By Lavanya Narayanan
7th December 2016
The HCL concert series, hosted by the Music Academy, has supported young musicians for over 30 years. While the series used to mark the entry of a performer onto the serious Carnatic music stage, the multitude of sabhas and opportunities that exist now have changed the game—now, HCL is another feather in a young artist’s cap—though possibly, a life-changing one. We attend HCL concerts with high hopes and we approached Kruthi Bhat’s HCL kutcheri with equal, if not more, enthusiasm. Tackling kambhoji on stage for the first time with Tyagaraja’s O Ranga Sayee, as Kruthi herself mentioned, and showing vocal prowess to fit her impressive lineage, she was matched phrase-for-phrase by young violinist Sruti Sarathy, also from the US. What was more encouraging still was to see the audience filled with senior artists—Kruthi’s uncle, Vittal Ramamurthy, as well as Abhishek Raghuram and Vijay Siva, among others. We look forward to seeing Kruthi, a young artist who is as humble as she is talented, back in Chennai for the season.