Sunday, January 06, 2013

Swathi Sangeetholsavam

If you are a music buff and happen to be in Trivandrum till 13 Jan, perhaps you may think of attending concerts at the Swathi Sangeetholsavam.event.
Venue: Kuthira Maliga, adjacent to Sree Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple.
Dates: Jan 4 to Jan 13
Complete schedule
Frankly, I am trying to keep superlatives under control, after attending the second day's concert by Prince Rama Varma, accompanied by Sri S.Varadarajan (Violin), Sri B.Harikumar (Mridangam), and Dr S.Karthick (Ghatam)were each expert artistes by themselves. It was easy to see "democracy" on stage, as the singer-prince put it, all the five artistes (including the tanpura player) displaying their individualism and their perfection as accompaniments.

  



(But why do members of the audience persist in applauding in between numbers?)
The outdoor setting in the palace premises, with the stage probably directly below the room where Maharaja Swati Tirunal composed his masterpieces. The ambience was superb, the audio was just right, too; thankfully the PA system jockey set the volume at low to medium decibels (usually the amplifiers' presence leaves the ears smarting for long... ).
Prince Rama Varma chose some of the rarer compositions of Maharaja Swati Tirunal, like 

Shade - and shades!

Shade - and shades!

Lest we forget

Lest we forget

Think about it -

WISH YOU A RESOLUTION-FREE, CLUTTER-FREE, INWARD-LOOKING, LESS MATERIALISTIC, LESS POLLUTED, MORE EMPATHETIC, CONTENTED NEW YEAR