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Rare Kirana Flavour

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
By Amarendra Dhaneshwar

There exist those pessimists who are apprehensive about the future of Indian music.  They rue the tendency of the young generation to get attracted towards the so-called Western music or rock or jazz. That such apprehensions are misplaced, was proved by the presence of and active participation by all kinds of people, as well as young boys and girls in the Swar Taal Mahotsav organised by the Swar Taal Academy run by the tabla player Vinayak Gurav.

There were three different batches of tabla students who presented a tabla ensemble with a lot of zest. They were heartily encouraged by the capacity audience that had gathered on a Sunday evening at the Anusuya Hall at Chandannagar. All credit to young Vinayak Gurav, who is a dedicated tabla teacher and a performing percussionist.

The evening also saw a memorable vocal performance by the comely young vocalist Geeta Heblekar, who hails from Banglore. Heblekar is a student of the Kirana gharana meastro, the late Sangmaeshwar Gurav. She has also trained under Kaivalyakumar who is a leading light of the gharana. She sings in a clear voice and she invests her rendition with a lot of energy and efflorescence. She sang the raga 'Puriya Kalyan' which is a favourite raga of the Kirana singers. She also sang a Marathi 'natyageet' composed by Jitendra Abhisheki. Vinayak Gurav provided excellent tabla support to her and the harmonium was played by young Kalyani.

Santosh Ghante, a young harmonist, gave a solo recital. He played the raga 'Kirwani' in 'alap' and 'jod'. The 'gats' were in 'teen taal'. Ghante has a good grasp of ragas and his command of 'taal' too is good. He is a pupil of the veteran late Appa Jalgaonkar. It was an effective performance boosted by the superb support of the tabla by Sameer Suryavanshi. He is a pupil of the maestro Anindo Chatterjea.

The evening concluded with a vocal recital by a Gwalior gharana singer who sang the raga 'Kedar' to begin with. He also sang an 'Akhand' which is a devotional by the great Mahatma Phule. The audience stayed throughout and cheered the artistes.

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