Raga is a fantastic carnatic singer.Ever since I've known her I always wanted to attend her concert.Now,here is the chance, she got an opportunity to provide vocal support to a leading carnatic singer, Ananth Sarma.
Both of us felt it is a wonderful privilege to share stage with such an accomplished singer of our times.However we were wary of how his wife might spoil our happiness.With a meager knowledge about singing she is used to pampering of all wannabe singers who wanted Ananth Sarma's attention.She even insisted Raga to put a garland around her neck,once Ananth Sarma's felicitation was done.
It was a packed concert,Which started with varanams and lot of expermentation on raagas,and patrons were enjoying and more than any one else I was enjoying live music by Raga.
Looking at a lot of flashes going on there suddenly something flashed in my mind.Raga wanted me to click some photographs of her in her green saree,in which she was looking dashing and was the centripetal force of the event.I called up my brother to fetch a camera.
Once Ananth Sarma was done,He asked Raga to continue the concert .Startled at Ananth Sarma's gesture Raga was about to start. Only if Mrs Sarma had not interrupted and expressed her interest to sing in the event.I was terribly disappointed and angry too. Amidst all the booing and paper cup throwing Mrs Sharma was relentlessly trying, mincing and butchering the song ,while Raga as promised to Mrs Sharma was supporting her with all her modesty.
Swara alapana is the crown part in the carnatic songs,Raga could not tolerate Mrs Sharma butcher the song and took over and sung the swaram ri ri ga ma ri ga ma pa ma ga ma ri sa riiii.............. so fast and so clear and so accurate that the crowd jumped from their seats and burst into applause,Ananth Sarma himself came over and blessed Raga.My eyes became wet,Proud,just to know her.
While I was in parking Raga came to me running with a huge bunch of flowers in her hand