Praying for the gift of playing the nagaswaram

Sheikh Subhani and Khaleeshabibi Mahaboob at the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana 2004

This is the first time the Cleveland Aradhana has included a full-length nagaswaram concert. The artists, Sheikh Subhani Mahboob and his wife Khaleeshabibi Mahaboob say they need at least three hours for a concert as it takes time for the wood wind instruments to settle down in these dry and cold conditions. And they cannot practise and warm up the instruments in their hotel room for fear of disturbing the other guests.