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Aruna Sairam, a listeners’ artiste
CHENNAI, December 19: Aruna Sairam is a multi-faceted artiste with an enormous repertoire of traditional Carnatic compositions. Not just that. She goes further to make even lay audience listen to her concert with simple and catchy presentation of songs such as “Madu Meykkum Kanna”. Aruna Sairam also renders Abhangs with felicity that makes the audience go delirious, as she did a Hamsandandi piece of Sant Tukaram on his guru Gyanadev on this evening. This Abhang especially is unique since it consists of five century abhang history. This tail end-piece makes Aruna connect with a large section of audience, comprising both traditional and non-traditional rasikas.

Relaxing effect
Aruna Sairam began the concert for Sri Krishna Gana Sabha on December 16, 2012, with the Tiruppavai , “Margazhi Thingal”( in raga Natta). She then presented the `Vara’ kriti of Dikshitar “Surya Murthe” (Saurastram), the day being Sunday. After absorbing alap in Atana, she sang “Illalo Pranatharthi Harudanucu” of Thyagaraja. Violinist Ragavendra Rao matched the main artiste with his skillful and crafty bowing. Aruna has a resonating voice. Her expansive alap in “Brindavana Saranga” had a relaxing effect on the listener. There was poise as she handled “Soundarara Rajam Ashraye” of Dikshitar. She nicely sketched out the Divya Prabandam of Tirumangai Azhwar on the presiding deity of Nagapattinam “Soundarara Raja Perumal” before taking up the Dikshitar composition.

The previous Pantuvarali alap was fascinating. She beautified Thyagaraja’s “Shiva Shiva Enarada” with a garland of swaras. “Enna Punniyam” (Ritigaula) of Oothukkadu Kavi was full of melody. Thyagaraja’s “Raka Shasi Vadana” (Takka) is a rarity in concert circle.

Piece of the evening
The piece-de-resistance of the concert was Papanasam Sivan’s “Srinivasa Tava Charanam”. The alap in Kharaharapriya was grand, as it flowed gently up and down.

Aruna has a dynamic voice. Her hard work showed in the way she handled the concert skillfully. For the neraval, she took a simple “Kamalaja Manohara”.

The Taniavarthanam between Mridangist J.Vaidyanathan and Giridhar Udupa on Ghatam was interesting. Young Giridhar especially was vibrant, and his enthusiasm was infectious. Since the centenary celebrations of her guru T. Brinda are on this year, Aruna dedicated a beautiful padam “Chudare” (Sahana) to her. Proof of the pudding is in eating, it is said. The capacity audience and the LCD monitor outside tell their own tale of Aruna’s fan following!

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