Arunagirinathar Mandram, a society dedicated to improving spiritual knowledge amongst Hindus and presided by renowned musical enthusiast, Dr Jayabalan Valliappan, held a compact disc launching ceremony at the Mahamariamman Temple, Ipoh recently.
The disc entitled, “Thithithikkum Thiruppugazh” a musical offering based on Saint Arunagirinathar’s works was introduced in the presence of Malaysia Hindu Sangam’s National President, Dato’ Mohan Shan and other eminent Hindu leaders.
An elaborate programme was drawn to celebrate this historic occasion. In the opening ceremony, disciples of Swaralaya Sangeetha Kalalayam performed a vocal rendition followed by a live musical dance drama by Panbarasi Govindasamy and her students.
The hour-long Bharatanatyam Indian classical dance drama, composed and choreographed by the teacher herself, showcased the saint’s life and his works in a theatrical setting earned the appreciation of audience and the invited guests.
In his opening speech, Dr Jayabalan thanked the more than 500 audience and the organising committee for their commitment. He said that the compilation of the songs, alongside the story narration done with the aid of artistes from India, was a dream come true, in every sense of the word. “The objective of creating awareness of the saint’s works among the present generation has been met,” he enthused.