After many years, I performed a Mini Carnatic Vocal Concert as a part of Saveca’s Diwali festival. For the past five years, most of my musical performing has been singing for dance – something that is slowly becoming second nature to me. Considering I only had a real week of practicing after my trip to Colombia, and I didn’t have time to get any feedback from my teachers or my musical seniors prior to the concert, I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. Over the past 5 years I have come a long way, but I still have a long way to go. I’m looking forward to the journey.
Note: I wasn’t able to download all the pieces, including my main raagam, but I hope you enjoy this excerpt.
One of our close family friends Kumar uncle is a great pianist, so his 60th birthday party would not have been complete without a family jam session! Here is Kumar uncles rendition of “Ninnukori Varnam”, with me doing the vocals.
Nearly four years ago, I was the president of the “Math Society” at my University. As one of our final events that year, we had our very first charity talent night, where I had also sung “Hallelujah“.
One of the VP’s happened to be a professional Highland Dancer, so we decided to put together a last minute fusion performance. It was pretty fun choreographing in the Hallways outside our Society Office, and it makes me miss campus life.
This past summer I sang for a Bharathanatyam Arangetram, a ‘graduation’ solo performance of a classical Indian dancer who has been training for many years. What originally was a daunting task has now become a summer staple. I have been learning Carnatic music for nearly 15 years, and Bharathanatyam for over 10, so singing for dance was a natural next step.
The first clip is a Ganesh Song that I sang to kick off the performance. The song Sri Mahaganapathim Bhaje Hum is in raagam Ataana.
The second song is a Bengali Song Nrityero Tale Tale, which was chosen specifically for the Bengali Student. This is a beautiful Rabindra Sangeet, which was definitely my pride and joy of the concert. It was my first Rabindra Sangeet, my first song in Bengali, and my ‘source’ was a YouTube Video. I had to listen to each word very carefully, and enlist some Bengali family friends to help me with my diction.
The next is an excerpt of two other songs that I sang.
I have already signed up for an Arangetram next summer, so there will be more to come :)
As mentioned in this post about our Annual Charity Talent night, I not only performed one song along with Stephen and Nick, but I performed two! Our second song called “Maa” from the Hindi Movie Taare Zameen Par. This song was originally composed by Shankar-Ehsan-Loy and sung by Shankar Mahadevan himself (Who was introduced in this post), so though I could never even compare to that kindof amazingness, here is my own humble attempt.
The tempo did start a little slow, but I personally thing the song still turned out great. Stephen and Nick provided some amazingly soulful music, which really fit well with the song.
A couple of years ago, I recorded this song along with a Karaoke I found online and sent it to my mom for mothers day. She was so happy!
In March of 2011, back when I was on the Math Society at my University, we raised over $650 for the local women shelter. And we did it all in ONE evening thanks to the Annual Charity Talent Night. The Charity Talent night was not only for a great cause, but it was also very entertaining!
Myself, Stephen and Nick banded together for the first time after “Hallelujah” in 2010. We performed two songs, and the first one was Boulevard of Broken dreams. In all honestly, my role in this song was practically non-existent, and the full credit goes to Steve and Nick. I did enjoy singing the Harmony on the chorus though. Steve taught it to me, and it sounded great! Though Steve, Nick and myself are in three different cities doing three different things, we had a great time when we were all at University together and I hope that it’s not the last time we can all jam :)
So the video was a little bit off sync, and it looks like we’re awkwardly talking for the entire video. I promise it was us!
I will be posting the second song shortly. I know this is already a huge delay, but there was a problem with the video format and I had to do some converting and editing. Which is why the video got a little messed up and my posting got delayed. As soon as the second part is done I will post it :)
Last year, I performed Kaisi Paheli Zindagani for our University Diwali Dinner and it was a huge crowd pleaser (You can find the lyrics here). This past weekend I re performed it for the “Panorama India Idol“. I didn’t have much time to prepare, which is why I decided to go with a song I knew.
I didn’t make it past elimination rounds, but I’d like to think that the audience enjoyed the performance regardless. I definitely had a good time.