Music enthusiasts were treated to an interesting instrumental jugalbandi of Hindustani and Carnatic styles here on Monday night.
Shafique Khan on sitar and Mysore M. Manjunath on the violin kept the audience at the Rang Mandir spellbound for over an hour and a half with their performance at Jhari-Shikhar Sangeet Samavesh, organised by All India Radio.
The recital started with raag Yaman. It seemed as though they were scratching the surface of the raga at first, but then surprised the audience with such detailing of the notes that the music was drowned out by the sound of applause a couple of times. They finished gat and bandhish in Yaman, before switching to raag Malika.
The bouquet of ragas was carefully chosen to include some tunes that were popular among Hindustani performers, and others that were favourites of Carnatic musicians.
At one time, it seemed as though the performance had outgrown all rules of classical music and attained a unique form that was instantly appealing to the listener. The two artists complemented each other so seamlessly that it became increasingly difficult to make out which set of sounds was produced by the sitar and which came from the violin.
The artistes ended with a single Dhun that had opened up some of its parts to competing sounds from the two instruments.
Satlingappa Desai Kallur’s tabla accentuated the sounds of the sitar and also out beat all other sounds on stage a few times.
H.L. Shivashankar Swamy brought out such tender notes from his mrudanga that it mimicked a baby’s first footsteps. Residents of Bidar, who do not get to listen to the mrudanga very often, enjoyed the variance of sounds that radiated.
The programme also included devotional music recitals. Raichur Sheshagiri Das presented a Dasa vani performance. He chose the most popular pieces from immortal Dasa literature and set them to tunes so far unheard. Devotees from the Raghavendra Math accompanied him.
The evening ended with Fakiresh Kanavi’s rendition of bhajans, Dasara pada and vachanas. In his rendition, vachanas were set to ragas and followed strict classical principles of annotation, which is a departure from the practice of setting vachanas to popular film tunes or light music.
The two devotional singers were accompanied by Gurushantayya Sthavarmath on the harmonium and Gopalrao G.G. on the tabla.
The hall, with a capacity of 700, was full for the three hours of the programme, leaving music lovers wishing that AIR organised more such performances here.
CDs featuring archival material of classical musicians were on sale on the premises.