I am not into music of the Carnatic kind, but on wife's recommendation, I attended Anuja's rendering of concert music as part of Mantri Synergy Navarathri celebrations at our clubhouse. Anuja's approach, presentation, and the way she addressed the audience appealed even to the uninformed among us, says my wife. It is this quality, more than anything else, that empowered Anuja (H-block) to teach music to the 4-year-olds.
Talent alone isn't enough. It takes poise, stage presence and ettiquette to make a musician. And, in my book, Anuja (H block) makes the grade in all departments. What's more, she has the temperament to put up with other hassles of a community gathering during Navarathri.
For many us in the audience music is a side-show. On such occasions we are more into socializing, social networking. Artistes often find themselves performing for an uncaring audience, or empty chairs. Anuja handled with grace the irritating rings of audience cell-phones; incessant back-row chatter; and hyper active toddlers who barely sit in one chair for more than 17 seconds at a time. Children appeared to have a free play in the hall; and if singers find this a distraction, they simply grin and bear it. I wonder if organisers or anyone else can do much about this. After all, the children escorting elders need to be engaged.
Ms Karthikaipavai of cultural programme committee could, perhaps, do with some volunteer baby-sitters to run a cartoon films show or some thing elsewhere at the clubhouse during Navarathri song and dance evenings. Ms Pavai would also do well to put up a proposal to the Association, for sanction of a few pedestal fans in the clubhouse.. A packed hall without air-conditioners adds to the discomfort of children and women, notably, those in heavy silk sari.
As I said at the start, carnatic music is not quite my cup of tea. Realising this, presumably, Anuja wound up her concert with a touching Tamil number - Ethanai janmum eduthalum..... The pull of one's own soil has been the theme of poets and lyricists in every language. My own favourites in this genre include Chhod Aaye Hum Oh Galian ... and O Yaaro Maaf Karna ...
As they have done so well in identifying in-house talent in carnatic music, Ms Pavai and friends in her committee should scout for talent within our complex to make an evening of movie songs.