Musings about concerts 11/01/2012

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 



3 thoughts on “Musings about concerts 11/01/2012

  1. Prof. V.N.K.Kumar

    I would like to mention Neyveli santhana gopalan here. This music maestro has learnt Telugu language and explains the significance of the lyrics when he sings Thyagaraja krithis to a Tamilian audience or his tamilian pupils. He knows enough Kannada to understand the significance of Purandaradas kirthans. Others should emulate him.

  2. V Raghavan

    There are other senior musicians like Neyveli S who understand the language and some times explain it to the audience. Even I understand the language partly. For example, “Rama Bhakti Samarajyamu” is a line easily understood.

    Moreover, the language of music is universal. Once, while holidaying in Wayanad, I asked an American couple at the dinner table whether they understood the meaning of Jai Ho song, which won Oscar and Golden Globe awards. They said: “Who cares. The music is great!” However, I agree that knowing the meaning of every word in Jai Ho adds to the joy.

    More recently, the Tanglish song on Jilted Love “Why this Kolaveri Di” had 20 million hits on You Tube and is hummed not only in Gujarat and Rajasthan but also by Western audiences!

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