The Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture among the Youth (Spic–Macay) organised a classical music concert at Manekshah auditorium as a mark of gratitude to the armed forces, here on Tuesday.
Classical maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma gave a majestic start to the concert with the exposition of raga Yaman. With his soul and mind awfully engrossed in the glory of music Sharma illuminated the horizons of melody of the raga in its fullness and precise planting of Swara, submerged the most disciplined audience in a scintillating reverie.
In the second spell, Sharma brought alive the magnificence and splendour of folk music of Kashmir through a melodious dhun much to the delight of the most receptive and disciplined audience.
The acclaimed Benaras ghrana Tabla maestro articulated the melody meter along with young Takahiro Arai, a disciple of Sharma from Japan. Bollywood personality Dolly Ahluwalia Tewari and thespian Kamal Tewari also graced the function.
Chief guest Anita Singh, wife of Lt Gen KJ Singh, felicitated Sharma, who also expressed his solidarity with the flood victims of Jammu and Kashmir on the occasion.
Sharma said earlier only aged people came to his concerts but now youngsters have started coming in large numbers and stay till the end. “I had been imparting free education to my disciples. Grooming them to be ideal persons is my priority and I am sure they will certainly grow as successful artistes too.”
Santoor maestro said in Bollywood, the commercial approach ruled the roost.
As such expecting good Indian music, which should represent the ethos of the general public , was not possible in the present scenario, he further said.