I just want to say that this performance proved to me that music can lift the saddened spirit. Mrs. and Mr. Amnesiac spent $25 each for an evening of wonderful Carnatic devotional music, with all proceeds going to assist volunteer efforts in Japan's devastated Fukushima region.
The soaring vocals of Smt. Sangeetha Swaminathan, with accompaniment by Shri. Shriram Brahmanandam on mrudangam and Smt. Lakshmi Balasubramaniam on violin held us in rapture for over two hours. The trio wasted no time, diving into deep playing within seconds of the start of the concert; this standard remained present throughout the proceedings. Carnatic music, with its ancient base of song-fueled improvisation, is truly remarkable and wonderful to hear.
The deep improvisatory interplay gave much inspiration to this tired and frustrated reporter. It was humbling to be inside of the beautiful space of the M.A. Center, whose credo, "Embrace the World", rings true, even during the tougher spells that come our way.