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Three generations of musicians grace festival

Rekha Hegde
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Pt. Vinayak Torvi performing to mark the anniversary of Artists Forum in Hubli.
Pt. Vinayak Torvi performing to mark the anniversary of Artists Forum in Hubli.

The Artists Forum celebrated its fourth anniversary with a two-day music festival featuring three generations of musicians, from veteran Pt. Vinayak Torvi to young vocalist Anagha Bhat, this weekend.

The festival began with a vocal performance by Ms. Bhat. She presented Raag Shyam Kalyan in detail and also a bandish in Raag Madhu Kuns. She has a good voice and her presentation was impressive.

Pt. Torvi presented Raag Miyan ki Malhar. The atmosphere outside the auditorium was also similar to that of the Raag as it rained aaompanied by thunder storms. He concluded the concert with a composition in Bhairavi.  Both the artists were accompanied on the harmonium by Bharath Hegde and on the tabla by Shrivatsa Kaulagi. It was Mahuwa Chatterji who presented Raag Yaman and opened the second day’s session with a melody note. Her vilambith khayal ‘Shankara Om’ and ‘Eri Bansi Wala’ in Drut were melodious.

She concluded her concert with a composition set to Roopak taal in Raag Kalavati. She was accompanied on the harmonium by Bharath Hegde and on the tabla by Prasun Chattarji.

Pt. Yograj Naik, A sitariya (sitar exponnent) from Goa, won the hearts of music lovers here.

With strong strokes and clarity of notes in a fast tempo he held the audience’s attention to the full. He played Raag Jinjhoti and concluded the session with a dhun in Raag Khamaj. He was accompanied on the tabla by Prasun Chattarji.

The festival was attended by the city’s music lovers apart from the Forum’s president Subhash Madiman.

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