After a loooong time...
I had a friend over from St Louis tonight; he has just quit Citibank and joined Wipro. For a long time, I knew that he played the mridangem, but recently he gave a vocal concert in St Louis! So I asked him to sing…and he sang for nearly an hour.
After ages, instead of listening to a visitor singing movie songs or ghazals,I actually heard just Carnatic music…and it was balm to the soul. Usually, at gatherings, it is I who wind up singing; it was a pleasant change to be able to enjoy someone else’s music in such an informal setting. Poor Lakshmanan, he got to eat his dinner only at 10.30pm!
I feel at peace and happy now. I do wish I had more friends around who would sing Carnatic music like this…it’s a wonderful treasure that I cannot indulge in as often as I want to. When I was growing up, I was surrounded by people who could sing, play the violin or the mridangam, and almost every evening there would be impromptu gatherings and excellent music…only today I realized how much I miss those evenings.
I thought, also, of my friends Murali and his youngest sister,
A wonderful evening…thanks to Lakshmanan!
and btw…a nice line for all my Indian friends…Lakshman is REALLY married to…Rekha!