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One thing you will notice in any Carnatic music concert is the unique way the audience reacts to it. Invariably, a section of the audience is completely engrossed in the performance, shaking heads in various unpredictable directions, acknowledging the musician's delicate touch in unison, or playing the thaaLam with such thundering fervor that you would think the performer's life is dependent on it. There is another section of the audience that is perhaps oblivious to the goings on with grudging acknowledgement that there is some special language being spoken that seems just beyond reach. If you identify with the latter, please note that appreciating Carnatic music is a skill by itself, but can be learned with some level of effort and diligence.
For instance, recognizing raagas is a skill that unlocks the potential to appreciate Carnatic music at a much deeper level. A raaga is not only a collection of notes, but also involves singing/playing the notes in specific patterns that invoke emotions in the listener. Once the concept of a raaga pattern is learnt, it becomes easy to abstract the concept and learn many raagas. With the awareness of the raaga, one gets engaged deeply with the performance, resulting in nothing short of an exhilarating experience. Music lovers swear by that Eureka moment when the raaga name flashes in the mind, and that feeling is just priceless! Intrigued? Interested in learning more? Check out Hamsadhwani's primer on raaga identification on our blog.
Did you know that a series of award-winning young musicians are performing at Hamsadhwani in 2016? There is Kruthi Bhat, winner of the Madras Music Academy's Best Concert of the Year 2015, Manasa Suresh, winner of Times of India's Thyagaraja Awards 2015, Carnatic Music Idol 2015 winner - Vivrd Prasanna, and Ashwin Srikant, winner of the Advanced Pallavi Competition at the 2014 Cleveland Aradhana! Get ready to listen to these budding celebrities of the Carnatic music world, performing right here in your backyard.
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