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Gundechas cast a hypnotic spell

india Updated: Sep 20, 2006 15:21 IST
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THE OUTSTANDING representatives of dhrupad way of singing in northern India are undoubtedly the Gundecha brothers and this was yet again proved when their recitals at Bharat Bhawan received huge rounds of applause on Tuesday.

The celebrity duo of Ramakant and Umakant Gundecha enthralled the listeners with some beautiful renditions of Hindi poems penned down during the mid twentieth century, that is enshrined as a major transitory period for ‘Chayawadi poets’ in Hindi literature.

The entire recital was based on the different poetic compositions from renowned Hindi scholars of the pre-independence period including Mahadevi Verma, JayShankar Prasad, Sumitranandan Pant and Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala’. 

All the rhymes were sung to perfection by both the vocalists. The veracity with which the beautifully written verses were translated into mellifluous notes quintessentially drew the attention of the listeners.

The recitals were interspersed with analysis and interpretations from eminent littérateur Vijay Bhadur Singh that fairly eased up the explanatory level of the programme for the layman. 

Akhilesh Gundecha accompanied the singers on Pakhavaj. Earlier, Madan Soni greeted the artists. The programme was held under the Kriti Yug series. The evening schedule for last day of this series has been slightly changed.

Instead of a presentation from a group of artistes from Delhi, three documentaries (on the lives of  Baba Nagarjun, Dharam
Veer Bharti and Nirmal Verma) and a feature film (Naukar Ki Kameez) will be screened for the art lovers on Thursday evening.