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A brilliant performance

Wednesday, September 05, 2018
By Amarendra Dhaneshwar

'Svarrachna' is a new organisation which has come up with some fanfare and a lot of enthusiasm. It has been set up by Rachana Sansad, the renowned college of architecture in collaboration with the Haribhau Vishwanath Company (Prabhadevi) which is a leading supplier and stockist of musical instruments. The Rachana College of Architecture has been running classes for light music and the course has really caught the imagination of music buffs. In addition to this activity, they have decided to hold regular concerts of classical music at their mini auditorium which is an ideal venue.

They chose the birth anniversary of eminent santoor player, the late Ulhas Bapat, to launch this initiative. Bapat redesigned the santoor and gave santoor-playing a new orientation. He contributed to the dignity of the instrument by incorporating the 'meend' (glissando) and 'gamak' (oscillations). His premature death early this year was an irreparable loss to the world of music. Satyendra Solanki, the young santoor player who hails from Bhopal, was featured in this program. He played the raga 'Megh'. His style of playing is different from the one introduced by Ulhas Bapat. Nevertheless, he was extremely competent and gave a good account of himself bringing out the main features of the monsoon melody.

Sayali Talwalkar, pupil of the well-known singer Padma Talwalkar sang the raga 'Kedar'. Her choice of compositions was apt. Since the program coincided with the Janmashtami festival, she sang 'Ban Than Kahan Yun Chali', which is basically a 'haveli sangeet pada' adapted by the Gwalior gharana composers to the Hindustani khyal idiom. Sayali was in perfect tune as she unfolded the raga with practiced ease. She also sang a 'gavaln' which is a devotional folk song set to the raga 'Brindabani Sarang'. It was sung with the requisite energy and the swoops were highly appreciated by the audience. It was indeed a wonderful performance by the young singer who deserves to be heard more often. Prasad Padhye on the tabla and Niranjan Lele on the harmonium lent superb support.

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