Ranjani Fine Arts’ Second Hindustani Baithak on September 21, 2013 featured a vocal recital by Shri Chandramouli Rao. This was a successful event that was attended and appreciated by larger numbers, which points towards "Mission Accomplished by RFA". The soulful recital started with Raga Maru Bihag, an evening raga of a deep communicative feeling between a lover and beloved, with a famous composition selected by Mr Rao. He did full justice to the Raga and regaled the audience with the able support on Harmonium by Shri Surya Upadhaye and equally an enchanting rhythmic support on Tabla by Shri Madhukar Malay. Shri Rao's next presentation was in Raga Bhopali, a difficult raga, and he brought the devotional fervour out of it in full measure. This Raga is very seldom chosen even by even established artists but Shri. Rao proved every point and nuance associated with the Raga nicely and this was much appreciated by the audience.
The next item in the programme was his rendition in Raga Durga, again a very devotional raga and the Bandish very appropriately chosen by Shri Rao to please the Goddess Durga. The recital came to an apt conclusion with a final item in the Raga Bhairavi. The essence of the entire programme was reflected in the mood of the audience, many of whom relished these classical Ragas even without knowing the alphabets or grammar of the system. This itself goes to prove that classical music transcends the barrier of language, culture and geographical boundaries, and serves as a very potent medium to show us our deeper unity as human beings and one mankind in spite of worldly diversities. Shri Chandramouli Rao and his accompanying artists deserve all the praise for conveying this message in ample measure through their renditions of the evening.
- R D Choudhary
Date: 21st Sept 2013, 5pm
Venue: Sobha Lake view Club, Bengaluru
Vocal: Sri Chandramouli Rao
Tabla: Sri Madhukar Malay
Harmonium: Sri Surya Upadhaye
Tanpura: Sri Jagannath Rao & Party