Musical showcase Had-Anhad preaches unity in diversity
When just seven to eight lines of a verse present a concept that’s global and limitless, it is the perfect metaphor for had-anhad (bound-boundless). Had-Anhad, a special musical presentation by classical singers Shruthi Vishwanath and Vedanth Bharadwaj, explores the works of poets across India. This is the first attempt by Pune-based Vishwanath and the Chennai-based Bharadwaj to bring poetry and music together. Featuring poets like Kabir, Amir Khusro, Gyaneshwar, Janabai, Soyarabai and others, the show is an amalgamation of verses from the works of these poets.
“The idea is to present how these mystic voices are unified in what they preach. Whether it was Kabir, Khusro or Gyaneshwar, everyone shared the same thoughts,” explains Vishwanath. In their individual pursuits, Vishwanath and Bharadwaj have studied the Warikari poets (Bhakti poets from Maharashtra) and Kabir respectively.
Based on their research, the two have worked on this production. And apart from bringing alive these ancient verses, it will also draw parallels to the works of the poets. “Soyarabai, who was a Dalit and a Warikari poet, had written Avagha Rang Eek Zhaala which is similar to Khusro’s qawalli, Aaj Rang Hai. It is these kinds of similarities that we intend to highlight through Had-Anhad,” offers Vishwanath. The duo has categorically planned to present the show on Christmas Day to reach out to the audience with the message of unity. Entry free. December 25, 7 pm. At Atta Galatta.