A Fan's Appreciation By Email
Note from one of our fans - Karthik Ramakrishnan
I stumbled onto your music almost three years back, when my friend suggested 'Vellai Pookkal-Vatapi' medley. A perpetual sucker for the violin, I got roped into the track fairly quickly and I raided your SoundCloud page; that is when I came across your cover of 'Nila Kaigirathu'. I have to admit that I was stumped by the track; your rendition was mesmerizing to the point of putting my mind in limbo; I am not exaggerating. I began to listen to it in the dark, in the wee hours of the day, with silence all around me, except for the notes from your violin. The track remains, till date, one of my favorites of your work.
A few months back, I listened to IndoSoul. Right of the bat, I loved 'Boundless'. The carefree creativity that sprung out from those notes was astoundingly beautiful and it hypnotized me. 'A Saranga Convergence' is a brilliant give-and-take between the band members, an escalating, intercalating ride that pulsates the musical appetite till the very end.'Rejoicing in Raghuvamsa' was beautifully rendered; like you often say, a happy song that transcends many emotions. A fantastic rendition.
I recently attended the concert of 'Karthick Iyer Live' at The Music Academy, Chennai; I have to say that the band's live performance of the album felt no different from the recorded versions; the renditions seemed so perfect, and uplifting too. Right from the beginning, with the rambunctious Boundless and to the Rahman and Raja interludes till the Saranga Convergence, Viswanathan Velai Vendum-Rum Bum Bum and Raghuvamsa, the concert was lipsmackingly good. I didn't want it to end.
What particularly caught my eye during the concert was how happy you all seemed on the stage- that radiated right through to the audience! Also, Sumesh Narayanan and Ramkumar Kanakarajan are such hyper, enthusiastic musicians- an addictive enthusiasm!
I wanted to drop in a line- well, a rather long note- to congratulate the band on a wonderful concert and an excellent album. I have been a big fan of the way Karthick Iyer makes his violin speak and the concert underlined my awe!
Great going guys!