Riveting recital by young artistes
THE THREE-DAY cultural festival ?Pratibha Utsav? organised by Uttar-Madhya Kshetra Sanskritik Kendra in collaboration with Bharat Bhawan began with fanfare on Tuesday. The colorful event saw four young artistes performing to a packed hall at the cultural auditorium.india Updated: Aug 30, 2006 15:22 IST
THE THREE-DAY cultural festival ‘Pratibha Utsav’ organised by Uttar-Madhya Kshetra Sanskritik Kendra in collaboration with Bharat Bhawan began with fanfare on Tuesday. The colorful event saw four young artistes performing to a packed hall at the cultural auditorium.
The evening began with the splendid performance of 19-year-old tabla artiste Mayank Vedekar from Ujjain. Vedekar started off his solo recital with the presentation of ‘Tritaal’, which was rendered in ‘vilambit laya’. He later on mesmerised the audience with ‘rela’ that defines quick beats in a fast forward manner. Noted artiste Zamir Hussain accompanied him on ‘lahra’ and harmonium. Vedekar is the disciple of renowned tabla maestro Pandit Suresh Talvalkar from Pune.
While the listeners thoroughly enjoyed the presentation by Vedekar, they seemed to be anxiously waiting for the item from their own city girl and Drupad singer Rupali Jain. Jain’s recital of ‘Raag Bhupali’ was heard with rapt attention as her soulful voice echoed all through the hall. Her mellifluous notes in ‘alaap’, ‘madhya alaap’ and ‘dhrut alaap’ were harmoniously enhanced by the beautiful lyrics in ‘tan talwar’ (Chautal) and ‘shankar suth ganesh’ (sultal).
The repeated applause for her presentation showed her popularity and veracity as an eminent singer. Manglesh Jain (on pakhavaj) and Deepa Shukla as well as Asha Tripathi accompanied her on the tanpura. Notably, Rupali is taking her musical lessons from the famous Gundhecha brothers.
The next presentation came in from Jabalpur’s Lalit Rataunia. Rataunia’s brilliance on the tabla was blended with wonderful annotations from Zamir Hussain on harmonium. Rataunia’s recital in ‘teen taal’ included various dimensions called ‘tukde’, ‘paran’, ‘chakdhar’ and ‘paramarshi chakdhar’. Shweta Gupta’s ‘Bundelkhandi’ folk dance called ‘Badhai’ was the last item to be staged at the musical evening.
The visual lucidity in her dance displayed her ease for the difficult body movements, which were interspersed with various ‘mudras’ and delightful leaps to leave the audience spell bound for a while .The folk dance, usually performed during marriages and auspicious occasions (in rural areas) was rendered with the same rustic touch by the young artist hailing from Sagar.
Shubha Gupta vocally gave the background score. Her team included Raju Chaurasia, (Dholak) Avnish Sarathe (flute) and Nanu (Dhapla).
Notably, all these artistes hail from different parts of the State and have been awarded with junior national fellowship in the field of music and dance by the Government of India.
Earlier, noted dance guru Shankar Hombal graced the occasion as the chief guest of the function to encourage the young artistes.
Programme officer Atul Dubey greeted him and expressed his gratitude for attending the festival and showering his blessings on the budding performers.