The day I fixed an over the call interview with Sabareesh Prabhaker, I had no clue that I am getting to talk to a prodigy. A man who got trained in violin at the age of 5 and a winner of multiple accolades & awards, turned out to be a boy next door so humble and simple with all smiles. Though he has got a musical family to talk about, he played it subtle expressing just about his love for violin and music. He says he is a natural lover of music and violin is like a part of his body. Well true to his statements, he have had performed on over 5000 stages, in India and abroad.
His love for classical music doesn’t stop him from experimenting in the arena of fusion music. The way his long hair sways with the moves while playing his fiddle, a pleasant smile that flowers on his face without any effort and his mastery over the instrument makes any ordinary tune unprecedented. His violin cover song album Kannathil Muthamittal that got released in July 2016, received wide viewership and amazing response. Like his previous cover song album ‘Malargale , this too got noticed and recognized by BBC. Travel, food and movies being his other passions, his albums showcases breathtaking landscapes and alluring sceneries that keep people glued to the screen without skipping it to the next. His stage presence and ability to entertain people of all ages is astounding. He is certainly the famed Pied Piper, this time for a change from Thrippunithura, Kerala. Like a shadow his dad follows him to all his performances; his gratitude and love for him reflected in his each word he mentioned about him. He is certainly someone who is lucky, always having his back leaned comfortably on his parents but he is also someone who pushes his limits through his hard work and determination.
When asked about his favorite musicians, I am happy to see his list doesn’t stop with A. R. Rahman or Ilaiyaraaja topping the list; it also included names of the world musicians as well. In fact I am not amazed to see this youngster leading one of the best music band ‘Immortal Raaga’. His dreams are big and in one of the interviews I heard him saying that he wants to become a very famous musician of all time, what a conviction? What a confidence? , may be that’s the wow factor that many new musicians lack these days.
When asked about the kind of music he likes, he expressed “I am happy playing classical genre and I believe every other modern format is evolved from it.” His in-depth knowledge in music secured him a gold medal for M.A. in violin from M.G. University. He had already shared the stage space with many notable personalities in the field of music like drummer Sivamani, Stephen Devassy, Naresh Iyyer, K.S.Chitra and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam .
When asked about a major challenge concerning instrumental music he said, “Unlike vocal music it is at times difficult to convey certain feeling to the audience. But an instrumentalist can overcome this challenge through constant practice.” He also added, “I am a constant learner and a practitioner.” His enthusiasm to learn to practice and vice versa is evident in his works, which par the excellence.
Well, if you guys haven’t yet watched his brand new violin cover, check it out. Trust me you guys are gonna love it for sure.
Out of sheer curiosity I ran my eyes through a few viewer comments and here are the ones which prove the genius of this rising star.
‘Sat back, plugged in my earphones, shut the world out and took a visit to musical heaven and back. This is a piece of soul rendering music. May your talents grow Sabareesh.’ @ Ganeshnarayanan S
‘One of the best cover songs of Ar Rahman sir! First class picturization! Kudos to the team! Hope you guys continue to give soulful covers like this. Keep rocking!’@ Manzoor NP
‘AR RAHMAN will not be disappointed if he listens to this….brilliant work ….100 likes from me……………… ’@ karthik nair
All the very best Sabareesh Prabhaker! You are having a smooth take-off to success.