SRI KRISHNA GANA SABHA
Champion in the making
Handling ragas with responsibility Abhilash showed much promise.
Abhilash is in almost-ready-mode and waiting. What was gratifying was that he is imbibing ‘sahithyanubhava.' And the manner in which he led himself to sing Tyagaraja's ‘Thulasidalamulache,' arriving on the lyrics like a champion after re-internalising the sruti for a few seconds, was creditable. After the virutham-ragamalika in Saveri, Sahana, Kapi and Behag (‘Petra Thaai Dhanai') he unobtrusively took up Gopalakrishna Bharati's ‘Irakkam Varaamal Ponathenna Kaaranam.' The tisram done for the varnam right at the beginning and an alapana for Thodi befitting the magnificence of the raga were handled with responsibility.
The main kriti chosen was ‘Kadhanu Variki' of Tyagaraja. One had a feeling that there was a song-overload, considering the duration of the concert. Sivan's ‘Umaiyor Baagane' in Naattai, Dikshitar's ‘Anandamrithakarshini,' ‘Needhaan Mechikolla' in Sriranjani, GNB's patented ‘Kamalacharane' – were too light. . Instead a ‘Mayamma' (Shyama Sastri) or a ‘Tyagaraja Yoga Vaibhavam' (Dikshitar) or a ‘Paramaathmudu' (Tyagaraja), may have tilted the balance of the concert in a different way and given it another perspective. It would also have been an indirect statement of his approach and orientation to chowka kala kritis or vilamba kalam per se.
There was an increasing tendency to enter the arena of kalpanaswaras at the earliest opportunity and dive into brigas with a keenness that was quite understandable at this stage and age. These propensities are bound to change. The watchwords should be timely impetus, not bizarre veneration. This should give him both success and inner satisfaction.
K. P. Nandini on the violin was while playing the ragas for the virutham. Be it Sahana or Kapi or Saveri or Behag, the brilliance was unstoppable. Akshay Ram on the mridangam possibly younger than Abhilash put his best foot forward. There were nadais and gentle idadhu prayogas galore and his thani expressed his spirit.
A disclaimer -- when one reviews concerts of budding artists he is bound to become advisory in nature!
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