Indian 'ragas' on piano


passionate Utsav Lal dh photo by Vishwanath Suvarna

Titled Ragas Dance Off Piano Keys, the programme was held at a popular City hotel. The unique aspect of the show was that unlike the other piano concerts, which either showcase jazz or Western classical music, this concert was completely Indian in nature. Accompanied by Gurumurthy Vaidya on tabla, the talented pianist played Hindustani ragas for the music-lovers present. Besides, he also explained the nitty-gritties of Hindustani music for all those not aware of this genre. 

The evening started off with a cocktail party for the guests, who came in looking their best. It was a perfect opportunity for the socialites to catch up with each other as they chatted on all topics under the sun. That’s why no one complained even though the concert started almost thirty minutes later than the scheduled time.

Prior to playing his first piece, Utsav addressed the audience saying, “I am delighted at this opportunity to share my music with you.” Referring to his love for Hindustani music, he said, “Hindustani music is something that I have fallen in love with. It’s a spiritual form of music, which is very transcendental in nature.” He further explained the concept of a raga. “Raga is what colours the soul and there is a specific way to render a raga.” He added, “Aalap is the slow, unhurried and relaxed part of a raga.”

Starting off with raga Bihag, Utsav kept the music-lovers mesmerised for over an hour rendering merely this one raga. “Bihag is a beautiful evening raga,” he said. This was followed by his rendition of raga Bageshree in Rudra Taal and Ek Taal. One could spot lovers of classical music shaking their heads, closing their eyes and putting taal. To sum it up, Utsav, who is on a six city tour of India, managed to delight everyone present with his rendition of the magical Hindustani ragas.

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