Soulful flute recital, dazzling kathak dances spelt magic at Tagore Theatre

  • SD Sharma, Hindustan Times, chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 20, 2015 22:35 IST

Carrying forward the melodic splendor of the opening day of the 45th Pracheen Kala Kendra Nriya and Sangeet Sammelan, Kirana ghrana flute maestro Ravinder Singh, with his blowing technique and breath control, gave a soulful recital of 'raag' Kirwani on flute at the Tagore Theatre.

Through a reposeful 'alaap', he established the form of raga Kirwani and bared its melodic character with a crisp 'jod alaap' before presenting a composition in Madhya 'lya' set to the 'Roopak Tal', which later melted into faster rhythmic pattern of the 'Teen Tal'.

With young Punjab gharana tabla exponent Mehmood Khan, he moved on to yet another raga 'Jansamohini' and doled out two compositions in Madhya 'lya' and the 'Roopak Tal' and another in 'Drut lya abd Teen Tal'.

He concluded the captivating recital with a 'dhun' in raga Mishar Khamaj and the 'Khemta Tal'. Displaying a synchronisation and perfect chemistry, the duo weaved out spontaneous melodic patterns, spiraling 'taans' and improvisations to win applause from the audience.

The second session belonged to Delhi-based classical kathak virtuosos and disciples of reputed Guru Gitanjali Lal, including her son Abhimanyu Lal, his life and dance partner Vidha Lal, and the troupe.

They opened up with 'Shiv Shakti', which described the persona of celestial lord Shiva through varied dance mudras designed to show the Ganges flowing from his hair locks, with moon and stars as his ornaments, serpents around neck and the Trident and Damru in hands.

Gitanjali choreographed Poet Dayanand Sarswati's composition in raga Bairagi. In the next item, 'Anadaz', young kathak couple Vidha Lal and Abhimanyu Lal presented pure kathak syllables before Guru Gitanjali Lal brought alive emotional aspect in her special choreography based on saint poet Surdas's 'Dekhi Jasumanti such paye'.

Like the first item, the accomplished dancers, including Vidha Lal, Abhimanyu Lal, Era Dogra, Vikasni Kanan, Varsha, Sakshi Vaid and Abhinav Mukherji presented a concluding crisp 'Tarana' set to 'the Ek Tal' in raga Darbari. Dancers displayed subtle moods, graceful movements with sparkling footwork marked with agile piroquettes, all interpreting the concept and phrases of the Tarana much to delight of the audience.

Punita Bawa anchored the function. Lt General JL Malhotra (retd) honoured the artistes while Kendra chairman SK Monga, IAS (retd), Shobha Koser, registrar, Pracheen Kala Kendra, and Sajal Koser, secretary, lighted the traditional lamp.

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