The Shamiana recitals at the November Fest bring new talent to the fore

Insouciance and bold risk-taking are the hallmarks of The Hindu Friday Review November Festival. This year's edition adds youthful high spirits by introducing shamiana recitals. Every evening, before the main concert of that day, Chennai's youngsters will perform music that is diverse, intriguing and exciting. These 45-minute recitals (6.15 p.m. to 7 p.m.) are held just outside the main hall.

Many genres

These young girls and boys are not new to the stage. They represent many traditions and genres, from Indian classical to jazz, rock, fusion and world music. Some are disciples of stalwarts such as ghatam maestro Vikku Vinayakram and veteran violinist M. Chandrasekharan. Renowned Carnatic vocalists Bombay Jayashri and T.M. Krishna have guided their disciples in choice and theme. Senior musicians S. Karthick (ghatam) and Prasanna (guitar) have enthusiastically supervised the presentations of the last two groups.

Every group has come up with special ideas to format a pithy, 45-minute show. They meld the old with the new, contrast the zipping with the tranquil. So come early, relax under the shamiana, and enjoy the effervescent outpourings of keen-edged, multi-talented, superbly trained, carefree youth.

November 15

Leaf Prints

Artseek Jazz unit presents a tonal collage of jazz movements — traditional, Bossa nova, Blues, Smooth jazz, Flamenco, Brazilian jazz, Nu jazz, Central-African blues — not forgetting some Indian spice, to add that new-age touch.

Vocals: Subhiksha Rangarajan

Guitar: Keba Jeremiah

Bass: Naveen

Drums: Siva

November 16

Saare Jahan Se Accha

M.T. Aditya puts together a tribute to the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar, now turning 90. The group presents Ravi Shankar's compositions in classical bandish, film songs, ‘Saare Jahan Se Accha' celebrating India's freedom, and ‘Vaishnava Janato' that the world heard in the film “Gandhi”.

Sitar: Gaurav Isola

Mandolin: Vivek Siva

Tabla: M.T. Aditya

Kanjira: Swaminathan

November 17

Music Beyond Words

Wind and strings have always made fabulous partners in every kind of music. And here, the primal flute joins the ancient veena and the Indian violin to make melodies as charged with life as the cool winds of November, enhanced by sparkling laya rhythms.

Flute: J.B. Sruthisagar

Veena: S.H. Raaghav

Violin: R. Raghul

Mridangam: N.C. Bharadwaj

Ghatam: S. Hariharasubramaniam

November 18

Tamizh Thendral

Bombay Jayashri's disciples have opted to sing Tamil compositions of varying kinds — from a regular Papanasam Sivan kriti to a rousing Bharati lyric. Look out for the nottuswaram, by violin maestro Lalgudi Jayaraman, a playful take on Western music.

Vocal: Abinaya, Keerthana, Poornima

Violin: S. Rajeev

Mridangam: Sumesh Narayan

November 19

Bhajana Sangita

The disciples of leading Carnatic musician T.M. Krishna present lyrically-rich, devotion-steeped songs usually relegated to the second of half of the concert, by poets from Jayadeva and Annamacharya to Mira and Tuslidas.

Vocal: Rithvik Raja, G. Ravikiran, Vikram K. Raghavan and Vignesh Ishwar

Violin: B. Ananthakrishnan

Mridangam: R. Sankaranarayanan

November 20

String Breakers

Students of the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM) offer an amazing range of contemporary world music. By turns, they take listeners on a journey of exotic rhythms and enthralling melodies from Carnatic, jazz and rock to African, Caribbean music, and more.

18 performers, vocal and instrumental

November 21

Yuva Laya Pratibha

Young percussionists, in an ensemble co-ordinated by the dazzling ghatam artiste S. Karthick, explode into a world of breathtaking rhythms. Rooted in tradition, unafraid of adventures, their medleys are full of fun, joy, and the craft skills of the Indian drumming tradition.

Mridangam: N.C. Bharadwaj

Kanjira: G. Harihara Sharma

Ghatam: G. Chandrasekhara Sharma

Morsing: Sri Krishnan

Konnakkol: S. Swaminathan