Saturday, August 26

Gee, can she sing

The song is not even two minutes, ephemeral as the scent of jasmine carried on a sudden breeze, her voice as effortless and quiet as a night sky revealing a canopy of stars.

I don't know her name or anything about her; she could be a professional singer, even a famous Indian movie 'playback' singer -- or simply a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba who sings exquisitely 

"Bhajans from Sundaram Group Chennai (Madras) - Part 1"

First bhajan on the video, Sathya Sai Baghavan 

She sings again, musical intro starting at the 8:45 mark; Kesava Madhava. Unlike the earlier bhajan she sang, the melody for this one at certain parts is excruciatingly hard to sing. She pulls it off -- effortlessly, which makes me wonder again if she isn't a professional, although I've heard professionals who couldn't get near her technical mastery, which is characterized by effortlessness. 

Then again, she could be a talented amateur, but maybe one who studied for years with a music guru specializing in carnatic singing. If so, I'd like to know the name of that guru in addition to her name.

I am over-analyzing the scent of jasmine. 


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