"Music is to the soul as exercise is to the body". This was proved beyond doubt when Smt. Rina Basu performed at the monthly Baithak series of Ranjani Fine Arts on November 16, 2013. Smt. Rina started her recital with Raga Puria Kalyan, an early evening Raga, and conveyed the message of the Raga through devotional words related to Lord Krishna in different ways. She did full justice to the Raga in Ek Tal Vilambit and in Drut Teen Tal. Smt. Rina then sang Raag Hamir, and one could easily relate to this Raga, which has been used in many film songs in the past. Her presentation in Raga Kafi was quite enchanting and devotional. Her voice and its tonal quality were quite impressive.The audience enjoyed every phrase of the ragas as presented by the artist.
The programme ended with a recital in Raga Bharavi, in which the artists elaborately dealt with various feelings oozing out from the Raga and entertained the audience perhaps to the hilt. The entire period of two hours seemed to have passed in few seconds with the collective psyche glued to the sweet voice of Smt. Rina Basu. Able support on Tabla was provided by Sri. Gurumurthi, a famous tabla player in Bangalore. Harmonium support by Sri. Kulkarni was very sweet. Smt. Rina’s disciple Smt. Aparna Menon provided accompaniment on the tanpura, with occasional vocal support to her teacher. Every member of the audience felt fulfilled in one way or the other - such is the effect of soulful music on the audience with unconditional listening. Kudos to Ranjani Fine Arts for popularising the varied themes of Indian Classical Music for every age group. This is very essential for combating the restless and competitive atmosphere present in every human society today.
- R. D. Choudhary
Date: 16th Nov 2013, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Vocal: Smt. Rina Basu
Tabla: Sri Gurumurthy Vaidya
Harmonium: Sri Narasimha Kulkarni