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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

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lecture Demonstration at Kola Saraswati school

On 22nd February I gave a lecture demonstration to students of Kola Saraswati Vaishnav School at Kilpauk. They were children of classes 5 to 8. Very cherubic faced, enthusiastic kids. I started off with an introduction to Mayamalavagowla, then Malahari, Mohanam, Kapi, Kaanada etc. I asked them simple questions and they chorused the answers. They sang along in Mohanam geetam "Vara Veena". The jubilation in their faces when they got an answer correct was something I will remember for a long time. Later requests came in for the show-stoppers like "Kurai Ondrum Illai" which I gladly fulfilled. I was their requested by the students (they screamed out loud) to sing "En Uchi Mandaila" from "Vettaikaran" at the end of the show. They sang that along too!!!

Singing with Dr SPB

It was a great pleasure to sing on stage with the living legend Dr SP Balasubramaniam on February 14th at Kamarajar Arangam, Chennai. I sang the song from Vedham Pudhidu "Kannukkul Nooru Nilava" in Shanmukhapriya raga with him among other songs and he appreciated me on stage. It was a memorable moment for me. He also presented me with a memento. It was very refreshing to see his utmost sincerity and commitment towards music.