‘Kumar Gandharv Foundation' set up by the singer and musician Dr Paramanand Yadav has been very active in the country and especially in the city for well over two decades. The foundation has instituted an award in the name of the late Kumar Gandharva who was one of the tallest singers of the 20th century. Incidentally, Dr Yadav is a pupil of Kumar Gandharva.
The award presentation function was held at the Nehru Centre last week. In a hall packed to capacity, the eminent bhajan singer Anup Jalota was felicitated and the award was presented to him by Sidharth Kashyap. Among those present on the dais were SSP Yadav, Jayraman Iyer, Sanjay Kanodia and others. 'Kabir Ke Karib', a theme based performance was given by Paramanand Yadav. He beautifully sang some Kabir songs which were based on different ragas. He was accompanied on the harmonium by Anjan Singh, on the dholak by by Arvind Pandeya and on the tabla by Gurshant Singh. The programme was supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Central government.
'First Edition Arts', is an event management outfit with a sense of purpose and direction. They promote good musicians who are not much in limelight due to the vagaries of the organizers. Pratima Tilak, a talented and gifted singer who established her credentials two decades ago, has been unfairly neglected by mainstream organizers. 'First Edition Arts' featured her at the P L Deshpande Mini last week. The audience responded with enthusiasm to her music which was unadulterated 'Jaipur Attrauli' gharana. Her ' Savani','Savani Nat', 'Basanti Kedar' and 'Nayaki Kanada' had typical Jaipur flavour. Her 'khatkas' had that special verve which one associates with the music of Kesarbai and Mogubai. Tilak has learned from the late Kamal Tambe and the late Kaushalya Manjeshwar, both dedicated musicians of the gharana.It was a delightful performance.