This was a wonderful occasion in a beautiful new house.
Trying to avoid the Anna Salai/T-Nagar diversions and difficulties, I got lost in Saidapet. I always do
. However, we still managed to reach in time for having breakfast before the music began.
Yet another musical youngster of Nagaswaran's family gave the opening song. She sang very well, and the maturity of her voice for one so young was noticable.
Srinidhi gave a very good concert, sensitively accompanied by B. Ananthakrishnan and Arjun Ganesh. When I first saw her as much as three (?) years ago, she had stage presence, and was able to command the stage, even with older accompanists. Of course, she still has, and still can. Her study and practice is showing: she has moved on amazingly from the last time that I saw her.
Injikudi Subramanyam's concert was just fantastic. Being there was one of one of those really great experiences in my concert-going life. Indoor nadeswaram is usually too much for me (it is an irony that as hearing gets worse, the ears are hurt more by loud volume) but, on this occasion, there was no discomfort at all, just pure musical bliss. The violin/mridangam accompaniment indeed works much
better for such small-hall occasions. It also works for bigger halls too: I have seen him play this way at Raga Sudha Hall. It was remarkable to hear Ananthakrishnan change his style and sound to match the nadeswaram: I'm still amazed at these skills in expert accompanists. Arjun Ganesh also played most appropriately, and contributed many delightful moments to the concert. Injikudi Subramanyam's softness, delicacy, expressiveness, feeling and all that goes to make up musicality was supreme. My wife, not so much of a rasika, was also strongly affected by the concert and is clamouring for copies of his music
Nageswaran sir, as you know, I am neither an early riser nor a breakfast eater, so we slipped away before lunch, feeling quite well-enough fed without it. Thank you so much for the hospitality and the music.