Raghuram’s Ghazal touch to every breath endears audience

Kochi, Oct 14: Running up and down the scale with his handy harmonium-keys that added charm to a string of multilingual songs from the tinsel world, noted Ghazal singer Raghuram Krishnan captured the hearts of a motley assemblage at Government General Hospital, Ernakulam, today.

Equally mesmerising the crowd with endearing notes from his flute that accompanied the vocalist, renowned Rajesh Cherthala rose to his reputation of being a disciple of iconic classicist Hariprasad Chaurasia.

The concert, arranged as part of the 87th episode of popular ‘Arts and Medicine’ programme by Kochi Biennale Foundation in association with Lakeshore Hospital and Research Centre Limited and Mehboob Memorial Orchestra, came up with some something exceptionally refreshing: each vintage number in Malayalam and Tamil was lent a ghazal touch.

The singer started with Vayalar-Devarajan duo’s ‘Shankhupushpam Kannezuthumbo’ from the 1965 movie ‘Shakuntala’. Subsequently, poet Bharathiraja’s composition ‘Kannamma’ was also performed which enthralled the audience.

Raghuram also tuned his harmonium for ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh’s ‘Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahi Ho’ which mellifluously gelled with the tune from the wind instrument of young Rajesh, who has shared the stage with Hariharan for the concerts of the celebrated Ghazal and Bollywood singer.

The show wound up with a vintage composeksha, ition of late composer M S Baburaj. ‘Oru Pushpam Mathram En’ from the 1967 movie ‘Pareeksha’ had all the soft touches to it magnified.


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