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An ageless show of a musical tradition
CHENNAI, November 24: On the second day of The Hindu Friday Review November Fest here at Music Academy on November 12, a feast of a Hindustani music “Saha Gaan” enriched with Khayals, Dadras and Bhajans flowing from the renowned artistes Vasundhara Komkali and Kalapini Komkali welcomed the audience. Vasundhara Komkali, endowed with a rich voice, made an impact on the audience. Maru Bihag alaap by Vasundhara Komkali and her daughter- disciple Kalapini was presented with grandeur. Vilambit Khayal “Rasiya ho na ja” decorated with bhol bants and sargam was presented with elegance.

Vasundhara Komkali, the disciple and wife of late Pandit Kumar Ghandharva, was articulate in her presentation. There was richness in her rendition. Her interpretation of the classical music was incredible throughout the concert. Indeed, she defied the age with her soulful rendering. If Vasundhara was the epitome of fineness, Kalapini perked up the concert at the Academy with her outstanding voice. A traditional “Saiyaan Mora Re” followed a beautiful alaap in Gauda Malhar.

This one song “Amaraiyan ke” (made famous by Pt.Kumar Gandharva) portrayed the monsoon season in raga Gauda Malhar. As the mother-daughter duo captured beautifully the droplets falling onto the mango trees, peacock and koyal singing with joy and fire flies illuminating the trees, the audience was all ears.

What followed was Brindavani rag song “Sawan Teej Ka Geeth”. This too describes the monsoon. As a star appears from nowhere in between the cluster of clouds, it portrays the pains of the Nayika who misses her beloved. This song was presented with melody and melancholy by Vasundhara Komkali and Kalapini. A semi-classical Dadra, famous in Benaras, “Am Tod Layi Raja”, and a Bhajan of Pandit Goraknath, “Guru Ji Mai to Ek Niranjan”, kept the audience fully absorbed. Vyasmurthy Katti on Harmonium and Sanjay Deshpande on Tabala followed the artistes with dedicated involvement.

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