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An Evening of Agra Gharana Treat

Rama Kala Vedike is a music platform to promote classical music in Bangalore, established by the renowned Tabla exponent of Bangalore, Pandit Ravindra Yavagal. This Vedike organised a Hindustani classical music concert by Pandit Sudhindra Bhaumik who is an exponent of Agra Gharana, on 24 October 2012 at Ananya Sabhangana, Malleshwaram, Bangaluru.

He began his evening concert with Purvakalyan. He sang an elaborate Nom Tom alap and sang the most popular composition of Pandit S.N.Ratanjankar. The following two drut compositions also were composed by Pandit S.N.Ratanjankar. His next choice of raga was Kamod which is not sung very often by artists. The sway in his music made the raga rich and it transformed to a visual treat. He sang the most romantic composition Lagi re which has the line ‘sone na deth yaad thori’ and smile on many audiences came automatically. His taan and bolbanav was exquisite like as though he was speaking. One thing has to be mentioned here, Vyasmurthy Katti on harmonium and Gurumurthy Vaidya ended up having the most beautiful musical conversation with Bhaumikji. Kattiji’s phrases were responding to most complex bolbanaav of Bhaumikji. It is not an exaggeration to say that Vyasmurthy Katti is one of the rarest harmonium players who can follow and capture different styles of Hindustani classical music and he is a precious possession of Bangalore.

Bhaumikji next presented the older generation Chandrakauns which is again a rare raga that we get to hear. One would be waiting eagerly that he would sing Pandit Dinkar Kaikiniji’s Brahma Tum Vishnu Tum Shambhu Mahadeva but Bhaumikji sang a different composition. His most intense performance was the Kaushikanada with Late Pandit Chidanand Nagarka’s composition. The composition itself had a different approach with the notes of Re and Pa, Bhaumikji retained the structure and enhanced the effect of these notes in rendition. This was so powerful that it showed the strength of the composition and the Agra style with his creative expansion. He concluded the concert with Bahaar which was more playful. One could see Gurumurthy Vaidya, an able disciple of Pandit Ravindra Yavagal, not only enjoying the concert to the brim but also accompany with brilliance. The Venue was sponsored by Sri Raghavendra of Ananya. The concert was sponsored by Pandit Sudhindra Bhaumik’s student, Srividya Jois. It was an exhilarating and spiritually uplifting evening!!

— Report by Ms.Sumathi