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Tugging at heart strings

Wednesday, July 04, 2018
By Amarendra Dhaneshwar

The sarod is one of the most wonderful musical instruments of India. Some musicologists tend to trace its origin to the ancient veena as it happens with most of the melodic instruments. Others see a link between the rabab which originated in Afganistan and the sarod. Be that as it may, there is little doubt that a well tuned sarod played with sensitivity truly tuggs at the heart strings of the listener. This was evident at the Shivaji Park Nagarik Sangh baithak concert last week. Chandrima Majumdar, the Delhi-based sarod player won the hearts of the discerning audience with a memorabla performance on a week day evening.

We have had only a few woman sarod players. The venerable Annapurna Devi teaches sarod to players like Basant Kabra and Pradeep Barot.

Sharanrani Backliwal and Zarin Daruwala were prominent sarod players of the bygone era. Stuti Dey and Aboli Apte also are the practitioners of the sarod. Of late, Chandrima Majumdar has made a mark on the national scene. She has learned vocal music from her mother as well as some other well known musicians. Her sarod guru is the veteran Narendra Dhar who belongs to the Shahajahanpur Senia gharana of instrumental music. The late Radhika Mohan Moitra as well as Buddhadev Dasgupta were sarod exponents from this school.

Chandrima has selected the raga 'Patdeep' as her opening offering. This raga portrays a placid and sombre mood. It is ideally suited for the sarod which can radiate introspective music. The combination of the note ‘flat g’ and ‘natural N’ gives it a special character. Chandrima's ‘alaps’ and ‘jod’ sections conveyed this mood very well. The gat portion too was catchy. Her succeeding 'Tilak Kamod' was full of emotion.One of the sweetest melodies, it was presented in the most delightful manner.

by Chandrima. Tarun Lala provided excellent tabla accompaniment to her. This young tabla player has already won the appreciation of the cogniscenti. Seema Vidwans, a senior pupil of the noted classical singer Padma Talwalkar sang ragas 'Madhuvanti' and 'Miya Ki Malhar' in this programme. Her rendition was satisfactory.She was given superb support on the harmonium by elder musician Prakash Vagal and on the tabla was Ashish Deshpande.

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