Saturday, 21 November 2015

Talk, talk, talk. At Bhavan's opening evening.

It rains when the Season begins. Perhaps a sign of good things to come!

It drizzled on Friday evening, November 20 as the curtains went up on the music and dance festival of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Mylapore.

Having been renovated last year, this is a great place to listen to music - if impatient rasikas allow you to do so!

The evening though was a lot of talk, talk, talk. There were four speakers and all of them did not stare at the huge clock that sits on the balcony and faces the main stage.

If you are not a great speaker or you don't have much to say at the podium, then it makes sense to be crisp and close.

Yes, Prof Jayanthasri Balakrishnan from Coimbatore's PSG College, a guest for this occasion spoke well - she is one of the TV stars at extempore oratory events. "Bring your children to concerts ..let them soak in the music," she urged the audience - in the hall there were probably 10 teens.

The speeches ran for 80minutes and rasikas started to lose patience - Abhishek Raghuram's concert was to follow and they didn't want to miss that.
Word went around that the drizzle outside has started again.

This evening was focussed on two senior artistes - violinist Kanyakumari and vocalist Neyveli Santhanagopalan were decorated with lifetime achievement awards.

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