BHARAT BHAVAN sprang to life again on Sunday with the rhythmic notes of vocalist Umesh Kampoowale breaking the weeklong post-Diwali blues.
The noted singer from Gwalior Gharana started the musical evening with a beautiful composition called ‘Piya More’ in Raga Marwah (vilambit ek taal) to enthrall the audience present at the Sangeet Sabha. This was followed by two other soulful renditions - Saanjh Bhaye and Jaoji Chodo Baiyan Na Marodo - in ‘madhya’ and ‘drut teen taal’ in the same raga.
The second composition came in ‘madhya laya’ (teen taal) with Raga Champakali capturing the attention of all. The melodious wrap-up included some bhajans (Hey Govind Rakho) and recitals encompassing Raga Bhairavi. But at the end of it all, ‘Piya More’ emerged to be most engaging note of the evening with some excellent synchronisation and harmony - both lyrically and instrumentally. The singer displayed brilliant lungpower and the depth of each ‘alaap’ established his mastery over the art of developing the ragas in a step-by-step manner.
All the presentations were executed intricately with the support of accompanying artistes - Gaandhaar Rajhans (tabla), Harsh Sharma (harmonium), Deepa Shukla and Netraa Shyaam (taanpura) along with Aroh Kampoowale (vocal support) enhancing the level of a spellbinding performance that regaled the listeners.
Earlier, the vocalist also expressed his gratitude towards the cultural trust for having given him the opportunity to perform at Bhopal after a gap of ten long years. The programme was held under the ‘Aaspaas’ series.