Two Kolkata-based organisers display how on-line concert events could be showcased finest
With no signal of dwell concert events this season, two Kolkata-based organisers-cum-musicians are providing a superb instance on methods to curate paid on-line concert events. Backed by good sound and video, the collection are nominally priced and have a variety of artistes.
Arati Music Basis, based by sitarist Pt. Kushal Das and his son Kalyanjit, has been streaming month-to-month concert events since July that includes one senior artiste and one up-and-coming artiste. An entry code is distributed to all those that buy the tickets on-line. The concert events are recorded in auditoriums to make sure a dwell live performance expertise, and can be found for viewing for 48 hours. The audio high quality makes listening a pleasure. Mercifully, there aren’t any sponsor ads to interrupt the listening. Kalyanjit Das arranges a small dwell viewers of scholars and the artiste’s mates to offer that important interactive really feel to the musicians.
This month’s version started with the younger Arshad Ali of the Kirana gharana. A well known disciple of the erudite Kolkata-based Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, Arshad sang an evocative Raga Puriya. With a wealthy baritone voice, wonderful taalim, and lengthy hours of riyaaz, he impressed along with his measured and mature strategy. The 30-minute vilambit was a welcome and weird change throughout these instances when concert events are getting shorter.
Puriya is usually a prayerful raag, and Arshad’s second composition ‘Chalo mayee auliya’, concerning the pilgrimage of Nizamuddin Auliya, appeared to steer one in that course. The hour-long presentation concluded with raag Megh. One admired the try and retain the gravitas of the live performance and never lighten the temper with a thumri or bhajan as has develop into the norm.
The night concluded with the sarod recital of Pt. Tejendra Narayan Mazumdar. Being Navaratri, Tejendra performed raag Durgeshwari, created by Maihar gharana founder, Ustad Allaudin Khan.
Pt. Mazumdar was unable to create the blissful temper that he’s recognized for throughout his aalap, the place his presentation was extra within the type of an prolonged auchar, not displaying the dhrupad fashion that he has been educated in. He got here into his personal in the direction of the conclusion of the aalap. Pt. Tanmoy Bose accompanied him on the tabla, the camaraderie between the 2 childhood mates making for a relaxed presentation, with a strikingly delicate and applicable sangat on the tabla. The maestro displayed his musical temperament and erudition within the transient Mishra Pilu in Deepchandi taal (14 beats).
Then, final weekend, Swara Samrat Pageant premièred a four-month on-line music fiesta, with Pt. Tejendra Narayan Mazumdar as the primary organiser. Recordings of 36 artistes, together with dancers, from 5 cities are to be streamed to a worldwide viewers each weekend until March 2021. The tickets could be bought on-line and the concert events considered on the Swara Samrat web site.
The opening live performance, recorded in Kolkata, was by 17-year-old Anubhab Khamaru, disciple of Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty. Blessed with a beautiful voice and an endearing character, Anubhab impressed in his 30-minute efficiency of raag Bageshwari. He displayed vocal agility, excellent pitch and laya management, in addition to tayyari.
A mixture of kinds
The following live performance, recorded on the Chowdiah Memorial Corridor, Bengaluru, featured vidushi Jayanthi Kumaresh and Pt. Pravin Godkhindi. Within the first piece, the lean in the direction of the Southern custom was extra seen within the alternative of the Carnatic raga Hemavathi, in addition to within the construction of the composition.
The mutual respect that the 2 artistes have for one another and their artwork got here by way of because the artistes allowed one another the required house to showcase their virtuosity.
Because the concert events had been introduced with experience, one couldn’t make out that they had been carried out at two totally different locations — Kolkata and Bengaluru. The identical backdrop, identical compère, and the identical sound and video recording high quality ensured an exquisite and seamless expertise.
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