In tune with each other
The Bangalore School of Music in collaboration with Alliance Francaise brought together a wonderful sitar and tabla concert recently.
The concert began with raag yaman, a befitting raga for the evening.
It started in slow and melodic Vilambit Teentaal and was followed by the fast and energetic Drut Teentaal. Suman mouthed the lines of the bandish shyam bajaye aaj muraliya which were in perfect sync with the tune of the sitar highlighting the Gayaki style.
His next piece was in raag Khamaj, based on Bengali folk music Bhatiali, where Bangaloreans got a taste of the songs sung by fishermen in Bengal. The song titled dhenge mor gharer chabi (from bondage to the outer world) had many swaying to its mellifluous tune.
Suman as a word of advice to the youngsters pursuing classical music said, “It is
important to stick to your goal, follow the advice of your guru by the book and
practice hard. It is no longer the case where you can’t make money in classical
music. People are finally understanding the value of Indian classical music and there are ample opportunities for talented people.”
Susmita Dutta, an audience member, appreciating his performance said, “He is really good and I really enjoyed his performance. The representation of Gayaki style is usually rare and it was amazing to listen to it.”
The audience throughly enjoyed the jugalbandi of the two instruments. Avril Bayer, an audience member, described the concert as amazing. “The play between the musicians that we got to witness was truly interesting.”