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An unique ode to Kathak maestro

The Millennium City recently played host to Sangam — a confluence of vadya (percussion), nritya (dance) and geet (music) — as part of the 75th birth anniversary celebrations of Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 16, 2013 01:30 IST
HT Correspondent

The Millennium City recently played host to Sangam — a confluence of vadya (percussion), nritya (dance) and geet (music) — as part of the 75th birth anniversary celebrations of Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj.

An eclectic mix of vocal, dance and the Hawaiian guitar, Sangam was performed at Epicentre by Anirban Bhattacharya, a President's medal winner in khyal and thumri; classical guitarist Neel Ranjan Mukherje, the only performer playing ragas on the Hawaiian guitar since the past 22 years, and Sangeeta Majumder, a student of Kalashram — founded by Pandit Birju Maharaj — and a recipient of the UP Sangeet Natak Academy award.

The trialogue, choreographed by the maestro's daughter Vidhushi Maharaj, combined the high notes of classical music with the innovation of Kathak and the lilting strength of the Hawaiian guitar.

The precision of the vocalist, coupled with the variations of the guitar, made the ensemble seamless and the Kathak bol and taal complemented it well. It gave a fitting tribute to the Kathak doyen, who is known to have brought innovation to the dance form with his artistic experiments.

"It is difficult to accommodate different forms of art with the same speed and texture, which was done seamlessly tonight," said Anshya Gupta, a student of classical music.