Two days of good music, thanks to the ITC Sangeet Research Academy's programme in Ravindra Bharati, Hyderabad.
The artistes were:
- Sameehan Kashalkar (vocal), ITC SRA Scholar: Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar's son, this young man is a good singer in the making.
- Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya (Chaturangi -- Indian classical slide guitar). This was the highlight of the day...truly, great music. The instrument is fantastic, and the Tablist Samar Saha) was superb.
- Vidushi Malini Rajurkar: She sang effortlessly, as usual. However, one feels that her programme is somehow incomplete...no tanpura, no shishyas.
- Aniruddha Bhattacharya (vocal), Past Scholar, ITC SRA: He was good, but not exceptional.
- Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar (Sarod): Something wasn't quite okay with this performance.
- Dr M Balamurali Krishna and Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty (jugalbandi): Two masters in action...much as I don't much like Carnatic-Hindustani jugalbandis, it was exhilerating. As Dr Balamurali Krishna said, the distinction Carnatic/Hindustani came later...what they were singing was Indian music.
Tabla was by Subhankar Banerjee, Mridangal: D S R murthy, Violin Peri Sreerama Murthy. The tabla-mridangam jugalbandi was fantastic too.