Devoted to Hindustani music

MUSIC IS effervescent, it is melodious. It is soothing, it is exciting. No matter what music it is, it takes the keen listener to another level.

This is what the singer, Supriya Bharatiyan, conveys. Daughter of O.K. Sreedharan and Thankamma from Thiruvalla who have made Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh their home, Ms. Supriya has chosen Hindustani music for her enlightenment.

Music is a way of life for her. It was never an effort to learn and practice music. And her parents encouraged her to do whatever she liked. ``In fact, I used to hide behind music and get away with not doing my home work and studies,'' recalls Ms. Supriya about her childhood days.

She would gladly go for any music concert without any remuneration. ``I would not call myself a professional artist yet''. She was in Tripunithura on a vacation with her husband and children, giving a few concerts, popularising Hindustani music in her own way. Her husband, Bharatiyan, who is a trained tabla artist, apart from working for Railways, accompanies her at concerts at sometimes.

Her job at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) as Assistant Scientist after her post graduation in Chemistry, did not appeal to her. Music beckoned her to throw away her job and come home to do more music. At present she is trying to study the musical element in folk art in and around Bilaspur area.

Presently she is involved with Kavya Bharati Kala Sangeeta Mandal in Bilaspur which encourages new talents in music and poetry. Mainly a khayal singer in Gwalior gharana, Ms. Supriya is not very rigid with keeping the gharana style. ``We listen to all styles of singing. These days no singer is rigid about gharanas, unless someone wants to maintain the purity of the gharana''.

During her concerts she tries to mix and match the geets, bhajans, aalaaps and thumris to appeal to a wide audience. Says Ms. Supriya, in front of an music loving audience, there is a time during the concert when the singer and the audience are totally in tune with each other, the barriers of ragas and other musical elements not withstanding.

By Shyama Rajagopal

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