I was fortunate to attend the concert of S.Aishwarya in the Auditorium of Indian Consultate today morning. It was a real pleasant treat for the ears as she sings so well.
S.Aishwarya is the Great Grand Daughter of the legend Smt.M.S.Subbulakshmi and when I heard the Concert I felt as correctly mentioned by the compere "the legacy continues...". Aishwarya is the Grand Daughter of Smt.Radha Viswanathan and whenever we listen to the great M.S.Subbulakshmi songs we will get to hear the voice of Radha Viswanathan who was a pillar of support for the legendar MS Amma.
S.Aishwarya gave her first solo concert in 2007 when she was only 11 years old. She has given more than 200 concerts in the last seven years. At the age of 17 she really sings very well. S.Aishwarya is truly a rising star and will be one of the most renowned singers in Carnatic Music circuit in the years to come.
I was completely mesmerised by the singing and some parts of her singing clearly resembled the great MS Amma - not surprising at all. It was a delight to listen to her as it was the purest form of Music with perfect rendering. One could see the dedication, sincerity and devotion when she was singing. I think this youngster will carry on the tradition in the family and continue to sing well for the next several decades.
She has very good tone, range and excellent breath control. She has all the qualities required for a good Carnatic Singer and above all has the music in her blood being part of the family of great musicians like Smt.MS and Smt.Radha. When she sang "Kurai ondrum illai" I was taken to a completely different world and I had tears in my eyes. I heard her sing with eyes closed and could picture the great MS Amma in some parts as there was very close resemblance in the rendition and style. I think S.Aishwarya will be the true musical heir of the great MS Amma and will shine like her Great Grand Mother in the years to come.
While I am extremely delighted and happy that I attended the concert and heard this great singer, I am little disappointed that I could not record the songs and take pictures as they did not allow mobile phones to be taken inside the Auditorium.
I wish her all the very best and look forward to many more such concerts.
30th January 2015.