TAMIL NADU

Perfect setting in Tiruchi to get into the groove

S. Aishwarya

Singers deftly avoid monotony of repeating their own songs

TIRUCHI: Everything about the concert was pleasant. The balmy evening, chilled-out crowd at the open-air auditorium, film melodies and gracious celebrities all synchronised well.

The light music concert at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Vasan Health Care was a melodic delight for the 1000-odd crowd, who turned out on Friday at the National College grounds. While Srinivas and `Pop' Shalini elated the audience with their evergreen hits, Karthik and Anuradha Sriram worked the crowd with ease.

Starting with A. R. Rahman's `Mangalyam Thanthunanenam,' Srinivas set the tone for the lilting ambience. Though the start was customary with each singer rendering a couple of solo songs, they deftly avoided the monotony of repeating their own numbers to keep the audience guessing the subsequent songs.

The concert had Anuradha rendering `Munbe Va' (sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Naresh Iyer) and Shalini singing `Rendakka' (voiced by Saindhavi in the film).

Despite Anuradha's sincere attempts to amplify the crowd's gusto with her vivacious chat, all one could hear was subdued claps at the end of every song.

But her tact did work for a couple of songs where she pulled a couple of teens on to stage for impromptu dance steps.

The younger lot among the hushed audience turned spirited with the entry of Karthik, who held the crowd in grip till the very end. His numbers including `Sakthi kodu' from `Baba,' `Theradi Veedhiyil' from `Run' and `Oru maalai' from `Ghajini' received zealous cheers.

The enjoyment was palpable when Srinivas, Anuradha and Shalini joined together for the penultimate number `Manamadura' with the audience humming the composition from `Minsara Kanavu.'

Heady second innings

The first phase of the concert didn't feature much of the singers' hits, a strategy that worked out well in retaining the crowd all through.

The second phase, which set off after the felicitation function chaired by the Union Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram, packed in the foot-tapping numbers and recent hits, making their wait worthy enough.