Source: thehindu.com; Author: Deepa Ganesh; Photo Courtesy: K. Murali Kumar

There is a huge output of talented young musicians, and Saketaraman is surely in the forefront. His understanding of Carnatic music, its technique and idiom is nearly faultless. His recent concert for the M.A. Narasimhachar Foundation bore proof to this fact.

The concert began with a vibrant and ornate Gambheera Nattai kriti “Prabho Rakshamam” which was popularised by Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, and also sung by his disciple Yesudas on several occasions. This composition by Bangalore Nagaraj who wrote under the pen name Meenakshisuta, has an energetic tempo and is a good portrayal of the raga. Saketaraman did justice to the kriti, but it got too loud midway with the accompanists and the vocalist getting carried away by the mood of the piece.

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NEED TO GET REFLECTIVE: Saketaraman. Photo: K. Murali Kumar