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He lives up to his reputation



Dhananjay Hegde

IF YOU think a full-time job and marriage would spoil a young singer, just when he or she is on the threshold of experimenting with the deeper meanings of ragas, Dhananjay Hegde, a disciple of Vinayak Torvi, disagrees with you.

Though he lives in Mumbai now, Dhananjay has maintained his reputation as an emerging star on the horizon of Hindustani music.

He gave ample examples of this when he performed in Bangalore recently.

His 90-minute concert organised by Ananya, in association with Shikshana Mathu Kalavedike and Akhila Havyaka Mahsabha, was well received.

The 25-year-old singer began with Bilaskhani Todi with the cheez "Hey Mahadeva trishuladhara... " and entered the drut with "Janu janu re... "

When Dhananjay moved to Mumbai after getting a job as a bank officer, many believed that his music career might suffer. But Dhananjay proved them wrong.

His rendition of raga Patdeep with the cheez "De Hari... " followed by his own taraana, won many hearts. He followed it up with Purandara Dasa's "Mareyabeda manave neenu... "

He concluded with the cheez "Boli boli Radhika... " in Bhairavi.

Another young artiste, Susheela Mehta, a disciple of Lait J. Rao, gave an impressive one-hour performance on the same platform earlier.

She began with raga Ramkali with the bandish "Aaja raaje tore... "

She concluded with the rendition of a cheez in Deskar. Both have performed all over the country and abroad.

Both have released cassettes and CDs of their music. And both have their teachers in Bangalore.

By Govind D. Belgaumkar

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