Friday, November 7, 2008
1. Raag Rageshree - Vilambit and Drut
Monday, November 3, 2008
In the year 1948 at Jabalpur, a small town in Madhya Pradesh, a child took birth to be named as Ajay. His inclination towards music was natural as at the age of ten when other children of his age were fond of playing, Ajay was deeply engrossed in exploring the intricacies of ragas. It was destined to be so since his mother, Dr.Smt. Sumeet Pohankar of Kirana Gharana groomed her child. He was fortunate to have occasional interactions with the great Ustad Amir Khan too.I've attended the following concerts:
Pt. Ajay Pohankar, as he is known today, is the most sought out artistes for his deep involvement and aesthetically well structured presentation of notes in whatever form the composition is set. Bestowed with rich melodious voice with full command over modulation, his singing reflects the maturity woven with wide range of emotions he creates in his listeners. Be it an aesthetic élan pertaining to the Indian Classical music, devotional appeal for the divine or experimentation with various musical aspects, Pt. Ajay Pohankar has created his niche in all the fields.
- Dhwani 2008, 5th BKF, Mallikajun Mansur Music Festive Sep 20-21, 2008.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
1. Raag Bairagi
2. Raag Todi
Pandit Samaresh Chowdhury is one of very few distinguished, younger generation classical vocalists of our time. Polished as it is, his vocal technique is primarily a testament to the rigorous training and grooming of his early years. Son of the famous “Sangeetacharya” (an honorific title for great accomplishment in music) the late Amaresh Chowdhury, Samaresh Chowdhury began his early training under the strict supervision of his illustrious father.
Later, he entered into pupilage with the world-famous sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar who swiftly recognised his talent and deep commitment to classical music. His ability to bring a refined freshness and spontaneity to raags that have already been sung thousands of times over hundreds of years, made Samaresh Chowdhury, with is extraordinary range and control over the octaves, stand out for listeners and critics, alike.
I've been to the following concerts of Pt. Samaresh-ji
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
1. Raag Puriya2. Raag Shahana Kanada
4. Kannada Bhajan (Purandara Daasa)
1. Raag Maru Bihag
2. Raag Kaunsi Kanada
3. Thumri (Bhairavi)
Shruti hails from Mahārāshtra. At her early age, she started learning classical music from her father, Pandit Wāmanrāo Sādolikar, who was a disciple of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana founder, Ustad Alladiya Khan, and his son Ustad Bhurji Khan. Shruti then trained for twelve more years under Ustad Gullubhāi Jasdanwāllā, who was renowned for his repository of rare compositions and complex Ragas of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharānā. Shruti continues to learn from Ustad Bhurji Khan's son Ustad Azizuddin Khan. (More here, including a couple of audio clips)