More about yesterday...
Caught a glimpse of kuTTi (little, cute) Karthik Suresh Iyer, but he was winding up
How did he sing? Later,
from what VVS said, I gathered that he is another off shoot of the Neyveli family!
Had to miss the other winners...
Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath started with rA rAmA iNTi dAka,following it up with a nice kIRavANi rAgam. She has a pleasant sounding voice, having no trace at all of crooning or showing off. I heard her sing smara sundarAnguni in paras finely. Then we were told that she is now learning from Vegavahini!
Wish I had heard more, but folks, I have a life too
Caught Tiruvarur Girish singing a very good bEgaDa rAgam and singing Poochi's manasuna (?) neranammiti with chiTTasvaram.His varALI AlApanai had such fine touches, befitting his school. Swarnalatha's reply to that varALi was inspired. I had a KVN moment with ETi janmamidirA which followed.
Then came our forumite Suryaprakash's concert.
VVS in his intro spoke of another dear forumite VKV, the supreme fan of MMI, and how he was involved a great deal in the planning of celebrating MMI's centenary in Cleveland. VKV had suggested a concert by Suryaprakash to represent one aspect of the greatness of MMI--his dynamic aspect, he said. He added, if Suryaprakash could display one thousandth of that dynamic quality, rasikAs would be happy! An amusing statement, I thought. Those who have heard Suryaprakash more than once would have thought--one-thousandth?? !!
Suryaprakash as expected, started the concert with a ringing voice, with the prelude of the tamburA being sent backstage because it could not be fine-tuned.
Momentum (part of the dynamic quality in a concert), is an assured factor in Suryaprakash's concerts. The concert picks up the minute he starts singing, and does not wane.
His Anandabhairavi rAgam and kamalAmbA was beautifully sung.
sarasa sAma dAna followed, delivered with usual zest.
The ShanmukapriyA RTP had the usual flow of Suryaprakash's presentation of any rAgam. The pallavi line was from the song MMI had requested his dear friend writer Chitti to compose for him, after Gandhiji was assasinated: mahAtmA gAndhi vazhi naDappOm, mA perum talaivar gAndhi vazhi naDappOm, etc. A short rAgamAlikai of naLinakAnthi, kAnaDA, AbhEri...
I was happy when VVS appeared on the stage at the end (he does not speak after a concert if he has already introduced the artiste). Just as I was wondering about his previous statement about the percentage representing the dynamism of MMI, I was happy to hear him say how far the concert exceeded his expectations!
After listening to hours of high quality music and rejuvenating singing from the youngsters--and also cold weather-affected (and some old!) voices, just as in the Chennai season, it was refreshing to listen to Suryaprakash sing in his sonnapaDi kETkum kural (a voice at his bidding). To me, his concert at Cleveland this year, an MMI celebration year, was just the right thing to listen to.