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A soothing concert
CHENNAI, December 19: Problems never come singly, it is often said. First, the czar of Carnatic music Balamuralikrishna passed into pages of history just as Chennai was getting ready for its annual December music season. Before one could recover from that huge loss, Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha breathed her last after battling life for nearly 75 days in a city hospital. As though this was not enough, Cyclone Vardha wrecked havoc pushing the city into a disarray and Chennaites into a complete dismay. But the city has manged to gathered itself, and back is on its toes soon enough. Given these backdrops, the city of Chennai is literally hoping to find some solace somehow. Indeed, the December music season is expected to provide a soothing touch to miseries of the people of this city. The season was a complete wash out last year thanks to the unprecedented floods. Not surprisingly, there is a sense of anxiety and yearning for a turn for the better. And, vocalist Nithyashree provided that much needed relief during the Sri Parthasarathy Temple inaugural concert (for Margazhi utsavam) on the evening of December 19, 2016 at Peyalwar Sannadhi in Triplicane. Her music gave the audience enough elbow-room to unwind their minds that have gotten bogged down by one too many negative happening in quick time. Ghatam exponent Vikku Vinakyaram also briefly attended the concert. It was a spell-bounding concert as she expounded raga Hindolam in all its grandeur. `Samaja Varagamana' stood out for melody, creativity and style. Popular compositions in ragas such as Latangi, Suruti, Hamasanandi and Kanada made for a lively evening. The audience consisted of all age groups. Senior artistes - violinist M.A.Krishnaswamy and mirdangist I.Sivakumar and the morsing player Balaji Sairam - have all combined well with Nithyashree to make the concert an happy unwinding experience for all those who have made it to it.

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