Vocal : Abhishek Raghuram
Violin : Vittal Ramamurthy
Mrudangam : Thiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam
Ganjira : B S Purushotham
01. valaci vaci (varNam) – rAgamAlika – Patnam Subramanya Iyer
02. dEva dEva kalayAmi – mAyAmALavagauLa – Swathi Thirunal ( S )
03. yOchana kamalA lOcana – darbAr – Thyagaraja (S )
04. shrI kAntimatim – hEmavati – Dikshitar ( Short sketch, S ,T)
05. shrI kAmakOTi pIThastHitE – sAvEri – Mysore Sadashiva Rao (A,N,S )
neraval & Swara @ ‘kdambavana nilayE kancha lOcanE bhavAni’
06. kAtyAyani mahAbhAgE – mishra bhUpALi – ? ( O )
07. mAyammA yaninE – Ahiri – Thyagaraja ( A ) – started at anupallavi
08. tappunODadE bandeya – tilang – Purandara Dasa
09. shrIrAma shrIrama manOharamA – sahAna – Thyagaraja (started at anupallavi)
10. thillAna – pUrvi – T Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar
11. mangaLam – saurAStram – Thyagaraja
Not a typical Abhishek concert. Probably he made it to suit the accompaniments at his disposal. For the lovers of excitement and exhilaration there was enough to rejoice. It was a riot out there. I am not hinting it wasn’t good, but at times it sounded too loud and intruding. Abhishek did his job well in the melee, but my sympathy goes to Vittal Ramamurthy.
On his part, Abhishek gave us enough ‘aha’ moments. The outstanding kalpana swaras he sang for hemavati is the case point. He must have sang it for 20-25 mins, only swaras. Possibly, there isn’t anything left to unearth. Awesome stuff. The only real alapana came after this. He sang a very moving alapana of saveri. The early phrases of the alapana was one of the best I’ve heard in recent times. Very good neraval followed at ‘kadambavana nilaye’ and another great rounds of swaras to add.
He started the concert with the navaragamalika varnam. Some issue with his mike and there was 15 people talking to the mike-man with various ups and downs. Abhishek decided to sing with the cord-less mike used for announcements ( it was pretty good,though) and proceeded with mayamalavagaula with this mike as in a rock/films song show. While he was willing to continue with this arrangement, good sense prevailed and another mike was provided. He remarked, “let us do one more test” and sang yet another fast paced kriti with few rounds of swaras. By now, after all the adjustments things settled to some extend. Then came the hemavati.
There was no surprise to me on the percussion part. He was as usual loud and always involved. He did play some nice takes while following the kriti, but at times a bit sober hands would have made better impact. He had a field day during tani avartanam. It was fireworks by the duo, longish. There was always many supporters for this and he too received thunderous applause. Tani avartanam came too soon. The main, saveri was much leisurely done. Alapana was exquisite as mentioned. Vittal Ramamurthy ( the only chane he got to play an alapana) did a great job in his turn. Few takes during the neraval wasn’t very appealing with some awkward ‘word-split’ but the musical impact was very good.
I expected a pallavi since the concert had only one alapana and only one neraval. Disappointed at that. But his post main pieces were very very good. The ‘mishrapahadi’ piece ( correct me if it was not that) and the nice little alapana ( only by him) before mayamma were awesome. A devarnama, an utsava sampradaya kriti in sahana and super energetic purvi thillana were all very well received. The percussion riot continued even during mangalam.
I will wait for his next visit.