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Abhishek Raghuram is among our most original artistes. His approach to every aspect of Carnatic music being unique, listening to Abhishek in full flow can be a thrilling experience. At the annual Gayana Samaja conference, his concert was memorable.

“Tulasamma” in Devagandhari, “Ada Modi Galade” in Charukeshi, “Ardha Narishwaram”, a Muttuswamy Dikshitar kriti in the rare raga Kumudakriya, and a RTP in Shankarabharanam were some of the pieces he rendered.

Abhishek’s Charukeshi was brilliant: it was a different take of a familiar raga, replete with Hindustani

touches, as only he can. Some of the phrases were simply outstanding. Svarams at 'Maata laada' were primarily in khanda gati. Patri Satish Kumar and Guruprasanna continued the khanda gati from where Abhishek stopped and played a brilliant tani. The khanda gati patterns dovetailed into chaturasra at 'maata laada' was a treat.

Kumudakriya, a raga that is not heard often, was presented beautifully by Abhishek and violinist H.N. Bhaskar. The Shankarabharanam RTP had Abhishek presenting a step by step raga exposition, and it glowed with beauty. The tanam was Bhaskar’s forte, a specialisation with Parur school to which he belongs. Not surprising that it drew repeated applause from the rasikas. The pallavi was set to mishra jhampe tala. Bhaskar’s fine bowing coupled with perfect shruti enhanced the concert. Both Patri and Guruprasanna with their dexterity made the complex seem simple: a sign of great artistry.

It was in summary, a case of great artists coming together to create an inspiring performance.

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