Bharatiya Sangeet Sadan presents Swami Haridas-Tansen Sangeet
The old masters of the arts are so called for good reason. Their ability to demonstrate their skill or craft is undoubted, so in the case of musicians this leaves us with one option; to be enchanted, enthralled and enraptured as they weave their dazzling tapestries of song and musical joy. In Delhi, the 3 day program Swami Haridas-Tansen Sangeet took place at the Sri Sathya Sai international centre (Sai Auditorium). The program featured eminent Vocalists and Instrumentalists of India’s main proponent of the Indian Classical Music traditions. Artists such as Zakir Hussain, Channulal Mishra, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande & Shujaat Hussain Khan graced the event to weave a tapestry of magical music.
To hear the magical tones of Channulal Mishra in the performance space, was a dream come true, as it was the first time I had the chance to enjoy this legendary singer although I had already been blessed enough to take a few music lessons with him in 2008. To hear some of my favourite pieces performed live, in the magical spell of Sai Auditorium, with about 1500 other devoted attendees was such total magic. He sang a variety of well known classics from his repertoire including a Mira bhai poem and a Hanuman Bhajan. At the end everyone was crying for a the title track from the “Holi Ke Rang” album. This beautiful album was released by DEVI FOUNDATION which is a not for profit organization was set up in New Delhi in 2003. The Foundation’s leading objectives are the preservation and enhancement of the arts, and support to under privileged woman and children.
The unique level of sweetness that Channulal exhudes is beyond belief. He has a unique tone in his voice that is so mellow, so purifying and so lively all at once. Soothing and energising in unison, a true celestial ceremony of Song. Long may His musical magic continue to resound so beautifully.
Another legendary proponent of Indian Classical Music came to the stage the following day. Her effortless perfection created a fluidity of space that opened up sonic vistas. Time and space seemed to yield to her command as the complexities of sound were unveiled before our very ears! We were all blissed beyond belief and the cares of the world seemed to melted away as the Taans opened up like a lotus blossom, revealing the very essence of Indian Classical Music.
17th December 2010 :
Vinay Bharat-Ram – Vocal
Aashish Khan – Sarod
(S/o Ustad Ali Akbar Khan)
Zakir Hussain Khan – Tabla
18th December 2010:
Uma Sharma – Kathak
Channulal Mishra – Vocal
Mehmood Dholpuri – Harmonium
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt – Mohan Veena
19th December 2010:
Alam Khan – Sarod
(S/o Ustad Ali Akbar Khan)
Ashwini Bhide Deshpande – Vocal
Shujaat Hussain Khan – Sitar
Bharitiya Sangeet, the arts & dance school which organises this event.