DISCLAIMER: I don’t blog. Like AT ALL. In fact all I’m used to is gtalk and stupid orkut testimonials, so pardon the language,grammar and miscellaneous mistakes.
Simply put, Bombay Jayashri is a legend, period. And it’s no small deal to get to attend one of her concerts. I spent most of my time kicking myself for not having started listening to music when I was a kid. That’s precisely the reason why I’m so jealous of the six Balbhavan boys. The concert was organized by Spic Mackay, and was part of the series of concerts by the NGO with the exponent. A million thanks to Rashmi of Amara.
Phase one : Chaaya + Parippuvada + Sa Re Ga Ma at AMARA
Rashmi was determined to lay a foundation for the kids on Carnatic music before they actually got to the place. So we first went to Amara. There, Rashmi made a valiant effort to give them a little lesson on the basics of music in Raga Malahari. The success of the endeavour was rather doubtful, but it sure was fun :) . The lesson ended with chaya and parippuvada for everyone (thats tea and fried dal cake(??) for non-malus ). After a long and strenuos effort (and bribery- she even promised movie tickets :) ), Rashmi finallly managed to get the musicians out of their shells. They sang for her Vizhimoodi from Ayan and there was no bounds to her joy. :). After finishing off the food, we started off to the concert( yay!).
Phase two : AWE at the SNVP auditorium
We got to the place just in time. Bombay Jayashri and her accompanying artistes were already on the stage, ready and waiting. It was my first Bombay Jayashri concert and I was already in awe before the thing started ( I dunno why). After a short intro by the organizers, she spoke a few words to all the kids who were there (this series of concerts were mainly aimed at spreading musical awareness among kids).And she started singing. The rest was oblivion. I really don’t remember much. The concert was short (1.5 hours), but it felt like only a few minutes to me. She made all of the kids in the audience sing with her, something I’ve never seen in the few Carnatic concerts I’ve been to. And all of them sang (a lot had no idea what they were singing, but then neither did I). It was really inspiring to see little Hari singing and tapping his hands, trying to make sense of the thala . Bottomline is, the concert was AWESOME. And it was the first one for our kids, and probably the best one to start off with. It does NOT get better than Bombay Jayashri. In those one and half hours I’m sure that if there was any trace of a musician hidden in any of the kids, it would’ve been inspired. Hi fi to everyone who made this possible. Let the music play (lame, i know) :P :P