‘Music has the power to heal’
For the last five years, musician OS Arun has been taking art to different venues, outside the arena of traditional kutcheries, to the underprivileged. This year too he has a series lined up in the city and outside
Which are the venues this year? I have done shows at a senior citizen home in Hosur, the others lined up are in Chennai – The Lotus Foundation, an old age home and orphanage; Sowmanasya, a blind school in Thanjavur; and an orphanage in Chengalpattu.
Where have you taken your music so far? How has the response been? I started visiting old age homes and orphanages, beginning with an old age home Anna Illam in Mylapore. It was bliss and the inmates didn’t believe I was there to perform. It was touching and it took a while for me to get over the experience. Apart from orphanages, I have performed in centres for the visually challenged, for children with autism like The Lotus Foundation. Some of them were non-verbal but they sing and hum along.
How is the concert different in these places? It is more of an interaction and informal. They ask questions, and touched by music, they weep holding my hand. It is beyond performance; it is all about the power of music and there is no restriction.