REVIEW FOR SRI SATYA SAI BABA'S BIRTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
Devotees who gathered at Sivam to celebrate the birthday celebrations of Sri
Satya Sai Baba were treated to a melodious flute concert by the Sikkil Sisters.
The very sight of these sisters with the flute and beginning to render those mesmeric
harmonies delighted the onlookers, and as the music cascaded, the audience were
swept into an entrancing spell. And then it did not matter what raga, what composition
or tala they choose to play - what mattered was only the pure windy music. Everyone
seemed to agree that only the music of the flute is capable of such a magical
spell, and that too only when it is rendered in unison like the Sikkil Sisters
can do it.
Thyagaraja's poetry seems to be the in thing with all musicians. The sisters commenced traditionally with Natakuranji Varnam in two level speeds. Muthu Swamy Dikshitar's "Vatapi Ganapatim Bhaje" in the melody of Hamsadhwani with a brief Ragalapana followed by some unique compositions of Tyagaraja like "Govardhana" in Hindola, "Bhavanata" in Mohana and "Inta Soukhyame" in Kapi were elaborated with flowing Swara Kalpanas. Violinist VV Srinivas, Percussionist Swamy and Ghatam artist Nemani Somayajulu accompanied the artists.