O.S. Arun and the formidable line up of percussionists struck a positive stability between melody and rhythm

O.S. Arun and the formidable line up of percussionists struck a positive stability between melody and rhythm

Singer O.S. Arun launched the Alapana Trust to deliver pleasure into lives via music. For occasion, it conducts reveals for youngsters with autism, or at outdated age houses. During one such programme, he was requested to sing ‘Oru naal podhuma’ (from Thiruvilaiyadal),’ by a member of an outdated age residence, on the finish of which he noticed the lady’s face gentle up. It was then that Arun determined to conduct this occasion frequently to achieve out to extra folks.

Along with music, Arun started to honour artistes at these reveals. Instituted by G.R. Srikantan, the awards got away on the 2022 version held just lately at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

On the primary day of the pageant, veteran thavil vidwan Achalpuram S. Sankaran obtained the award. The ceremony was adopted by Arun’s vocal recital. He was accompanied by percussion virtuosos — Haridwaramangalam A.Ok. Pazhanivel on the thavil, Patri Satish Kumar on the mridangam, and Karthick on the ghatam. No factors for guessing that the tani avartanam was marked by rhythmic brillliance. Well-known violinist Mullaivasal Chandramouli supplied melody help.

The first piece of the live performance was a Muthuswami Dikshitar kriti. Dikshitar’s kritis present that fantastic resonance wherever they’re positioned in a live performance — as a grand centrepiece, or proper at the start.

The kriti chosen was ‘Sadachaleswaram’ (Bhupalam). The richness of the expertise deepened as Arun rendered kalpanaswaras in medium tempo in direction of the tip of the piece. The composition, replete with swaraksharam (when the notice and the syllable within the lyrics turn into one) enhanced the enjoyment of listening.

Next, Vanaspati, the fourth Melakarta raga, got here via melodiously within the Tyagaraja composition ‘Pariyachakama.’ Once once more, the swarakalpana in a soothing tempo introduced serenity to the rendering.

Creative patterns

Varamu is a raga that many well-known artistes have rendered in inspiring methods. So it was with the essay by Arun. His artistic phrasings flowed seamlessly through the alapana. Violinist Mullaivasal Chandramouli’s Varamu sketch was applicable. A raga that carefully resembles Hindolam, Varamu takes the Chatusruti Dhaivatam. Arun sang Papanasam Sivan’s ‘Thunai purindharul’. Once once more, that medium-paced swarakalpana was beautiful.

Setting the stage for the thani, Pazhanivel exhibited his prowess on the thavil with spontaneous and artistic rhythm patterns. Both Satish Kumar and Karthick took up the problem and got here off with flying colors.

It was a live performance that was healthful and pleasing in each means.

The Chennai-based reviewer is a educated musician.

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