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A multifaceted musician: Ranjeet

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
By Amarendra Dhaneshwar

Bihar is a region which has had a strong 'dhrupad' tradition. 'Dhrupad' is a form of music which was a precursor to the 'khyal' form which has been dominating the classical music scene for the last two hundred years.

This tradition has produced some fine musicians. They are singers, instrumentalists as well as percussionists. Ranjeet and Ajeet Pathak are from this lot. They are twins with a lot of similarity Ranjeet is a professional santoor player trained by  maestro Pundit Tarun Bhattacharya. He also teaches the sitar and vocal music at the 'Dhani' academy founded by him. Ajeet is an accomplished tabla player who trained under the legendary Pt. Kishan Maharaj.
Ajeet often accompanies veteran musicians like Dr. N. Rajam, Ronu Majumdar and others. The brothers look deceptively similar and their resemblance is reminiscent of the comedy scenes in movies like 'Ram Aur Shyam' , 'Do Dooni Char' and 'Seeta Aur Geeta'. Reel life indeed reflects real life.

'Dhani' celebrated the onset of the 'phagun' month by holding a special concert at the Prabodhankar Thakrey Auditorium in Borivali. The concert was indeed well attended. Many prominent musicians graced the occasion which had senior flautist Ronu Majumdar as the chief guest. The program began with a vocal recital by a Gwalior gharana vocalist who sang three compositions in raga 'Yaman Kalyan' that set the tone for the evening. 'Main Na Jaoongi Khelnva Aaj Hori Re' was an unusual 'hori' in the raga 'Bihag'. Farooque Latif Khan on the sarangi and Tejovrush Joshi on the tabla provided immaculate support to the vocalist.

Ranjeet Pathak played the raga 'Jog'. This raga is a recent entrant to Hindustani music. It was inspired by the Carnatic raga 'Natai'. The raga is attributed to the late Faiyaz Khan Khansaheb. Ranjeet played elaborate and systematic alaps in the raga. His 'Jod' portion which had perceptible pulse was riveting. Ajeet Pathak on the tabla was superb as ever. The program ended with a Kathak jugalbandi performance by Jayasjree Acharya and Prachi Dixit. There was admirable coordination and understanding between the two as they performed.

Dhananjay Hegde's performance of morning ragas at the Taj Mahal Tea House added to his reputation as a talented singer. Hegde is a pupil of Vinayak Torvi from Banglore. His 'Bilaskhani Todi' exuded the perfect mood of the raga. He also sang 'Sarang' and a light music piece. Siddhesh Bicholkar on the harmonium and Mandar Puranik on the tabla lent superb support. It was indeed a satisfactory morning concert.

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