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A good mix of devotion and entertainment

Tuesday, January 03, 2017
By Amarendra Dhaneshwar

Gauri Pathare is one of the prominent young singers, she has won many prestigious awards like the one named after Bhimsen Joshi and the one after venerable musician Ramkrishnabuwa Vaze. As one of the most promising talents, Gauri first trained under her mother Dr. Vidya Damle. Later she was under the tutelage of well known singer Jitendra Abhisheki. After Abhisheki's rather untimely death, she trained under another famous singer, Padma Talwalkar. Last Saturday Gauri Pathare performed select devotionaland stage songs composed by her late master Jitendra Abhisheki.

"He was one of the finest composers of the modern era. I love to sing his popular numbers like 'Hari Bhajan Ke Bin' which was written by the saint Soiroba from Goa. This song is in the late night raga 'Sohini'," said Gauri.

Abhisheki's music for the play 'Matsyagandha' literally swept the audience off their feet "Those compositions have a timeless appeal. 'Sajana Kahe Gaye Pardes' which is in the raga 'Maru Bihag' has an eternal charm about it," she added. Pathare sang these numbers to resounding applause during 'Abir Gulal' programme at the Prabodhankar Thackeray Auditorium at Borivali (west) on Saturday night.

The concert was a good mixture of devotional, raga and stage music. The title 'Abir Gulal' itself was an indicator, it means the colours which are sprayed at religious processions. Shounak Abhisheki, the son and pupil of Jitendra Abhisheki is a leading singer today. His performance had the intensity and appeal which marked the music of his illustrated father. Shounak sang compositions in ragas like 'Kafi' and 'Bhopali' during this programme. He also rendered 'Abir Gulal', a racy and energetic number which demonstrates the spirit of the bhakti tradition.

Neelakshi Pendharkar, daughter of the eminent stage personality, Bhalchandra Pendharkar, sang some numbers which were popularised by the late classical singer, Manik Verma. 'Sawaro Rang' which is a take on the raga 'Shivranjani' was first performed in the 1940s. However, it still sets the feet tapping, speaks volumes for the skills and imagination of the composer. Veteran compere Mangala Khadilkar compered the show.

The programme on Lata Mangeshkar's raagdari held at the Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh on the occasion of its 75th anniversary also celebrated the completion of t 75 years of Lata Mangeshkar's career in playback singing. Audio clippings of her solo and duet songs based on ragas like Lalit, Todi, Yaman, Dhani, Bhimpalasi, Jaijaivanti etc were played and relevant ragas were demonstrated by the singer presenter. The full to the brim audience lapped up every moment of the show. Sangeet Mishra on the sarangi and Mukta Raste on the tabla lent superb sangat. Anil Nagarkar anchored the programme with his usual efficiency.

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