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An engaging concert
CHENNAI: Aruna Sairam has the uncanny ability to connect with the audience. For the audience, her concerts are quite an engaging experience. Her concert for Sri Parthasarthy Swami Sabha on December 20, 2014, reaffirmed this boding. She began the concert with a bright Atana kriti “Bala Kanakamaya”. She chose some rakthi raga kritis, and held the listeners in captivity with her grace and style. The concert venue was brimming. She did not perform for the December season last year due to some personal reasons. Not surprisingly, the audience had made a beeline for her concerts this year in big number.

She communicates with the rasikas, and obliged them with their favourite pieces. This is her specialty. Her “Maadu Meyykum Kanna” has become almost popular even in temples. The nadaswara vidwans make it an important item while playing in big temple as it is a composition on Lord Krishna.

Aruna Sairam seemed to be suffering from cold on this evening. Nevertheless, she was completely focused on the concert. Indeed, and she did a good justice to the kritis she rendered. She took the Tiruppavi song of Andal “Mayanai”in Sri raga as it was the fifth Margazhi day. She then made a Shubapantuvarali alap and followed it up with “Sri Sathyanarayanam” of Dikshitar. As Aruna Sairam is from a rich tutelage, she delivered even tough kritis effortlessly. Shyama Sastri’si “Brovamma Tamasamela” (Manji), the fast-paced “Shivanai Ninaithavar”(Hindolam), and the expansive Kamboji alapana, and Vina Kuppaiyer’s “Koniyada na pai” – all had a stamping of her own. All these were given a rich treatment with a combination of swaras and manodharama. “Sringeri Puravasini Saradhe” (Mohana Kalyani) was melodious. “Tirtha Vittala and Kshetra Vittala” in Ragamailika proved a listener’s delight. She brought the curtain down by singing the glory of Sri Venkateswara and Srinivasa Tiruvengadamudayan” (Hamsanadi) of Papanasam Sivan. M.A.Krishnaswamy on the Violin played with enthusiasm, and the percussionists Sai Giridhar on Mridangam and S.V.Ramani on Ghatam played no less part in making the evening concert a memorable one.

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