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Immersed in music: Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya on the santoor and Pandit Abhijit Banerjee on the tabla performing in Kozhikode on Thursday.
Immersed in music: Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya on the santoor and Pandit Abhijit Banerjee on the tabla performing in Kozhikode on Thursday.

Santoor maestro Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya enthralled the audience with an inspiring concert on Thursday morning, along with the cadence of tabla by Pandit Abhijit Banerjee.

The music wizard had planned a special ‘raga’ for the morning hours when he performed for schoolchildren at the Chinmayanjali Auditorium at 9.30 a.m.

The concert was organised by the Chinmaya Vidyalaya Chapter of the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC-MACAY). It was ‘Vasanth Mukhari’ — ‘The morning raga’— that he chose for the occasion.

After introducing the unique raga to the packed audience at the auditorium, the maestro took to its elaboration, leaving everyone tapping to the refreshing rhythm of the recital. The raga in its heartening details soon reached a crescendo with Pandit Banarjee playing the tabla with unbelievable speed and stateliness.

The brief concert, which lasted for slightly over half-an-hour, gave the audience, most of them schoolchildren, a rare opportunity to listen to a music that brilliantly proclaims the rich cultural heritage of the country.

Talking to the audience after the concert, Pandit Bhattacharya asked them to often listen to the rare varieties of such music that proclaim the rich cultural heritage of the country. “This music has power to bring out the best in each of you, so please listen to this music wholeheartedly,” he said.

Jabir Mushthari

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