The season has already reached fever pitch with concerts in every conceivable venue in Chennai, from the smallest available halls to big auditoria! My first season performance this year was on Dec 13, 2013 at the prestigious Narada Gana Sabha, which has given me opportunities for many years unfailingly. This was the place where in my very first year of performance for them, I won my first "Best Concert" award for the season. This Sabha is therefore very special to me personally.
My originally scheduled violinist, Kalyani Shankar, was unable to make it to this performance. Sunitha Harishankar, a relatively unknown disciple of the renowned violinist V. V. Subramaniam, substituted for her. I got percussion support from Neyveli Ramkumar (mridangam) and Srirangam Ravishankar (ghatam). My voice was in good shape and I presented the following pieces in my 2-hour concert:
1. Inkadayarada (Varnam) - Kapi - Adi - Chitravina Ravikiran
The response for the concert was very good, even from my honest, critical and therefore, trusted family members! All of us were perfectly comfortable on stage and the volume and balance of sounds was very good. However, there was some feedback to the contrary from a few friends in the audience. Those seated in the front rows could apparently hear every bit of what I sang with complete clarity, while those at the back said that the treble was too high and that the lyrics appeared muffled. When we artists are on stage, it is hard to get a good idea of what is happening on the other side - typically if we hear ourselves and each other, we imagine the same on the audience side! It would help everyone immensely if the members of the audience proactively gave their feedback as the concert progresses, rather than at the end. The listening experience will also be enhanced much more. Here are a few pictures from this event.
Sri. S. Sivakumar, an esteemed freelance writer on music, culture and other related subjects, has penned his thoughts on this concert here.