Paying tribute to a legend

melodious Ravindra Yavagal and Ustad Shahid Parvez.

Sitar virtuoso Ustad Shahid Parvez and classical vocalist Vinayak Torvi mesmerised the audience for more than three hours with their spellbinding performances.

Vinayak Torvi, the founder of Gururao Deshpande Sangeet Sabha remembered his association with the gurus Gururao Deshpande and Bhimsen Joshi.  Guruji (Bhimsen Joshi) had come for the 10th year celebration of Gururao Deshpande Sangeet Sabha and had asked us to continue the activities forever. We are planning to have the 30th year celebrations soon. People like Gururao and Bhimsen will remain forever in the hearts of people,” he said.

The much-awaited musical evening began with the performance of Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan. The talented artiste commenced his concert with the raag Des. His extraordinary presentation took the audience to different world altogether. After this, he chose raag Megh Malhar and raag Pilu which showcased his incredible talent. He was supported by Ravindra Yavagal on tabla.

Next part of the event saw a vocal recital by Vinayak Torvi. Gifted with a powerful and melodious voice, he stole the hearts of music lovers gathered there.

He started with Karim Naama Thero... in raag Mia Malhar and later presented raag Basanth Bahar. His beautiful rendition of a devaranama called Deva Murariyane Kondado was well-appreciated. The audience wanted more Kannada bhajans and he chose to perform Kangalidyatako in raag Bhairavi.

He also showed his brilliance in a Marathi abhang Devamadha Nee Devacha.
Rajendra Nakod supported him on tabla and Vyasamurthy Katti on harmonium. The venue was over-crowded till the end of the programme.

“I have paid a tribute to Bhimsen Joshi, the great classical singer, by organising this concert. I chose to perform his favourite raag Mia Malhar in his memory,” said Torvi.
“It was a wonderful concert. Ustad Parvez was amazing on sitar. So was Vinayak Torvi by performing Bhimsen Joshi’s popular song Kangalidyatako,” said Kamala Vasisht, a member of the audience.

An audio CD of Rina Basu, disciple of Vinayak Torvi, Maan Le Piharava was also
released on the occasion.

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