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Superlative Solo Performance

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
By Amarendra Dhaneshwar

The late Ramkrishnabuwa Vaze was one of the revered figures of Hindustani music in the past century. Born in 1872 in Sawantwadi in the Konkan region, he battled extreme poverty and undernourishment during his childhood. The deprivation did not dim his spirit. He travelled on foot to Gwalior in Madhya Bharat which was miles away. His rock like determination enabled him to withstand the severe cold and heat to which he was not accustomed. He learned khyal music from Nisar Hussain Khan and then went on to become a great singer. Vazebuwa, during his musical journey, also ran into sage Vivekananda who taught a few dhrupad compositions to him.

Vazebuwa settled in the Bombay province where he taught singers of the caibre of Dinanath Mangeshkar, Keshavrao Bhosale and Kesarbai Kerkar. He was, in a way, a pioneer of radio broadcasts in this country. He passed away in 1944 leaving behind his soulful music which is lapped up by the present day audiences. His death anniversary was observed by 'Khayal Trust' at the splendid Madame Kama Hall situated inside Veer Savarkar Smarak at Shivaji Park. The choice of the Belgaon based harmonist Sudhanshu Kulkarni was most appropriate in the sense that Belgaon was one city where Vazaebuwa had stayed for years. Kulkarni's mentor the late Rambhau Vijapure had provided harmonium accompaniment to Vazebuwa and his illustrious son Shivrambuwa. Kulkarni played the raga 'Shyam Kalyan' and also a natyapad composed by Vazebuwa. His 'Shyam Kalyan' was superbly rendered. The tonal quality of the instrument was sweet and his mastery of the technique was amazing. His son Sarang too is quite accomplished. His accompaniment was excellent. 'Bajuband Khul Khul Ja', the Bhairavi thumri was played with artistry by the harmonist. On the tabla was Vinayak Naik who was superb as usual.

The programme began with a vocal recital by Devashree Navghare. She is a pupil of the well known singer Manjiri Asnare. Devashree gave a good account of herself. Her 'Tilak Kamod' was particularly delightful. She also sang 'Lalita Gauri'. Nisarg Dehukkar on tabla and Vinod Padge on the harmonium were brilliant.

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