Weaving magic on stage

Weaving magic on stage

Weaving magic on stage

Very few musicians can boast of such mind-boggling musical techniques like that of L Subramaniam. He is adept at performing both Carnatic classical music as well as Western classical music. He started the programme with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp. “I am very happy to be here on this wonderful day and I am thankful to you all for your presence,” he said. He was joined on stage by his son, Ambi Subramaniam, who is also a violinist. The other musicians accompanying the maestro were V V Ramanamurthy on mridangam, U N Giridhar Udupa on ghatam, Sathish Pathakota on khanjira and Satyasai Ghantasala on morsing.

To say that the music was beautiful would be an understatement. L Subramaniam started with a solo performance which was soul-stirring and could easily put one in a state of trance. He was soon joined by the others present on the stage. The Varnam Kalyani raga, played by him was performed in two parts. The first, was in five different speeds and the second part, in two different speeds. The music was sweet, soft and moving. What made it even more enchanting was the white and dimly lit performance area, which shone in pink hue and was decorated with flowers.

 The smoothness of the music was inducing and as the maestro’s fingers moved effortlessly on the violin. He brought some of the most complicated ragas to life. The evening was enjoyed by everyone who had come together for the music as well as to support the foundation.

The audience comprised older fans of classical Carnatic music, a few young faces were seen and even children were present.

Says Hemalatha, “All of us were very satisfied with the way the concert was held. Moreover, the infrastructure and the ambience was also very good. Such programmes should be held more often to bring about the knowledge of culture among the youth.”

It was an enriching experience for many others too. Says Geetha Rao, a student, “It was a treat to listen to the different musical compositions. What made the whole concert more meaningful was that the performer took time to explain every piece in detail. So those of us who did not know much about Carnatic music could relate to the artistes and enjoy the music.”

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