The latest Pt. Motiram Pt. Maniram Sangeet Samaroh was a celebration of a 47-year-old custom
Amidst the various digital live shows, it felt good to listen to a couple of two-day pageant of reside music devoted to the reminiscence of Pt. Jasraj.
Held yearly in Hyderabad for the previous 47 years, the occasion, titled this 12 months as ‘Jai Ho – Pt. Jasraj presents Pt. Motiram Pt. Maniram Sangeet Samaroh’, has been an extended celebration of the late maestro’s hyperlink with the town. Organised by Durga Jasraj, supported by the federal government of Telangana and ITC, it was an effort to proceed the custom established by Panditiji to pay tribute to his father, Pt. Motiram, and brother Pt. Maniram. The occasion was additionally streamed reside.
The pageant opened with an invocatory piece sung by two of Pt. Jasraj’s disciples: his nephew Rattan Mohan Sharma, and the a lot youthful Ankita Joshi.
What made the pageant memorable was the screening of movies that had the late singer talking about numerous incidents from his life. The pageant’s highlights had been live shows by Anup Jalota, and a percussion jugalbandi with Shubhankar Bannerji on the tabla and Patri Satish Kumar on the mridangam.
One other splendid jugalbandi was introduced by two senior disciples of the maestro, vocalist Sanjeev Abhyankar and flautist Shashank. Sanjeev mentioned, “Although Shashank and I didn’t prepare underneath guruji on the similar time, we’re good mates.” The duo carried out raag Puriya Dhanasri (Carnatic raga Pantuvarali), wherein Sanjeev sang alaap and jor. Educated in khayal gayaki, which doesn’t have alaap with out percussion accompaniment, the singer defined, “Guruji had taught me dhrupad-style alaap however I don’t know if he ever sang it himself; actually I by no means heard him.” The following piece, the bhajan ‘Sumeer Ram’ was in raga Hamsadhwani.
Giving a possibility to younger expertise at such a significant pageant is laudable. There was a reside presentation by eight musicians (together with Rattan Mohan Sharma, Ankita Joshi, sitarist Mehtab Ali Niazi and violinist Yajnesh Raikar), who accompanied a video recording of Pt. Jasraj singing, an fascinating idea properly introduced.
The Delhi-based creator writes on music and musicians.