Music connoisseurs gathered at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan recently to listen to veteran Hindustani classical singer Vinayak Torvi at the ‘Pt Rama Rao V Naik Memorial Concert’. Vinayak Torvi was accompanied by Vyasamurti Katti on the harmonium and Ravindra Yavagal on the tabla.
The recital started with a vilambhit ek taal on raga Shudh Kalyan. The recital began with a detailed alaap and the bada khayal, which was followed by taan. The audience comprised people of all age groups. Vinayak Torvi played on his strengths and his deep voice resonated throughout the auditorium.
Playing with the laya and the sur, he gave the audience a peek into his command over music. The recital had various facets. The ‘jugabandi between Torvi and the Ravindra Yavagal was noteworthy, so was Katti’s dexterity on the harmonium. The audience were floored by the rich voice of Torvi.
“I have heard him perform many times and each time I listen to him, I feel there is something new in his voice and his style of singing. His voice has an old world charm and that always creates magic,” said Naresh, who had come for the show.
The senior artiste went on to perform a few more ragas and mesmerised the audience with his style. Not only was he entertaining as a singer but also effortless and free in his expressions. He was seen encouraging and motivating those accompanying him quite often, thus making the whole performance enjoyable.
“I am learning classical music and when I heard that he was performing, I decided to attend it as there is so much to learn from his style of singing and the way he presents a particular raga,” said Manasi, a young member of the audience.