Students of renowned classical instrumentalists gave recitals that did their gurus proud at a recent event in New Delhi

Music demands neither definition nor introduction. But just the way a sapling needs nurturing, a budding musician, too, requires the hand-holding of a teacher in learning to strike the right chord with his instrument.

Recently, TYAAG — The Yoga And Art Group put together an evening of classical instrumental music, Vaadan Vibhavari, at Karthiayani auditorium, Delhi.

Here the young disciples of well-known classical instrumental artistes gave outstanding recitals, not only enthralling the audience but also inspiring a few more to appreciate the nuances involved.

The programme commenced with renowned flautist Kailash Sharma’s students who played solo and duet pieces. Their guru, who befriended the flute as a child, has held concerts all over the world. His disciple Ganesh Singh played the melodious raga Durga, accompanied by Ravinder Kumar on the tabla. Ravinder then traded places with Ganesh and performed a duet with Anirudh Bharaddhwaj. Their performance of raga Hamsadhwani in Jhap tala was quite breathtaking. Soon Nathalie Ramirez Tovar, a Mexican national, captivated the audience with her contribution to a composition, based on Teen tala, performed along with Amit Mazumdar.

“Whatever food we eat every day, it feeds our body. But to nourish our mind and soul we need music,” said noted Kathak exponent Nisha Mahajan, founder trustee of Tyaag, after the lighting of the ceremonial lamp. Educationist Leena Aparajit, one of the guests of honour, said as a school principal she had always encouraged her students to follow their heart and sustain an avocation. She recalled granting exemption from important exams to a child who had an opportunity to participate in a golf tournament, although even the child’s mother was against the idea. That the child later succeeded professionally at golf to a significant level affirmed the validity of the principal’s stand.

Accompanied by Ghanshyam Sisodia, a well-known sarangi artiste, the students of Guru Hari Mohan Sharma gave their tabla recital.

Hari Mohan’s disciples Shyam Rajan, Nupur Sharma, Akshat Seth, Divyanshu Nirjhara and the youngest of the lot, Lalit Mohan, performed Teen tala in vilambit (slow tempo) and Roopak tala in vilambit and madhya laya (medium tempo) among others. The resonance coming from the five tablas echoed as one.

Lastly, the sitar performance by Sunil Kant Saxena’s students reflected the guru’s dedication towards his art. A regular artiste with Doordarshan, Sunil Kant’s love for the sitar has taken him all over the world. Performances by Saxena’s disciples Sparsh Saxena, Piyush Saxena, Aditi Saxena and Vinod Saroha spoke volumes about their excellent training. The recital consisted of ragas Bageshri and 'Bhopali and a Ram dhun among others. Every young artiste managed not only to keep the audience in sync with their routine but also made sure every chord was struck to perfection.

The guru-shishya parampara was clearly seen in each student and the teachers, who beamed with joy. The importance of allowing children to learn the traditional arts of India — alongside other arts as well as academics — was emphasised in word and deed.

Maestro Sunil Kant aptly put it: “Let that day not come when one has to go overseas to learn our own art!”