Vocal : Abhishek Raghuram
Violin : Charulatha Ramanujam
Mrudangam : Neyveli Narayanan
Ganjira : Guruprasanna
01. ninnu kOri (varNam) – mOhanam – Ramanathapurm Srinivasa Iyengar
02. muNdu vENukA – darbAr – Thyagaraja
03. paridAnamichitE – bilahari – Patnam Subramanya Iyer ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ ‘ rokkamicchutakunE mukkaNTi chelikAnu’
04. sukhi evvarO – kAnaDa – Thyagaraja ( O )
05. nidhi chAla sukhamA – kalyANi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara@ ‘mamata bandhana yuta nara stuti sukhamA sumati tyAgarAja nutuni kIrtana sukhamA’
06. kamalAptakula – brindAvana sAranga – Thyagaraja (O ) -started at anupallavi
07. AdidEva paramAtma – sindhubhairavi – Annamacharya
08. patiki hArati rE – surutti – Thyagarja
09. mangaLam – saurAshtram – Thyagaraja
Today wasn’t the day of hyper activity. The speed and aggression wasn’t the virtue. Abhishek gave a much melodious and restrained concert at the Seshadripuram College Ground today. The change of gear was evident from the varnam itself. The darbar piece had all the softness and calmness that was then carried on through out the evening. Bilahari was the first alapana of the evening. It was a decent fair with some nice return from Charulatha. However, the Patnam Subramanya Iyer’s kriti came in all splendor with a brilliant neraval and two speed kalpana swarams. Neraval was long and elaborate with some customary maneuvers you witness in his concerts. Luckily this did not go beyond the comfort zone.
Another breezy one came soon in the form of Kanada. Very moving , melodiuos sukhi evvaro was very appealing to me. Kalyani ( yet again ) came in as the main, fairly early in the evening. The alapana was long but very stylish and classy (It takes something if I have to admit Kalyani alapana was good). So was the case of Charulatha’s violin return. Haven’t heard nidhi chala sukhama for a very very long time. TNS singing nidhi chala sukhama at the same venue ( I guess in 2008) is still fresh in mind. Abhishek did a brilliant job. Singing neraval at the long line , altering between ‘mamata..’ and ‘sumati..’ he weaved magical moments for nearly 10 minutes. Kalpana swara was relatively short but was fitting to the kriti and the long neraval. Tani avartanam played by Neyveli Narayanan and Guruprasanna was very good. Charulatha impressed me the most. She was brilliant through out the evening.
Like in the case of TMK, I was left with a feeling that the concert was very short and could have planned a bit more balanced. It started around 6:45 and wounded up by 9:15, with a 15 min break for speeches and flowers in between. Post main was very short but both brindavana saranga and sindhubhairavi were very nice. Though short ( probably another alapana and kriti would have made it more fulfilling), this concert was much better than the last concert I attended at BTM by Abhishek.