Sowmya had given a great deal of thought to what she would perform at this concert. She chose to sing kritis in Devi's honour, compositions by female composers and songs by Subramaniam Bharati. Every song was sung from the heart and found a place in the hearts of the audience. Sowmya's virtuosity needs no certificate from Prajnya, but listening to her on Friday, this blogger was left marveling at her ability to sing pretty much up and down three octaves. Her 'keezh sthai' (lower) notes were as clear and precise as her 'mel sthai' (higher) ones, and her breath control would be a great advertisement for pranayama and the sadhana that hones talent to ever-greater perfection.
Neyveli Narayanan and B.U. Ganesh Prasad brought the same spirit, warmth and perfection to their playing, and the result was a kacheri that rasikas present would remember during the coming Margazhi season and compare favourably to others they attend.
PS: At this programme venue as at others, our Collaborative Cooking paanai drew attention and suggestions which will be posted online at the wiki.