Sunday, 22 December 2013

Padams on the piano. A wonderful Mylapore morning.

Which Mass to attend this Sunday morning at the San Thome Cathedral?
The one at 7.15 am or at 9.30 a.m.?

For, it was a different morning with lots of options.
I chose to head to Mylapore, to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

Anil Srinivasan and Sikkil Gurucharan presenting their final concert of the year. And there was a milestone to celebrate at 8.15 a.m.

The duo were recording seven years of collaboration. And today's concert was a completion of a circle. For, it was exactly to the date, seven years ago that the pianist and the vocalist had come together and the person who enabled the collaboration was dancer and festival curator Anita Ratnam.

Anita was here this morning, the final day of the annual conference on dance themed ' Purush'.

And for all those who came in early,  they listened to the duo playing with percussionist Purushothaman on the kanjira. For just one song - the padam ' theruvil varano...'. What a start to a Sunday morning. Purushothaman played, paused and then packed his kanjira to head to another sabha while the duo carried on with their music, rousing and falling, gliding and swaying this Sunday morning for an hour.

There were idlis and coffee in the corridor of the Bhavan for the break. We hopped into Sri Katpagambal Mess. The food had improved considerably, so have the prices. The place was full.

Margazhi was truly wonderful in Mylapore. Then it was for Mass at San Thome.

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