Powerful portrayal of emotions

Monsoon strains

Powerful portrayal of emotions

Bangalore-based Hindustani vocalist Susheela Mehta performed to a full house over the weekend. She carefully chose the compositions and most of the pieces where in tune with the monsoon season.

She said that the advantage that Hindustani music has over other classical forms is that it is seasonal. She began her performance with raga marubehag, which was a melodious raga, that was presented in two compositions. The one in vilambit taal was slow. In this recital, the heroine awaits her beloved.

The second composition was drut, presented in teen taal, where the heroine pleads with her beloved to let her go so that she can perform her daily chores. This was an
emotional yet powerful portrayal.

Susheela swiftly moved on to the next piece called meghmalhar, which was all about the monsoons. “The piece has to do with the clouds. It is a seasonal raga connected with the heavy rains and the dark clouds that come with it. This was presented in the nomtom format, which is a typical way of expounding a raga,” explained Susheela. “Rain and romance blend together and all the songs that I chose revolve around the two,” she added. Those who attended the concert couldn’t stop praising Susheela’s voice. Sushma Rao, a musician herself, said, “Susheela’s voice is crystal clear and conveyed all the emotions with the right kind of expressions. She’s a musician par excellence.”

Anantha Krishna, another member of the audience, said, “It’s hard to come by a lot of Hindustani concerts in the City and when they happen, I never miss them. The piece on rain and romance was my favourite. More than anything, the power in the vocalist’s voice conveyed a lot of emotion.”

Susheela didn’t take to Hindustani music by accident. It runs in her blood and more than anything, she feels the audience for this form of music is growing by the day. “The audience is growing and there are a lot of people who are beginning to understand and appreciate this form of music,” she added.

Come what may, Susheela never misses her morning practice sessions. “Morning is the best time to practice. We start quite early,” she averred. “It requires a lot of passion and discipline to take music forward,” she added.

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