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?Art grows with experience?

KALAPINI KOMKALI has music flowing through her blood. Daughter of eminent singers late Pandit Kumar Gandharva and Vasundhra Komkali, she was not very fond of music as a child.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 14:28 IST

KALAPINI KOMKALI has music flowing through her blood. Daughter of eminent singers late Pandit Kumar Gandharva and Vasundhra Komkali, she was not very fond of music as a child.

“ I used to sit with tanpura but my real interest in music began in 1985. I gave my first individual performance in 1993,” she told the Hindustan Times.

Both Kalapini and Vasundhara Komkali were in Bhopal to perform at Bharat Bhavan on Sunday. It is essential for an artiste to have patience. Art is a creative process and there are no set formulas for it’s honing. Art grows with experience, she said.

Maintaining that ‘good communication’ with the audience was essential she said, “ We should endeavour to give good music so that the audience can get a taste of it.”

On whether classical music faced any threat from the pop culture she observed, “ Classical music can never loose its purity. There can be no comparison between a small fountain and a river.”

Kalapini has lent her voice to some movies like ‘ Paheli’ and ‘Ahilya Bai Holkar’. Both mother and daughter do not have a common album. “We can however have one sometime in the future”, she said.

The two have given stage performances together on some special theme concerts. On the activities of Kumar Gandharva Sangeet Academy at Dewas Kalapini said, “ It is an institution which strictly follows the Gurukul parampara (tradition). The institute is also working on building an archive on the work of Kumar Gandharvaji and almost three-fourth of it has been completed.”

Classical music does not connote performance alone, she said adding “ The young generation wants to go to stage as early as possible. They want to tread a path that ensures quick fame.”

Both Vasundharaji and Kalapini gave a mellifluous performance at the Bharat Bhavan in the evening. Their musical notes reverberated and struck an enthralling chord with the audience.

First Published: Mar 20, 2006 14:28 IST