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Lively O.S. Arun & impressive Khamas
CHENNAI: There is never a dull moment when he gets on to the stage. He keeps the audience hooked all through. Expectedly, O.S. Arun’s concert for Narada Gana Sabha on December 20, 2013 was lively. Generally, people go to his concerts expecting more bhajans and some light classical compositions. It was a pleasant surprise for the audience that evening as Arun got himself immersed into soulful rendition of some lovely kritis of Thyagaraja and Uthukadu Venkata Kavi. Kharaharapriya and Kamas lend vitality to the concert. To be sure, there were abhangs and tukkadas too.

Arun did a beautiful alap in raga Kamas, and took up Thyagaraja’s “Seethapathe”. He did a neraval at “Prema Juchi Na pai Pedda Manasu Jesi”. It was a wholesome rendering. The Nilambari composition of Uthukadu Venkata Kavi “Eppadi Taan Enullam Pugundu” was expressive, and marked for the melody. He then elaborated on Sumanesha Ranjani. This raga was a favourite of late M.L.Vasanthakumari, and often found space in her concerts. “Tamadam Eno Amma”, a Tamil composition on Goddess Saraswathi, went down well with the audience. Arun’s Kharaharapriya raga exploration was expansive. It had a tranquilising effect. His prowess in both Hindustani and Carnatic music showed up in the way he handled the raga with great felicity and creativity. Violinist M.R.Gopinath played the perfect accompanist. Arun went on to render Thyagaraja’s “Sowmithri Bagyamu”. He started with “Chitra Ratna Maya”. It was fabulous. “Sowbagyadha Lakshmi” of Purandaradasa (Bowli), an abhang “Sundar Te Dyan” of Sant Tukaram (Yaman), and “Vishamakara Kannan” (on request of his Mridangist) was rendered with poise. Taniavarthanam between Mridangist Tiruvarur Vaidyanthan and Karthick on the Ghatam was played with verve.

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