This was an evening that both the audience and the artists enjoyed thoroughly. The violin duo gave a simply splendid recital that captivated the audience. And there can be no doubt that this also made those who had not turned up wish that they had, thanks to word of mouth.
Following usual tradition, the concert lasted 3 hours, with a break after 1.5 hours. Secretary Lakshmi made the welcome address and Shrividya presented the vote of thanks. President Radhika and vice-president Ravi presented the artists with mementoes after the show.
NZIFS committee members with the artists (L to R): Chris (treasurer), Sridhar Chari (artist - mridangist), Radhika (president), Narayani (committee member), Lakshmi (secretary), violin duo Lalitha and Nandini and Ravi (vice-president). Absent: Palani (committee member).
Speaking to the NZIFS Reporter after the show, Lalitha and Nandini commented on how much they had enjoyed performing in Wellington. “It was a very satisfying experience to have such an audience. We, as artists, can always tell a lot from the audience’s response – it is a two-way process – and we can give our best only when have an audience that is so responsive as Wellington’s has been.”
"Our thanks to NZIFS, who have a whole bunch of enthusiasts promoting Carnatic music,” Nandini added. “These are the things that keep our music and culture alive.”
And there can be no doubt that we, in this corner of the Antipodes, are indeed lucky to be able to have artists of such calibre perform here.
And as usual, our thanks go to those who continuously support and help us - members, volunteers and friends.