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What a day this has been … what a rare mood I am… All Day Concert – Mewati Sangeet Parv

Submitted by on June 6, 2011 – 2:48 amNo Comment

What is it about this concert that one get’s goose pimples even within 10 mins of the start of Pt. Jasraj’s concert at the All Day Festival organized thro Mewati Sangeet Parv by the Jasraj Institute of Music in New Jersey?

Is it his form, his mood, or is it the just the Marwa Raag itself that brings a depth of subtle and anxious yearning with mixed feelings of solemn expectation.

Or is it more likely the combination of both the above, mixed with the blended Harmonic vocal support by Pta Tripti and others who played out beautifully in extending the very atmosphere created by the Sangeet Martand, with this soulful exposition of Marwa.

Maybe the answer is a hard one to comprehend, but if we just take the outcome that was produced, it charged everyone in the audience, who were spell bound in silence, with little control over the transformation that was hitting their senses, the evoking of solemn expectation, perhaps.

The doyen of Mewati Gharana, still has the ability to take us places, take us far away to another world within this world. He can still keep us mesmerized and lost in tranquility, while enabling us to being immersed in serenity.

Oh what a concert….

I may not have the words to express the evening, but do want to say this … After a long time I got to hear one of my favorite Raags Marwa – in full summer bloom, with a resonance that filled my heart and possibly all hearts. Having heard Pt. Jasraj many times in recent years, I think there was something deeper in his concert last evening. It was indeed soulful.

Once again thanks to the members of Pt. Jasraj Institute for organizing the day concert. Started beautifully with a vedic hymn from 5 students of the institute that included my friends…. Vaishali Patankar and Vijaya Katti.

It was a beautiful way to start the day concert and they sang it beautifully in well synchronized tones that is essential to get the fullest from these chants. The chant was a combination of Rig and Sama Veda. I think the singers achieved the objective of kick starting the concert giving the serenity it needed and preparing for a day full of anticipated soulful music.

I also liked Pta Tripti’s earlier performance in the pre lunch session where she performed a rare raga Abiri Todi. Oh, I must personally thank her too for bringing us a rare and complex raga to the audience. As in my earlier interview with her, I always felt that we music lovers have fallen prey to timings and common ragas, and we seldom get to hear the rare ones.

To many, this raag may have sounded complex to understand or follow … Truthfully, it was for me too, but that’s what I wanted to experience. Experience away from the ordinary….wanted to expect the unexpected.

Thank you Tripti ji.

The other highlights were the Darbari ensemble featuring a neat an elegant Raag Miyan Ki Todi by Pt. Ramesh Misra on Sarangi, Pt. Samir Chatterjee ji on Tabla, Steve Gorn on Bansuri (flute) and Allyn Miner with the sitar.

Dinesh Mirchandani a senior deciple of Pta Tripti also gave a short vocal recital.

Also, a change from it being all musical, we were treated with Archana Joglekar’s – Kathak, which, I think the crowd unanimouslyloved the rythymic treat of kathak and her exceptionally sensitive potrayal of expressions as the acts were being enacted. These are some pictures that I think will give you the essense of what I am trying to say.

Overall an eventful day, and I had to leave slightly before close to catch a flight, but felt beautifully intoxicated with all the music, dance and festivity I experienced.

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