“Carnatic chills” is based on the core idea
of presenting Carnatic music in Ragas and talas . Saint Thyagaraja in his
kriti “Nadaloludai brahmananda mandave manasa”, emphasizes the greatness of
ragas. He says ragas are manipulations of the seven notes and they, if
rendered aesthetically, fulfil all righteous desires. “Carnatic Chills” will
be a reflection of our contemporary social life. In our society we generally
see conflicting elements get together to almost become a confluence. It is
like wearing jibba and jeans, it is like having idli, sambar, vadai and pizza,
noodles on the same day, it is like talking Tanglish. It is like having
a reception before the marriage ceremony; it is also like using an electronic
tampura and the traditional tempura on the same stage.
It is interesting to note that even the great
Muthuswami Dikshitar composed many melodies using traditional ragas but
inspired by the British national anthem. This confluence is also visible in
our ability to adapt and play western instruments like the violin, mandolin,
saxophone, guitar and so on in a traditional concert. It is this capacity for
blending apparently disparate elements that prompted Ganesh Kumaresh to have
the drums, the Keyboard and the bass guitar along with the traditional flute,
mridangam and ghatam.
“Carnatic Chills” will have Ganesh Kumaresh on
the violin and vocals, Keith peters on the bass guitar, Ravichandra on the
Flute, Dhanasekhar Deena on the Keyboard, Mannargudi Easwaran on the Mridangam,
SV Ramani on the Ghatam and Arun Kumar on Drums and percussion.
The highlight of the evening will be a special
song written by Sri Gangai Amaran for which Ganesh Kumaresh have composed
music. Ganesh Kumaresh will also be presenting a composition named after the
event Carnatic Chills which is composed in the raga Kharaharapriya.
The concert will be at the Gnananandada Hall (Narada Gana Sabha),
On Sunday the 29th of May, 2005 at 6.
The concert is cosponsored by Airtel Telephone and Broadband
Services, TVS Motor Company, Nalli Silks and Sundaram Clayto