A BHAJAN Sandya was presented by O. S. Arun for Mudhra on December 23. The devotional songs were addressed to various gods and in different languages like Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Sanskrit and Kannada. Admittedly because of his early years in Delhi, all the songs, irrespective of their language, were sung with a strong Hindustani slant in ragas like Ragesri, Sivaranjani etc. But his exposure to music both in North and South India made it possible for him to present an Ashtapadi as it is sung in different regions. Though the Sthayibhava is basically the same while it expressed Madhurabhakti or Sringara Rasa in the Hindustani style, it took the colour of a Ghazal in Lucknow. In the Tamil Nadu Bhajana Sampradaya, it was sung in Kamboji or Anandabhairavi and in Orissa in quite a different mode.
On request, Arun attempted a Karala version in Yadukulakamboji with success. A few folksy tunes also found place, such as "Garudagamana Ra Ra'' of Ramadasa and "Bhagyatha Lakshmi'' of Purandaradasa; the latter was in a different tune that it is sung usually.
However, it was a rather vociferous Bhajan Sandhya, which instead of calming one's nerves, got them agitated.
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