35th annual Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan

Dates: November 26th, 2012 to November 28th, 2012

Venue: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sector 27, Chandigarh,

Our thirty – fifth annual Sangeet Sammelan concluded on the 28th of Nov.2012. The Sammelan started on the 26th evening with an invocation (Shabd gayan) by Rupinder Kaur from Dehradun. She sang with true devotional fervor bringing out the essense of the verses from the Gurbani set to their original ragas and talas.She was given appropriate accompaniment by Gautam Dhar on the tabla, Vinay Mishra on the harmonium and Ruchika on the tanpura. This was followed by Biswajit Roy Chowdury’s ‘Sarod vadan’. He played Raga Yaman Kalyan, a very appropriate raga for that time of the day. He developed the raga with great expertise and creative innovation. His ‘meend pradhan vistaar’ was the attraction of his performance. He was accompanied very ably by Avirbhav on the tabla.The ‘sandhya’ concluded with Smt. Piu Sarkhel’s vocal recital. She started her performance with Raga Rageshwari followed by Raga Hansadhwani. She is one of the very few female performers to be following the Indore gharana gayaki, which was very beautifully presented in her presentation of both the ragas. She has a good stage presence and her concluding bhajan, which was a tribute to her late father and guru, Sh. Kamal Bandhopadhyay, moved to tears many a listener. She was accompanied by Vinay Mishra on the harmonium, Dr. Paramjit Singh on the tabla, Mamta and Madhu on the tanpuras.

The 27th evening started with Smt.Padma Talwalkar’s vocal recital. Her first presentation was Raga Kedar, followed by Raga Abhogi and Raga Chayanat. She has had the good fortune of learning from great gurus who belonged to different gharanas, due to which she has innovated her own blend of Jaipur – Atrauli, Gwalior, Agra and Kirana gharana, which was a very beautifully created style, and was applauded by one and all. She was accompanied by Chinmaya Kolhatkar on the harmonium, Mayank Bedekar on the tabla,Mamta and Ruchika on the tanpuras. Her student Yashaswi Sirpotdar gave her very good vocal support.She was followed by Pt. Suresh Talwalkar’s Tabla ensemble. He had with him on stage, his daughter Savani Talwalkar(tabla), Mayank Bedekar(tabla), Omkar Dalvi(pakhawaj), Ojas-ji(vocals), Chinmaya Kolhatkar(harmonium). He started his presentation with Jhaptaal followed by Teentaal. It was very heartening to hear the wonderful synchronization between all the artistes on stage. One could see the effort put in by Pt.Suresh Talwalkar in teaching his entire team members and also his own level of expertise!

On the concluding morning of the 28th, Padma Talwalkar presented a beautiful rendition of Raga Bilaskhani Todi, after which she presented Raga Alhaiya-Bilawal which was equally beautifully rendered. She went on to the very popular composition in Raga Shudh- Sarang ‘ab mori baat’ and concluded with the much awaited bhajan ‘Mharo Pranam Banke Bihari ji’. A truly divine experience for the listeners and a very apt ‘finale’ to the Sammelan!

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