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I am a singer-researcher with expertise in Karnatik Music and Early Opera. I discuss intercultural music-making contexts. My work is available at www.charulathamani.com and at www.youtube.com/isaipayanam

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tamil Music Awards 2009

Hello Cyberians,

The past few weeks have been quite hectic, concerts, recordings, kids going back to school and finally walking the ramp like a model in a fashion show exclusively by singers at the Tamil Music Awards launch. It was a great experience, walking the ramp first in an elegant saree, then in an evening gown designed professionally to fit us in an Indo-western style. A rare evening to remember when we interacted with our colleagues in the playback industry on and off stage, cracked jokes and finally rocked on the ramp. There was tremendous press coverage and response from all sections of the audience. What's more, I shared space with my sister and playback singer Srimathumitha.

The weather only gets worse out here in Chennai with every passing day it seems. I am just recovering from a throat infection, and thankfully am out of it.

I make it a point to listen to music that I like while working out on the exercise bike... thats the advantage of working out at home itself, you get to choose the music, and that's very important for a musician!

Well folks, I'll sign off now. A little busy with A.R.Rahman special episodes of "Isai Payanam" on Jaya TV. .. Bye.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Kolkata Kutcheri, ISKCON performance, and a film recording

Hi folks,
On 29th May I performed for Rasikapriya Sabha, Kolkata, It was an Isai Payanam concert, and I handled ragas Hamsadhwani, Hindolam, Charukesi and Kalyani in Classical and Film music. The audience was very nice and interested, and the auditorium and sound was state-of-the-art. Enjoyable experience.

Kolkata is a nice metro, lesser known, less talked about, but teeming with life and quaint. Its old-world charm and heritage buildings, narrow gullies, crowded markets full of rustic cheerful faces smeared with a paan stained smile, women with conch shell bangles, forehead sindoor and Bengal cotton sarees….indeed very refreshing.

After the concert we had a nocturnal visit to the famous Kali Temple, had a good darshan and later I shopped (a tad too enthusiastically) for lovely Bengal cotton sarees with long borders in bright hues.

Yesterday was a memorable day in my life. I had the opportunity to sing at the inauguration of the Sri Krishna Balaram Temple of ISKCON established mow at Valmiki Nagar, Chennai. I have been a Krishna devotee for the past 4 years, but little did I think I would get such a golden chance to present my musical offering at his lotus feet on such an auspicious day.

The deities were beautifully made statues in Panchaloka material. Elaborate pujas and homams were performed. This will be an evening to remember….

Today I sang a film recording for music composer L.V. Ganesan, son of music composer Sri L. Vaidhyanathan (his brothers L. Subramaniam and L. Shankar are also noted musicians). Folk number…good fun singing!

Ok friends ciao!