Padma Bhushan Sudha Ragunathan's concert on 25th February at MLR Convention Centre kept us enthralled from the first varnam. About a couple of hours into the concert, she gave a short speech appreciating our effort in restoring the lake and promising whatever help she could render to us and to the environment. This of course made the audience applaud but her next statement won us over completely. The day before the concert, she'd contacted a friend, Gayathri Gurumurthy who writes under the pen name of "Saraswathi" and got her to write a song celebrating lakes! Being a composer as well, Smt Ragunathan set it to music and sang it specially for us at this concert! What better reward can we possibly get?
We got the script from her and Usha Rajagopalan translated it for the benefit of all. Her words and the song resonate in our ears but we do wish we'd recorded this lake song!
An Ode to LakesClad in cerulean silk andGiving life to the universe,Mother of water, of lakes.We're here to guard you.Equally for us all to flourish,Crossing peaks and valleysYou have come, Mother,To nourish the soil of this earth.Stretching your golden handsFor birds and beasts to nestle,To find shelter in your lap,You're a haven for the world.Defiling your body, we humansBecame inhuman and yet,Our depravities you boreLending yourself up for our lineageTo undo the abuse and wrongsWe friends now hold hands.We pledge to preserve you,Give new life to you, Mother.***