Creating a visual in the mind

Mesmerising

in tune Dattatreya Velankar presenting a vocal recital.

The concert was lively and was steeped in pure classical notes.

Dattatreya Velankar began with a slow alaap. It was a short piece but managed to hold the audience’s attention. This was followed by Raag Durga,  an evening raag which was set to Madhya Lay Jhaptal and Dhrut teentaal.

The next piece was another slow but soothing one. Titled, sakhi mori rim jhim it depicted the rainy season. The song attempted to seek the rain god’s mercy to bless the parched earth. Another aspect of the same piece portrayed a lover who is waiting for her beloved. The song captured the yearning and love.

Shambho Shankara Trishooli sung in Raag Shankara, a devotional song sung in ektaal was in praise of Lord Shiva and his divine attributes.

The passion and devotion was reflected in his voice and the instruments added to the ambience.

Next was Aaj Khele Shyama Sanga Holi in chota khyal in Raag Kafi. It portrayed a scene where the Gopikas played Holi with Lord Krishna.

The song reflected happiness, love and a lot of playfulness. His renditions were highly evocative and steeped in emotion. He did well to recreate a visual imagery of the song in the mind.

He also sang a Tarana in Raag Sohini, which was not only intense but held the audience’s undivided attention.  Dattatreya was accompanied by Jagadish Kurtukoti on the tabla, Madhusoodhan Bhat on the harmonium, Vasudev on the veena and Ajit on the tanpura.

Dattatreya while speaking after the concert said, “I am delighted to perform here. From the response, I gather that the audience too seemed to have liked the concert.”

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