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Perfection fuses with experiment

THEY BOTH are disciples of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. Though from different backgrounds, they have been united by a common bond, through introduction of the element of fusion to the world of music, each in his own way. Noted instrumentalists Subhas Ghosh and Rakesh Prasanna were in Bhopal to perform a ?jugalbandi? at Bharat Bhavan on Sunday evening.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 14:48 IST

THEY BOTH are disciples of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. Though from different backgrounds, they have been united by a common bond, through introduction of the element of fusion to the world of music, each in his own way.  Noted instrumentalists Subhas Ghosh and Rakesh Prasanna were in Bhopal to perform a ‘jugalbandi’ at Bharat Bhavan on Sunday evening.

Ghosh, from Chandigarh plays on sarasvani (modified guitar) while Rakesh from Delhi is a sarod player. Sarasvani (melody of white lotus) can be called a fusion instrument that has been created by Subhas. It is a modified Hawain guitar, a combination of sarod, veena and guitar. “The sound of this instrument is different from any known one, it  has a unique melody and a wide range,” he told the Hindustan Times.

While Rakesh has created a new instrument, Subhas has innovated a novel fusion music by blending  original folk music with western classical and converting it into pure ragas.

“The advantage of instrumental music is that it does not have a fundamental language. Vocal music can create some language-related confusion,” he expressed.

Mr Subhas who had recently represented India in Iran recollected, “There was a huge crowd including women without burkhas who had come to listen to my music.” Rakesh Prasanna, who belongs to the Benaras gharana says “ I started my musical venture with flute. Initially I received training from my father Pandit Raghunath Prasanna.”They both agreed that the Guru- Shishya equation has undergone a noticeable change over the years.

“The shishyas today look for quick fame.  Emotional attachment is on the verge of disappearance.” As for the duo, they say,  “We respect our Guru  as God.”

On the recent trend of talent shows, they were not very enthusiastic saying, “There should be an episode in the shows which tests the basic gist of music  and the ability to recognise the svars and tals.”


Scintillating jugalbandi
Noted instrumentalists Subhas Ghosh and Rakesh Prasanna performed a scintillating jugalbandi at Bharat Bhavan on Sunday evening.

The strings were in total consonance setting a harmonious environment among the audience. The programme ended with Rag Purya Kalyan in which Alaap and Jod were presented. The musical compositions had a wide spectrum ranging from Jhap Taal(ten beats circle), Madhya Laya Teen Taal and Drut Teen Taal.

Athar Hussain on tabla synergised well with the strings.The ‘Dhuns’ (light melody) gave a perfect musical conclusion to the evening’s performance.