All night music festival | Sublime performances keep audience spellbound

The refurbished old auditorium of BEM school on Car Street, which looked similar to Nadgirwada in Kundagol of Dharwad served as an apt venue for the music festival organised by Swaraanand Pratishthan

December 17, 2023 02:58 pm | Updated 10:44 pm IST - MANGALURU

79-year-old Pandit Somnath Mardur, a disciple of maestro Basavaraj Rajguru, performing during the all-night music festival of Swaraanand Pratishthan at BEM School auditorium in Mangaluru on December 16 night.

79-year-old Pandit Somnath Mardur, a disciple of maestro Basavaraj Rajguru, performing during the all-night music festival of Swaraanand Pratishthan at BEM School auditorium in Mangaluru on December 16 night. | Photo Credit: H.S. Manjunath

No composition than “Manava Kaahe Dhoond Phire Maati Ke Math Mandir Mein”, wherein lyricist asks person not to search for God in places of worship, looked apt for vocalist Ravikiran Manipal to start his concert on December 17 morning, which was last of six concerts of the all night music festival held at the BEM School auditorium.

Sarod recital by Abhishek Borkar during the all-night music festival organised by Swaraanand Pratisthan.

Sarod recital by Abhishek Borkar during the all-night music festival organised by Swaraanand Pratisthan. | Photo Credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Vocal recital by Ravikiran Manipal during the all-night music festival in Mangaluru on Sunday.

Vocal recital by Ravikiran Manipal during the all-night music festival in Mangaluru on Sunday. | Photo Credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Vocal recital by Apoorva Gokhale and Pallavi Joshi during the all-night music festival organised by Swaraanand Pratisthan at BEM school auditorium in Mangaluru on Sunday.

Vocal recital by Apoorva Gokhale and Pallavi Joshi during the all-night music festival organised by Swaraanand Pratisthan at BEM school auditorium in Mangaluru on Sunday. | Photo Credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Mr. Manipal started his sublime one-hour long concert at 6.30 a.m. on December 17 with this composition of his guru set to Raag Lalath in the slow paced vilambit taal. This was followed by another composition “Bhora Bhayi Shyama Nahi Aaye” set fast paced ‘dhurt’ taal. He then sung his own composition on his guru, which was followed by popular composition “Jogiya Morey Ghar Aaye”. He ended his concert at 7.30 a.m. by presenting a soulful composition on the Lord.

Mr. Manipal was ably accompanied by senior tabla player Pandit Aravind Kumar Azad and Dnyaneshwar Sonawane on harmonium.

The refurbished old auditorium of BEM school on Car Street, which looked similar to Nadgirwada in Kundagol of Dharwad — the residence of Kirana Gharana doyen Sawai Gandharva, served as an apt venue for the music festival organised by Swaraanand Pratishthan.

The musical festival started with concert by 79-year-old Pandit Somnath Mardur, a disciple of maestro Basavaraj Rajguru, at 9 p.m on Saturday. He started with composition “Tu Rasa Kaanare” set to Raag Durga. This was followed a Tarana. He ended with soulful presentation of Purandaradasa composition “Govinda ninna aananda, sakala saadhanavo ninnaananda”.

The next was solo harmonium concert by Pandit Sudhir Nayak. He started with composition “Suna Muraliki” set to Raag Jaijaivanti, which was followed by “Mukuta Vaaro Saavaro” set to Raag Keervani. He ended with Thumri set to Raag Pilu.

The third concert was vocal recital by Apoorva Gokhale and Pallavi Joshi that started at 1 a.m. The two started with “Baname Charaawat Gaiyya” set to Raag Malgunji, followed by fast paced Dhrut composition “Rainakari Daraawana Laagiri”. The two then presented “Ban Mora Pyara”, followed by “Naina Nahi Maane Darase”. They ended with bandish “Brahma Thuma Vishnu Thuma Shambhu Mahadeva”. The two were suppported by Gurumurthy Vaidya on Tabla and Pandit Sudhir Nayak on Harmonium.

Abhishek Borkar played Raag Darbari Kanada and Raag Jinjhoti in his sarod recital. In the vocal recital, Kumar Mardur enthralled audience by presenting compositions in Raag Bhatiyar and Raag Hindol.

The all-night music festival was held in Mangaluru after a gap of nearly two decades. Among those who attended music festival include sitarist Ustad Rafique Khan and President of Ramakrishna Mutt Swami Jitakamananda.

Swaraanand Pratishthan has planned to hold all night music festival at regular intervals and feature senior and budding musicians.

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