(In the lounge of the Aqua marine hotel sector 22, Chandigarh)
Our Music Appreciation Course concluded successfully on the 20th of November 2016.
The first day (18th of November 2016) Introduction to music- brief history of the evolution of music – sound, rhythm- laya, concordant and discordant notes, harmony, melody – the difference between the basics of Indian and western music.
Introduction to the seven shudh swaras and five vikrit swaras – Thaats and evolution of ragas from the thaats . How the different swaras express different emotions and bhaav.
Brief introduction to the evolution of gharanas and a basic information about the popular gharanas (of North Indian classical vocal music) of present times and their representatives.
The speaker of the day was Dr Nivedita Singh .
Day two (19th of November 2016) The different genres of Indian music – light, folk, devotional, semi classical and classical with special reference to the different moods and emotions related to them.
Taal and its importance – the relationship of laya and composition- the different taals used for the different genres of music.
Modulation of sound and how it can enhance the emotional content of a composition.
The speaker of the day was Dr Alankar Singh. We had the good fortune of having Pt.Keshav Talegaonkar from Agra , as part of our audience. He shared some valuable information and experiences with us too.
Day three (20th of November 2016) The different forms of Hindustani classical vocal music: Dhruvpad, Khyaal, Thumri and Dadra – with special reference to khyaal which is most popular in present times.
Aesthetics of music and what to look for in a concert, followed by a concluding performance.
Our speaker for day 3 was Dr Neera Grover.
Our speakers on all three days brought out the basics of music very beautifully, which helped our participants gain a better insight into our classical music. It was a successful event indeed!
Our Music Appreciation Course concluded successfully on the 6th of November 2012.
The first day (3rd of November 2012) started with Vinita Gupta’s lecture cum demonstration on the various basic aspects of Hindustani music – sound,naad, shruti, rhythm ,taal, thaats and evolution of ragas; the basics of raga development, alaap, anibadh and nibadh gaan.
Day two(4th of November 2012) featured Dr. Nivedita Singh’s lecture-demonstration on the different forms of Hindustani vocal music (classical and semi-classical). She gave an introduction to the development of the raga(vistaar)during its presentation in Khayal gayan. Kanika Mankotia accompanied her on the tanpura.
Day three(5th of November 2012) featured Dr. Alankar Singh giving an insight into the the depiction of different moods through various compositions in khayal gayan and how the various talas help to enhance the depiction of the essence of the lyrics of a composition bringing out the appropriate ‘Bhav’.
Sh. N.Khosla (President INT), concluded with a brief insight into what the correct perspective of the listeners should be, as being an integral part of the concert, how they can help make their listening experience more enjoyable; the ‘gun’ and ‘avgun’ of musicians; and what to look for in a concert. Gautam Dhar accompanied the speakers on the tabla on all three days.
Day four(6th of November 2012) featured a concluding session by Dr.Deepti Omcherry Bhalla on a comparative discussion cum performance on the two major styles of Indian classical music – Karnatak and Hindustani North Indian vocal music. She was accompanied by N.Padmanabhan on the mrindangam and Gautam Dhar on the table. Kum. Sarika gave her some vocal accompaniment in Hindustani music.
All the four sessions focussed more on vocal music. The course was fairly well attended and the course members went home asking for more!
A three day Music Appreciation Course was conducted by Indian National Theatre in collaboration with Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy from the 7th of October to the 9th of October in the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy Auditorium.The idea of holding this course was to enlighten music lovers with little, or no knowledge of music, on the basic concepts of North Indian classical music.
The society had invited eminent vocalists to throw light on ‘swar’,’laya’,’taal’, ‘thaat’, modulations of voice,presentation of a’raag’,various forms of North Indian classical music etc. The speakers included Mrs.Vinita Gupta (Rampur Sadarang Parampara), Dr.Arvind Sharma(Punjab university),Dr.Nivedita Singh(Punjabi university),Sh.Alankar Singh(Punjabi university).
The course was very well received and the positive response of the listeners definitely proved to be a step towards promoting classical music, as that is precisely what Indian National Theatre stands for.
Indian National Theatre has been holding similar courses in the previous years and intends to hold such courses more than once a year on popular demand.
On the first day Rajwinder Kaur and Sanya Kulkarni gave delightful vocal renditions , followed by Sahana Banerjee on the sitar. Rajwinder Kaur commenced her performance with delightful verses from the Gurubani in Raag yaman, set to drut Teen taal, followed by a composition in Raag Kalavati set to drut ek taal.
Saniya Kulkarni commenced with a beautiful compostion in Raag Nand “Dhundu bare Saniyan” set to vilambit Teen taal, followed by a fast tempo composition in Drut Teen taal “more karan de batiya” and a sargam geet in the same raag. The ease with which Sanya traversed the three octaves in her crystal clear voice while developing the raag was indeed highly commendable. She concluded with a soulful bhajan – ‘payo ji maine Ram ratan dhan payo’. She left the audience asking for more.
Sahana Banerjee started her sitar recital with a composition in Raag Hemant set to vilambit Teen taal followed by a drut composition in the same raag. Her performance displayed her skill in alaap, jorh, jhala, typical of Rampur Senia gharna style. She continued with a thumari ang composition in Raag Manjh Khamajh and presented the beautiful nuances of the raag with perfect ease which enthralled the listeners.
On the second day, vocalists Dr Chetna Banawat and Dhananjay Hegde gave memorable performances.
Dr. Chetna Banawat commenced with a beautiful composition ‘sakhi man lage na’ in Raag Bageshri set to vilambit ek taal , followed by a drut composition ‘ja re ja badra tu ja’ and a tarana. She chose Raag Bhinn shadaj as the second raag of the evening. Her compositions ‘ae more balma’ in Madhya laya rupak and ‘jiya lage na’ in drut laya had the audience spell bound. Most of the compositions she sang have been created by her Guru- Dr Prabha Atre.
Dhananjay Hegde commenced with a beautiful composition ‘ae ri ab goond laavo’ in Raag Chhaya nat, set to vilambit Tilwada taal followed by a drut composition ‘ghar jane de’ in teen taal, composed by his Guru Pt Vinayak Torvi. Later, he rendered a beautiful composition in Raag Madhu kauns -‘mora man lubhayo sanvaria’ in drut teen taal.
Both the artistes performances were highly appreciated.
It was surely a vibrant and melodious musical treat for all the classical music lovers present at the Sangeet Sammelan.
On the last day Dr. Purnima Dhumale gave a delightful vocal performance and Gautam Dhar spelled his magic on Tabla.
City-based teacher and tabla maestro Gautam Dhar is the foremost disciple of late Guru Pawan Verma.
Gautam Dhar performed with his students presenting variations of teen taal ‘gat’ pieces. After this presentation he concluded with another gat, where his students recited the ‘bols’ of “Thumak Thumak chalet chaal “ in praise of Lord Krishna and he played the same on his tabla.
This was followed by Dr Pournima Dhumale’s soulful presentation.
Dr Dhumale hails from Pune.In her vocal recital she presented rather rare ragas. She commenced with Raag Bahaduri Todi… ‘Mahadev devan pati’ in vilambit ek taal and a drut composition by ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan Sahib of Agra ‘sajan ki sanwali surat’ in Teen taal. She had the audience spell bound with her soulful rendition. Later she sang a composition in Raag Kukubh Bilawal set to jhap taal -madhya laya ‘ Shambhupat sees pat’ and ‘Tero rang roop’ in drut Teen taal. She concluded with a melodious bhajan which conveyed a beautiful concluding message to all the listeners- “Govind ke gun gao.”
Indian National Theatre President Sh. Navjeevan Khosla, collaborated with Raza Kazim (Director) Sanjan Nagar Institute of Philosophy and Arts presented a Three day Sangeet Sammelan in Lahore from the 7th to the 9th of March, 2014.The Sammelan featured renowned artistes from India and also Sanjan Nagar’s in-house artistes, who performed as a prelude to the guests.
The Three Day Programme was as follows:
7th March Iram Tauqir (Vocal)
Vinita Gupta (Vocal)
8th March Rakae Rehman Jamil (Surbahar)
Piu Sarkhel (Vocal)
Pt. Vidyadhar Vyas (Vocal)
9th March Noor Zehra Kazim (Sagar Veena) – (An instrument created by Raza Kazim)
Dr. Kalyani Deshmukh (Vocal)
It was indeed a memorable experience for all those who participated and witnessed this event. The loving hospitality all the members from India received, was something to be cherished for years to come. Sanjan Nagar Institute which is functioning under Raza Kazim’s leadership, is worth a mention.
As quoted in their brochure- “The object of the Institute is to discover and establish through knowledge, reason and verification, a framework of theory and practice in an effort to contribute towards a new and superior civilization emerging in our time”- which was very evident during our visit to the Institute.
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!
Our 37th Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan concluded on the 26th of Oct. We had three sessions of soulful music presented by some well known artistes of the country. We had the pleasure of having a group of eight music lovers from Lahore, as part of our audience this time. Some of these members are a part of the Sanjan Nagar institute (Lahore), where we had taken our team from I N T to perform in March this year.
On day one, (24th of Oct.), the concert commenced with a vocal recital by Pt. Arvind Sharma. Pandit Arvind Sharma started his performance with Raag Nand – Vilambit khayal in Ektaal – ‘E Baare Saiyaan’, followed by a Drut Khayal in TeenTaal -‘ aju na aye Shyaam’ . After this he presented Raag Tilakamod (chota khyaal)- ‘koyaliya bole ambuwa” followed by another beautiful composition in Raag Kalavati. He concluded with Raag Malkauns – Ashtpadi in Raag Maulkauns -‘ Adya Smardam na Shankara’. He was accompanied by Paramjit Singh on the Tabla, Neeraj Gandhi on the harmonium, and both his sons Aditya and Adamya, gave him good vocal support. One of the members of the visiting group from Lahore, Dr. Gazala, honoured the artistes.
After Pt. Sharma’s vocal recital Anupama Bhagwat gave an enthralling Sitar recital starting with a Vilambit gat in Raag Jhinjhoti (Vilambit Ektaal), followed by a traditional medium tempo composition composed by the late Inayat Khan. The hard work put in by her, for perfect finger movement was evident in the way she beautifully rendered the Raag. She concluded with a Dhun in Raag Mishra Peelu. She was accompanied by Mahmood Khan on the Tabla. Another visiting member of the Lahore group , Qaasim Jaffri honoured the artistes.
On the second day of the Sammelan the audience was presented with scintillating vocal performances by Manjusha Patil and Shounak Abhisheki. Both the vocalists won applause from the audience through rendition of different ragas.
Manjusha Patil began her recital in Raag Bihag with a Vilambit composition in Ektaal – ‘Ae Ma Dhan Dhan re’ followed by a fast composition in Drut Teentaal. She continued with a beautiful composition set to Rupak taaal in Raag Sohni -‘ jiyara re’ followed by a Drut Teentaal composition. In her mellifluous voice she sang some complicated permutations with great ease. She concluded her recital with a beautiful traditional bhajan -‘Payo ji maine Ram ratan dhan payo’. She was accompanied by Avirbhav on the Tabla, Pramod Marathe on the Harmonium and Tarun Garg and Anandini on the Tanpuras. Dr. Athar Muhammad Masood honoured the artistes.
After this beautiful recital, Shounak Abhisheki presented a wonderful rendition of Raag Jaijaivanti..the Vilambit composition was set to Ektaal- ‘Kahan kal Vahi’, followed by a Drut composition in Ektaal ‘ bairan jaagi naveli’. He has imbibed the intricacies of his father’s (the late Jeetendra Abhisheki) gayaki. He concluded with a popular bhajan sung by his late father Jeetendra Abhisheki, ‘Shiv ke Mann sharan ho’. He was accompanied by Paramjit Singh on the Tabla, Paromita Mukherjee on the Harmonium and Tarun Garg and Ananadini on the Tanpuras. He was honoured by Tariq Jameel another distinguished visitor from Lahore.
The concluding day (26th morning), witnessed a beautiful flute yugalbandi by Suchismita and Debopriya. They presented two compositions in Raag Ahirbhairav followed by a lighter composition, which blended into a medley of devotional compositions. They were accompanied by Avirbhav on the tabla. One of the distinguished ladies ( from the Lahore group), Baela Jameel , honoured the artistes.
Before the second artiste presented her recital, Dr. V.C.Nanda, spoke a few warm words and recited some beautiful couplets in honour of our guests from Lahore after which Sh. Anil Nehru presented each visitor from Lahore , with a small gift from INT.
The second artiste for the morning was the well known Ashwini Bhide Deshpande. She started her recital with Raag Jaunpuri. Her first slow tempo composition was set to Vilambit Teentaal-‘ Sultan Auliya Peer Maan’ followed by a fast composition ‘Jhoolat Hindole Sakhiyan sang’ set to Teental followed by another fast tempo composition ‘ Payal Baajan Lagi Re Mori’ in Drut Teental.
She continued with two beautiful compositions in Raag Kukubh Bilawal. The first composition was in Madhyalaye (Jhaptaal) composed by the founder of her tradition, the late Aladiya Khan Sahib himself-‘Ghar aaj Dulha’ followed by a Drut Ektaal composition ‘Sab mil Gaao’.
She concluded with a Kabir bhajan. She was accompanied by Abirbhav on the Tabla, Paromita Mukherjee on the Harmonium, and her student Ashupreet on the Tanpuras. Gen.. V.P. Malik, ( former Chief of Army staff) , honoured the artistes.On the request of the President of Indian National Theatre Sh. N. Khosla, she sang ‘Vasihnav Jan toh tene kahiye’ and the artistes present there, joined her for a wonderful concluding message for all.