Monday, December 01, 2014

Kalaa Utsavam 2014 - MAATI BAANI! 29th - 30th November

I've been attending Kalaa Utsavam festival events since 2010. I thought I'd miss out on this year's because I didn't find the programme line-up "interesting"... I should've read more about them! I missed out on a dance choreographed by the awesome Leela Samson... kinda heartbreaking...

Then  I found out that my favourite Indian fusion-folk-funk band would be performing in Singapore. I clicked on the "free programmes" link and I saw - MAATI BAANI. Oh my heart. I still cannot believe it was free, over three straight days! I'd pay to see them perform live!

I'm the kind who'd attend performances multiple times when I've the opportunity, so I attended twice (I'd go thrice if I hadn't any Parent-Teacher Meet). The two performances were special in their own ways. The first I attended had three sets - the first was a set where Nirali Kartik performed classical music, accompanied by Mihir Kunduji on tabla and Srinath Iyer on violin and the audience were an exciting bunch, whereas the second performance had only two sets, better sound quality, and had unfamiliar songs. Both performances were MINDBLOWING.

I would love to go into details, but words will do no justice. I left with cold fingers, shaken by the phenomenal performance. If I could describe their music, it'd be - beauty, respect, reverence, love, humility, FUN, and explosive. 

Also, I loved the company I had on both nights :D What would I do without these awesome people? 

Last night.

With Mooralala Marwada, a tanpura player from Gujarat.
Let not this picture fool you - he has a cheerful presence!

With Nirali Kartik, there's so much beauty in her.

I'm sitting here, with my cup of fennel tea, and am still astounded by the whole experience. I remember, some time ago, wishing to see Maati Baani perform live. And now, I have. This experience reminded me of a quote in Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist: “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” And from the Qur'an, "If you are thankful, I will certainly give you more." Alhamdulillah. :)

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