The weary and stressed viewers started to clap, hoping for the curtains to go up. And when it lastly did, 60 minutes after scheduled time, 91-year-old maestro TN Krishnan, in crisp white veshti, jippa and angavastram, was seated on a chair with the violin in his arms.
He greeted the total home at Rasika Ranjani Sabha in Mylapore with a heat, broad smile. As he put the bow to the strings, the candy, highly effective tone that has been drawing folks around the globe to his music for the previous 82 years, stuffed the corridor with unbridled pleasure.
Having given his violin a melodious voice, the master-instrumentalist treats his performances as a dialog. On the live performance, he moved seamlessly between tender and exuberant notes, asserting his technical wizadry.
Beginning with a quick alapana in Keeravani, he moved on to play the Tyagaraja composition ‘Kaligiyunte’, accompanied by his daughter Viji Krishnan on the violin. Tiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam on the mridangam and Vaikom Gopalakrishnan on the ghatam with their vibrant beats enlivened the ambiance. After the favored music ‘Brovabarama’ in Bahudari, the veteran ended with a salute and Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite ‘Raghupati Raghava Rajaram’.
The annual occasion, Lakshminarayana International Music Pageant (LGMF), was began in 1992 by famend violinist-composer L Subramaniam in reminiscence of his father, an iconic musician. It has toured over 55 nations. This yr, it was held at varied Indian cities, starting in New Delhi and culminating in Chennai. The 2020 version was devoted to the 150th delivery anniversary of the Mahatma.
After the efficiency, Krishnan was honoured with the LGMF Worldwide Award by Bharatanatyam exponent Vyjayanthimala and N Murali, President, The Music Academy.
Recalling his affiliation with “LS” (as he refered to L Subramaniam), the nonagenarian mentioned, “I have a special affinity for him because we belong to the same musical lineage. I remember seeing him from the days when Subramaniam and his brothers (L Shankar and L Vaidyanathan) would come to learn from my father Narayana Iyer. My father recognised their talent and knew that they will reach great musical heights. It’s the love for the instrument that binds us too. Despite his global musical outings, LS has not forgotten his roots. He called me six months ago for this event, and I am delighted to be here.”
Put up the felicitation, it was a nice shock to see L Subramaniam sitting down on the stage to carry out a Carnatic kutcheri. He was accompanied by Guru Raghavendra on the mridangam, Tanmoy Bose on the tabla and Vaikom Gopalakrishnan on the ghatam. Starting with the standard ‘Mahaganapathim’, Subramaniam was joined throughout the tillana by slide guitar exponent Debashish Bhattacharya on his newly invented instrument, the pushpa veena.
Although he started his journey with an intense coaching in Carnatic music, Subramaniam’s open-minded method led him to the West, the place he has labored with the likes of Yehudi Menuhin, Stephane Grappelli, Stevie Surprise, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Herbie Hancock and Billy Cobham.
On the Chennai live performance, the violin virtuoso proved that music isn’t just about kritis or orchestral items; it’s about tugging on the listeners’ coronary heart strings.