RFA with great pride started the Hindustani Concert series this year with a grand vocal recital from Shri Iman Das, a young already established musician from the Patiala Gharana. The audience were treated to some authentic Patiala gharanedhar music.
Shri Iman Das, gifted with a very sonorous voice began his concert with an evening melody Raag Saraswati. The bada khayal ‘Jogi gae aba raagini saraswati ko’ was methodically elaborated bringing out the divinity in the raag. The bool taans and sargam taans were clearly articulated in a typical Patiala style. This was followed by a madhyala jhap taal bandish “namo vidya dayini” another bhakti ras composition. Here one could see the artist’s mastery on the layakaari. Raag Saraswati was concluded with a fast tempo teen taal bandish “khelata nandakumar”. The audience were treated to some very creative taankari with taans spanning all the three sthayees.
The next classical raag that was present was Raag Sohini another beautiful Marwa Thaat evening raga. The artist chose a Punjabi composition in madhayalaya teen taal and beautifully sketched all the aspects of the raag using the very catchy bool of the bandish. Sohini an uttrang pradhan raag was easily scaled by Shri Iman Das in taar stayee with ease and composure. Sohini was concluded with a brisk tarana.
The second half of the concert included several thumris and lighter version bringing out the versatility of the artist. The session began with a very famous thurmi in raag Mishra Kaoushikdhawni (or Mishra Binna Shadj) – “yaada piya ki aye”.. Once could see the Patiala masters resonate in his presentation. The tabla accompaniment from Shri Partho Mukherjee was at its best with able support on the harmonium from Shri Kailash Kulkarni. Tanpura support was provided by Smt Lakshmi. The next thumri was in Mishra Pilu and the concert was concluded with a beautiful Bharavi presentation “prema ki faandeme”. All the twelve swaras were melodiously woven to bring out the essence of bhairavi the evergreen raga.
-- Chandramouli Rao