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Chennai music season gaining tempo

The Music Academy in Chennai.File Photo

The Music Academy in Chennai.File Photo

Even though Chennai is still grappling with the aftermath of the flood, the Margazhi music season is gradually gaining momentum with sabhas going ahead with the inauguration of festivals.

Only a few sabhas have postponed their inauguration. Even the sabhas like Brahma Gana Sabha that could not have a formal inauguration, are holding regular concerts, and newspapers are full of programme listings.

Chennai has over 60 sabhas, including in suburbs like Madipakkam, Velachery and Nanganallur, but only 10 of them are major institutions.

Unlike a decade ago, when festivals were confined to the month of December, Chennai today has pre-December and post-December festivals.

On Wednesday, Mylapore Fine Arts Club and Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha launched their annual festivals. The Music Academy’s festival will begin on December 15.

“We will have the inauguration of art and dance festival on December 20 instead of December 11. While flood is one reason, the delay in completion of modernisation of acoustics forced us to postpone the event,” explained Y. Prabhu, general secretary, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha.

A few singers, particularly Bombay Jayashree, have decided to not to sing during this season, while many others have decided to donate their earnings toward flood relief.

‘Rat race’

“If one artiste cancels his programme, a dozen others are waiting to grab the slot. It is a rat race. The season will go on as usual and will not stop even for tsunami,” said a regular observer of Chennai music season, pointing out that only a few individuals cancelled their concert on the day tsunami hit the coasts of Tamil Nadu.

Writer and founder of Parivadini Lalitha Ram said he had decided not to webcast concerts this year because of the flood and his team members were involved in relief work in Cuddalore.


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