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Music Season
The Chennai December Festival

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MUSIC MATTERS


No surprise this

Actor Vijay's mother Shobha Chandrasekaran is a regular at the music festival concerts. The other day, she quietly stepped into the Academy and immersed herself in music. No frills. Of course, she attracted curious glances and one could hear whispers such as "Here is actor Vijay's mother," "What is she doing in a classical music concert" and so on. But Shobha is no stranger to music.

She has crooned many a film song and as a child acted and sung in many stage plays produced by her father Nilakanta Mudaliar under the banner Lalithanjali, along with her brothers, Sundar, S.N. Surendar (playback singer and dubbing artiste) and sister Sheela (actor Vikranth's mother). And she has presented many light music shows. Now she is seriously training in Carnatic music. She brought out a CD recently called Samarpanam. Her presence in sabhas, then, is no surprise.

Ban plastic

Good that sabhas in the city have banned snacks and beverages inside auditoriums. It is time to add one more to the list of banned substances — plastic carry bags.

The noise some in the audience make with these things during concerts is unbearable. In the quiet atmosphere of an air-conditioned hall, the noise increases several fold. There was this elderly woman in the Academy struggling with her plastic bag to take out her woollens. Needless to say, she was oblivious to protests from those around.

Super hits

We refer to some songs that are repeatedly rendered as super hits. It is interesting to note that certain anupallavis are so popular that songs are identified with them.

A few examples: Saakshaathkaara Ni ("Mokshamu Galadha," Saramathi), Bhoobaramu Gani Suraboosurulai ("Nee Bhakthi Bhagyasudha," Jayamanohari), Anaadha Rakshaki Sri Kamakshi ("Vinayakunivelanu," Madhyamavathi), Baalakanakamaya ("Yela Nee Dayaraadhu," Atana), Krupaanidhi Ivarai Poley ("Sabapathikku," Abhogi), Dheenajanaavana ("Jaanakipathey," Karaharapriya), and Kandrin Kuralai Kettu ("Endraikku Siva Kripai," Mukhari).

(Contributed by V. Balasubramanian and S. Sivakumar.)

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