A scintillating sitar recital was presented by Raja Angara at Kalakriti Art Gallery on Sunday morning. The soft, white interiors and the ‘Baithak’ style made the setting perfect for chamber music.
The concert was organised by Riwaayat, which its promoters described as a fledgling cultural organisation of Hyderabad, as homage to sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar and another sitar virtuoso Nikhil Banerjee, who died 27 years ago.
A disciple of Ravi Shankar's first wife, Annapurna Devi, Raja Angara began with an elaborate aalaap of Bhatiar, a morning raaga, and unveiled the richness of its melodic tapestry to the great delight of the small but appreciative audience. The other items of the morning's programme, Yamani Bilawal, Jogia Kalingda and Dev Gandhar, were also roundly applauded. It's not unlikely that his admirers would like to refer to him as the Raja of Sitar. The sitar virtuoso was ably accompanied by Nitin Mitta who had come down to the city from New York especially for this concert. The two were happy that they were performing together again after a gap of many years.
All in all, it was a morning of soulful music.