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A Glittering Festival

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
By Amarendra Dhaneshwar

The 'Hridayesh Festival ' of classical music hosted by 'Hridayesh Arts' was held over the week end at the Parle Tilak Vidyalaya Ground. As expected , it was a huge success. This was the 28th festival in a row. The organizers felicitate a senior musician every year for his or her contribution to music. This year, the award was given to the veteran Gwalior gharana singer Laxmanrao Krishnarao Pandit. Pandit is a doyen of the Gwalior gharana. He is respected as the 'Khalifa'  of the Gwalior gharana. The award was presented to him ceremoniously on the very first day by Vishamohan Bhatt. Among those present on the dais were senior Gwalior gharana exponent Ms Neela Bhagwat,  dhrupad singers the Gundecha brothers, editor Ashok Panvalkar and others.

Mukul Shivputra, son and pupil  of Kumar Gandharv is often described as a wayward genius . He evokes the image of a reclusive mendicant singer who is lost in his own pursuits  and oblivious of the world around.

In the past he had earned notoriety for playing truant. 62 year old Mukul Shivputra is now based in Poona and is in a new and refreshingly reformed avatar. He has rehabilitated himself in the minds of his countless fans with a string of performances in Poona and other places.  His spirited rendering of bandishes and taranas leaves  a deep impact on the minds of the listeners. He is one of the stars who was featured at the 'Hridayesh 'festival. He sang a meditative raga 'Todi' and a racy tappa.  There were four sessions and each session was   a top draw." Topnotch performers like Shivkumar Sharma who crossed 80 was also  felicitated. Mevundi draws his inspiration from Bhimsen Joshi who he emulates without any hesitation. His taan patterns and the alaps are in the Kirana mould. Mevundi's fast tonal patterns exude a vigour which the audience loves. Rashid Khan sang the raga 'Malkauns'. Vishwamohan Bhatt played the raga 'Malkauns'  with style. With such a formidable line up of musicians  the festival, indeed, was bound to be a grand success.

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