There were four concerts on the sixth day of the festival namely a Sitar Ensemble by students of Saptak, a vocal recital by Smt. Sania Patankar, a tabla duet by Ustad Hashmat ali Khan and Shri. Akram khan and the Desert Slide featuring Pt. Vishwamohan and folk musicians Manganiars of Jaisalmer.
Pt. Vishwamohan gave enthralling rendition on Mohanveena. He began the recital with his favourite raga Bihag. Raviji in his book Raga Mala has said ‘Vishwamohan a dear disciple of mine is a marvellous virtuoso’. The sterling performance in raga Bihag justified the tribute paid to him.
The alap in Bihag was soulful and had depth of rendering. The jod and jhala was played with structured rhythm. Vishuji played two compositions, both in Tritaal. He displays amazing control in playing Taan phrases infast tempo. He concluded the raga playing intrinsic Taan phrases and jhala with a tremendous crescendo. The last item of the night was presented by Rajasthani folk group led by Pt.Vishwamohan Bhatt. Most of the songs begin with a Sakhi consisting of few lines sung without fixed rhythm. After the Sakhi they passed on to a rhyrhmic song accompanied by Dholak and other instruments. Anvarkhan Manganiar, Gazi Khan, Ghevar Khan, Firoz Khan presented various folk music. ‘Kesaria balam padharo mare des’ rendered by Shri. Anvarkhan was received with great applause. In between the rendition there were duets between khadtal, tabala, kamayacha and dholak. Shri. Ramkumar Mishra and Shri.Himanshu Mahant played tabla and dholak.
This concert was preceded by a tabla duet. They were brilliant in playing gat, tukada, paran and relas. They belong to the famous Ajarada gharana. The famous legendary ustad Ahmedjaaj Thirkva belonged to Ajarada gharana.
Photographs : Aditya Sharma
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