Did Gurucharan sing koniyADe or Sri subhrahmaNyAya namastE? In the limited time that I watched, one thing I noticed was that there wasn't much of an interaction among those on stage. Was it because Gurucharan sings with his eyes closed half the time? Also recall a beautiful return by NAgai for one of the AlApanAs. Which one?
Taking in too much music coupled with memory retention rate of octogenarians is possibly it. How I wish some from the younger set had joined us in reporting!It's not late.
Yes, the venu, veena, violin program was so very pleasing to the ears. Mala's playing brings back memories of her mother and aunt, of course. By the way, two Sikkils in a row at Cleveland--nephew and aunt. They would have heard each other (doesn't happen often under the same aegis). Murari's violin sounded sweet. What also pleased and surprised me was the veena. What liveliness! Just as we appreciate various voices and styles in vocal singing, there is room for appreciating different styles in the playing of the ancient instrument. Purists, don't frown. There is room for all. Isn't variety is the spice of life? Of course, it doesn't mean bringing down the quality of the music. They were excellent, pooling together their talents in playing dEva dEva deliciously (which I heard fully).
I have heard quite a bit about Akshay Padmanabhan, but listened only to a little bit of his singing. Too little to have a good idea about his singing...