Saturday, August 9, 2008

A recent music concert

Went to Raghunandan Panshikar's classical vocal mehfil yesterday. Raghunandan is the son of Prabhakar Panshikar, a veteran marathi cinema and rangabhoomi actor. I'd never heard Raghunandan before, so i was excited.
The performance(am judging as a shrota , otherwise who am i to judge any singer ? :) ) was okay, maybe 3 and a half stars out of five. I personally did not find it impressive. Often, in a mehfil, not the entire performance is impressive, but at some point, the performer presents an impeccable tAn or a novel tarAna or fabulous meend spanning multiple octaves. Something like that makes the mehfil remarkable.
Raghunandan is from the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana, and i came to know just yesterday that he is a student of Kishoritai Amonkar for the past 17 years! Seventeen years under one guru is commendable, he must have a lot of patience :)
He started with a badA khyAl in raag Malhar. It was a pArampArik bandish which lasted for around 75 minutes. As far as i've observed, Jaipur gharana singers always tend to stick to
pArampArik bandishes rather than using new compositions. In Kishoritai style, he too made use of only the aakar. Not a single sargam was found :( He did display a meend dipping into the mandra octave, but that did not make a big impression on me.

After the Malhar, he asked the audience for a farmAish. Unfortunately, there was a big Kishori Amonkar fan sitting in the crowd. He pressed Raghunandan to sing Anand-Malhar which has been created by Kishoritai herself. After some resistance, the singer obliged to sing a small piece, and we had to listen to another Malhar :( There was some Yamani anga to the raag, but, for novices like me, it was not very different from the pristine Malhar sung earlier.
Then someone asked for a Yaman. Raghunandan agreed and started. For the first 15 seconds or so, i could not find any sign of Yaman in his singing. After listening for half a minute more i was surprised to realize that there was absolutely no Yaman in there! Infact it was an immaculate
Bhoop! Don't know why he tricked the audience this way :-/ Utimately, it turned out to be a familiar bandish sung by KA('Prathama sur sadhe').
It was already late, and I had to leave for an errand. Only then did i realize that, i'd misplaced my mobile cover when i moved to a different row. While i was searching around in the auditorium, a lady asked me if i was looking for a cover and gave it to me :)
It was raining heavily outside and i drove along humming the Malhar...


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