There was no performance. There was no reality to suspend. There were no expectations to fulfill. The artiste sang to experience sheer joy. Nothing came between the art and artiste, we tried to capture it as unobtrusively as possible to preserve the purity of the moment.
When nature inspires an artistes imagination
Far away from the world of traditions and expectations, a voice searches for those perfect notes and beautiful phrases that define his music. The artiste's imagination is set free by the birds and the breeze, the rivers and the mountains.
When music stops being a performance art.
In the confines of the auditorium, limited by expectations, an artiste takes the stage not purely to embrace music but to also satisfy varied expectations. In this environment, often the artiste and the listener are unable to suspend the reality around them to experience the sheer joy of being one with the music.
Evolution of Carnatic music and the road to One
The term Carnatic music, in a geographical sense, refers to South Indian classical music'. But this would be a limited way of considering a tradition of composing and practicing an orally and textually grounded musical form, both vocal and instrumental, known for its overpowering musical abstraction. Its aesthetic fabric is woven by the confluence of 'Raga' (Sanskrit for a melodic idea similar to a mode), 'Tala' (Sanskrit for structured rhythmic cycles in musical time) and a text. These three elements come together to create spectacular aural patterns. Its presentation allows for the composed musical forms to combine into a solo exposition in which the individual musician can - and, in fact, must - improvise with imagination and skill. The antiquity of this musical tradition - dated to five hundred years - has been on an inner and outward journey for that many or even more centuries. Over time, a continued tradition of musicianship and scholarship has allowed the music to adapt to the ever-changing socio-political environment. In the early 20th century, the practice of the art moved from temples and royal precincts to the urban concert stage.