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In tune with each other

Last updated: 19 April, 2011
DHNS 18:31 IST

MUSICAL NOTES

The Bangalore School of Music in collaboration with Alliance Francaise brought together a wonderful sitar and tabla concert recently.

The concert featuring Suman Bhattacharya and Partha Mukherjee on the sitar and tabla respectively had the audience glued to their seats, as they were mesmerised by the melodic renditions. Suman, who is trained both in the Tantrakari as well as the Gayaki Ang styles of Ustad Vilayat Khan, played the sitar with such ease that the audience were left awestruck by his mastery over the instrument. Partha complemented his rendition brilliantly, with both the instruments in perfect sync creating music that engulfed the auditorium with its sweetness. The intimate auditorium also gave the audience glimpses of the chemistry that the two musicians shared, as they constantly kept egging each other to outperform the other. They also complemented each other if they liked what the other had played. The audience too felt a part of their inner circle and were seen smiling in delight.

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.”

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