Abhijith S Narayanan, a 19-year-old blooming flutist from Valanchery in Malappuram district, is all set to make his mark in Mollywood through heart-touching background scores. Two upcoming movies- Thekku Thekkoru Desathu and Pedithondan have used the talent of Abhijith. He is a usual face in the evening concerts in hotels of Kozhikode city.
The young artiste says he started to take up flute seriously only at the age of 14. But the years after that saw his phenomenal growth as a flutist. Abhijith has already played flute for prominent singers as K J Yesudas, Susheela, S Janaki, K S Chithra and many other artistes. Recently, he played flute for Mano at the inauguration of the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival in Malappuram.
“Though I used to experiment in flute in my own ways, it took years for me to seriously approach the art. I inherited music from my family. My grandfather Narayana Ganakan was a flutist and my father and his elder brother— Sajith Narayanan and Ajith Narayanan respectively— are also flute experts,” said Abhijith. Though he learned the basics from his father, Abhijith is at present practising under Rinson, a flutist from Thrissur. His maternal uncle Binduraj is a tablist, who has performed with many musical exponents.
“Two people have contributed a lot towards my growth— Ramdas Master, my teacher at Parudoor High School, Pallippuram, and Sadanandan, also called Saduettan, an office staff there. It was the encouragement provided by these two people that helped me improve within a limited time,” said Abhijith.
Kozhikode is the most favourable place for music concerts, he opines. “Whatever be the style of concert, whoever be the singers, the gallery will be full and crowded in Kozhikode. The support the audience provide throughout the programme is also amazing. I have played flute at many shows in Bangalore, Hyderabad and other South Indian cities. But Kozhikode is my most favourite venue for these reasons,” he said. Having completed Plus Two and with many music projects in queue, Abhijith would like to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Music from any of the reputed music colleges in Kerala. “I would like to do more in the film world. The songs from the movies for which I have played flute are already out,” said a delighted Abhijith.