SANGAMAM – TUNE INTO DIVINITY
Sangamam organised by Vedanta Centre Sydney saw some of the best of Sydney’s generation next Veena players come together on the stage. Students of Varalakshmi Sridharan they showed tremendous talent, flourishing under her direction with a young flautist who showed a lot of potential. The Second half brought the sisters, Uma Ayyar and Mythili Narayanaswamy together in Melodic harmony, heard together in some years to come, they were accompanied on the violin by Young Ramaswamy and Master Nirmal Ayyar on Mridangam and Kishan Jeyendran on Tabla. Their music was soulful and meditative consisting of popular tamil, malayalam songs with an Abhang thrown in for variety.
A coming together of East and West is not new but what is unusual and unique about the third part of the evening in ‘Sur Sangam’ was the exquisite arrangement of the violin, mandolin, mridangam and tabla combo. The team revelled and enjoyed not only their own music but each others, the fusion movements were based within a Carnatic melodic structure while the Western Violin played by Ashwin Nair took the listener into realms yet unknown. Towards the end, as the mandolin dwelled deeper into the folds of Desh, the violin strummed along. The percussion just stopped. In so doing did the tabla feel neglected ? or the silence of the mridangam feel odd ? Neither. In this subtlety and their sensitive approach to their music lies the very essence and beauty of Sur Sangam. Throwing a vocal percussion later, for good measure and finishing with a musical conversation the artists, Dr Raghuram Subrahmaniyam on Mridangam, Mr Abhijit Dan on Tabla, Mr Kishan Jeyendran on Mandolin and the white electronic violinist, Ashwin Nair showed a sensitivity to their music yet unseen in Sydney.
An excellent end to a joyous evening that commenced with prayer but finished taking every person in the audience into a space where echoes of the message from Sri Ramakrishna could be heard saying “Tune into Divinity.