IT WAS ‘different’. But how different a flute recital can be? However, those present at the closing ceremony of ‘Purvrang’ series at Bharat Bhavan on Sunday will agree that it is the only way to describe flute recital by noted artiste Virendra Kore for the second time in succession after his much lauded performance on the inaugural day on Saturday.
Kore’s recitation theme was based on the various tonal qualities emanating from the flute in different dialects and languages all over the country ranging from Punjab in the North to Chattisgarh in Central India to Karnataka in the South. He also performed to many Hindi film numbers that had an Indian classical touch to its core.
Kore kicked of his rendition with popular number ‘Sawre Ki Bansi Pukare Radha Naam’ as a tribute to the cosmic flutist Krishna.
This was seconded by other flute presentations attuned to Bundelkhandi and Rajasthani folk music tempered with the notes of the ‘Algoza’. Kore exhaled tremendous lungpower while blowing out those rustic and countryside progressions that almost took the audience to a different world enabling them to relive the beauty of our rich cultural heritage spread across the village environs.
The recital in this segment was captivating enough to bind the listeners to their seats thus yearning for more creativity and innovation.
But the highlight of the evening was an extremely funny exercise that Kore did with his flute to voice out the chirpings of varied birds, especially the cuckoo, when it would hum the song ‘Tum to Thahre Pardesi, Saath Kya Nibhaoge’.
Entertaining sounds of an aero landing, watchman’s whistle, siren of an ambulance as well a police van followed to send the listeners into an uproar. And all this when Kore simply used the mouthpiece of a Japanese flute to effectively tickle the funny bones of the listeners. He also engaged the addressees by spelling out some old popular Hindi film songs (‘Bujh Mera Kya Naam Re, Badi Lambi Judaai’).
Earlier in the evening, he also recited his own creation his, a poetic narrative based on a lighthearted fight between two friends. Speaking to Hindustan Times on his unique recital, Kore said the main aim of this presentation was to share his creativity with the audience while educating them with the various tonal qualities practiced all over the country on the same instrument.
“I wanted to directly connect with every layman sitting in the hall. And if I can playfully address his musical instinct without dwelling on serious ragas, he will be able to relish it more.
But this does not in any way demean the instruments’ importance, its grave sanctity as well as the legends associated with the same”, he said. MooliChand Tirraiya and Ajay Dube accompanied him on the tabla and the synthesizer respectively.