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Innovating traditional music

Innovating traditional music
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A concert organised by Suranjali at Taramati Baradari on Saturday night was an experience Hyderabadis will cherish for a long time. The evening started off with a jugalbandi in Raag Puriya Dhanashree by Shaunak Abhisheki and Anand Bhate. Shaunak Abhisheki is the son and disciple of the legendary Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki while Anand Bhate of the Kirana Gharana was tutored by Pt. Bhimsen Joshi.

A concert organised by Suranjali at Taramati Baradari on Saturday night was an experience Hyderabadis will cherish for a long time. The evening started off with a jugalbandi in Raag Puriya Dhanashree by Shaunak Abhisheki and Anand Bhate. Shaunak Abhisheki is the son and disciple of the legendary Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki while Anand Bhate of the Kirana Gharana was tutored by Pt. Bhimsen Joshi.

The two artistes gave a glimpse of the best of both musical lineages. It was steeped in tradition yet was innovative. They displayed their prowess in the popular bandish “Payaliya Jhankaar Mori” and went on to sing a drut bandish “Khusrau Sanam Mera”. It was then followed by Shaunak Abhisheki’s rendition of a thumri, “Aali Piya Bin Mora Kaise Jiya Tarsat” in Raag Kirvani.

He seamlessly traversed notes while staying true to the emotion of the composition. Sri Anand Bhate then rendered a traditional Kirana thumri in Raag Gara, “Jaadu Bhare Kaun Albele Naina Raseele”. His range was astounding and his voice shone throughout. What was really noteworthy was that while they displayed tremendous vocal skill, they never let anything tamper the tradition or the ‘rasa’ (mood) of any composition they chose; something that is quite rare these days in concerts.

The two maestros then enthralled the audience with a Bhajan-mala with popular abhangs like “Deva Vitthala” and bhajans like “Baje Re Muraliya”. They were supported by Uday Kulkarni on the harmonium and Harshit Kanitkar on the tabla. The next performance was by Sameer Rao, a prodigal disciple of the bansuri icon Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. His style was very reminiscent of Chaurasia and yet very individualistic.

He was accompanied on the tabla by the prodigious Rupak Bhattacharjee, disciple of the legendary Pt. Anindo Chatterjee. He chose the Raag Audav Bageshree set to Matta taal, which is rare to find in concerts nowadays. He then went on to play a dhun that was a tribute to the Bihu festival of Assam. Somewhere, it had shades of the Carnatic raga Shuddha Dhanyasi. During the event, Suranjali Foundation headed by Mohan Hemmadi conferred the lifetime achievement award posthumously on Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki. It was received by his son Shaunak Abhisheki.

The pleasant evening was given a grand closure by the iconic duo Pt. Rajan Misra and Pt. Sajan Misra. They held the audience spellbound with their rendition of a khyal in Raag Bihag set to Vilambit teen taal. They followed it up with a drut bandish and a rhythmic tarana which was very intelligently constructed. After a mellifluous classical presentation the duo went on to take the audience on a spiritual journey with bhajans. They were ably accompanied by Ajay Joglekar on the harmonium and Arvind Kumar Azad on the tabla.

By:Harini

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