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    The fifth edition of Aikya by Global Adjustments sees poetry added to the usual dance-music package

    Though December is considered the best time of the year for classical music, Chennai has its landmark concerts too. This week sees the fifth edition of Aikya, a cultural extravaganza by Global Adjustments. Launched in 2010, the event is a platform to showcase Indian culture in a unifying way through music. Global Adjustments has a big expat following so it is no surprise to see many of them in the audience. “Last year, the managing director of BMW was in the front row with his family. They think it is the Indian version of the Grammys and they love the show, whether they understand the language or not,” says Ranjini Manian, founder and CEO of Global Adjustments.

    Classical meets cinema
    “Each year sees a variety of themes —from human conflict to gender balance. This year’s theme is Journey of Love, with performances by Carnatic singer Sikkil Gurucharan, famous for his collaborations with Anil Srinivasan,  and Shweta Mohan, who is well known for her tracks in Tamil movies. Also look out for music and sound director Sai Shravanam, who was a part of the Oscar-winning team of Life of Pi. Finally, the evening will also see a performance by Bharatnatyam dancer Priyadarshini Govind, also the director of Kalakshetra. Before the show ends, there will be a poetry session by Rajkumar Bharti, the grandson of freedom fighter, Subramanya Bharathi. According to Gurucharan, this year’s Aikya is unique and has classical and cinema music intertwined.

    “I am working with Shweta Mohan for the first time and I grew up with Sai in school. This is going to be an interesting rendition,”says the singer, who is looking forward to the string orchestra, “I   love the Western orchestra and compositions by musicians like Beethoven and Mozart. The music will enhance both classic music and old cinema songs,” he points out. Meanwhile, Mohan says, “When I performed with Ilayaraja, we had an orchestra of 50. Now we are working with just 20. This is challeneging and has been a great learning experience.”

    Brand Aikya
    “This year will have music, abhinaya and poetry,” says  Manian, who is working on making Aikya a national event in the next five years. “Aikya has become a brand over the past four editions. We are rasikas but we differ from the kutcheri format,” says Manian. As for the selection of artistes, she says, “These are artistes who are known for full houses and perform to packed halls.”
    The evening will see the launch of coffee table book on Indian dance and music. At Music Academy, on March 28, at 7.30 pm. Details: 7299912607

    — Mrinalini Sundar

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