Not a note out of place

Not a note out of place


It was a sheer delight to watch Nithyasree Mahadevan perform in the City at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for a charity event, in aid of Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (MSSI) to commemorate ‘World MS Day’.

The music lovers were excited to watch her perform and followed every note with undivided attention. Accompanying her were M A Krishnas­wa­my on the violin, I Siva­kumar on the mridangam (Nithyasree’s father), and Suka­nya Ra­mgopal on the gh­atam.

They each did well to complement her strong vocals to perfection. The chemistry that existed among the musicians was a delight to watch. The audience was well-versed in its knowled­ge of Carnatic music and was se­en responding to the music well.

Nithyasree began the concert with the varnam, Paga­va­ri Bodhana in raag Hamsadwani. This was followed by Sha­mbho Mahadeva in raag Bowli by Neelakanta Sivan. An equally popular piece was Maakelara Vicharamu in raag Ravichandrika by Thyagarja.

The Purandara Dasa piece Satyavantarigidu Kalavalla in raag Bhairavi found an insta­nt connect with the audience. The simple lyrics in Kannada were a delight to listen to and befitting the day and age, we live in. Another Purandara Dasa’s kriti Idu Bhaygya in raag Brindavani was a big hit with the audience.  

The Muthuswami Dikshitar Kriti, Sheshachala Nayakam in raag Varali had the audience listen in rapt attention. The artiste’s powerful voice h­ad a mesmerising effect on the audience who closed their eyes and enjoyed the magic that was created on stage.

Violinist M A Krishnaswamy needs special mention for his good performance.  The concert ended with a Tillana in raag Khamas which was a perfect end to a wonderful evening. Giving a word of advice to the youngsters pursuing Carnatic music, Nithyasree Mahadevan said, “Music shouldn’t just involve a three-hour practice every day.

It should be a permanent thing in one’s life. Even when one is not practising, one needs to be constantly thinking about it and analysing the nuances in it. Complete dedication and passion is essential.”

When asked if the youngsters today lack the patience to pursue it, she said, “If they have real passion for it, they will put in the necessary effort.”

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