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Monday, September 03, 2007

It was a good concert trip to Pondicherry this Sunday the 2nd Sep'07. While we were going to Pondy on ECR we were behind Pondy Chief minister Thiru N. Rangaswamy's convey and it was indeed a surprise to us when we saw him at the function where i was performing (Group Photo with the CM).

Thanks to Balu uncle for the Innova car and Murugan uncle drove the vehicle so well that we reached both ways in just 2 hrs (each way ofcourse). We were playing the yet to be launched album of mine and it was sounding really great. On reaching Pondy we also went to Mother's Ashram and Vinayagar Temple after which did a short visit to Dr Srinivasan's (who played kanjeera & Morsing) house to take the blessings of his parents. Beautiful house and an excellent host they were!

Started the concert with Mallari followed by Thathvamariya tharama. The sound system was of great quality and the hall was full of audience almost through out the concert. It looked as though entire Pondicherry was there to greet this couple. While performing the main on Sivasakthi i took appa's suggestion and did a ragamalika alapana on Mohanam, Hamsadwani & Kalyani playing Sivasakthi every time before & after each raga. I also played the kalpanaswara on these ragas and as suggested on stage by Ananthu anna (violin) tried doing korappu in raagamalika format. Later he told me that it was good. The audience and in particular Mrs Swarna Swaminathan - the co-ordinator for this concert appreciated me for this presentation apart from the Athichudi composition. Thanks to office bearers from Mr Mahalingam to many sabha members of Bhairavi Gana Sabha who spent time to listen to my concert while blessing the couple.

On the return Hari anna (Ghatam vidwan) preferred to take bus journey as he was to go to Chrompet and we reached in the early hours. The entire enhancement team of Ananthakrishnan anna - Violin, Arjun Ganesh anna (Mrudhangam), Dr Srinivasan uncle - Morsing & Kanjeera and Hari anna (Ghatam) were at their best and it was indeed one of the satisfying concert we performed together.