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The South Asian Symphony Orchestra mesmerised the viewers right into a silence via their Peace Notes efficiency

The South Asian Symphony Orchestra mesmerised the viewers right into a silence via their Peace Notes efficiency

As a battle of musical prowess was waged on stage by the South Asian Symphony Orchestra (SASO), the viewers was left in peaceable silence of their seats at Sri Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Corridor this previous weekend. 

That the orchestra isn’t any stranger to the stage was made obvious by their sheer stage presence, having carried out in Mumbai and Bengaluru in years previous. This makes its efficiency in Chennai a long-awaited one, for each the musicians and their followers.

CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU, 31/07/2022: For Metro Plus: Peace Notes : A Concert The South Asian Symphony Orchestra in Chennai on Sunday.Photo: Velankanni Raj B/ The Hindu

CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU, 31/07/2022: For Metro Plus: Peace Notes : A Live performance The South Asian Symphony Orchestra in Chennai on Sunday.Picture: Velankanni Raj B/ The Hindu
| Picture Credit score: VELANKANNI RAJ

Earlier than the orchestra may let unfastened itsbombastic highs and melancholic lows, all current within the live performance corridor had taken a solemn stance as SASO started to play the Nationwide Anthem. Because the final be aware of the anthem pale away, the viewers was left keen and grateful to those that made this night time attainable, The South Asian Symphony Basis (SASF).

Col. David Devasahayam, the managing trustee of the Radiant Basis, one of many organisers of the occasion, started the night time by thanking the visitors, a few of whom included Main Basic Abdulla Shamaal. the Chief of Defence Power (CDF) of Maldives Nationwide Defence Power and 120 cadets from Officers Coaching Academy, Chennai, who will quickly be serving on our nation’s borders. He believes that listening to music is a good alternative to study each other and completely different cultures and yielded the ground to Nirpuama Rao.

Former International Secretary of India Nirupama Rao, took to the rostrum as one of many co-founders of SASF, to talk of the group’s namesake and its range. These, she showcased by asking these on stage from India and overseas to take a bow, earlier than inviting the chief visitor, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, to talk and lightweight the lamp to start the night time of music. Sitharaman described herself as having felt unable to sing alongside the Nationwide Anthem because the music performed on stage, merely since she believed her voice couldn’t add to the richness of sound that the orchestra had displayed. She additional added that the significance of such music is within the enjoyment it brings to everybody.

The South Asian Symphony Orchestra in Chennai

The South Asian Symphony Orchestra in Chennai
| Picture Credit score: VELANKANNI RAJ

With time for phrases having ended, the musicians took to the stage of their formal apparel and started the night time with an homage to the Indian previous and a message of unity, via the tune ‘Maithreem Bhajatha’.

The tune had been sung by Bharat Ratna recipient MS Subbulakshmi and Radha Viswanathan on the United Nations, on October 23, 1966 on the event of UN day. As Nandini Chari sang in a crystal clear tone, accompanied by the sitar, bansuri and tabla, the tune’s message of friendship between all nations appeared like a actuality for a second.

With the invocation ending, the orchestra awaited the swish of the conductor’s wand to start their siren-like sound. Alvin Arumugam, the music director of SASO and the Nimrod Orchestra, started conducting with poise and class. 

‘The Cry of the Rose’, from the Mani Ratnam basic Roja, was the true orchestral starting of the night time. The light and stylish piece, despatched us again to the previous and put us within the sneakers of Madhoo Shah in her position as Roja. The efficiency included a shock addition of a bansuri as nicely.

From the peaks of Kashmir, we have been transported to Czechoslovakia instantly after, with the orchestra embracing a folk-inspired piece. Symphony No 8, by Antonín Dvořák, is an influential piece to many up to date composers and is thought to have a happier tone in comparison with many items of that age. This might positively be felt as a sense of cheer and optimism was unfold to those that heard it that night time.

Following a brief interval after the piece, the orchestra performed Tutorial Pageant Overture  Op. 80, by Johannes Brahms, a lot to the viewers’s pleasure. Brahms had performed an essential position in Dvořák’s musical profession — by introducing him to his writer and aiding in awarding him the Austrian State Prize for Composition — making this alternative of transition very becoming. The piece itself invokes the temper of German college students’ ingesting songs of the time, with an air of levity, heat, and pleasure.

Following this journey round Europe we have been introduced again to India with a chunk not often carried out earlier than, titled ‘Swara Yantra’, composed by award-winning composer Shirish Korde. The efficiency itself appeared to take affect from Indian and Western musical types, making it constantly absorbing, with the violin by Priyanka Venkatesh and tabla by Durairaj Chandrajith nearly seeming to be in an interesting dialog with one another.

After the lull within the dialog the night time appeared to come back to a detailed with the programme’s last piece ‘Chinna Chinna Asai’, or ‘Dil Hai Chhota Sa’ in Hindi, a callback to the primary piece from the identical film Roja. The all-familiar tune of the evergreen basic led to one other wave of nostalgia from the viewers. This sense was amplified much more with the addition of the Madras Musical Affiliation Choir to the ensemble.

Because the final be aware was performed, the viewers was left wanting extra. However a lot totheir delight, Rao had come up on stage to announce {that a} piece not talked about within the programme that night time was to be performed: a medley of Bollywood music from the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties. This upbeat shock ensured that SASO’s Chennai efficiency didn’t go gently into that good night time.


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