At Raga Sudha hall, live music is back but concerts are canned and webcast

B. Jayalakshmi, who is the heart and soul of Raga Sudha Hall on Luz Avenue, the hub of music and performing arts concerts is glad a series of Carnatic music concerts are being recorded at this cosy auditorium and webcast to rasikas all over again.

“I’m just hoping that we can have a time when at least limited audience is allowed at concerts¬† but the state has to relax the rules for this to happen,” she says on the day a vocal concert of Vignesh Ishwar is being recorded here.

Jayalakshmi often gets calls from people who dedicate concerts to their loved ones or to their gurus, asking her to arrange these concerts and paying for them and these calls have continued since the day pandemic-time rules were relaxed some weeks ago.

Partnering Parivadini, she arranges for these in-house concerts to be webcast after they are recorded.

Recently, Ramapriya Arts Foundation, which is made up of a small team of people which curates concerts hosted three in a row at this hall, which included one by the Mambalam Sisters ( all these concerts are available on the Parivadini Music YouTube channel).

Meanwhile, Jayalakshmi has been digging into the music archives of ‘Naada Inbam’, the arts promotion body her late father S V Krishnan founded here even as he built this auditorium in the shadow of the verdant Nageswara Rao Park.

“We have begun posting online some unique music concerts of the past,” she says. “We put out one by Dr. Ritha Rajan and lots of people have listened to it.”

These too will be featured on the Parivadini channel.

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