TABLA VIRTUOSO Ustad Zakir Hussain weaved magic in the City on Wednesday with a riveting performance that replicated ordinary sounds like the blowing of a sacred conch shell, galloping of horses, a cannon firing and the movement of a train, and made them extraordinary.
Before starting to play at the Gyan Vigyan Bhawan of Barkatullah University during a programme organised by the ‘Gurukul’ Drupad Sansathan Nyas, the maestro stressed the need for developing perfect artiste-audience rapport.
He started off with Teen Tal. His agile beats, knitted with a reverberating rhythm, were oxygenating and provided an audio feast for the audience. The musical trajectory gradually moved from slow to spontaneous beats punctuated by lengthy ‘nonstop’ movement of hands. His facial expressions were in total sync with the pulsating beats.
This established a perfect ‘musical connection’ with the gathering and set the tone for the rest of the evening.
The next presentation was ‘Kayeda’, which was themed on a musical metamorphosis from slow to fast-paced beats, from smooth to a vibratory musical peak. The curvaceous transformation of the beats was parallel to the change in sound akin to a train picking up speed after a slow start.
Among the Kayedas that the maestro delivered were Delhi Ka Kayeda and Tirkit Ka Kayeda. All Kayedas, which see-sawed from a low to a high rhythm, churned out different type of sounds. The sacred sound of the blowing of a conch shell drew thunderous applause from the audience.
The Lal Quila Bandish followed next, in which the Ustad changed hands with alacrity, alternating between both tablas. The long stretch of beats again forked out many sounds, including the galloping of horses. Zakir then moved on to ‘Chakradhar’, which has 500 Bandishein (compositions).
The Bibi Ji Ki Lahori Gat under the Chakradhar category captivated the audience when it echoed the sound of cannon firing. The Rela was a beautiful blend of different sounds -the rhythmic movement of a train’s coach followed by the dexterous leap of deer.
He recited different compositions then paralleled the tabla beats with many daily life occurrences like the movement of a truck and the crossing of road by people and animals.
The Natwari Bol that went as ‘Natwar Nachat Chanchal Chal’ was different from the others.
The programme ended with a vibratory and audio-satiating Rela of horse galloping. Ajay Joglekar accompanied the Ustad on the harmonium.
Prior to Zakir Hussain’s presentation, there was a 25-minute Dhrupad recital by Amita Sinha. Tourism Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia was present as a special invitee