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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
By Amarendra Dhaneshwar

Hindustani music is no longer restricted to the borders of this country or the sub continent. It has reached distant shores and has been making impact in places as distant as California and Fiji Islands. Over three generations of Indians have spent their life over there and have been practising music with dedication.Thanks to great musicians of the stature of Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan musicians and music have gained respectability. In later years Zakir Hussain has lent further glamour to the profession of music. Scores of tabla schools have proliferated all over the United  states and many talented tabla players born in India have found a gainful employment in the United States.

'Aavartan', a new city based organization featured a solo tabla recital by Prafulla Athalye and vocal recital by Manu Shrivastav at the Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre, Both of them have been living in Phoenix in the state of Arizona. Athalye is an extremely talented tabla player who has accompanied most of the leading vocalists and instrumentalists.

He is a pupil of Alla Rakha Khansaheb and Arvind Mulgaonkar. He played solo tabla in this programme. Athalye played with due weightyness and dignity. His right hand drum strokes were crystal clear. He made a good use of the silences and lent a sense of punctualtion to his recital.

Manu Shrivastav runs a school where many youngsters learn vocal music. Manu is a pupil of the late Kashinath Bodas. He has now been learning under well known vocalists like Shubhada Paradkar and Padma Talwalkar.

He performs with a sense of confidence which comes after years of dedicated practice. He sang the raga 'Maru Bihag' to begin with. The raga has a romantic flavour. Manu's alaps were reflective of this mood. The touch of Shuddha M added extra appeal to his raga rendering.

He also sang the raga 'Jog' which is nowadys heard more on instruments than through vocals. He concluded with a devotional number. His overall performance maintained the expected professional level. He was accompanied on the tabla by Prafulla Athalye and  the harmonium by Siddhesh Bicholkar. The progamme began with a vocal recital by Shrivatsan Iyer.

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