It was an emotional evening for music lovers here as they were transported into the ethereal world with spell-binding music of the renowned father-daughter duo Pandit Ravi Shankar and Anoushka Shankar.
Bidding farewell to this city in their last concert together here, the sitar maestro along with Anoushka, who is his protege and a composer in her own right,enthralled the audience with their renditions of different ragas.
The nonagenarian virtuoso and his 31-year-old daughter wove magic on the stringed instruments with their nimble fingers, creating a musical tapestry that had music connoisseurs craving for more.
Whether it was the meandering Vilambit Laya (slow rhythm) of a Raga, the fast paced Drut (fast) laya or the vigorous Jhala (where the first and the last strings of sitar are played simultaneously), the duo played with aplomb, to a standing ovation from the audience. The maestro said he was touched by the love showered on him by the music aficionados of Bangalore. Besides being the recipient of the country's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna, Ravi Shankar is considered as the beacon light of Maihar gharana of late Ustad Alauddin Khan (his guru).
As the evening drew to a close, the audience bade adieu to the musical duo, the lilting soul-stirring music still lingering in their hearts.
The concert Farewell to Bangalore was organised by city-based Premanjali Education Trust as a fund raiser for their various projects.