After a gap of four years, master flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain will perform together in Mumbai, at a concert being organised by Pancham Nishad on Tuesday.
“I am looking forward to playing with Zakir after a long gap,” said Pt Chaurasia. “He knows my limitations and I know his. We complement each other and performing with him feels like performing with family.”
The concert is titled Madhya Laya – Rhythm of Life, and will set a balanced pace, neither too fast nor too slow, in a concept mastered and promoted by the vocal legend Kumar Gandharva.
“He espoused the importance of madhya laya not only in the world of music but also in the day-to-day life of every living creature on the planet,” says Shashi Vyas, director of Pancham Nishad, a music organisation that works to preserve, promote and document Indian classical music.
“I think it’s the perfect tempo. The one that balances life,” adds Chaurasia. “When you go too fast you could trip. Too slow and you could miss out on important things in life. But the madhya laya, the one in between, is perfect. I believe this tempo could help those caught in the rat race relax, look within and have a conversation with themselves.”
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WHAT: Concert by master flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain
WHERE: Shanmukhananda Hall, King’s Circle
WHEN: September 20, 7 pm onwards
Ticket prices start at Rs 200; tickets are available on bookmyshow.com and at the venue
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* Renowned vocalist Jayateerth Mevundi will perform at Prithvi Theatre, Juhu, at 7.30 am on Sunday.
* Mevundi has had an interesting journey — from singing devotional songs with his mother to winning a talent contest in Pune in 1995, drawing the attention of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and being invited to perform at the prestigious Sawai Gandharva festival that same year.
* “I have still preserved the telegram sent by Bhimsenji. I do not belong to a musician’s family. I had to work really hard to come up as a singer,” says Mevundi, 43. You can watch him live for Rs 200.
— Amarendra Dhaneshwar