Kovil Pura has a small episode on how an artist is destroyed due to fatal attraction to fame coupled with ‘madhu and maadhu’ (wine and woman). Vinu Chakravarty who is a genuine artiste, a nagaswaram player, is lured by an unscrupulous person to Chennai who promises him concert chances with wealth and comforts. Soon Vinu falls prey to a damsel Silk Smitha and also becomes a drunkard. He loses his youth in these indulgences and left a pauper when he loses his prime. He is unceremoniously dumped and that’s when he realizes. But its too late now. He leaves back to his native along with his son. Some time later, his soon broods over the past.
A very sad, but unconnected to the main story. But see Maestro here, he enriches it with his impeccable background score – starting with solo violins, his favourite guitar notes, the beautiful ‘desh' flourishes and ofcourse, peppered with nagaswaram pieces. The whole episode has been enriched with his score. What a range of emotions he has shown - greed, lust, passion, helplessness, dejected, etc etc! A lesson to be learnt by modern MDs.
This is a light piece for a comedy scene, but Raja is Raja. He has given a trumpet version of Idhu oru ponmalai pozhudhu and Vatapi Ganapatim bhaje. Nice to hear.