Abhishek Raghuram @ Odukathur Mutt, Kalotsav-2011, 20 Feb 2011

21 Feb

Vocal : Abhishek Raghuram

Violin : Akkarai Subbalakshmi

Mrudangam : Ananthakrishnan

Ganjira : Guruprasanna


01   karuNimpa ( varNAm) – sahAna –   Thiruvottiyur Thyagayya ( O )

02  yOchanA – darbAr – Thyagaraja ( S )

03   mAra jananim AshrayE – nAtakapriya – N C Krishnamacharyulu ( A,N,S )

.        neraval @ ‘kaitabhAri hrit pITha vAsinim kAtyayanyAdi santhOshiNim’

.        swara @ ‘  nAtakapriyanutam..’

04   tatvameruga taramA – garuDha dhwani – thyagaraj ( A,S )

05   challarE rAmachandruni – Ahiri – Thyagaraja

06   RTP – kAnaDa – tisra triputa , 2 kaLai

.        pallavi line ‘ sItApatE nApai, nIkabhimAnamu lEdA’

.        pallavi in rAgamAlika kAnaDa, khamAs, dharmavati? , gAnamUrty, hamanAdam?

.        tani Avartanam

.        rAgamAlika swaras in kAnaDa, khamAs, dharmavati? , gAnamUrty, hamanAdam?

07   rAmachandruDitaDu raghuvIruDu – dwijAvanti – Annamacharya  ( O )

08   uLLavaru shivAlaya mADuvarayya – yamunA kalyANi? – Basavanna ( O )

09  bhujaga shAyinO – yadukula kAmbOji – Swathi Thirunal

A brilliant concet by Abhishek Raghuram and the team of youngsters.  I haven’t heard him for a while now, and all the new found stardom was justified by the performance he gave yesterday, which was highly energetic and power packed. Started (behind schedule again) with the  popular Sahana varnam rendered in traditional 2 speed, followed it up with darbar and some fast paced swaras upping the tempo.

First Alapana came in the form of nAtakapriya, keeping mere mortals like guessing. Mara Jananim Ashraye was new to me. He executed the kriti beautifully, be it the longish alapana , neraval or the cracking set of kalpana swaras.  Akkarai Subbalakshmi to, was brilliant here. GaruDadhwani was interesting. I have a feeling this is more a ‘scalar’ raga with not much scope of improvisation. He did a good job with the alapana , however the super fast swaras were sounding mere exercise with swara patterns at multiple speeds and octaves. It was good, though.

After a very emotive Ahiri ( with some unnecessary bhrigas ), he started the alapana of kAnaDa. Very long and detailed with some complicated phrases, however failing to create any aha moments, similarly replied by the violin in her turn. Pallavi was set to normal tala and an baes on the charanam of the popular khamas kriti by Mysore Vasudevacharya.  Pallavi followed an interesting ragamalika pattern, easing from one to the other effectively.  He indicated to the percussionist immediately after, without singing any swara. The percussion duo gave a spirited tani avartanam, hugely enjoyed by the audiene, noting from their response.

As he was continuing the pallavi singing, the organisers came into the happening wanting to start their usual speech. While the person presented gave an enthusiastic speech and praises, it was an interruption at a wrong moment.  However, before it took long, the concert continued from where it was let off with ragamalika swaras in the same sequence as pallavi. Abhishek himself would have added to the confusion, by allowing tani avartanam before the ragamalika swaras. The second interruption came in after this with the felicitation of artists and fresh round of speeches.

He concluded the concert with a couple of songs post this, before the yadukula kamboji mangalam.  On the whole it was a brilliant concert, with some superb teamwork on the stage.


Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Concert songlist


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9 responses to “Abhishek Raghuram @ Odukathur Mutt, Kalotsav-2011, 20 Feb 2011

  1. Arun

    March 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm

  2. Lakshman

    March 14, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Is the recording of mAra jananIn AshrayAmi available?

  3. Lakshman

    March 14, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Is a recording available?

  4. Varadarajan

    March 3, 2011 at 1:23 am

    it is the reverse of bilahari, cant see why there cannot be much scope. but i dont know much.i did a google. i saw a video in youtube of price rama varma asking the audience to fasten their belt cause it was very fast .and i read there is no gamaka prayogam on most swaras. and yeah, i am on cast for a month.

  5. vivek p

    March 2, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    is any body recorded that concert ?if recorded plese upload the audio in sangeethapriya.i can catch it from there.

  6. Jayan

    February 28, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Oh, Hope you are ok now. I liked the way he played Garudadhwani. It is ok as a one off exercise, but my point is , is there so much scope for a detailed alapana ?

  7. Varadarajan

    February 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    thanks for the review, i missed it cause of a broken foot. i once heard ganesh-kumaresh say in a lecture that garudadhwani was a raga to be played in short and with a high rendering speed, the raga has not been elaborated much otherwise.

  8. Jayan

    February 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    It is Bhujaga Shayino.. I did not realise the mistake. Thanks for pointing it out.

  9. Pramod

    February 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Was it bhujanga shAyino nAma mangalam?


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