FLUTE RECITAL, light music, Kathak dance and Anup Jalota’s bhajans were the high points of the cultural programme at the Mahotsava on Friday evening. A few days old, the Mahotsava ground is attracting more and more crowd. The cultural pandal is also crying for more space.
The main attraction on Friday was local hero and ‘bhajan samrat’ Anup Jalota.
He began with performance with ‘Shyam piya mori rang de chunariya’ and then followed it up with ‘tere man mein ram tan mein ram’.
The singer also presented ghazals like ‘tumhare shahar ka mausam bada suhana lage/ main ek shaam chura loon agar bura na lage’.
In an on-stage experiment and something akin to the sufiana mood, a dancer accompanied Anup’s recital. While Anup sang the popular number: ‘Kaisi laagi lagan Meera ho gai magan’, the twinkle toes created the mood.
Before the prime show began, flautist Niranjan Prasad of Allahabad began the evening with his recital. He set the tone with Madhyalaya in raag Misra Pahadi. Madan Mohan Upadhyaya accompanied him on the tabla. However, Niranjan was allotted very little time to do justice to his talent.
Light music singer Swagatika Satpathi began her recital with ‘Man lago mero yaar faqiri mein’. She then sang ‘Bindiya jaane kahan kho gayi’. She also sang ‘Tumhare liye dil hai bechain’, which has been penned by Lucknow’s own Yogesh Pravin.
Bhopal’s V Anuradha Singh lit up the stage with a lively Kathak performance. While other artistes got less than 30 minutes, Singh danced for more than an hour.
Beginning with the traditional Kathak, Anuradha went over to ‘teentaal ke aamad’, ‘Chakkardaar paran’ and ‘Kaalia Mardan’. She also danced to the thumaris of Pt. Bindadeen and Pt. Durga Dutt. She did not forget to praise Pt. Bindadeen and said it was nice to perform his compositions in Lucknow.