Ranjani Fine Arts has created another milestone in its journey of spreading music and melody by embracing the Hindustani Classical Music along with its core interest in Karnatak music. This integration in approach is going to result in the widespread reach of Indian Music to a large scale, which is most essential today to bring about work-life balance in society with peace and harmony all around.
As a step towards the fruition of this missionary concept, RFA has decided to conduct series of concerts in Hindustani Music in Baithak Style to start with.The first Baithak was organised on 24/08/2013, in Sobha Lakeview Clubhouse with a scintillating Sitar recital by Sri Nikhil Patwardhan, accompanied on Tabla by Sri Partha Mukherjee. Sri Patwardhan started his recital with Raag Miya ki Malhar, which was very appropriate for the season and time. He elaborated very nicely on the sweetness and feelings of the raga in his Alap, Jor and Jhala, fully captivating the audience and raising the mood to a state of collective blissfulness. He played Vilambit Gat in Teen taal with free flowing taans and layakari, which was reciprocated in equal measure by the Tabla artiste, much to the audience’s delight. Sri Patwardhan then played drut gat in Teen taal in Raag Surdasi Malhar, bringing into focus yet another sweet form of Raag Malhar.
The audience was in raptures with the fast taans on Sitar and the reciprocal rhythm by the Tabla. An hour passed as if in seconds, when the first part of the recital came to an end. On request from the audience, the second part was sprinkling of the sweetness and melody from Sitar in raag Bhairvi, culminating in expressions of '’vah'’ and "Aha" moments from many. Honouring the audience request, the artistes performed "Sabal" (a phrase by sitar) and " Jabab" (answer by Tabla in the same rhythm) bringing the mood of the audience to its peak level of joyfulness. The programme ended with continuous applause and with a commitment by RFA to host a Baithak on the 3rd Saturday of every month.
- R. D. Choudhary
Date: 24th August 2014, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Sitar Recital: Sri Nikhil Patwardhan
Tabla: Sri Partha Mukherjee