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Fusion at its best

C. SURESH KUMAR

Young artistes dominated the 33rd Pandit Motiram and Maniram Sangeet Samaroh.

The performances on the third day at the 33rd Pandit Motiram and Maniram Sangeet Samaroh at Nizam College were again dominated by young artistes. Rahul Sharma, son of maestro Shiva Kumar Sharma, performed on the santoor. He selected raag Rasik Priya and performed the alap, jod, jhala set to Rupak Taal in Madhya Laya. He followed it with a composition in Dhrut set to Teen Taal. While he has a long way to go before he achieves his father's genius, Rahul did justice to the concert in his own style. He got able support from Vijay Ghate on the tabla.

The next performer was Sanjeev Abhayankar, the protégé of Pandit Jasraj. He started his concert with Raag Bhagyashree in Vilambit set to teen taal and followed it by Drut in ek taal. He concluded his concert with raag Bin Shadaj. He was accompanied on the harmonium by popular local artiste Surendra Bharati, who supported him very well and on tabla by Kedar Pandit.

The concerts on the concluding day began with fusion music by the well known band comprising Niladri Kumar on sitar and zitar, Taufiq Qureshi ( percussion), Pandit Dinesh (congo), Anand Sharma (key boards and vocals, Agnelo Fernandes (key board) and Vijay Ghate (tabla). could disturb normal classical music lovers. The pace at which the artistes performed was noteworthy and remarkable, especially the percussionists Taufiq, Vijay Ghate and Dinesh.

The grand finale was the vocal concert by Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj, which started beyond 10.p.m. He began his concert in his inimitable style with all his disciples on the dais, which included Ratan Mohan, Durga Jasraj, Ankita Joshi and Sanjeev Abhyankar. Pandit Jasraj began with Raag Adana set to teen taal with a bandish Mata Kalika. The next song was a bhajan Bhaja Govindam in Gorakh Kalyan.

He next sang a chota khayal with his famous song Mero Allah Meherban. He followed it by a composition Om namo Vasudeva, another popular bhajan. The audience sat through the entire concert braving the chill , as the maestro concluded the festival with his spell binding performance.

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