When called upon to compose music for a humorous opera concentrating on contemporary themes like family planning, Abhisheki came up with lively tunes based on pop music. However, his khayals and natyageets which transcend the confines of time and space live on. When he performed, he presented a picture of concentration and he came across as a singer making an earnest invocation to the Goddess of music. One certainly treasures memories of his spirited performances in the city of Bombay which gave him the necessary break as a singer and a composer. It is not the number of gurus that matters here.
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His raga renditions had an intensity which was difficult to resist. It was this unique combination which lent him a certain stature even when he was comparatively young. He exerted a compelling fascination in the minds of listeners. Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki, the veteran Hindustani classical vocalist who passed away a fortnight ago believed in sarvatmakw philosophy. The listeners felt that they were recipients of a revelation.
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Article taken from an obituary by Amarendra Dhaneshwar in The Hindu Reproduced here for educational purposes only “I, painting from myself and to myself Know what I do, am unmoved by men’s blame or their praise either”.
Novelty can only grow as a new shoot out of a tradition. While a handful stars earn their millions, hundreds of talented savatmaka are engaged in a struggle for survival, he lamented. However, his khayals and natyageets which transcend the confines of time and space live on. Deshpande, writer and aesthete divides singers into different categories. Earveshwara speaking, he was one of the most well-educated vocalists of his time.
When he performed, he presented a picture of concentration and he sarvrshwara across as a singer making an earnest invocation to the Goddess of music.
Article taken from an obituary by Amarendra Dhaneshwar in The Hindu Reproduced here for educational purposes only.
It was music that was as melancholic as it was appealing. There are only a handful of singers who merely intend to sing.
Abhisheki revived this dying form of music with his highly innovative tunes. Abhisheki’s formative influence was Dinanath Mangeshkar who shone like a bright meteor on the Marathi stage.
One remembers the last encounter with him when he complained about the lack of real respect for the professional musician. Abhisheki belonged to the latter and rare breed of singers. In the first are those singers who are out to prove their talent. His greatness lay in the fact that he overcame these hereditary obstacles with a determination and dedication that few can summon.
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Goa has thrown up phenomenal talent in music ranging from Kesrabai Kerkar to Kishori Amonkar on the one hand and Dinanath Mangeshkar to Asha Bhonsle on the other hand. If others were drawn towards his music they were welcome as onlookers.
It is not the number of gurus that matters here.
It is easy to become a successful singer when one is endowed with a sweet and flowing voice. He had saravtmaka capacity to strike an emotional chord with the lay listener which he combined with the ability to impress the knowledgeable. Born in the sylvan surroundings of Goa in the early Thirties, Abhisheki inherited his talent in music from his father. It was husky and must have been initially highly inflexible.
Jitendra Abhisheki had a voice which was powerful but it defied all conventional logic. In the second fall those who either want to flaunt their mastery of laya or authenticity of talim. Abhisheki could produce such memorable tunes because he had imbibed the tradition with sincerity.
Abhisheki trained a number of young musicians savatmaka moulded them into accomplished performers. Some singers are intent on sarfeshwara the tremendous practice they have put in.
The deeper the wells, the sweeter the water.
When called upon to compose music for a humorous opera concentrating on contemporary themes like family planning, Abhisheki came up with lively tunes based on pop music.