The NRI rasikas quietly skipped the season (though they are now said to be flying in to visit family and friends) and that color was certainly missing at the sabhas.
But a whole community of young artistes have been in th city this past week - some 80-plus young musicians from all parts of the USA have flown in to perform at concerts under the Cleveland Aradhana banner.
Auditoriums in R. A. Puram and in Thiruvanmiyur (south Chennai) were they venues for their concerts.
Said the man behind the Cleveland arts body, V. V. Sundaram,"While we curate the concerts here the young artistes manage their own travel plans and pay for them."
This 'season' event has been happening for some years now, giving USA-based young starters the window to perform during the season.