classical musicians and a concert that is structured as a conversation between Sita and Mandodari
Aikya, the annual classical music concert organised by Global Adjustments, is back with its seventh edition. Based on the theme of oneness—depicted through an imaginary conversation between the two main women of the Ramayana, Sita (wife of Rama) and Mandodari (wife of Ravana)—the evening will bring together two young classical talents, city-based Carnatic artiste Abhishek Raghuram and Hindustani proponent, Sanjeev Abhyankar.
The two artistes, who are performing together for the first time, are excited. Abhyankar, who hails from Pune, who considers Chennai to be one of the pillars of classical music in the country, says, “This won’t be like a regular kutcheri. The music has been customised with guitars and piano. So, though it will be classical in its soul, it will be highly entertaining, too, with contemporary sounds. It will be a pleasant surprise for the audience.”
Designed by sound engineer Sai Shravanam (known for his work in the Oscar-winning track for Life of Pi), and Rajkumar Bharathi, a singer and music composer, the concert is being held in aid of education for underprivileged girls and support of retired artistes. “Through an initiative called Smrutha Dhvani, we support the cause of retiring artistes with lifelong pensions so that they are able to lead dignified lives with monthly support. They feel valued and we are so glad people come in large numbers to our concerts to show support,” concludes Ranjini Manian, founder-CEO of Global Adjustments.
Tonight, from 7.30 pm, at The Music Academy. Tickets from Rs 200 to Rs 3,000. Details: in.bookmyshow.com
—Preethi Ann Thomas