The chirping of birds at dawn being drowned by the blaring horns of automobiles whizzing by is a daily phenomenon in metropolis life. In such a situation, when a singer on the road breaks right into a kirtan or abhang that rises above the din, it comes as a breadth of recent air. These nomadic singers journey spherical varied components of cities, sustaining themselves on the contributions of beneficiant souls who reply to their music.
How would it not be to listen to their musical expressions within the closed environs of a inventive area, with a focussed viewers? This thought led to a night of music titled ‘Street Surrender’, the place two bards Ambanna and Ramachandra featured in a collaboration between Aalaap and Ashvita Art Gallery.
The harmonium and tabla saved tempo with the highly effective voice of Ambanna as he forged a spell on the listeners along with his fast-paced rendition of the favored Brindavan Sarang composition ‘Hari Mhana Tumhe Govinda Mhana’. The tempo slowed right down to a melodic aircraft with the tune ‘Sada enna hrudaya dalli’, a well-liked tune within the Hindustani musical circuit, which was rendered by Ambanna with devotional fervour, even whereas sustaining the classicism of the composition.
The uncooked power and rustic high quality of Ramachandra’s voice was a definite distinction to Ambanna’s refined rendition. From the prayer ‘Shantakaram bhujagasayanam ‘ to the concluding tune ‘Bhagyada lakshmi baramma’, his whole sublimation to his artwork, and the resultant emotional outpouring of music, struck an emotional chord.
Hailing from Kodla village in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi district, the 2 artistes belong to a standard household of avenue artistes, and grew up studying and imbibing their musical heritage from their dad and mom. The huge repertoire of abhangs and kirtans they sing — starting from the compositions of Namdev, Thukaram and Akka Mahadevi — has been handed on to them by the oral custom.
The singers shifted base to Chennai a few years in the past, to seek out sustenance with their artwork. They journey to totally different components of the town each morning between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., singing and incomes their livings. “We are the final to observe this custom. It is a troublesome life, which is why our kids are being educated to pursue totally different professions, they are saying.
The full-throated singing of Ramachandra and Ambanna wants extra such platforms to foster a practice. Like the Manganiyars who discovered acceptance within the efficiency circuit, the people custom that Ramachandra and Ambanna are holding alive additionally wants help within the kind of alternatives to carry out.
The writer is a Chennai-based freelance author.