Raised Eyebrows to Rousing Applause

For all the criticism from those allergic to seeing anything good, the season is not all about ‘frog in the well’ stereotypes. There are among the mainstream participants, some who are conspicuous for an eclectic approach and experimental impulse. Playing safe and sublime is not in them. Well grounded in the basics and grasp of the idiom and versatile in talent, this irrepressible lot carries no burden of the cross while retaining affinity with tradition. They are not mavericks in the strict sense. They do want to belong, partly on their own terms. They have sought and secured a place in the `establishment’, undaunted by raised eyebrows, converting many into applauding hands. They have created a special appeal, broken barriers and carved out niches with their distinct faculties.