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Israelis get a taste of Carnatic music, vocalist Aruna gets standing ovation

High on Bhava, Bhakti and Classicism, Carnatic music s most prominent vocalist, Aruna Sairam, enthralled a packed auditorium here on Tuesday evening, drawing applause after every raga and a standing ovation, lasting several minutes at the conclusion of her two hour concert. The main auditorium at the Jerusalem Theatre, hosting the annual Oud Festival, was completely packed with India enthusiasts in Israel who were for the first time witnessing a performance of Carnatic music. The evening started with singing of famous compositions by the Trinity of Carnatic music - Muthuswami Dikshitar, Tyagraja and Shyama Shastri - but as Sairam moved on to her known ability to improvise with her art form using diverse Indian traditions that have enriched Carnatic music, the audience could be seen spellbound by the intensity of the performance. To the surprise of Israelis, Sairam also gave The Song of the Herbs, a famous Hebrew song written by Rabbi Nachman and sang by Naomi Shemer, hailed as ...

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