THE FIRST day of ‘Anushruti’, the eleventh in the series, was flavoured with ghazals garnished with beautiful compositions. Both Rajkumar and Indrani Rizvi along with their two beautiful daughters dished out many soulful and stimulating renditions at Ravindra Bhavan on Tuesday.
The musical evening started with Rajkumar singing Bahadur Shah Zafar’s ghazal composed by Mehdi Hasan – “Baat Karni Mujhe Mushkil Kabhi Aisi To Na Thi”. The long pauses followed by swift musical oscillations gave a riveting start to the programme.
He then delivered ghazals composed by Bashir Badr and Mir, again punctuated by several musical troughs and crests, lucid enough for even a layman to savour.
Rajkumar, clad in a white silk kurta-pyjama, then gave a duet with his wife Indrani who donned a blue sari with a red shawl draped over it. The ghazal “Nazar Ne Nazar Se Kaha Chupke Chupke, Mohabatt Ka Ghar Bas Gaya Chupke Chupke” was peppy and robust, laced with sweetness.
The fourth song ‘Hothon Pe Mohabbat Ke Fasanay’, again a duet, captured their musical strength. Indrani gave a beautiful rhythmic start which was gracefully picked up by her husband.
The musical couple then churned out yet another melodious number —- this time from one of the compositions of Nida Fazli. The lyrical content of the ghazal “Jo Hua So Hua Kis Liye” was interspersed with thumri..
Next the couple’s daughters Runa and Neha took over the mike and showed their genetic trait. The sisters along with their father sang “Naina Apni Piya Se Milaye”. Both exhibited musical prowess and clarity of words.
The musical shape given to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s composition “Tere Bin Nahi Lagta Dil Mera Dolna” by the sisters once again proved their acumen. The dive from a high to a low pitch was an exhilarating experience.
After a ‘farmayishi’ naghma rendered by Rajkumar which was woven with impeccable tabla beats, Neha sang Lata Mangeshkar’s number “Mai Re Main Kasay Kahoon”.
Her voice was fresh, resonating and captivating.
The accompaniments were Sardar Khan (tabla), Shamim Babu (harmonium) and Alim Khan (violin).
An entire family on the stage. Probably one of the unique cases in the musical arena.