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Monday, May 26, 2008

An interview to South Africa's Fm Radio Channel
Lotus Radio from Chennai on 26th May'08

It is always nice to be recognised and more so from the country which was one of the major reason for all what i am today! Yes i was asked to do a live music unplugged interview cum small performance today, 26th May'08 by the team of Lotus FM with Mr Manick Jhor, Ms Lois Moodley and O'Neil Nair along with my greatest well wisher cum friend Dinesh Naidoo uncle. I was asked few questions and was requested to play 2 film numbers 1. Oru Pennai Parthu from AnbeVaa and 2. Sahana Saral from Sivaji. I had a good feeling as it was Mr O'Neil Nair who had interviewed me for the same station way back in 2003 during my trip to South Africa and Mauritius for a concert series.
Private concert on 25th May'08

It was a dear well wisher of our family who is ardent carnatic rasika and we surprised to hear him say that "I want Sathya to perform 90% film and 10% carnatic songs" for a concert on the 25th May'08. Well this was a request coming from a dear one and i also wanted for a change to brush up my film songs so we were ready for the concert with just 3 more artists namely Prem uncle (Drums Sivamani uncle's brother) on Drums, Suri uncle on Bass Guitar and Rajagopal uncle on the Tabla.

We started off with Vaathapi Ganapathim then played Nagumomu in the middle & Kuria Onrum Illai followed by Bhagyadha Lakshmi to end the concert. rest were all film numbers from ld to the new i.e. from Thoongadhey Thambi Thoongadhey - a MGR starer song to Maduraikku Pogadheydi a latest Vijay Starer. The audience liked the songs selected to perform and were full praise for the Sankarabaranam song Sankara and also the old melodies like Maraindhirundhu parkum marmamenna, Poomalaiyil, Mullaimalar meley, Vasanthamullai, Agaya gangai etc.after the concert we all had a good dinner and more so a great desert treat with lots of ice-cream for us to have.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

May 22'08 - A pleasant concert with a new team

It was a good concert with a mix of both Carnatic and film songs presented on the 22nd May'08 in Chennai. With Kandadevi Vijayaraghavan uncle on the violin, Thillaisthanam Suriyanarayanan on Mrudhanga, Tikka on Tabla (Yes it was the name of the person!), Sriram on Rhythm Pad, Sowirrajan uncle on Thavil and Bala anna on the Nadaswaram the team was effective and also had great co-ordination. Almost throughout the concert the percussion team had their specific roles and so was the violin and Nadaswaram which in effect gave rich enhancement for the concert.

It was also for the first i was seeing a video cd that too carnatic music being played on CCTV before our concert. H/ever it made our job very difficult as we had to match at least to 1% of the great artist team of Smt M.S. Subbulakshmi's concert. It was a cd of vintage series of Doordharshan's Tiruvaiyaru performance collection and it was so nice to see Sri Kandadevi Alagiriswamy a legend Violin artist in the video and we were all happy to have his grandson performing with us on stage same day! Great coincidence and how many of us can have this happen in our lives!! Congrats Vijayaraghavan uncle.!

One of the audience wanted to perform a song on keyboard and appa accepted same if they had their own instrument. H/ever the person wanted to play on my instrument for which app informed that same can be done may be after the concert was over. When i asked him why he said that he explained to me saying, "We do not know if all the artists will oblige to play with a new person and also it would stop the flow of the concert performance". Well this is one of teh new things happened in our concert. All songs came out well and i liked Mahadeva Sivasambo in Revathya, Karadhare in Swarasammohini in carnatic and Poomalayil Poomalligai and SingaraVelane Deva in film songs which came out at its best.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Private Concert on the 19th May'08

It was another concert in Chennai with Ananthakrishnan anna on violin, Kumbakonam Swaminathan anna on mrudhangam, Nerkunam Sankar anna on Kanjeera and Hari anna on Ghatam and it came out very well. Only thing that may be the our dias was nearer to the Bride & Bridegrooms stage and so they had problem of loud music because of which we as artists had a problem of havig reduced volume on the monitors. Otherwise the concert went well as i also tried a new Kandachapu kriti Tholijenma in Bilahari as the main krithi for this day and AK anna appreciated me for this. Thanks to my uncle Embar Kanna who taught this krithi at around 4pm on 19th May'08.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Concert on the 15th May'08

This was a concert which i was playing with another new team of Sherthalai Sivakumar anna on violin, Kumbakonam Saravanan uncle on Mrudhangama nd EM Subramaniam uncle on Ghatam. It was one of the pleasant concert with lot of energy but as usual most of the best concerts do not get recorded and this was one of them. Both my Transcend and also the one of Karthick audio did not have enough battery and so we could not record this. H/ever it was indeed a good concert with all of us enjoying it.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Private concert in Chennai on 12th May'08

In this concert after a long time we had Prem uncle (Brother of Great Drums Vidwan Sivamani uncle) with us and with Ananthakrishnan anna on violin, Arjun Ganesh anna on Mrudhangam, Pradeep uncle on Tabla, Hari anna on Ghatam and Suri uncle on Bass guitar we had a good team and presented a concert with classical, devotional and film numbers. I also rehearsed the Revathy piece of my guru Kalaimamani Kum. A. Kanyakumari with Arjun Ganesh anna at home and performed in the evening. All the others followed it, this umber got good applause from the audience. Applause transferred to my guru for her great composition.

Interesting thing was that i played viol duet with AK (Ananthakrishnan) anna for Manayavyalakim! After announcing the song, there was drop in voltage because of which my keyboard could not function. AK anna was so nice to offer his second violin (which he had brought luckily!). When appa gave this suggestion not only the audience but even myself was surprised but decided to do it because i had just on the 10th sat for the 70 violin ensemble and that gave me the confidence to perform. AK anna appreciated my effort and it was so nice of him to have offered his instrument for me to play with. Check for the video clipping with violin, film song and the Revathy numbers.

Private concert on the 11th May'08

It was one of the longest distance i traveled for a concert!! less than a kilometer! The venue was very near my house and the concert was organised and attended by one of my great well wisher Balu uncle (TS Mahalingam Sons). Our team with Venkat anna on violin, Calcutta Karthick anna on Mrudhangam and Hari anna on the Ghatam & Morsing had some difficulties because of the echo nature of the hall and thanks to Thirunavukarasu uncle - Karthik Audio, we had a good presentation. I had the oppurtunity to meet my school friend and his family also in this concert.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

A day i will remember for ever - My first concert with violin 10th May'08
Sathya in 70 Violin concert in Kalaimamani Kum A. Kanyakumari's grand show at Bangalore 10May'08

It was a great show of the melody of Violin and i was happy to have been a part, thanks to my guru Kanyakumari madam to have given this oppurtunity. It was also an amzing audience turn out inspite of the busy interesting IPL matches and the election which was on in Bangalooru on the 10th May'08.

I really missed my uncle Embar Kannan and i am happy to give you a link for the photos taken during the rehearsal, mike test and the concert performance. Credits to appa for that, however please bear with few which have not come good.

Please click on the photo above to view the others.

Friday, May 09, 2008

A great oppurtunity came in to me when i got a call from Murugan uncle (Incharge of artists for recordings in studios) two days before informing that Sri Raj Koti a leading Music Director of Telugu Movies had shown interest to take me as an artist for his forthcoming project with krithis of Annamacharya. This was a project done for TTD, Tirupathy and to be released on the 20th of this month.

I had a great experience for the last two days with oppurtunity to perform under Sri Raj Koti (has composed music for the krithis on melody part) and Sri L. Krishnan, who has scored the BGM for the krithis. It was also nice to work with great experienced people like Lakshman and Madhu uncles on percussion along with Sri Rajagopal uncle on Timing, Kishore anna on Sitar, Yogesh uncle who handled Harp, Santoor and Mandolin, Kiran uncle on Flute, Mohan uncle who was conductor for the project. The project was recorded on the 8th and 9th of May'08 and these days will be in my mind for a long time. Koti uncle has assured me to call me for his recordings , not just as a keyboard player but performing Carnatic on Keyboard. It is indeed a great thing for me. Thanks to Murugan umle the incharge, Koti uncle, Krishnan uncle and Sri Kamisetty Srinivasulu - Special Officer TTD for giving me this oppurtunity.
Private Concert on 07 May'08

This was a concert i had the oppurtunity to perform a full length concert with Sherthalai Sivakumar anna on violin along with Arjun Ganesh anna on Mrudhangam and Hari anna on the Ghatam. The audience gave a feeling of being in a sabha concert and with all of us clicking as a team the concert came out well. Sivakumar anna despite a sprain in his leg managed to give his hundred person and was also performing with the silent violin. It is so nice that people are turning towards this gadget as the sound is really good when played with proficiency.
A concert in a Echo Hall - 06 May-08

It was a big hall but the acoustics was not god but for Deepak anna who handled the audio well to suit to the environment. It was also for the first time I was performing with Sherthalai Ananthakrishnan uncle on Mrudhangam for a full concert and it came out very well. Karaikal Venkat anna with the silent on violin had some trouble with the wires but managed well and with Sowri uncle on full frm with Ghatam and Morsing, the concert came out well to get the appreciation.