There are few husband and wife couples who perform on stage for Carnatic music. Sriram Parasuram and Anuradha Sriram are one couple who regularly ascend the stage regularly with the jugalbandhi of Carnatic and Hindustani. The theme of the concert was selected by the couple in an appropriate manner – Andal and Meera who had besieged Lord Krishna with their total devotion and love. Margazhi is the month of Andal and the selection could not have been better.
Sriram introduced the concert by saying that it was in praise of two illustrious women composers, separated by eight centuries, united by one common goal, that of attaining unison with the Lord.
The concert started with the first Tiruppavai of Andal – Margazhi Thingal – in Nattai, where the couple sang in unison.
Sriram followed up with Meera’s, bhajan alternatingly Anuradha picked on the Sahana piece of Andal – Kuthuvilakku Eriye. Anuradha gave an elaborate raga swaroopa.
This was followed by Sriram’s and Anu’s bhajan.
The alternating between Andal and Meera lifted the audience to sublime heights and also created an ethereal and divine aura.
They were ably supported by their percussionists who did a splendid job of accompanying them. On the sixth day of Margazhi, Chennai should normally have started witnessing the nice Margazhi chillness but the weather Gods ordained that it should rain and not b e chill.
The drizzle outside was pleasantly portrayed by the bakthi rasam of the immortal Andal and the evergreen Meera in the auditorium where it was bitingly cold to befit the Margazhi music.