fell but there wasn't even a drizzle. The past years, it has rained on Kartik's opening evening. But we did enjoy a hot cup of coffee at the Woodlands in this campus before the show began.

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