Pleasant tunes

The musical evening organized by Sangeet Ashram at G.D. Birla Sabhaghar featured the fresh faces of Indian classical music, Debasmita Bhattacharya played the sarod and Bharati Pratap (picture, top) gave a vocal recital. Bhattacharya presented Miyan ki Mallar in the traditional style, starting with alaap, jor and jhala followed by gats. She could have improvised by bringing in variations to the raga. She was pleasing in the vilambit and drut gats, especially in some of the descending movements of the keynotes, but needs to show more maturity in the long vistaars and taans. Sanjay Adhikari provided able accompaniment on the tabla.

By Payel Sengupta
  • Published 2.09.17
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The musical evening organized by Sangeet Ashram at G.D. Birla Sabhaghar featured the fresh faces of Indian classical music, Debasmita Bhattacharya played the sarod and Bharati Pratap (picture, top) gave a vocal recital. Bhattacharya presented Miyan ki Mallar in the traditional style, starting with alaap, jor and jhala followed by gats. She could have improvised by bringing in variations to the raga. She was pleasing in the vilambit and drut gats, especially in some of the descending movements of the keynotes, but needs to show more maturity in the long vistaars and taans. Sanjay Adhikari provided able accompaniment on the tabla.

A sincere follower of the Agra gharana, Pratap attracted the audience with her clear voice and convincing presentation. Her rendition of Raga Durga had some limitations, but was interesting for its clarity and intensity. Pratap made an impact in both the vilambit and drut kheyals, even though her innovations could have been more impressive. She switched to Raga Guad-Mallar and presented the nom-tom alaap, an intrinsic part of the Agra gharana. Pratap's rendition of the kheyal set to rupak was enchanting, especially the vistaars in three octaves, but she could have done better in the drut kheyal. Pratap was accompanied by Sandip Ghosh (tabla) and Hiranmoy Mitra (harmonium). They performed well.

Vocalist Kaushik Bhattacharya (picture, bottom) made his listeners happy at a musical event held in ICCR. He began his performance with Miyan ki Mallar. His voice is powerful and generous and he was able to bring out the charm of the monsoon raga in both vilambit and drut kheyals. An enjoyable Bengali ragpradhan song in Marwa, embellished with taans and sargams, came next. He concluded with a pilu thumri. He was accompanied by Shyamal Kanjilal (tabla) and Hiranmoy Mitra (harmonium).

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