On the 31st of March 2012, Sydneysiders were treated to a scintillating musical concert by Smt Lakshmi Abhishek. A disciple of Dr Manjula Shivram and an All India Radio graded artiste, Lakshmi has performed regularly in the Chennai December Music Season. A seventh generation descendent of Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar, she has won three Tanpura awards from prestigious institutions like the Indian Fine Arts Society Chennai and the Tamil Isai Sangam. Her august lineage and impressive repertoire made for a wonderful evening. She was ably accompanied by Sanjay Ramaswamy on the violin and Janakan Suthanthiraraj on the mrudangam. Sanjay shared the limelight with Lakshmi at several stages of the concert, with his perfect bowing whilst exploring the ragas.
Commencing her concert with Thiruvoriyur Thyagayyar’s melodious compostion in the raga Gowla, Lakshmi went on to render Papanasam Sivan’s krithi Tatvamariya Tharama in the raga Rithigowla. Sydney music lovers were then treated to a splendid execution of Muthuswami Dikshitar’s compositon Sadasraye in the rarely heard raga Chamara. Lakshmi then went on to melodiously render Raga Sudha Rasa in the raga Andolika. Her raga alapana was outstanding and Lakshmi expounded the raga beautifully, giving us a full flavour of the raga. Her execution of Maha Vaidyanatha Sivan’s compositon, Sri Sankara Guruvaram in Nagaswarali was brisk and melodious. Lakshmi then went on to flawlessly render Meenalochana in Dhanyasi. Her raga alapana and neraval swaras were exquisite and left the audience craving for more. The Ragam Tanam Pallavi in Hamsadhvani was sublime. Her seamless and quick change of ragas in the raga malika format including Bowli, Hamir Kalyani and Sindhu Bhairavi, showed an amazing level of expertise. Her emotive rendition of the virutham Ramalinga Adigal was followed by Papanasam Sivan’s compositon Maname Kanamum. The Tulsidas bhajan Thumak Chalat in Jaijaiwanti was the perfect choice on the occasion of Rama Navami. She concluded her concert with Lalgudi Jayaraman’s thillana in Mohanakalyani.
Lakshmi’s ability to connect with the audience makes her a performer par-excellence. It is a testament to her music that not only was the hall full for the entire concert, but all the rasikas were glued to their seats till the very end.
The song list.
1. Varna – Gowla – Adi – thiruvotriyur thyagayyar
2. Tatvamariya tharama – rithigowla – adi- papanasam Sivan with swaras
3. Sadasraye – chaamara – rupaka – muthuswami dikshitar with swaras
4. Raga sudha rasa – andolika – Adi – thyagarajar with raga
5. Sri sankara guruvaram – nagaswarali – rupaka – maha vaidyanatha Sivan
6. (Main)- meenalochana – dhanyasi – misra Chapu – syama sastri with raga neraval swaras
7. RTP – hamsadhvani – khanda jathi triputa 2 kalai with ragamalika swaras in bowli, hamir kalyani and Sindhu bhairavi
8. virutham -hamsanandi , bhimplasi – ramalinga adigal thiruarutpa
Followed by Maname kanamum – Adi – papanasam Sivan
9. Thumak chalat – jaijaiwanti – rupaka – tulsidas bhajan
10. Thillana – mohanakalyani – Adi – lalgudi jayaraman