A symphony of ragas

Last Updated : 21 June 2012, 13:02 IST
Last Updated : 21 June 2012, 13:02 IST

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Eminent vocalists Dhananjay Hegde and Shounak Abhisheki took the stage at Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Malleswaram to perform a Hindustani classical recital on the occasion of Sapthak’s sixth anniversary.

Sapthak, a music organisation, is dedicated to promoting Hindustani classical music and other cultural activities. The organisation has conducted numerous music concerts by well-known and outstanding musicians from all over the world.

Dhananjay Hegde, along with Gurumurthi Vaidya on tabla and Ravindra Katoti and Satish Kolli on harmonium, rendered all the compositions with astounding vocal resonance.

Dhananjay Hegde was born in a musical family. At the age of four, he was identifying the musical notes of a car horn or a temple bell. He began to learn music from his mother Geetha Hegde, trained under Pandit Venkateshkumar from Dharwad and then joined Vinayak Torvi for advanced and rigorous training in Gurukul tradition.

“As a vocalist I have my improvisations to the classical songs. My favourite ragas are miya malhaar and yaman. I think one can enjoy these beautiful, elaborate ragas only when they know how to enjoy music,” says Hegde.

Suresh Ramaswamy, a musician among the audience, thinks Hegde is very talented and his methodical exposition, ability to play with rhythm and elaborating on musical notes are fantastic.

“I thought the faster compositions were very nice with a lot of sargams. The improvisations were exceptional with emotions, enunciations and melodies,” he expresses.

Music lovers in the City not only appreciated the voice of Hegde but also enjoyed the rendition of Shounak Abhisheki.

Shounak Abhisheki is a leading vocalist of the young generation. He is the son and disciple of maestro Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki and has a beautiful combination of Agra and Jaipur styles of Hindustani classical music.

Shounak’s aesthetic approach towards the lyrical content and his keen sensitivity towards the emotive aspects of a composition gives his performance a universal appeal.

Both Dhananjay and Shounak presented classical compositions and captivated the audience in the hall. Hegde’s Kannada composition by Purandaradaasa titled Neenyaako ninna hang Yaakov, seemed to be the favourite among the spectators.

The solo tabla performance by acclaimed Ravindra Yavari took the crowd by a storm. People thoroughly enjoyed the concert and hoped to hear them all again very soon.

Published 21 June 2012, 13:02 IST

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