Seldom do we hear of very young artistes being able to carve a niche of their own. I would say, after GNB; here is a fine young man, who could set the perfect example for sustaining one’s individuality and at the same time, adhere to tradition. This is the simplest way I could usher an introduction to Abhishek Raghuram!
Before going any further, I’d like to repeat – it is commendable that Abhishek has been able to build and sustain a style of his own, at a very young age.
Abhishek’s concerts are mathematical and profound. In what I’ve noticed, he sticks to starting with a Varna, but proceeds as he unravels any Raga. A neraval or Ragam looks genuinely healthily spontaneous and unrepeated.
Season 2017-18 : Abhishek sang a Purvikalyani Ragam for almost an hour – and unlike most others, Abhishek’s Poorviklayani was coronated with the sincereity to spontaneity, gait of gamaka and melody to music.
Of his Krithis and manodharma Sangeetha, I would prefer Abhishek singing manodharma Sangeetha. It is full of promising wow moments, every single time. He doesn’t not compromise with Krithis – well paced with due respect to kalapramana and vaggeyakaras. Should we forget that he comes out of the celebrated Lalgudi parampara.
His concerts centre both – Krithis and Pallavis. I’ve personally loved how he handles both. There is an effort to sing to his best, but never an effort to seek attention and appreciation. That distinguishes Abhishek’s music, from music that genres today’s Carnatic platform. Shruthibhedam and Grahabhedam should be more of an exploration, than a rehearsed performance. That is one of the biggest takeaways from his concerts. Not to forget, Abhishek’s math is a lethal and arresting combination of math, poise and genius.
Abhishek is not essentially a second half artist, there have been instances when he has concluded just after the Ragam Tanam Pallavi. The chap sings to honour the moment; the audience has to live that with him. There is no question of singing to appease an audience! He immaculately presents his thukadas and thillanas, but what would a Rasika remember Abhishek for ?
I’d say the crest jewel to his over all personality is the humility. It’s all about music, with Abhishek😊