Ranjani Fine Arts is on a rising curve of its evolutionary process in furthering Hindustani Classical Music by organising the monthly Baithak Series. In the third Baithak, the audience was simply mesmerised by the vocal recital of Sri Kailash Kulkarni, a proven artist from the Agra Gharana.Sri Kailash began his recital in Rag Shree, which showed his training in a raga sung by only noted and experienced artists. Moreover, he did so in the presence of his renowned teacher and and national level artiste - Vidushi Lalith Rao. The Alap brought forth the mood of the raga and forced the audience to feel the depth of the difficult combination of Surs and enjoy its beauty. The composition was also very famous and very well treated by Sri Kailash both in Vilambit and Drut Gat, to a rhythm of twelve beats and sixteen beats cycle respectively. The tabla accompaniment, by Sri Shashibhushan Gurjar, fully matched the vocalist’s mood.
The next recital in Rag Jog was equally enthralling. The beauty of his rendition was the laykari he portrayed in Rupak Tal, which attracted frequent applause. The entire audience became one in collective consciousness, completely forgetting the temporal pleasures of life, and plunged into the reservoir of sweetness and melody created by this recital. Sri Kailash then sang a beautiful Kazri, bringing the memory of Banaras style singing most famous for Kazri. His own composition of a Krishna Bhajan brought forth the devotional essence of the Bhakti Cult in full measure. In the same breath, he also sang an Abhang invoking the glory and praise of Lord Panduranaga. The programme came to a blissful end with a rendition in Rag Bhairavi, an evergreen Raga capable to produce all type of feelings and moods. Sri Madhusudhan Bhat provided excellent accompaniment on the harmonium. Sri Dattatreya provided accompaniment on the tanpura, and gave able vocal support as and when needed.Throughout his recital, Sri Kailash did not give any opportunity to the audience to reflect either on their watches or the mental bees always otherwise humming in everybody's bonnet.
In short, it was an occasion for enjoying a collective, meditative blissfulness. There is little doubt that such programmes are essential for humanity in nurturing spirituality with effortless ease.- R. D. Choudhary.
Date: 19th Oct 2013, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Vocal: Sri Kailash Kulkarni
Tabla: Sri Shashibhushan Gurjar
Harmonium: Sri Madhusudan Bhat