Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre is one of the oldest music circles in the megalopolis. It was set up by music enthusiasts who belonged to a variety of professions. Among them was Dr. S G Joshi who originally hailed from Dharwad and was a noted ENT surgeon. He passed away over six decades ago but his memory is kept alive by the centre by hosting a special concert every year. The programme sponsored by his son Dr. Shrikrishna Joshi who is a leading anaesthetist draws a huge response as it features talented vocalists every year.
This year it was the turn of the Goa-based young vocalist Shashank Maktedar. Maktedar hails from Aurangabad where he was introduced to the music by the veteran Nathrao Neralkar. After training for years under Neralkar, Maktedar came into the limelight by winning prizes at youth festivals held all over Maharashtra. He was picked up by the ITC /SRA institute from Calcutta where he trained under the leading classical singer Ulhas Kashalkar. Today Maktedar's music is a kind or mirror reflection of his mentor Kashalkar's music.
At the Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre concert, Maktedar began with the raga 'Marwa'. The composition 'Nanadiya Chavav Karat' was set to the 14 beats jhumra. Maktedar possesses a soft voice and it gains extra softness as he projects notes in the higher octave. While he seemed a bit confused about the poetic content of the confusion, there was no doubt about the raga purity. He followed up with the raga 'Tilak Kamod'. The composition 'Sur Sangat Raag Vidya' was by the great Alladiya Khan of the Jaipur Attrauli Gharana. His raga delineation was faultless and melodious too. His post interval 'Yaman' and 'Paraj' were superbly rendered. 'Nanadike Bachanva', the 'Yaman' song began on the fourth beat which was quite unusual. It was, all in all, a very good performance ably supported by Anant Joshi on harmonium and Yati Bhagwat on tabla.