IF it rains, it pours. Ragas that is, for the music lovers. Hindustani classical music is a celebration of life and in keeping with the tradition of enjoying the great Indian monsoon with different monsoon ragas of Indian music is the Barkha Ritu (monsoon) festival which turns 15 this year. It is the only national thematic music festival on the monsoon ragas with presence in seven major cities of India – Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Chennai. One of the unique aspects of Hindustani classical music is that it has specific ragas and music for different times in a day and different seasons of the
Three accomplished artists Ustad Shahid Parvez, Devaki Pandit and Shounak Abhisheki will come together under one roof after a long time and pay rich tributes to maestro Bharat Ratna Pt late Bhimsen Joshi. Here is what you can expect from these artistes at the 15 episodes of this national music festival.
Ustad Shahid Parvez
A leading exponent of the Etawah Gharana, Ustad Shahid Parvez is the sixth generation member associated with music in his family. He is known for keeping the traditions of the gharana alive and also his grace while he plays the Sitar. Trained by his father and guru, Ustad Aziz Khan, he has worked hard to emphasise on the unique capabilities of a Sitar. He says he always feels that he is performing for the first time and that helps him strive to do better. “I will be singing ragas like Malhar,” says the 58-year-old musician.
Devaki Pandit and Shounak Abhisheki
Men and women have different scales of voice but challenging that norm are Devaki and Shounak who would be performing together. “We both are blessed with different scales when it comes to vocals. However, with riyaaz, we manage to match our scales and sing together – not like a duet where the male and the female have separate portions, but singing the entire raga together in harmony for 30 minutes,” says Devaki. Both of them have been trained by Shounak’s father and a famous vocalist, Jitendra Abhisheki. “She is like a sister to me and as a senior, she would be guiding me throughout the concert,” says Shounak. Besides this, both of them will also have separate solo performances during the festival. “We would be having jugalbandhi and also our solo performances where both of us would be performing on ragas like Malhar, Miyan ki Malhar, Soor Malhar,” adds Shounak.
Barkha Ritu will be conducted in association with L&T Financial Services at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium, Saifabad today from 7 pm onwards.
— Nishad Neelambaran