Singer O.S. Arun introduced the Alapana Trust to convey pleasure into lives via tune. For example, it conducts presentations for youngsters with autism, or at previous age properties. During one such programme, he was once requested to sing ‘Oru naal podhuma’ (from Thiruvilaiyadal),’ through a member of an previous age house, on the finish of which he noticed the lady’s face illuminate. It was once then that Arun determined to habits this tournament steadily to achieve out to extra other folks.
Along with tune, Arun started to honour artistes at those presentations. Instituted through G.R. Srikantan, the awards got away on the 2022 version held just lately at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
On the primary day of the competition, veteran thavil vidwan Achalpuram S. Sankaran gained the award. The rite was once adopted through Arun’s vocal recital. He was once accompanied through percussion virtuosos — Haridwaramangalam A.Okay. Pazhanivel at the thavil, Patri Satish Kumar at the mridangam, and Karthick at the ghatam. No issues for guessing that the tani avartanam was once marked through rhythmic brillliance. Well-known violinist Mullaivasal Chandramouli equipped melody beef up.
The first piece of the live performance was once a Muthuswami Dikshitar kriti. Dikshitar’s kritis supply that glorious resonance anywhere they’re positioned in a live performance — as a grand centrepiece, or proper at the start.
The kriti selected was once ‘Sadachaleswaram’ (Bhupalam). The richness of the enjoy deepened as Arun rendered kalpanaswaras in medium pace in opposition to the top of the piece. The composition, replete with swaraksharam (when the notice and the syllable within the lyrics change 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 relaxing tempo introduced serenity to the rendering.
Varamu is a raga that many well known artistes have rendered in inspiring techniques. So it was once with the essay through Arun. His ingenious phrasings flowed seamlessly all the way through the alapana. Violinist Mullaivasal Chandramouli’s Varamu comic strip was once suitable. 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 once beautiful.
Setting the degree for the thani, Pazhanivel exhibited his prowess at 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 once a live performance that was once healthy and relaxing in each method.
The Chennai-based reviewer is a educated musician.