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With ‘Two to Tango’, singers Karthik and Shweta Mohan took Chennai down melody lane

On stage, Karthik is like a restless kid, prancing around and demanding attention.

The singer of several superhits got the usually quiet Chennai audience up on their feet and as restless as him – as he got them to dance to his foot-tapping ‘Anjala’ (Vaaranam Aayiram) on Sunday evening at The Music Academy.

That was at 10.15 p.m. though. A couple of hours ago, the audience were more than content to clap and cheer as he and Shweta Mohan took them on a musical journey with their ‘Two to Tango’, a fund-raising concert put together by the Rotary Club of Madras South.

Karthik kicked off the musical evening with a melodic rendition of ‘Vaishnava Janatho’ – a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary – and a swift version of the Carnatic song ‘Mahaganapathim’ that showcased the high quality of the band he was jamming with.

But film songs are his forte – Karthik is a much sought-after singer among composers – and when he sang a phrase from ‘Aye Sinamika’ (O Kadhal Kanmani), the audience got excited. He followed it up with a verbal joust with them, albeit musically, that got the crowd grooving, and followed it up with hits like ‘Oru Maalai’, ‘Mazhai Vara Poguthey’ and ‘Usure Poguthey’.

“Some senior people might be wondering what I’m doing,” announced the singer after dancing on stage to ‘Theradi Veethiyil’ (Run) and proceeded to retro-land by delivering an unplugged version of ‘Aha Mella Nada’ from the 1964 Sivaji Ganesan film Puthiya Paravai, which struck the right chord with the elders.

Shweta Mohan announced her arrival with a tepid ‘Dil Se Re’, before sojourning familiar musical territory with ‘Innum Konjam’ (Maryan) and ‘Maya Nadhi’ (Kabali). “Growing up and learning to sing, I’ve had two inspirations – my amma (Sujatha) and Yesudas. In every concert of mine, I sing at least one song of Yesudas,” she announced, before launching into ‘Adhisaya Raagam’ from Apoorva Raagangal that is primarily set in ragam Mahathi.

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