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Instrumental musicians prefer pace over melody

Govind D. Belgaumkar
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Mysore Manjunath, Giridhar Udupa, and tablist Fazal Qureshi serve up a fast-paced concert

.Maysore Manjunath on violin and Pandit Rajesh Vaidya on veena at an Alva’s Virasat – 2012 concert at Moodbidri near Mangalore on Friday.— PHOTO: H.S. MANJUNATH
.Maysore Manjunath on violin and Pandit Rajesh Vaidya on veena at an Alva’s Virasat – 2012 concert at Moodbidri near Mangalore on Friday.— PHOTO: H.S. MANJUNATH

If entertaining the audience with little or no exposure to classical music is the motto of classical music, the mega concert on second day of Alva’s Virasat at Mijar near Moodbidri on Friday featuring renowned violinist Mysore Manjunath, veena player Rajesh Vaidya and Saxophone exponent Waclaw Zimpel had a lot on offer.

But those looking for well-structured concert had to contend with brief pieces of alapan where a semblance of attempt was made at providing traditional, soulful music.

Beginning with Vatapi Ganapathim Bhaje in Hamsadhwani Raga, Mysore Manjunath quickly launched into a question-answer (sawal-jawab in Hindustani music) play with Ghatam Vidwan Giridhar Udupa and later with tablist Fazal Qureshi. The veena player paired with Mrudangam Vidwan Arjun Kumar for a similar exercise. The instrumentalists soon raised the proceedings to a feverish pitch with everyone on the stage resorting to high-speed rendition of notes.

This was to become an oft-repeated technique employed to play to the gallery at the risk of communicating to them that speed is all that matters in classical music while reverse could be true and believed to give deeper satisfaction to real rasikas of music. The three followed it up with Brochevarevarura a kriti by Mysore Vasudevacharya in Raga Kamas and Raghuvamsha Sudha in Raga Kathanakuthuhala and a piece in Charukeshi.

Later, a visual treat was provided by 60 artistes from Konark Natya Mandap of Odisha who performed Odissi dance, Shankhadwani Nritya and Sambhalpuri Dance. Some formations and aerobics by flute-wielding performers were impressive.

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