Saturday, August 30, 2008

Another concert...

Been to another Indian Classical Music concert(previous one here). Was a good one. It was held at my favorite place - Bharat Gayan Samaj auditorium. Its a very small auditorium and so, one can watch the singer and the expressions on his/her face closely.

When i started listening to ICM, i always wondered how fellow musicians and saathidaars know when to stop, when to increase the laya or when to pickup from the main singer. Only, after watching a few mehfils did i surmise, that the singer subtly signals everyone around :)

The singer was Shrimati Sania Patankar from the Jaipur gharana. She is a disciple of Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande who is a disciple of Gaan Saraswati Kishori Amonkar. The mehfil started with a Jaipur gharana patent(not literally :) ) Raag Lalita-Gouri. Then came Durga and a Zoola and the Bhairavi. She seemed to have pretty good command on the upper middle and upper saptak, but i rarely heard hear in the lower one. All her taans and layakaari was in the upper notes. As usual, every singer has an area of expertise. Overall, the mehfil was good, certainly worth going!

Here is a snap i managed to take from my mobile cam:




The two girls sitting behind there were singing really well (esp the one on her left). They were following her perfectly! I wish i could sing like them, that too at such young age...

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