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Updated: November 23, 2010 17:21 IST

Mashkoor Ali Khan gives taste of good music

Govind D. Belgaumkar
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After two young musicians began on a promising note on the first day of ITC SRA Mini Sangeet Sammelan here on Monday, the stage was left to ‘Bandish Nawaz' Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan to give the real taste of Hindustani music to Mangalorean crowd, mostly consisting of students.

The event has been organised at Town Hall in collaboration with the Sangeet Bharati Foundation of the city.

Beginning his concert on a moderate note in raag Abhogi Kanada, the unassuming Khan saheb built up his momentum in such a way that he took the rasikas along to the summit of joy.

A few minutes into the raaga with the cheez (composition) Daya Karo, he launched himself into his creative prowess singing the saragam (rendition the notes instead of the lyrics) in his own style.

The students, who not long ago showed lack of exposure to classical music, too had begun to understand him, it appeared. They began to applaud his improvisations. The maestro switched from one octave to another with ease. The dhrut (fast-paced rendition) with the composition Mangalada |Gomandariya too was well received. He moved on to Shahana Kanada with the composition Janeman jaaneman. He was accompanied on the harmonium by Narendra L. Nayak and on the tabla by Sanjay Adhikari.

Earlier, Sameehan U. Kashalkar, son of the veteran Ullas Kashalkar, gave ample evidence of sound grooming as he began with confidence to render the composition Tumare Kaaran in the raag Marwa. Blessed with good voice and without gimmicks, the artiste just began building his concert methodically when students started clapping over his ordinary improvisations. When this was repeated, the young man was distracted. He hurried through the dhrut and tarana.

On Tuesday, the two-day sammelan will feature Arshad Ali Khan (vocal), Abhir Hussain (Sarod) and Ulhas Kashalkar (vocal).

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