OK guys, here is a small report on how
things went in the concert of PS on Saturday. I didn't get a chance
to check the forum on Sunday.
The concert was supposed to start at 7.00 pm but it started late
at 7.50 pm!! All of us were sitting there not knowing exactly what
the heck was happening. Apparently there were some technical difficulties
with the microphones and things could not be adjusted quickly. It
was such a lame excuse because there were just 4 or 5 mics to adjust.
In any case, PS actually came in on time at 6.55 pm or so. But
then the poor lady had to sit there for this stupid problem. Then
at 7.50 she goes to the stage and does a namaskaram to the audience.
She then touches the ground and then to her forehead (bowing to
bhoodevi) and starts off with "Shuklaambaradharam vishnum" -
Her first song was a 60s song in the praise of Lord Venkateshwara
symbolizing the venue of the concert - the Pittsburgh SVTemple auditorium.
She then sang a lot of old melodies alone and accompanied by a few
other singers. These guys were also present at the Atlanta concert.
I could recognize some faces from the GATS website. Some of them
include Thulasi divya, Michael, Dr.Haranath etc.
Out of the total 32 pieces sung, there were 24-25 PS songs and
the rest by the others. This was because the audience (including
me!) were shouting for only old songs and only in her voice.
Now about her voice: What a voice!! I don't have words to explain
her still-honeyfilled-beautiful voice. I was so thrilled to listen
to those old melodies all over again. Isn't she 70+. Boy, she was
so enthusiastic in rendering her songs. Why don't people use her
voice atleast for the aged characters in the movie?
More than anything else, she was so hilarious and jocular on the
stage. At one point, the mic that she was holding stopped working,
then she says "Oh, looks like this mic doesn't like my song,
what to do, we have to do it all over again when the mic comes back
again" and then for another song when the same thing happened
again, she immediately caught hold of her co-singer's mic and finished
the song. Then she says jokingly " Ayyo, is this how it is
in america, do artists have to sing with only one mic?". We
were having so much fun with her on the stage.
She has such a beautiful voice. May she sing for many more years.
Before I went to the concert, I was really concerned for her health
and wondering how she might sing for that long.
I even got a chance to talk to her at the end of the show. She
was so sweet and asked me what I was doing. Also told her that I
do a little bit of singing and am a great fan of hers. She immediately
asked me why I didn't get on to the stage and sing with her. What
could I say?
Anyway, it was a memorable memorable evening. Just wished, we didn't
have the initial mic problem. If anyone needs the list of the songs
she sang, I have it and I can post it.
Excuse me for any typos and missing words.