Touching the soul

CHAITRA KALARAVA

 Entertaining: Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhat and Mysore Manjunath.Chaitra Kalarava, a special cultural programme, held at the Raj Bhavan recently, was attended by a large number of music-lovers. The programme was organised by the Doordarshan Kendra, Bangalore, in association with Raj Bhavan and began with the revered National Anthem.

Following this was a dance ballet Baro Vasantha Baro, welcoming the spring in a traditional manner. This feat, presented by the Natyasri School of Bharatanatyam, was choreographed by Suma Nagesh. But the highlight of the evening was the jugalbandhi between Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhat and Dr Mysore Manjunath.

Much to the delight of the audience, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhat with his Mohan Veena, an improvised version of the traditional veena, played some soulful numbers with Mysore Manjunath on the violin. The opening piece started with a composition in ‘Hamsadhwani’ raga, an improvisation of Vatapi Ganapatim, which had elaborate strains of both the Mohan Veena and the violin and set the mood for a lively music session.

The piece was brilliant and rich in rhythmic expressions depicting many shades of improvised ragas. Following this was a composition in raga Dharmavathi, which was an amalgam of classical tunes. The concluding piece was a scintillating number in raga Sindhu Bhairavi based on the bhajan Pahi Pahi Gajananam, which cast a meditative spell on the audience.

The two maestros were accompanied by Ravindra on the tabla, Giridhar Udupa on the ghatam, Hulikal Prasad on the tambura and K V Jayachandra on the mridangam. It was indeed a classical piece and a rapturous rendition which left the audience in a state of trance.

After this musical extravaganza, yet another treat was awaited the audience — a dance recital by Natyasri School of Bharatanatyam. The dancers danced to Ugaugadi Kaledaru, a poem penned by the famous poet Da Ra Bendre.

The costumes and the quick movements coupled with brilliant expressions were depicted with elan. This was followed by a kathak performance by the Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography which enthralled the audience completely. Shivani, a ninth standard student who was present with her family at the programme, was left spellbound by the performance.

“I feel so privileged and happy to be here listening to the maestros. The performance was absolutely divine and mesmerising,” she said.

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