Special Correspondent

VELLORE: Public of Vellore, who are starved of entertainment, were treated to an enjoyable music programme by music director-cum-singer, Gangai Amaran at Krishna Mahal in Rangapuram near here on Saturday.

Organised by the nascent Vellore Kalai Manram, and styled as "Thirai Isai Varalaru" (history of film music), the programme was a mix of old and new songs, thus catering to the tastes of the old-timers as well as youngsters. Though Gangai Amaran sings all kinds of songs penned by the lyricists of the yesteryears as well as the modern lyricists, he said that the songs written by poets of the ilk of Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram stand apart in film music, since they were decent and full of meaning, besides being melodious.

His opening song was a mix of "Jananee, Jananee" and "Ammavai Vanangadha Uyirillaye", which was received with tremendous applause. He recalled that, moved by the song, "Jananee, Jananee" in the film, "Thai Mookambigai", director, P. Vasu got the idea of getting a song composed to highlight the greatness of the mother. This led to the composition of the song, "Ammavai Vanangadha Uyirillaye" in the film, Mannan.

Gangai Amaran and his troupe of singers assayed a variety of songs, ranging from the old hits, "Adai Katti Vandha Nilavo", "Mullai Malar Mele" and "Naan Pesa Ninaippadhellam Nee Pesavendum" to the latest, "Raa Raa' and "Rendaka Rendaka".

After singing a few songs, Gangai Amaran requested the audience to send a list of songs, which they wanted his troupe to sing. He was soon flooded with a bunch of papers. The troupe got able support from Thiruvudayan who is an adept at old songs. Priya Suresh, a singer of Vellore contributed her mite by singing, "Ovvoru Pookkalume".

C. Gnanasekharan, Vellore MLA, who was the chief guest, applauded the efforts of A. Narayanan, general secretary of Vellore Kalai Manram in organising the programme. He hoped that it would pave the way for the establishment of a Sangeetha Sabha in Vellore.

The programme ended with Gangai Amaran and his singers singing instantly the songs demanded by the audience. His last song was his favourite one, a eulogy on the Mother of Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, "Malarpola Malarginra Manam Vendum Thaye", which he sang on request of a young school student.