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Monday, January 19, 2009

Urja : Masters of percussions

Monday, January 19, 2009
I had gone for this show yesterday. This was the first time that I was listening to Ustad Zakir Hussain live. The show also had Vikku Vinayak Ram on Ghatam, Selva Ganesh on Khanjiree(Kanjira), Pt. Bhavani Shankar on Pakhwaj and Vijay Chavan on Dholaki. The program was supposed to start at 6 PM but started around 6:15 PM. The evening started by felicitation of a few brave hearts from the 26/11 Mumbai attacks(Chotu Chai Wala, An announcer at the CST and a Martyr from the Police force, I am not able to recall the names of these people.) and a few other personalities form the world of cinema (Mugda Godse and Madhur Bhandarkar)and education(Mr Mazumdar, founder of the Symbiosis group of Institutes and Mr Jadhav , VC of Pune University).

Finally around 7:30 PM Ustad Zakir Hussainji came on stage and began the proceedings for the evening. He took some time to settle in his rhythm and check the audio settings and all. Once he settled in his groove it was sheer pleasure listening to him. :-). he played solo for about 40 minutes. After this he was joined by Pt. bhavani Shankar on Pakhwaj. he played solo for a while and then there was some amount of jugalbandi between him and Ustad Zakir Hussain. I was for the first time listening to someone play pakhwaj. I have listened before I think but never bothered much. They were later joined by Selva Ganesh on Khanjira. Selva ganesh played solo for a while and then the three of them played together and towards the end Vikku Vinayak ji joined them on stage and continued to play solo. and again after Vikkuji's solo performance the 4 of them joined in to play together. Now Vijay Chavan ji joined them on stage and continued solo. Vijay Chavan ji improvised quite a lot with Damru, which was pretty cool. Towards the end Zakir Hussainji was leading the way, he would play a piece and after that each one would play the same. Ah I forgot to mention when Vijay Chavanji was playing the dholki, Zakir Hussainji was giving him company using Ghungroos, which was again amazing.

We(Me, Kundu and Gaurav) were feeling that we should have got the 1000 bucks tickets. That would have been more closer to the stage and we would have enjoyed more.

Have decided that from now on I am not goona be missing any such show. I have totally become a fan of Indian Instrumental Music.

Update(04/02/09):- The Martyr from the police force to be honored posthumously was Sub Inspector Tukaram Omble.

2 comments:

Vikash Kumar said...

Sounds like a really good experience.. I am tempted to try & listen some classical music myself :)

Birenderjit said...

You should give it a try dude. It is a different experience all together. :-).

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