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Stimulating tabla beats by Maharaj

india Updated: Dec 19, 2006 01:47 IST

PADMA VIBHUSHAN Pandit Kishan Maharaj’s tabla recital at Ravindra Bhavan had all the ingredients to stimulate the musical mood of the audience. The presentation by the octogenarian maestro was a treat for even those not abreast with the language of the tabla.

The programme at Ravindra Bhavan was a part of the two-day ‘Anushruti’, a monthly series of the Culture Department. An emotional maestro said before his performance, “I have been performing on the stage for a long time but the ‘response’ that I garnered in Indore in 1972 was unparalleled. I consider Madhya Pradesh to be my ‘karam-kshetra’ because it was after that performance that I earned worldwide fame,” he said amidst a thunderous applause.

The musical evening started with ‘Alap’ which consisted of Benaras Ka Uthan and Jhala of equal durations. The Uthan was a prolific delivery climbing to high and fast beats with a sudden nosedive to slow motion. The Jhala was fast interspersed with swift and pulsating rhythms, drowning the audience into the beauty of the beats.

The next presentation was a ‘Baat’ of his Gharana in which both his hands moved with acumen, showcasing his musical agility even at the age of 84. This was followed by the sweetness of ‘Chant’.

After these presentations, Panditji moved on to some traditional ‘cheez’ of his gharana . The Paran was recited by his grandson Shubh Maharaj. The ‘Nikas’ was vibratory and full of musical robustness. Amongst the Paran were those of Janjisayji, Bharosayji, Baldevsayji and Babu Jot Singh. Each one had a ‘unique’ bandish and rachna.

Panditji ended the programme with a Ganesh Vandana. Jamuna Ballabh Gujarati accompanied on harmonium. Pandit Sriram Marathe will give a classical music presentation and Mohini Moche Poochwale will perform Kathak on the second and concluding day of Anushruti on Tuesday.