Programmes of varied colours and tastes were rolled out on the second day of Lucknow Mahotsava 2006. There was a ‘Kavi sammelan’, a santoor recital, a Kathak ballet, vocal rendition and light music to satiate everyone’s demand.
However, despite being a Sunday there were very few takers for the Mahotsava. The stalls wore a deserted look. The only gathering one could see was at the cultural ‘pandal’. However, here too, it was only the front rows that were occupied.
Presiding officer, Vidhan Sabha, Mata Prasad chaired the evening programme and Justice Mehrotra was the special guest. The cultural events began with vocal recital by Vijay Kumar Bajpayee, a worthy disciple of noted vocalist and former principal of Bhatkhande Sangeet Mahavidyalaya Dr Surendra Shankar Awasthi. He sang ‘Man na laage’, a ‘vilambit’ composition in Raag Yaman set in teen taal and drut. He followed it with ‘Sunder sughar balamwa’, also set in teen taal. Ravi Nath Mishra on the tabla and Vinod Mishra on the sarangi provided him accompaniment.
Next was a Santoor presentation by Kamlesh Dubey. He played Raag Kirwani. Young and budding tabla player Manish Mohan Upadhyay assisted him on the tabla. Thereafter, young disciples of noted danseuse Kumkum Dhar took to the stage to present a colourful Kathak dance. Rukmini Jaiswal, Deepmala Sachan, Vibha, Shyamali and Sri Lankan Niroshini Shirin Pareira brought out the pure form of dance onto stage. Later, they showcased ‘Raas’, the applied form of Kathak with ‘Laasyang’ and ended with ‘Dandiya Raas’.
Shobhna Rao and Shaila Hattangadi, two disciples of noted light and semi-classical vocalist Shanti Hiranand rendered some famed numbers. Accompanied on the guitar by Rakesh Arya, the duo sang ‘Aaj jaane ki zid na karo, dil jalane ki baat karte ho’ and ‘Khuda jab tak na chahe kuch nahin hota’. The folk song ‘Kankar mohe na maro’ earned maximum applause.
Poet ‘Kunwar Bechain’ was ready with his latest verses. He recited ‘Tumhare dil ki chubhan bhi zaroor kam hogi, kisi ke paanv ka kaanta nikal kar dekho’.
The last presentation was a ‘Kavi sammelan’. Young and dazzling poetess Dr Anita Soni from Indore who holds a doctorate in ghazals made an inedible imprint on the minds of the gathering when she sang: ‘Moti ko aasman ka aasoon bana diya, taarif kar ke husn ko jadu bana diya, har jhooth achcha lagta hain uski zaban se, khud phool ban gaye mujhe khushboo bana diya’. Gopal Das Niraj, Surendra Sukumar and Purnima Sharma from Kota Rajasthan were among the other poets who succeeded in making a rapport with the audience. The poetic meet continued till late in the night.