Sunday, 15 January 2017

Broadcasting from Thiruvaiyaru

All India Radio is a core part of the Aradhana: broadcasting the music to the far corners. It's staff from Tiruchi and from Chennai spend long hours recording the recitals over the five days of the Aradhana and put out excerpts even as the Aradhana is on here in Thiruvaiyaru.

On Saturday, two concerts went out on AIR's National Programme of Music late in the evening. They were by vocalist Sikkil Gurucharan and violinist Dr Narmadha, who is also a graded AIR artiste and Chennai staffer.

To get the radio broadcast feel to the AIR stream we drove out of the Big Mantap campus and on to the Thanjavur road, parked our car near a field and switched on the car radio. In that quiet, chill night the music had its own charm, much different from the rather eardrum splitting audio level that marks the recitals at the Big Mantap.

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