A prominent dancer is getting ready for her program at a dance festival. The vocalist calls in saying she wont be able to make it “Family problems!!!” The stunned dancer recovers and finds a student with whom she has to make do.
At this place, there are no violinists, the violinist is flown in from neighboring Country (Parents pay for the airfare and the fee). The lonesome Mridangist is supposed to make good the occasion!!! That escalated the arangetram costs people pronounce..
“Are we any less than the Silicon Valley fellows?” Why shouldn’t we expect a good pay?, questions a musician…
Why not CD?
Anitam Ratnam uses them! “High quality CD’s are way better than “sumar” singing says a teen. A middle aged traditionalist says,” cha what is a dance program without live music”
I ask a talented dancer if the mallari wouldnt look a tad more refined if it was sung at a slighlty slower tempo..
“Akka, it was a commercial recording, they put in as many as possible for economic factors. If I made one to my own choreography a margam would cost me Rs. 30,000!” She sighs and adds who pays me for it though. This will do!
A student checks with her teacher if a commercial recording can be used for performance at school? Go ahead says the teacher, otherwise who would even think of buying those CD’s she quips. They look like Tollywood pieces she smirks because of the speed..
Current forums have suggested training/using upcoming carnatic musicians. One friend says, ” oh she flatly refused to sing for dance, dosent want to spoil her voice ! Even veterans are upset about their stint accompanying the dancers”
“My guru dosent give casettes easily and she dosent let me share them” sadly confesses a dancer to a friend afraid that would end their comradeship.
Well the problem is multidimensional alright..
Using of amateurs trained in carnatic music vocal/instrumental/mridangam seems like a good option as suggested in a few forums, at least where quality artists are unavailable or unaffordable for the particular event . But practice and relearning a few aspects may be necessary and should be taken in the right spirits.
So if you are are a trained carnatic musician(vocalist or instrumentalist) and would like to try accompanying dancers, please leave your details here
- Your name and age
- City/Country of residence
- Your specialisation (vocal/which instrument)
- Your training details/how long have you trained/experience etc.
- Contact email/website URL.
As Ashwini comments, “VDS Arts Academy” has a registry of upcoming musicians and dancers. You could try contacting them for suggestions at :
VDS Arts Academy
(Arts wing of Muthukrishnan Memorial Club),
20,IV Lane, Nungambakkam High Road, Chennai – 600034.
Phone: 044 – 28117485 / 24333746 / 28142359 / 94441 72342