Music Mardal recitals at the Tala-Vadya festival.
For the eighth consecutive year, Mardal Academy, Orissa — an organisation devoted to promotion and propagation of Orissa’s indigenous percussion instrument of mardal as a solo classical instrument — hosted its annual Tala-Vadya Utsav (a festival of percussion instruments) in Orissa’s capital city of Bhubaneswar recently.
The concert commenced with the invocatory number mangala alati that included use of several percussion instruments like the dhemsa, ghanta and mardal. Moving on, led by Akademi awardee Guru Banamali Moharana, revered as the father of Odissi mardal, six mardal players of the academy staged a group presentation that showcased five kinds of taals (rhythmic patterns) of the style.
Young tabla player Rupak Bhatacharjee from Kolkata was featured as a soloist in the festival while Mallar Ghosh, the other well-known tabla player from Kolkata and son of the illustrious tabla exponent Pandit Gyan Prakash Ghosh, staged Rhythms of Life, an ensemble of four non-traditional percussion instruments. The compositions were inspired by the musical patterns associated with the rituals conducted in temples and at homes.