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Fiddler in the rain



Charmed bow Balabhaskar

Ever heard live music under an umbrella, rain seeping in, standing with wet mud playing havoc with your leather footwear? A handful of die hard music lovers did, on Tuesday last, at the Durbar Hall Grounds, listening to the feisty Balabhaskar and com pany.

It was a very different and memorable concert. It was chamber music for some, for they thronged all around the musicians on the stage, those who had no umbrellas! Some sat in the parked cars, taking in the view as long shots, with only Balabhaskar’s flame-red shirt and the violin bow going up and down in view, but enjoying the music. Mattannur Sankarankutty and Kuzhalmannom Ramakrishnan, Kavalam Sreekumar, Karunyamurthy and Benny were there with him,making the music. It was part of the State Govt organised Lavanyam2007. It did not go along as planned, of course but the fact that it did go on, from 7.45 to 9.45, despite the rain, despite the technical problems and despite the audience thronging the stage, was what made it special.

In between, Balabhaskar tried this ‘number’, of asking those around to sing the notes he played. For Balabhaskar, his mother tongue seems to be the violin notes, more than Malayalam. Sreekumar gave some vocal support in the medleys.

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