Vocal : Abhishek Raghuram
Violin : Vittal Ramamurthy
Mrudangam : Sai Giridhar
Morsing : M Gururaj
01 sarasUDa ninnE kOri (varNam) – sAvEri – Adi – Kottavasal Venkataramana Iyer ( O )
02 vallabha nAyakasya – bEgaDa – rUpakam – Dikshitar ( S )
03 mariyAda gAdayya – bhairavam – dEshAdi – Thyagaraja
04 nAkabhaya varamosagi – nAtakurinji – rUpakam – GNB ( A,N )
neraval @ ‘rAga tALa rasabhAva rakti bhakti paripUrita ‘
05 ninnu jeppa kAraNamEmi – mandAri – Adi x 2 – Patnam Subramanya Iyer ( A,S )
06 vinatA suta vAhana shrI ramaNA – jayantasEna – Thyagaraja ( A,S )
07 RTP – dharmavati – Adi x 2 , pUrvAngam in chaturashra and uttarangam in khanda , @ samam
tAnam in dharmavati , chakravAkam(shrutibhEdam) and malayamArutam
pallavi line ‘pAlincu bangAru kAmAkSi, bhagavati guNavati dharmavati
Pallavi in dharmavati and once in hEmavati
rAgamAlika swaras in dharmavati , aThANa and sindhubhairavi
07b tani Avartanam
08 alarshara paritApam – suruTTi – Swathi Thirunal
09 tappu nODadE bandayyA – tilang – Purandara Dasa
10 mangaLam – saurAStram – Thyagaraja
What a cracker from Abhishek, while the rest of the team sat clueless, helpless on stage. When the lead artist in such a form, at the peak of creativity, imagination, the voice range and control, I guess it is difficult for the rest to catch up with him. With all credit to him, I would consider this as a ‘cerebral’ type of concert. It appealed immensely to your intellect and arguably to a lesser extend to your right brain. Here is a concert when you are in awe of the musician and not of the music. But all that apart, Abhishek was fabulous last evening , a very self satisfying concert for himself, as he was visibly pleased with some of his own exploits during the alapana.
It is going to be tough to pick and discuss each of them. The onslaught started with bEgaDa swaras, outstanding stuff. The only sedate piece in the entire evening was the leisurely sung bhairavam kriti, high on emotive content. Natakurinji alapana take of was jaw dropping-ly interesting. Brilliant alapana followed by GNBs kriti nAkabhaya varamosagi, without giving a chance for violin to play the alapana. An outstanding neraval at ‘rAgatAla rasabhava’, with some good emphasize on the lyrical beauty.
Mandari alapana was also long and elaborate. Mandari is difficult to decipher for a lay listener like us, with the similarity to pantuvarali. In all his alapanas of the evening, he was stretching his voice to all octave from anu manthrasthai to tArasthai shadjam, also some of the fast paced, longish akaara sancharas. Vittal Ramamurthy played a decent return here. Nannu jeppa, cleared the raaga confusion. He started the kalpana swaras in the second speed at nannu jeppa, and later switched to first speed at kAraNamEmi. This had tremendous impact with an tricky take off. The way he started “sa ri ga ma kAraNamEmi’ gave goosebumps to me.
A short alapana in jayantasena ( again without a violin return) before he started the kriti vinatA suta vAhana from the anupallavi line. Few rounds of swaras here too. Quickly he started a fantastic dharmavati alapana, elongated, trying out multiple tings, moving up and down covering 3 octaves, short slow patters to some breathtaking long sancharas. If I was having a second thoughts on the raga, Vittal added to the confusion with an ambiguous start. Tanam was super, with a grahabhedam to chakravakam and the shift from chakravakam to malayamarutam. TNS’s pallavi was to present in a ‘truncated version’ ( according to Abhishek). He added his on complexities and intricacies with the uttarangam. In one of the pallavi neraval, he shifted it to hEmavati, and sang with the change of raga name. He could have continued with manavati, kalavati, saraswati etc :-). Even ragamalika was randomly at atana and sindhu bhairavi. Percussion duo played out a decent tani avartanam, on an evening where they were clearly struggling to cope up with the exuberance of the main artist.
There wasn’t much left to do post main. Swathi padam, alarshara paritapam was sung in Abhishek style, not very appealing to me, before mangalam.
Nadasurabhi, to their usual high standard of conducting the program had a quick inauguration of the events. Brisk and to the bare essential with no unwanted speeches and long acknowledgements. Wishing them all the success for the annual festival.