Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tara's first concert in Bengaluru!

Tara gave her first Hindustani vocal concert in Bengaluru. She feels very happy about it.

She is learning music from Geetaji. Her husband G S Hegde, while employed in a Bank, is also a well known Tabla player. As a music enthusiast, he has also formed an organisation called Sapthak with a purpose to promote and encourage 'young' artists by giving them a platform to sing. Sapthak arranges a concert every 4 weeks at Hegde's residence. Hegdes' have built a hall on their terrace specially for this purpose and it can accommodate about 150 people. A laudable effort.

They are also parents of Dhananjay Hegde who has made a name for himself as an accomplished singer of classical Vocal Hindustani music. (You can see his website by clicking on his name!)

Tara was invited to sing on Sunday the 24th and I am glad I advanced my flight from Bangkok to specifically attend her concert! She did well and said she felt comfortable singing and feels more confident after this concert. She sang for an hour and that is the longest she has performed so far in a public concert!

Hegdeji while introducing Tara spoke of her enthusiasm for music at an young age of 60 and her significant contribution in bringing classical Hindustani music to Bangkok. Below are some pictures thanks to Sapthak.







A few of our friends and relatives attended. Many heard Tara for the first time and were happy with her performance!

Then today Mr. Hegde called to tell us about the coverage of this concert by a Kannada paper Vijaya Karnataka! That was an unexpected and a pleasant surprise!

25 comments:

rama said...

Well done, Tara! May this be a start to a wonderful journey in music.

Varsha Nair said...

Congratulations Tara! Our loss is Bengaluru's gain... Varsha

Arunabha Ghosh said...

Really nice to read about Tara Aunty's concert. Sapthak seems to be a great initiative and the performance hall on the terrace looks great. Kudos to Aunty and the Hegdes. It was lovely to see you and Aunty in Bangalore - we look forward to the next visit.

venkatesh_mohini said...

congrats Tara aunty! Nice pictures.

Godha said...

Hi Tara Aunty,
I missed your first concert in B'lore. Good luck for more concerts in B'lore!
Godha

Aditi said...

Tara Aunty it took you less than 6 months to become famous in Bangalore--press coverage already! Congratulations and how about bringing the next concert to Bombay?!

prati said...

Congrats Tara, It was great to learn about your concert in Bengaluru. Keep it up. Maybe I'll be able to attend one of them when I'm there next.
Nidhi, Good coverage, nice blog (as always), and great pics. Thanks.
Prasan.

Satish Gadagkar said...

Congratulations!
Keep it up!
Satish

Srihari and Vidya said...

Tara,
Congratulations!!
Hari & Vidya

Prasad and Kamala said...

Hi Nidhi and Tara: Congrats on the performance. Nidhi I thought you would post her performance so that we could hear Tara sing. Sorry I could not read the newspaper coverage as my knowledge in Kannada has long been wiped out. Anyway I got a thrill to see the coverage in the newspaper. It reminded me of my football days when I used to wait for the Newspaper to see what kind of review the newspaper would give and how many times they would mention my name. All the best Tara and many more performances. Prasads

Sriram N L said...

Where exactly was the concert held in Bangalore? May this be the precursor to many more, attracting larger audiences every time! Can't read the Kannada article, is there an online link?

Gayathri said...

Already in the papers!! - But why am I not surprised?? Am ever so delighted. May be we now have to seriously think of inviting you to Bangkok for a concert - how wonderful would that be?

Gopal said...

Congratulations Aunty,

Best wishes,
Kaveri and Gopal

Arun said...

Tara, after the legacy for encouraging the performing arts that you leave behind, it is really great to see that you are able to use a platform already set up in Bengaluru- all the very best for more performances there and hopes for perhaps one in good old Bangkok too!

Vivek said...

Auntie, this is really cool - name in the papers in such a short time in India! And that too while juggling a full time job! :-)

Uncle, thanks for the story and pics...

See you both later this month!

Neil Kagalwala said...

great job on your concert Tara Pati; and what raag did you sing?
XMYLV6

Jay said...

Congrats Tara Shithi... I think you have magic in your voice...Well Done

la said...

great going tara aunty....i'm sure u will be doing many more like this!

Vasantha said...

Dear Tara & Nidhi,

Congratulations. I am very happy to see you performing in Bengaluru already. Keep it up.Hope to attend some concert later.

With love and all best wishes,

Vasantha

Pinky Bhusry said...

Congratulations ! Again I wish I could hear her sing .


(Hope you will either at Bangkok or in Bengaluru--- Nidhi)

Jayashree Mani said...

Congrats aunty.. Mummy was telling me that it was awesome .. What ragas did you sing?

J

Tara Srinidhi said...

Hi Jayashree
I sang Marubehag and a Bhajan in Bhatiyar--
Tara Aunty

Shobana Velamoor said...

Congratulations Tara! Hope there are many more concerts and hope to attend one.

Shobana.

Aruna Bagga said...

Congratulations! very glad that you are spreading hindustani classical music everywhere u go... cheers!!!

jayshree said...

congratulations.it was expected from you,iam not surprised that you are already a big name in Bengaluru