Dates: 30th, 31st October and 1st of November 2015
Venue: Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan, Sector 27, Chandigarh
The sammelan ended on Sunday, (1st November) afternoon, after three days of soulful music , much to the satisfaction of a cultivated audience, with a performance by vocalist Gauri Pathare. Her Lalita Gauri, a rarely heard raaga, was followed by Jaunpuri, Alhaiya Bilawal and four short pieces in a semiclassical mould. The ease with which she sang the higher notes spoke of her hard riyaz.She was accompanied on the Tabla by Dr. Paramjeet Singh and on the Harmonium by Paromita Mukherjee.
The previous evening had two outstanding performances. The highlights were a yugalbandi on the silver flute and the saxophone by the two Italian musicians, Virginia Nicoli and Igino Brunori. They were shining students at the conservatoire in Milan and found their calling in dhrupad music at the gurukul of the celebrated Gundecha brothers, Ramakant and Umakant at Bhopal. Their Yaman and Bhopali were rendered with amazing sense of combination. Young Sukhad Munde on the pakhavaj accompanied with great skill and aplomb. The Governor of Punjab and Haryana had found time to attend despite his busy schedule and blessed the artistes.
The Italian musicians were followed by Shashank Maktedar, a gifted vocalist who has sat at the feet of Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar and imbibed the best in Gwalior, Kirana and Jaipur Atrauli styles. He started with Raag Kamod and moved on to Adana , Bageshwari and concluded with a beautiful composition in Bhairavi.He has true pith and his Kamod was unforgettable. He was accompanied on the Tabla by Dr. Paramjeet Singh, and by Paromita Mukherjee on the Harmonium. On the opening day, Pt Harish Tewari sang Durga with good elaboration in a powerful voice , after which he sang a composition in Kedar and concluded with a beautiful bhajan – ‘Baje re muraliya baje’, which reminded one of his Guru, the late Pt. Bhimsen Joshi. The second artiste was Yashaswi Sirpotdar, a pupil of the great Padma Talwalkar. Gifted with a golden voice her Maru Behag and Chhayanat were much appreciated, and she concluded with a beautiful rendition of ‘Jab Jankinath sahaye kare’. She was accompanied on the Tabla by Mehmood Khan.
Great credit is due to Paromita Mukerjee who provided harmonium accompaniment to the vocalists. Her gentle playing is unobtrusive and accurate and her solo bits displayed mastery over different raagas and taals.
Our Sammelan commenced with a patriotic group song conducted by Mrs Vanita Dharmani . It was the hindi version of the very popular ‘Se je aamaar janam bhumi’. Her students brought out the sentiment very beautifully!
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