Source: thehindu.com; Author: Pankaja Srinivasan; Photo Courtesy: thehindu.com

Thousands of people converged at the ISHA Yoga Centre, Coimbatore to observe Mahasivaratri that featured performances of Aruna Sairam, Anita Ratnam and Raghu Dixit. Sounds of Isha filled the air with primeval drum beats and mesmerising chanting. Rasikas enjoyed a wholesome treat as Aruna Sairam, a glimmer of blue, came on stage and started singing ‘Vaazhga Siva… Sabhapatikku Veru Deivam.’She followed it up with a beautiful paean to Saraswati, ‘Mamavatu Sri Saraswati.’ Padma Shankar accompanied her on the violin, L. Kishore Kumar on the sitar and Vishnu on the flute.

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Aruna Sairam in concert. Photo: M. Periasamy