Impressive Kathak

Impressive Kathak

Impressive Kathak

Impressive Kathak

The Bangalore Lalithakala Parishat presented a Kathak recital by the students of the Nadam, on Friday. Eight students of Naadam performed as many items under the direction of Nandini Mehta and Murali Mohan.

Young dancers opened their programme with a invocatory song “Mahaganapathim”. Madhurastaka (“Adharam Madhuram”) is a all-time favourite, which was followed by a Shiva Thandava Stotram. Dramatising few episodes from Ramayana they performed the popular Tulasidas Bhajan “Sri Ramachandra Kripalu” pleasingly while the Basant was performed with abandon.

That, Amad, Tukda, Paran, Tihayee – revealed their good training. They concluded with a beautiful tharana in Durbari. Their talent and practice came to fore throughout the programme and made an immediate impact on receptive audience.

Malhar Utsav

The Guru Rao Deshpande Sangeet Sabha conducted the Sangeet Mahotsav “Malhar” in memory of Bharatrathna Bhimsen Joshi, the legendary musician.

In the festival on Sunday Padmabhushan Rajan and Sajan Mishra weaved a magic web around the packed audience at the JSS Auditorium. The raga Ramdasi Malhar unfolded itself, slowly and steadily weaving its magic and finding a responding chord amongst the listeners, young and old. Mandra Sancharis – starting from Panchama – created a beautiful musical atmosphere. The haunting outpouring in profuse strains of unalloyed melody cast a spell on the audience. The mood continued in the rag Megh.

He brought out the ‘ragabhava’ impactfully through Madhyalay teen thaal and shone with its scintillating tharana in Ek thaal. They concluded with a pleasing Bhajan in Desh. The tabla support by senior Ravindra Yavagal and harmonium by Dr Ravindra Katoti merged with the mood of the vocalists.

Evocative vocal

Young vocalist Dattatreya Velankar who sang in the “Guru Smaran” is a disciple of Pandit Vinayak Toravi. He has performed in Jugalbandi concerts and few leading institutions.

With his good voice and training Megh Malhar caught the attention of the connoisseurs. Through Madhya Lay Jap taal and Druth teen taal, the raga bhava was evocative. Without any gimmicks and overdoing Gowd Malhar was pleasing while the Abhang was presented with lilting melody.

Velankar acquitted himself confidently and his career is worth watching. Gurumurthy Vaidya and Madhusudhan Bhat accompanied on tabla and harmonium, respectively.


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