Friday, 21 December 2012

Veterans steal the show in the morning sessions

As early as 9 a.m, the Music Academy's main auditorium was almost houseful on Dec. 21. It was the music concert of the senior vocalist O.S. Thiagarajan. The added attraction was Prof. Trichy Sankaran on the mridangam.
By 9.15 a.m. when the concert began the ground floor was full and the rasikas did not mind climbing up a floor above. Those who wanted to check in after the lec-dem session (held in the mini hall) also had to take their seats in the balcony.
By the time OST began the Varali raga kriti Kamakshi composed by Shyama Sastri, both the ground and first floors were nearly full.
Then came the main raga Kambodhi in all grandeur and Thyagaraja's composition Evarimata. Violinist T.H. Subramainam added beautiful sangatis. The much awaited tani avarthanam by Trichy Sankaran followed. There were few walkouts. All those stayed back were treated with the rich patterns and the special Palani Subramania Pillai style Gumkhi by Sankaran. Young K.V. Gopalakrishnan joined him gamely on the Kanjira.
Trichy Sankaran lives in Toronto, Canada and teaches music at the York University. He is a regular in Chennai during the December season. If you have missed this concert and a few others he had already accompanied during this season, catch him at a few other concerts of OST on Dec. 28 (at Mudhra), Dec. 30 (Sri Parthasarathy Swami sabha).
He is teaming up with N. Vijay Siva on Dec. 27 (Indian Fine Arts) and Dec.29 (Kalarasana).
And in the New Year morning special concert at the Mylapore Fine Arts club by the Lalgudi siblings G.J.R. Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi.
He is also playing for T.M. Krishna at his four-hour concert for Kalarasana on Jan. 6, 2013

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