Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Getting creative on 11-11-11

My twitter timeline was getting filled with 11/11 tweets and I could not resist adding the Carnatic music dimension to the whole thing. So I began with the following tweet

"If I had a concert today I would have sung an RTP in Kokilapriya - Melakarta no 11 :)"


Immediately I got the following response from Ashok

 In a 11-beat tala with the pallavi having 11 syllables in its verse"
That got me going with this 
"Ok getting creative now - A thematic concert on the 11th melakarta and its janyas featuring 11 songs with mrudangist playing the 11 nadai"

Then I started thinking generally about thematics and how with a bit of planning we could have had a one day festival on the 11/11 theme with the following thematic concerts/programs

9.00 - 10.00 am - "The musical significance of the number 11" A lecture demosntration

11 minute coffee break

11.11 - Group chanting for 11 seconds of the rhythmic syllable "th ka thi mi tha ka janu tha ki ta"

11.12 - 12 noon - The difference between the Tyagaraja & Dikshitar schools in the handling of the 11th Melakarta - A special talk

12 noon - 1.00 pm - RTP concert in Kokilapriya with a 11 akshara talam.

Lunch break - Special menu with 11 items

2.00 - 3.00 - A group rendition of the "Ekadasa Rudra kritis" of ES Sankaranarayana Iyer by a group of 11 singers

3.00 - 4.00 - A special tiruppugazh concert with focus on the 11 akshara chandam and its different possible divisions like 4+7, 5+6, 3+8 & 2+9

4.00 - 5.00 - Special tala vadya concert featuring a 11 akshara talam in a 11nadai with a special 11 akshara kuraippu featuring 11 different percussion instruments

5.00 - 6.00 - Honouring 11 great artistes with a cash award of Rs 1,11,111.11

6.00 - 7.00 -  Release of the book "11 11th century personalities in Carnatic music" and audio visual presentaion

7.00 - 8.00 - 111 akshara talam - The modern reply to Simhanandanam - A special presentation

8.00 - 9.51  - 111 garland of ragas - A concert featuring 111 different ragas performed for 111 minutes

Admission - Rs 111/-
Venue - Any auditorium in Chennai - 11


December 2011 Season Schedule