Manjunath, Godkhindi enthrall music lovers

Manjunath, Godkhindi enthrall music lovers

Violinist Mysore Manjunath and flautist Praveen Godkhindi at a jugalbandi organised by Raagavaibhava, in Mysore. Photo By Author

But this one had  a few  unique features. Both the artistes who are maestros in their own field and have played together in fusion music, played classical music for the first time in Mysore.

Both the celebrities are Kannadigas. This concert shunned the usual (unbearable) loud and swift conclusion.

Dr.Manjunath is one of our brilliant Violinists in the annals of Karnatak classical music. He is a top artiste with many a feathers in his cap. He had returned after performing at The International Violin Conference at New York and at Shanthi Niketan at Kolkota. Pt. Praveen Godkhindi, a multi faceted flautist is a sure crowd puller.

His experiments with fusion of Indian and western music are quite popular. A familiar name in composing music for T.V serials, Praveen is equally good in classical music too. The deep sound of Bansuri and the magic of Violin cast its spell on the rasikas of Mysore.

Raaga vaibhava is celebrating its 7th anniversary. This  jugalbadi held at Sri Vasudevacharya Bhavana (21-11-10) was its third concert in connection with it. Dr Manjunath started off with an alap in Purvikalyani.  The pure, straight and Daatu swaras increased the intensity of the raga with a few traditional  and a hoard of innovative sangathis .

Manjunath had decided to employ all the techniques of Violin within the short time allotted. ‘Jnaanmosaga raada’ of Tyagaraja that followed was  lively . corresponding to it was Rag Jog by Praveen. Vilambith was sheer classical treat without any gimmicks.

As the rag unfolded, ears that were expecting the obvious nuances of Jog were disappointed. Yet, he made his fans happy by playing fast phrases  in Dhruth .

In an effort to be different from the usual, they chose Raga Varamu for the jugalbandhi. This was an expression of two matured, artistic minds.

A different feel

While one was engrossed in enjoying pure classical music, they would suddenly plunge in to the world of straight and crispy notes that reminded of chords in western music. The next moment listeners would receive a typical Hindustani treat.

It was quite interesting to observe two different framework using the same ingredients. The next piece was in Raga Hemavathi that was rendered soulfully by both the artistes. The new gaits that Praveen presented in Taana spoke lot of his creativity. Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma and Udayraj Karpoor on Mridanga and Tabla made the concert more enjoyable with their lively percussion support.

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