Abhishek Raghuram@Vani Mahal on July 08th,2012
Vocal : Abhishek Raghuram
Violin : Mysore Shrikanth
Mrudangam : B Ganapathiraman
Concert duration/Day : 2 hours and 25 minutes / Sunday
Concert Type : Nirvana (prime evening concert , no concert to follow)
Occassion : In memory of Smt D . Pattammal (Smt PattammAl dandapani)
Hall : Vani Mahal
Sponsors : thejus
1. sami ninnE (varnam) - shree ragam - karur devudu Iyer (garbhapurivAsar)
2. mahagaNapathim(S) - nAttai - MD
swaras for 2 mins
3. inta parAkA (N S) - nAdanAmakriyA? - Anai ayyA
neraval in "kannatalli taNDri sujanulanna tammu" for 7 mins
swaras for 7 mins
4. anantha sayananai aravinda (R S) - nAtakapriya - D PattammAl
11 mins alap and 7 mins violin return
9 mins swaras
For the past 7 years there is an exclusive yearly concert in memory of Smt pattammal dandapani that is organized in vanimahal . I did attend the last year concert of Smt GV and this year Abhishek sang . Abhishek is blessed with one of the best voices , the voice that is deep and always manages to fully cooperate to the unbridled manodharma of abhishek's musical intellect .
In this concert it was not abhishek at his usual expressive best but certainly there was charm in his presentation. There was a perennial problem with Ganapathiraman' mrudangam , his right (valandai ) was never heard till the start of the neraval in main, it frustrated many in the audience but we all had to put up with that "no mridangam right turn" annoyance, just like one way roads of chennai.
Abhishek voice took his usual deep sareeram when he hummed shree ragam and sang a great varnam to start with , i always noticed in general abhishek sings shree ragam well. The next in nattai was a bit of disappointment the swaras were just too short and just did not bring his excellance that much.
Inta paraka by anai ayya is a striking composition that gets you too engrossed and indeed he was in an aesthetic zone , where there was always a degree of restraint with lot of controlled aggression. His parama guru semmangudi came before me with inta parAkA rendition, neraval was lovely with a touch of remorse to start with and then a 2nd degree speed , all coming from the pattantara of semmangudi without any transmission loss of 2 full generation. Swaras were neat and very nice . Few years back in a concert tmk sang this and said the raga is nadanamakriya , I vaguely recollect he avoided mel sA to make it only as nAdanamakriya and Abhishek if i recall it right only sang in nadanamakriya (not mayA malava gowla).Hope it was only nadanAmakriyA.
As expected a number of smt d pattammal was pending . His raga alapana was in nAtakapriya and was well received . A tricky raga to me when alapana was sung , as i could hear many whispers where few rasikas say that as todi.Abhishek neither announced the composer nor the raga so I guess many would have gone home thinking it as todi. Nevertheless natakapriya alapana was sung very methodically and I indeed enjoyed and there was absolutely no drama in natakapriya .The krithi anantha sayananai of smt d pattammal was sung nicely, in swaras,he took a little excessive kanakku route with line ending in pachai karpoora vasam. Kanakku is nice but I guess each rasika has his own personal lakshman rekha , to me abhishek pushed the kanakku bit too far and it was indeed a little more vocal gymnastics, that did not suit my taste.
Last edited by rajeshnat
on 09 Jul 2012 12:35, edited 1 time in total.