Aruna Sairam made the audience sit in rapt attention at the Chennayil Thiruvaiyaru musicfestival at Kamarajar Arangam, Chennai, on December 23, 2009. Though she did not warm up with Varnam, yet she made the rasikas comfortable in the AC hall with the day’s Thiruppavai – Kizhvanam.
A rare piece by Uthukadu Venkata Subbaier called Saptharathna Malai, which is very rarely heard, was rendered by Aruna. She rendered one piece in Kalyani – Madhavakruthu.
After a brief alapana of Nattakurinji, she sang ‘Vazhi Maraithirukkuthu’, a song by Gopalakrishna Bharathi in his magnum opus – Nandanar Charitram.
Her exhaustive essay of Suddha Dhanyasi was traditional with a twist.
The composition of Muthuswamy Dikshitar – Subramanyane – was handled with perfect dignity by the vocalist. She soaked the audience in sowkhyam and lifted them to sublime heights with her involvement.
The swara passages were executed adroitly and captured the quintessence of the raga.
Her main piece was in Kamboji – Thiruvadi Charanam by Gopalakrishna Bharathi.
It was a classic which was brought to life by Aruna with her vibrant presentation. Her kalpana swaras had a regal gait.
The audience requested her to render an Abhang which she readily obliged. ‘Bhaje Mukunda’ was a mine of melody.
On popular demand, she was compelled to sing ‘Madumeikum Kanna Nee Pogavendam’. The gathering clapped and sang with her.
H N Bhaskar on violin was a perfect foil to the vocalist and he played with enthusiasm.
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan on the mridangam is a percussionist of a rare genre. His absorbing style is a thing to be enjoyed.
Karthik on the ghatam was outstanding and Bangalore Rajasekar on morsing played as if he was singing.
Their tani had myriad combinations which was enjoyed by layman and connoisseurs alike. It was like a question and answer session.
The accompanists played with verve like Aruna who sang with gusto.
Aruna’s vast repertoire was evident in her choice of songs from different composers and she sang them with bhakti rasam.