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Sanjay Subrahmanyan, a czar musician
CHENNAI: When melody merges with musical depth, there is peace all around. Sanjay Subrahmanyan sent everyone into a trance with his brilliant performance for Music Academy on December 27, 2018. Right from the word go, he kept everyone engrossed in his music. Over the years, his voice has become more and more melodious. His dedication to sangeetham could be compared to yesteryear singers such as Madurai Mani |yer. Eppo Varuvar in Jonpuri was a proof for the asking. A Dikshitar kriti Sri Vadukanatha in Devakriya , Mayamma in Ahiri and Thyagaraja kritis such as Elavathara in Mukhari after an absorbing alapana and Nadadina Mata Nedu, made famous by Musiri Subramania Iyer, displayed the hallmark of a classical singer this evening. His no nonsense approach, complete dedication and responsible outlook have all combined to cast a larger role for this senior artiste especially in the current context when Carnatic music is facing a transformation-environment. The artistes on stage were all in white attire that evening. Perhaps, there was a message or two in that symbolism. Art is meant to foster harmony and peace. Given the background leading up to this current music season, the symbolism of Sanjay & Co, perhaps, reiterates the role of art in the modern age, which is replete with diverse pulls. Indeed, Sanjay has emerged as the new czar of Carnatic music.

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