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The depth of music
Creativity is a key for artistes to win the hearts of rasikas. The organizers of music too have taken to innovative steps to attract rasikas. Take the case of the authorities at Sri Parthasarathy Temple at Triplicane in Chennai. They have decided to organise a music fesival, commencing from the day of Vaikunda Ekadesi (i.e. December 28). What is so unique about this music festival? Nothing except the fact that the concerts are being held inside the tank in front of the temple! Not really floating concerts, though. The concerts are held on a broader step leanding down to the water level. Take a few steps down to find the depth of the music!

Music on the monitor
Star artistes get full house this season, too. With crowds milling, the premier sabha Music Academy has to install an LCD monitor at the Mini Hall to accommodate those who couldn't be given seats inside the main auditorium to listen to their favourite artistes. Many fans of T.M. Krishna, Bombay Jayashri, Aruna Sairam, Sudha Ragunathan and the like have to contend with watching their shows live on an LCD monitor from the adjecent Mini Hall at the Music Academy. Well, Sri Parthasarathy Sabha, too, has to install an LCD monitor to accommodate the overflowing fans of Sanjay Subrahmanyan on December 27. Well, they are many ways to monitor music!

A Sanjay snub
As Sanjay Subrahmanyan sweat it out to give a no nonsence concert for Sri Parthasarathy Sabha on December 27, he treated the audience to a rarely-handled raga. With the audience discussing in hushed tones the raga name, Sanjay relieved their suspense by announcing the raga name. `Sumanesa Ranjani is the name of the raga,'' he said and readied for his next piece'. All of a sudden from nowhere a voice was heard. A gentleman queried Sanjay about the raga, its janyam and what not. Sanjay cut him short by saying ``Come to the Academy in the morning. We will sort it out there.'' Some go to concerts to listen. This gentleman goes their to raise questions, it appears.

Where old is likeable
Dancer Narthaki Natraj belongs to a different class. Her Kittappa Pillai-like style is within the traditional boundaries. The audience likes that. Not a single risky move. Nothing except authentic Sadhir. After her afternoon programme at Naradha Gana Sabha on December 27, some rasikas complimented her for her very aunthentic traditional approach. ``People often say I haven't adapted to modernities. I prefer to be an old fashioned artiste. Nothing gives me as much satisfaction as dancing this way,'' Narthaki Natraj told them matter-of-factly.

A fan & an artiste
As Bombay Jayashri was just about to begin her kharaharapriya alap, the ever-energetic T.M. Krishna walked into Mylapore Fine Arts accompanied by the unassuming mridangist Arun Prakash. Quietly slipping into their seats on the second row, they sat through the reminder of the concert. A little behind them was seated the harikatha exponent Vishaka Hari. Well, Krishnas and Vishakas may have their own fan followings. They too, however, are fans of some artistes or the other. Indeed, it speaks volume for Jayashri's music.

A budding professional
This boy was unstoppable. He was just clicking away pictures as the concert was on. He would just be sitting. Suddenly, he would spring up to focus his lens on the main artiste. He would run to other corner, perhaps to get a perfect picture. This bubbly boy was focused and enthusiastic. Why not? His mother was the performing artiste of the day. And, a star artiste at that! No prize for guessing. The artiste was indeed Bombay Jayashri.
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