Contributed By: Ishan Sinha
Edited By: Arunabh Kalita
IIM Bangalore was graced by a soulful evening of Carnatic Music on 16th November, to the admiration and rapt engagement of an auditorium full of enthusiasts and admirers. The stage saw an exciting mix of young and senior artists, who were given a standing ovation by the discerning audience upon curtains to the evening. The event, organized by the student volunteer team at SAAMA, IIM Bangalore, saw mesmerizing performances by lead vocalists Ms. S Aishwarya, and Ms. S Saundarya, great grand-daughters of Bharat Ratna MS Subbulakshmi and grand-daughters of Sangeetha Ratnakara Dr. Radha Viswanathan. The internationally acclaimed maestros, trained in Carnatic Music from a tender age by stalwarts in their lineage, added a memorable performance to their shining repertoire of 500+ concerts in India and Abroad. The vocalists were accompanied by outstanding performances by Shri Vittal Rangan (Violin), Shri Phanindra Bhaskar (Mridangam), and Smt. Bhagyalakshmi Krishna (Morsing), whose delightful echoes in support of the lead vocalists as well as solos of individual brilliance were received with enthusiastic applause by the audience. Beginning with the benediction Maithreem Bhajatha, the evening ebbed and flowed guided by the mesmerizing notes of the lead vocalists, with fast-paced melodious jugalbandis and enrapturing solos adding a delightful touch to the gathering. The audience was not only an eclectic mix of students and faculty members but also saw a strong presence of patrons of music from Bangalore, cutting across age, professions, and lifestyles. The event was much appreciated and saw popular requests to continue organizing such delightful performances in the arena of Indian Classical Arts for beneficiaries – beginners and connoisseurs alike – within IIM Bangalore and beyond.
Saama is a student-run initiative at IIM Bangalore that aims to bring Indian performing arts and culture to the wider community. Saama started as a sister initiative by the team involved with the SPICMACAY – IIMB Chapter, aiming to reach out to a wider diaspora of artists from a gamut of art forms, to organize regular events at IIMB. The Carnatic Vocal concert was the first of a long line of initiatives planned under this banner. The team at Saama is motivated by a twofold mission: indulging longtime connoisseurs of classical art forms in Bangalore, and at the same time introducing the depths of our culture to those who are only entering these enormous, rich waters. We at IIMB hope to be students and patrons of this colorful cultural legacy.
Ishan is a student of PGP 2018-20 batch at IIM Bangalore and is a member of SPICMACAY – IIMB Chapter.