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A Musical Festival

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
By Amarendra Dhaneshwar

‘Aamad Pratishthan', is an organisation established by the senior tabla exponent Sadanand Naimpalli and his talented pupils. Naimpalli trained under the maestro Taranath Rao who was a close associate of sitar wizard Ravi Shankar. 'Aamad Pratishthan' seeks to popularize the tabla and the art of tabla playing. It holds regular concerts throughout the year and there is a place for a solo tabla recital in each concert. The completion of ten years of 'Aamad' was celebrated in style by organising a music festival in association with 'Thinkerz Acdemy' at the plush Savarkar Auditorium over the last week end. The festival was sponsored by 'Tata Capital'.

A CD of tabla compositions played by Naimpalli and his pupils was released on this occasion The title of the CD is 'Maha Taal Yag'. The festival was flagged off by the popular classical vocalist Venkateshkumar.

Kumar hails from Dharwad in north Karnataka.He does not belong to a musician's family. He had to struggle hard to achieve name and fame which finally came his way when he performed  in Poona at the Sawai gandharva festival in 1992. The report of his earlier  performance reached none other than Bhimsen Joshi who was generous in his praise."I have still preserved the letter  sent by Bhimsenji," said Kumar. He has modeled his music after Joshi and comes nearest to his idol when he delivers those fast tonal patterns infusing them with a lot of energy. His exposition of the raga is in line with the Kirana stylistics. "As an humble student of music, I hear old masters like Abdul Karim Khan, Abdul Wahid Khan,Amir Khan, Kumar Gandharv or even Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.It is great education," he says. Music lovers find echoes of Bhimsen Joshi and Basavraj Rajguru's music in his presentations."I had performed at the Gwalior Tansen Sangeet Samaroh six years ago. The performance was telecast live by the Doordarshan. Pandit Ravi Shankar, the great sitarist listened to that performance and invited me to sing at his 'RIMPA' circle in Delhi which I consider to be the greatest honour of my life," said Kumar.

He sang a reposeful 'Ahir Bhairav' and a lively 'Alhaiya Bilawal'. He infused them with imaginative sargams and aakar taans which livened up the winter morning atmosphere. He was accompanied on the tabla by Sadanand Naimpalli and on the harmonium by Siddhesh Bicholkar

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