- Published By: sruti
The venue is a small Vinayaka temple inside a “senior
citizens resort” an hour’s drive from Chennai on
the East Coast Road.
The day’s entertainment at nearby amusement park
MGM over, peace reigned over the resort, where Vijay
Siva, R.K. Shriram Kumar and J. Vaidyanathan rendered
appropriately devotional music before Lord Ganesa on his
birthday. The musicians were seated on the floor outside
the temple and the audience sat around them. There was
no amplification, and there was a serene atmosphere that
made for quiet contemplation and introspection of a kind
often missing in the concert halls of the city. Cut to the Music Academy. The December season is in
full flow. The star vocalist of the evening is indisposed
and forced to pull out at the last moment. Where do the
desperate organisers turn, to fill the gap in the schedule?
Vijay Siva. A star in his own right, he agrees readily,
not making a fuss about advancing his concert by a
couple of days and interfering with his preparation.
This happens more than once, in successive years, if
memory serves us right.