From Khayal and Ghazal to Hindi cinema, enjoy works of India's finest composers in a new show that opens on Friday
"When he begins to play the bin, when the notes of the bin throw a spell on the world, the party enters a strange state: people begin to flutter like fish out of water..." writes, Allyn Miner in her book, Sitar and Sarod in the 18th and 19th Centuries, of Na’mat Khan, an 18th century Hindustani musical composer, whose works would change the Khayal style of music for years to come.
Singer Hariharan. File Pic
This Friday, khayals written by the legendary music composer who was also known by his pen name Sadarang, will open a new three-day show, titled Bandish: A Tribute to Legendary Composers, featuring works of India’s most popular Hindustani composers by musicians from across India.
Pandit Venkatesh Kumar
"There are not many fans of this style of music anymore. Nobody wants to listen. But we are hoping that the show would generate interest about Classical music and the composers," says Pandit Venkatesh Kumar, noted devotional music singer who will sing Khayals of both Sadarang and Adarang. A Padma Shri awardee, Pandit Kumar started performing at a very young age and received his training from Veereshwara Punyashrama in Gadag (central Karnataka), run by Puttaraja Gawai.
Singer Parthiv Gohil
His style straddles Kirana and Gwalior Gharana and will be singing bandishes based on the works of the two Khayal singers.
The opening day will also have Bengali Hindustani Classical vocalist, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty performing works of Padma Bhushan awardee, musicologist and noted tabla and harmonium player, Jnan Prakash Ghosh. Pandit Chakrabarty will also conduct a special workshop on the leading composers featured in the event.
On the second day, singer Hariharan will lend his soulful voice to the works of ghazal masters Mirza Ghalib, Mir Taqi Mir, Ahmad Faraz and Faiz Ahmed Faiz, whereas, the final day of the event will see singer Parthiv Gohil return for a second time, performing raga-based works of Bollywood favourites Roshan, Shankar-Jaikishan and SD Burman. "The show is a celebration of Indian composers, and Classcial music is one of the main components of it," says Gohil, adding, "I am going to sing songs from Hindi Cinema that were composed on different Indian ragas. I will choose one raga, and perform the best compositions of the Shankar-Jaikishan, Roshan and SD Burman."
ON July 8 to 10, 6.30 pm onwards
AT Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.
ENTRY Rs 300 onwards
>> Roshan sang most of his raga-based songs in Yaman Raga such as Man Re Tu Kahe Na Dheer Dhare, Chitralekha, 1964
>> Shankar-Jaikishen on the other hand was a fan of Darbari Raga. The song Jhanak Jhanak Tori Baje Payaliya from the film Mere Huzoor, 1968 was based on this raga
>> SD Burman composed songs across ragas. However, Ahir Bhairav is most common as seen in the song, Pucho Na Kaise Maine Rain from Meri Surat, Teri Ankhen, 1963
What is Bandish?
"When a poem is strung around a tune, it becomes a bandish. However, its feel changed when a bandish is based on a certain raga. The show focuses on different compositions of musicians across the history of India," says Parthiv Gohil.
Vocalist Ajoy Chakrabarty will also be conducting a three-day workshop on Bandish. The session is open to all vocalists of Hindustani music (Khayal and or Thumri) with at least a 'B' grade rating from AIR.
Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty
ON July 9 to 11, 10 am to 1 pm and 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm
AT Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, West Room 1, NCPA, Nariman Point
FEE Rs 2,500