Which concert did you enjoy most from all the ones we have been attending this past week? Asked my husband even as were having lunch.
Wait, let me recollect, I said trying to remember the artistes who impressed me.
What about you? Did you like anyone’s performance in particular? I said.
I liked quite a few, and they are mostly the male ones, he said.
That shows you are really biased, I accused.
Certainly not and I can tell you why I liked the male performers in particular, he said in defence.
Was it their voice and its range that has impressed you? I asked.
That’s one reason of course, but there is something else, he said.
What is it? I asked.
For instance, their choice of songs were familiar to me since they were mostly Thyagaraja kritis, he said and started to hum the first lines of a few he knew.
Yes, I agree with you that one enjoys music even more when he/she understands the lyrics, I said.Coming to think of it, I found something common among most of the musicians in that all of them had a beautiful voice which was melodious to the ear, I am sure you also thought so, I said.
That’s right but sometimes the accompanists were so loud that the voice of the musician would get drowned in the cacophony, he observed.
Yes, I also noticed it, I said.
Have you observed something else especially in the recent concert we attended? he asked.
Nothing that I could remember, I said.
You know, when the musician sang a Purandara dasa composition, the lyrics were not clearly enunciated and the musician couldn’t do justice to the beautiful song, he rued.
I knew who he was referring to and thought whatever the language the song is in, musicians should learn the meaning of its lyrics before performing the item in public.
n.meera raghavendra rao