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Complex Melodies Unraveled

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
By Amarendra Dhaneshwar

Music has been transmitted from one generation to the other through oral tradition. Writing and notating music is of recent origin in the Indian context. Dependence solely on the oral transmission has given rise to so many interpretations and versions of the same raga or the composition that confusion reigns supreme in case of certain melodies. Yet, they have survived and even become popular because of their innate strength and musicality. In the Jaipur Attrauli gharana repertoire such confusions abound. Yet, each singer sings whatever he or she has inherited from the mentor with sincerity and a degree of loyalty. Priyadarshini Kulkarni, who is based in Poona, is a well known exponent of the Jaipur Attrauli gharana. She has trained under Rajshekhar Mansur and Madhukar Kanitkar, both formidable names among the gharana followers. Rajshekhar is the son and pupil of the great Mallikarjun Mansur and Kanitkar is a pupil of the much revered Bhurji Khan.

Priyadarshini was featured by the Music Lovers' Club affiliated to the Mahatma Gandhi Seva Mandir opposite the Bandra Lake last Sunday. She dedicated the morning concert to Ms Kishori Amonkar, the prima donna of the Jaipur Attrauli style. It was a nice gesture on the part of the singer and she rightly chose to sing the raga 'Jaunpuri' which was popularized by Amonkar. The raga has an upper octave orientation. She could navigate without much difficulty and the fast paced composition 'Chhananan Bichhuva' was sung with the right amount of energy and emotion. She also sang the raga 'Bahaduri Todi' which again is a typically Jaipur Attrauli melody. The serene character of the raga was established very well. Her Mishra Jhinjoti thumri' Savanki Ritu ' expressed the mood of the season. Mandar Puranik on the tabla and Niranjan Lele on the harmonium lent support.

The world of music mourned the loss of the veteran tabla exponent Sadashiv Pawar. Pawar was over 80 and suffered from age related ailments. Old timers recall innumerable concerts in which he accompanied the sitar wizard Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan. Khansaheb gave a lot of scope to Pawar to display his skills. Pawar trained under the great Amir Hussain Khan. Pawar ran an academy in Dombivali where he trained young tabla players.
His pupils like Chandrashekhar Vaze, Praveen Karkare,Rupak Pawar, NIshad Pawar have made the grade on the concert scene.

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