S.Rajam’s (Music Appreciation notes)

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Watch out for the Carnatica Brothers

By PNV Ram

A young musician’s wedding reception last Saturday featured a vocal concert by her guru K.N. Shashikiran and his cousin Ganesh—the Carnatica Brothers recently interviewed by Sruti’s correspondent—accompanied by Padma Shankar (violin), Arun Prakash (mridangam) and K.V. Gopalakrishnan (khanjira). Contrary to my usual beeline for the dining hall after greeting Nivedita and Ajay, I sat down to listen to the music, drawn by its compelling quality. Were the Brothers making a special effort for the bride, or do they take wedding concerts as seriously as they did that evening?
Shashikiran was trying out a mouthpiece mic, and it must be said that the amplification was both pleasing and precise, picking up every nuance. Shashikiran worked very hard at all aspects of manodharma, retying to use his strong voice especially in the lower reaches to invest the singing with dramatic intensity and succeeding.
Ganesh was a revelation. While a more sincere artist giving of his all on stage will surely be rare to find, the young man displayed enormous range of voice traversing three octaves without uttering a single jarring note, even he reached the upper shadja with practised ease.
Padma Shankar, Arun Prakash and Gopalakrishnan made it a veritable tour-de-force with their splendid support.
All in all, a brilliant curtain raiser to the season, even though it was not a “season” concert. Watch out for the Carnatica Brothers.

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