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An evening for art and culture lovers

india Updated: Nov 02, 2006 16:54 IST

IT WAS a treat for the art and culture lovers of Bhopal. The mellifluous sound rendered by flutist Ronu Mazumdar and the flexible gyrations of Kathak dancer Shaswati Sen combined together to a dish out an exhilarating cultural evening at Ravindra Bhavan on Wednesday.

The more than three-hour cultural programme was a part of the ongoing golden jubilee celebrations of the State’s formation. Mazumdar kick-started the event with Raag Vihag — Alap, Jod and Jhala. He rendered his first composition in Dhamar which was in 14 beats.

This was very traditional and the rapid oscillations from slow to fast, from nadir to the zenith were prolifically tuned with the tabla beats. He even sang a Bandish  ‘Tu Hi Parmanand Govind, Nihar Kar Sat Chit Ananda’ in between even as the musical vibrations continued to cast a magic on the crowd. Mazumdar’s holding on to his breath showed his tremendous lung
power and  garnered thundering applauses.

This was followed by Teen Tal with 16 beats, which was more contemporary and rhythmic than its predecessor. The auditorium reverberated with the beautiful harmony of flute and the breezy beats of the tabla.

The young tabla player Himanshu Mahant kept pace with the acumen of Mazumdar. The long musical stretches, swift and curvaceous tones plus a non-verbal musical communication between the tabla and the flute – all combined to deliver a beautiful composition. In the end Mazumdar played the Pahadi Dhun in Taal Dadra and six beats which was taken from his album Song of Nature.

This folk tune made a beautiful attempt to reflect the sound that echoes in a valley, the serenity and the virgin beauty of the hills.

After the his recital, the audience was given another treat by eminent Kathak dancer  Shaswati Sen and her eight troupe members.

Shaswati and her group performed a ‘Kathak Yatra’ showcasing the multihued and multidimensional nature of Kathak besides the journey of Kathak from the boundaries of a temple to the contemporary modern age. The nearly one and a half hour dance journey transgressed through festivals like Holi, Zamindari period and Mughal period before finally reaching its current destination.

Shaswati’s facial expressions swinging from different moods — happiness, sorrow, surprise, anxiety, the elegant gestures, several  andazes and the flexible rotations all combined together to give a very colourful end to the cultural evening.

The musical accompaniments were Ambika Mishra (tabla), Pratip Banerjee (vocal), Ghulam Waris (Sarangi), Romi Mukherjee (vocal), Yogesh (sitar) and Vivek (flute).

Folk artistes  from Bihar, West Bengal, Mizoram, Manipur, Assam, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat will show their folk dance on Thursday at the Motilal Nehru Stadium.