08 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Chennai Season

                    Bombay Jayashri will reduce her Season commitment to a single concert, and Aruna Sairam will offer the novelty of a concert entirely made up of Carnatic music.

                   There will be no violin accompaniment in many of the concerts, with violinists increasingly taking to vocal music. Instead, a whole new breed of pianists led by Anil Srinivasan will accompany a range of lead artists from vocalists to didgeridoo players.

                  Umayalpuram Sivaraman will enter theGuinness Book of World Records by accompanying a three-year-old child prodigy, while Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam will create history by literally breaking the sound barrier.

                 T.M. Krishna will be so busy waging wars of words on subjects as far removed fromCarnatic music as the plight of Eskimo children subjected to the tyranny of Bharatanatyam couples invading their land and conducting dance camps for them that he has no time for kutcheris.

                       Pappu Venugopala Rao will rival Sudha Ragunathan in the sartorial grandeur stakes, he for his brilliant kurtas, and she for her astonishing range of saris.

Standing ovations at the concerts of centenarian R.K. Srikantan and nonagenarian Nedunuri Krishnamurti, will be the ultimate highlights of the Season, but even they cannot stop the exodus during the tani avartanam.

Some things never change.

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