Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Devarnama that I will never forget !

Year 1990. First year at college. Occasion : College Day Celebrations.

We, as freshers, were just hanging around on that day, trying to get accustomed to all the unfamiliar faces around us.

I was suddenly asked to go up on stage and render a song as a filler between two programmes.

It was a Purandara Dasar Devarnama that I chose to sing, in Raga Hamsanandhi. Borrowing a Sruthi Box from someone there, I started singing.

The moment I started singing, there were a lot of boos and woos from the students in the audience. Amidst all the din, I managed to finish the song and get off the stage.
I shed a few silent tears and for a moment, felt very insecure in that atmosphere. But the very next moment, I made up my mind that I would get myself noticed very soon and prove myself.

In the subsequent months, there were numerous important occasions at college, where I was asked to render the invocation song and things were totally different by the end of the first semester ! Students started enjoying the small bhajans and Tamil songs that I rendered during the College Assembly. I was soon identified as "singer" Gayathri belonging to I year, Maths Department ! (I was anyway S.Gayathri then and so this looked very apt :-) )

Very often, I bump into a lot of my college mates - be it in temples, malls or at the doctor's clinic. They immediately recollect the songs that I used to sing at college..
In retrospect, this particular incident in 1990 made me take a vow and my subsequent days and years at college were very enjoyable, fruitful and memorable.

Why am I writing all this now? - I sang this above said Purandara Dasar Devarnama at a concert two days back and my thoughts went back to this particular incident. Hence this post !

4 comments:

Sathej said...

Nice nostalgic recollections :) true, certain things stay forever in one's mind..
Sathej

Prasanna said...

Hi,

Kudos to your determination in winning your friends over to your side!

But,this does make us ponder over dwindling appreciation-levels for carnatic music.What in your views can take this great music tradition to the current generation? Considering we face increased on-slaught from cheaper means of entertainment through the media in general and idiot-box in particular.

Regards,
Prasanna

Anonymous said...

Now I know......I used to be at the boo-woo club in College or other areas.....never realised pain at the other side.

Realised very very late, by then it was a stage of adolescent to adult....no time to do the correction.....

mmmm....your blog took me to my teen days :)

Kam' Sharma

Anonymous said...

Great!!! I enjoyed listening to your song... Kudos