Friday, December 12, 2008

The Season is back!!!!!! .....on t lighter side

It was an awesome concert.A very fine artist. Amazing brigas, excellent bhava and quite an example of what you'd call a perfect kutcheri. Well these are nothing special in his concerts..

What struck my attention were two kids sitting in front of me-restless and full of enthusiasm about things going around....all except the concert, I mean the music part of it. With so much life around who'd even bother about the music?!

Firstly if you have take note of the updates in the ethnic boutiques of the city, the most effective way is to check out the sea of people pouring into the music halls during the season- right from shimmering jewelry to crisp terracotta or wood ones, flaunty Konjeevaram zaris to gentle threaded Bengal cottons and of course the latest creations of the handy loomers. You are sure to walk back home pretty well informed….at least visually.

For a naive audience, it’s pretty hard to grasp what exactly the artists are trying to do before the concert formally begins, thanks to the unset pitches and the word interrupted musical microphone testings.

I was imagining how it would feel to detach oneself from the music of the concert and witness the few hours....

Shhh.............................

Let’s mute the audio of this kutcheri.

The concert begins with vigorous thaalams, whispers of ragas 'n composers midst the audience, silent thereafter but for an occasional 'tch tch tch' or 'besh' exclaimed out excitement. A keen 'Thamburaist' who stares constantly either at the singer or at the floor with a gentle nod set on his head.

The audience can be viewed as a bunch of people responding to some unknown stimulus with shaking heads.. at times too vigorous to be termed 'head bangs' (an ecstatic response set to the beat, bhava and the person's own emotions aroused by the song)
Well.... a kid with a muted audio would obviously find a huge mass of shaking black and white heads extremely funny!

Regular concert goers would easily identify the beginning of heavy or main pieces with the emergence of one or two droopy eyelids or even a few dozing heads(hey only a person who heartily enjoys a piece of music can sleep in its sound)

The kid finds the stage occupier plunging into weird actions... an assortment of too many daily life fractions...say... the repeated stretching of a rubber band, a few boxers punches, toasts being buttered, gentle picking flowers, careful veggie chopping, making idli batter and too many others interspersed with thaalams ,which god knows how they pick midst so many animations!
All these are suited with appropriate (even inappropriate) caricaturish facial expressions, which quite remind the kid of the Calvin and Hobbes comic. The NRI style french beards with the mobile hairdo of the musicians, especially the percussionists make significance to the kid.

The thukkadas are characterized by waking up heads and brightening faces of those who were till then peacefully dozing and a few excited compliments about the 'janaranjaga'ity of the singer's choices. The restless 'shall we leave?' or 'sigh' expressions with heads looking around for familiar faces, is the typical response to a mangalam.

By now the kid begins to whiff the coffee aroma that comes blended with the delicious gheeish fragrance of sambhar from the canteen....

...Wow!! What a concert!!

PS: I myself am a concert freak...who goes about with enough head bangs...

3 comments:

Varun said...

Nice observations about concerts! Restless kids and mamis discussing their sarees and jewels are a sight at every concert. And the tchs and beshs quite often tend to come to one's annoyance :)

Harikul said...

Amazing attention to the details... Wow! U r good at this stuff... Keep it up...

thripurasundhari said...

thank you :)