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The khayal of Mansur

india Updated: Sep 17, 2010 23:30 IST
HT Correspondent

Kishori Amonkar described his singing as divine bliss. The late Mallikarjun Mansur was considered one of the greatest singers of Hindustani Classical Khayal in the latter half of the twentieth century.

In his centenary year, fellow musicians, disciples and Delhi’s music connoisseurs have come together to pay a tribute to the musical genius.

Born in Dharwar in North Karnataka in 1910, Mansur was known for his command over a large number of rare (aprachalit) ragas such as Shuddh Nat, Asa Jogiya, Devsaakh, Shivmat Bhairav and Bahaduri Todi.

He will also be remembered for his mercurial improvisations in both melody and rhythm without losing the emotional content of his music.

On September 24, through words, images and video, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ashok Vajpeyi, Amlan Dasgupta and S. Kalidas, among others, will recall their association with the celebrated singer.

The celebrations include vocals by Priyadarshini Kulkarni, Ulhas Kashalkar and Rajshekhar Mansur and a sarod recital by Biswajit Roy Chowdhury, the only instrumentalist to have learnt from the legend. Plus: an exhibition of Mansur’s rare images clicked by Raghu Rai, Shobha Deepaksingh and Parthiv Shah.
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