At Kalaiarangam, everything was subject to change

(From left) Aakash Jacob, Anjana Raghavan, Anisha Verghese and Benny Dayal of 'Subject to Change' in Coimbatore on November 18, 2011. Photo: K. Ananthan   | Photo Credit: K_Ananthan


The band played numbers from pop, rock n' roll, folk and blues and even a few songs from Tamil and Malayalam movies

“Everything is subject to change tonight,” said Benny Dayal, one of the singers of the Chennai-based ‘Subject to Change'.

This primarily acoustic band was performing on the second day of The Hindu Friday Review November Fest.

Feet tapped and hands clapped as they began their first song of the evening, an original composition, ‘Subject to Change'.

And this was only the beginning of an amazing night of music. They played everything, right from pop, rock n' roll, folk and blues and even a few film songs.

This group of lively youngsters, besides belting out great music, exuded an infectious energy that had the audience grooving throughout.

Music composer Ilayaraja's Roja Poo Aadivanthathu was one of the hits of the night. Madrase Suttri Paaka Poren from the film ‘May Maadham' was also very well received.

Have you ever heard of anyone use a pi-pi in a Michael Jackson song? Well they did, in the pop king's immortal, ‘The Way you Make me feel'.

The Corporation Kalaiarangam turned into a dance floor once the band broke out into some of the classic rock n roll numbers like ‘You Can Do Magic'. Both young and old alike grooved to these immortal numbers.

Aretha Franklin's ‘Just a Little Bit' was a power-packed performance with the crowd singing along as the singers broke into a chorus. Alana Morissette's ‘Uninvited' was the turn for the female singers Anjana Raghavan and Anisha Verghese to shine.

Some of the other songs performed were ‘Have you ever seen the rain', ‘Sixth Avenue Blues' and ‘Rolling on the River.'

Chekkele originally sung by the band, Avial was the perfect folk song for the night and of course, the band pumped it in with enough energy.

Benny Dayal rendered the popular A.R. Rahman melody ‘Nila Kaaigiruthu' as Aakash Jacob strummed the guitar in the background.

The audience listened mesmerised as renowned Malayalam music composer Ravindran's Pramadhavanam was sung by Benny Dayal.

Aakash Jacob's rendering of Rod Stewart's classic, ‘Have I told you lately' was heart-warming.

The Concert on Saturday is ‘Lahori Blues' performed by the Pakistani duo, Zeb and Haniya.

Rendering songs in Dari, Pashto and Turkish, their music carries strong influences from the Indian sub continent and West Africa.


The concert will take place at the Corporation Kalaiarangam at 7:30 p.m. Parking has been arranged on Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan school grounds.

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