Artistes Forum, which has been organising classical music concerts every month, celebrated its second anniversary with a music programme on Saturday and Sunday.

The two-day musical bonanza had youngsters as well as maestros performing. The music festival began with Sujatha Kammar's vocal concert. She presented Raag- Bihaag followed by a Dasara pada, Vachana and a Marathi Abhang . She was accompanied on harmonium by H.R. Patil and on tabla by her brother Nandikeshwar Gurav.

Ganapathi Bhat Hasanagi, an illustrious name in classical vocal, gave a brilliant performance. He started with raag Shyam Kalyan wherein he presented three compositions — one each in vilambith ektaal , madhyalaya yeen taal and dhruth ektaal . Well thought aalap , decorative sargams blended in his melodious voice gave a fruitful experience to connoisseurs of music in twin cities. His next presentation — jai jai maha kaali was in raag hamsadhwani which was followed by a tarana . He concluded with a tarana in raag bhairavi . He was accompanied on tabla by Shridhar Bandre and Kiran Hangal on harmonium.

Sunday morning saw a youngster performing tabla solo in Mihir Kalyanpur of Bangalore and a vocal recital by Shobha Choudhary of Indore. Mihir played teen taal where as Shobha explored raag bilaskhani todi .

Vocalist Susheela Ullal brought a freshness by singing hitherto not so popular nom thom alaap (a typical Agra style of singing which expects strong control over breath) in raag baruva . Her earlier presentation in raag puriya dhanashri and a Tulasi Bhajan were appreciated by music lovers.

The concert concluded with a vocal recital by Somanath Mardur. He presented raag kedar and shahana kanada . He also presented a vachana by Akkamahadevi — ‘akka kelavva naanonda kanasa kande….' and concluded with bhairavi . His effortless singing and powerful voice won him accolades. He was accompanied on tabla by Shashikanth Kulkarni.

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