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Paramanand celebrates Gurupoornima

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

'Gurupoornima' holds a special significance for the people connected with the performing arts. Knowledge is transmitted in this field through personal instruction. In the olden days it was called 'Seena Baseena Talim'. Unadulterated devotion to the guru who is not merely a teacher but also a mentor and a guide is the prerequisite of this relation structure. Knowledge is transmitted through the personal contact between the teacher and the taught. It is a unique relationship which has strengthened the tradition for centuries together. Of course, in the modern era there have been revolutionary transformations in the technological field which have affected the 'guru-shishya parampaara' too. Still, the emotional bond between the mentor and the receptor remains largely intact. That is the reason why Gurupoornima is celebrated with fanfare and ceremony by musicians and their disciples.

Dr Paramanand Yadav has been a pupil of the late Kumar Gandharva. He became the maestro's student in the last phase of the maestro's life. Kumar Gandharva passed away in 1993. Yadav, 'through his 'Kumar Gandharva Foundation' continues to celebrate the memory of his guru by holding a special programme every year. This year the programme was held at the Mysore Association Hall at Matunga. Yadav himself sang the raga 'Maru Bihag'. In his theme based presentation entitled Triveni', Kumar Gandharva used to sing the devotional composition 'Uthi Uthi Sakhi ' which Yadav sang with some special devotional appeal in this programme. He hails from Benaras. Therefore, he is well versed in semi classical forms like 'thumri' and 'kajri'. His 'Barsan Lagi Badariya' was quite catchy.

Tanya Naik, a student of Yadav sang 'Hari Naam Gaye', a song in 'Yaman'. She followed up with 'Aaj Janeki Jid Na Karo', a popular Pakistani gazhal sung originally by Farida Khanum. Gaurika Rai sang 'Sham e Firaq' another gazhal. Yogesh Kothari sang 'Kedar'. Anjan on the harmonium and Gurshant Singh on the tabla lent superb support.

Parthapratim Roy, a talented sitar player from Calcutta played the raga 'Puriya Kalyan' at the Shivaji Park Nagarik Sangh. Roy belongs to the Maihar gharana. His 'alaps' and 'jod' in the raga revealed the depth of his talim. The note 'komal rishabh' was tackled with great care and even artistry. The note 'pancham' offers a nice resting point in this raga. Roy's 'taans' had a good amount of clarity and force too. He also played a 'bhatiyali' which is a boatman's song in Bengal. He swiftly changed it into 'Jodi Tore Dak Shune', the iconic Tagore song which was really enjoyable. Asit Jana, a senior pupil of the tabla maestro Anindo Chatterjee provided excellent support to the sitarist. Vishwajeet Borwankar who has already made a name as a playback singer and who is gifted with a good voice sang the raga 'Bihag' and a devotional number in this programme. Borwankar is a pupil of Dr Ram Deshpande and also the senior Agra gharana vocalist S S Haldankar. His performance had a professional touch about it. Abhay Datar on the tabla and Anant Joshi on the harmonium lent good support.

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