There are moments when we are glad to have be in the audience of a riveting performance provided by an artist who has nurtured his art for a lifetime. The sadhane (devoted practice?) is very poignantly visible, and the performance is so enchanting, we stop our activities and barely move for fear of the spell being broken. Music usually produces these moments. Acting, Books, Architecture, Design also produce them, but the spell binding capacity of Music is extraordinary.
Vijay Prakash is one of the few singers who have the capacity to provide these spell binding moments again and again. Almost ten years ago, as a youngster, his performances in the famous TVS SaReGaMa music competition on TV were superb. The program set very high standards and managed to bring out and showcase the top class music talent in the country. Among the performers Vijay Prakash enthralled listeners with his singing. He did not win the contest. I was not aware of his presence for a long time after those scintillating moments in the program.
That was 1999.