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Flute for thought at cradles

Delhi-based flautist Rajendra Prasanna is regaling Ranchi with the fulsome notes of the hollow bamboo.

On a three-day tour since Monday for Viraasat, classical music events hosted by Spic-Macay (Jharkhand), Prasanna has many stopovers.

The Institute of Engineers, India (IEI), and DAV Kapil Dev were Monday’s venues for the Benaras gharana-trained instrumentalist. On Tuesday evening, Prasanna played at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences. On Wednesday, he will host a rendezvous at IIM-R.

At DAV, the flautist gave a lecture-demonstration. He played a dhun on Raga Pahari before students, spoke on sargam, taal and mantra with examples. He showed elements of melody in patriotic song Saare Jahan Se Achcha, invited students to sing bhajans and replicated those on flute, a method appreciated by DAV music teacher Chiro Sundar Thakur.

At the IEI, Prasanna charmed the gathering with Raga Iman. On audience request, he presented ragas Behag and Darbari. He followed up with a Benarasi dadra and a thumri based on Mishra Pahari.

Krishna Bhagwat on tabla and Shahzad Rasheed on tanpura gave him apt company.

“We hosted 94 sessions in cradles under Viraasat in Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Bokaro and Deoghar,” said Deep Ranjan, Spic-Macay secretary.


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