Classic rendition of music and dance

Showing the beauty of Lucknow gharana this evening will be a remembrance for me,” said Pandit Deepak Maharaj, son of the legendary Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj, who performed in the City recently.

Deepak along with another prominent Kathak dancer Sandeep Mahavir gave an enthralling performance for the classical dance lovers.

Accompanied by Prashu Chaturlal on tabla, Anirban Bhattacharya on vocals, Ghulam Waris on sarangi and importantly Jaikrishan Maharaj (Birju Maharaj’s elder son) on Pakhawaj, Deepak set into motion the evening with his father’s signature composition Ardhnarishwar.

The piece demanded a high level of footwork and abhinaya skills which Deepak presented in continuity through his ‘adakari’ (abhinaya) or ‘layakari’ (rhythmic execution). He then moved on to perform select Kathak pieces reflecting the finer points of the Kathak traditions of the Lucknow gharana. His hand gestures, eyebrow movements and footwork were in sync with the music giving a hint of his style of execution.

The evening saw another spectacular performer Pandit Sandeep Mahavir, disciple of Madhureeta Sarang of the Jaipur Gharana. Accompanied by tabla player Anindo Chatterjee from Kolkata, Sandeep displayed supreme artistry through camaraderie between his footwork and the beats of tabla.

Also, Fateh Singh Gangani on the tabla was also another treat. Sandeep matched up to his music as well.  While his elder brother Dinesh Mahavir complemented the performance with his mellifluous voice. Interestingly, Sandeep comes from a family of musicians. His father, the late K Mahavir was a music composer who had worked with Lata Mangeshkar and other notables of Indian music industry.

The event was organised by Legends of India, a non-profit society which completed 15 years recently and has staged around 40 gala concerts by top performers in Classical music and dance. The day also happened to be the third death anniversary of the legendary vocalist in Hindustani Classical music and Bharat Ratna awardee Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

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