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Thursday, July 12, 2012

SPB, Chitra for the soul




SPB, Chitra for the soul


It was one of those concerts where technical glitches were overlooked, elaborate sound-checks forgiven and the blistering heat of the auditorium ignored. Singers S P Balasubramaniam and K S Chitra took their audience to a whole different world with their rendition of classics from the ’80s and ’90s at the Nehru Indoor Stadium on Saturday. The concert, Idhaya Geethangal, was organised in aid of Sri Sankara Foundation.
The veteran singers didn’t require any time to settle into their groove. Right from his first song Chinna Mani Kuyile (Amman Koyil Kizhakkale), SPB had his fans up on their feet for four straight hours.
Chitra joined SPB for Aaalapol Velapol from Ejaman for the pair’s first duet. If not for the fact that SPB’s voice sounded just as majestic in the 1993 original or because of his impromptu variations, it must have been that it was the first Rajini track of the evening, that shouts of requests from all corners of the stadium immediately filled the air. Enthused by the response they received for their first Superstar number, the duo followed it up with Adi Vaanmathi (Siva).
Though SPB said he didn’t remember the first duet that he sang with Chitra for a film, as the opening strains of Kaalam kaalamaaga.. from Kamal’s Punnagai Mannan played out, the loud roar from the eager audience confirmed that they had definitely not forgotten the evergreen song.
When the duo sang Naan Pogiren.. from the 2010 thriller Naanayam, not only did they give the young crowd in the audience a chance to finally scream for a reason they understood, but also proved that they definitely are timeless musical geniuses. A must mention is the duet between SPB and his son Charan. As they sang Ayyayyo Nenju (Aadukalam), the crowd couldn’t help but sway in amazement.
Highlights of the evening included a mesmerising Padariyen (Sindhu Bhairavi) and Ovvoru Pookalume (Autograph) by Chitra, Mandram Vandha (Mouna Raagam) and Mannil Indha Kadhal (Keladi Kanmani) by SPB and Anjaji Anjali.. from the duo that received a unanimous standing ovation.
SPB said that despite the fact that they made mistakes on stage, the audience showered them with applause because of the love they had for them and for good music. “The audience definitely knows that we’re making mistakes up here,” he said. But little did he know that with each of the songs, the singers only put their fans in a deeper reverie, making them oblivious to anything but the musical strains of nostalgia.

Photos and Writeup Thanks to  New Indian Express

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