Monsoon raga

Aug 04, 2013, 05:36 IST | Punam Chavan

Experience the melodies of Hindustani classical music as two emerging artistes come together at NCPA's Umang series to render a soulful musical experience

The monsoon has many connotations. Showers symbolise romance, nature in its full bloom and also denote this the perfect time to listen to some soul-stirring music that complements the mood. As part of the National Centre of Performing Arts’ Umang Series, 15-year-old flautist Akash Satish and vocalist Jui Dhaygude Pande will give music aficionados an opportunity to experience all thisand much more.

Akash Satish
Fifteen year old Akash Satish has been playing the flute since he was four

Trained from the age of four under the tutelage of Venkatesh Godhkindi, Jayatheerth Mevundi and acclaimed flautist Ronu Majumdar, Satish, a Hindustani Classical music flautist will play raga Puriya Dhanashree, which is usually sung at dusk. He explains, “I will play aalap, teen taal and fast teen taal in my performance.

Alaap, played in the beginning of the raga, always begins with a slow tempo. This will be followed by teen taal, one of the most common taals in North Indian music. Teen taal has 16 beats which are divided into four beats equally. The last one will be the fast teen taal which will have a higher tempo.”

The award-winning artiste adds that Hindustani classical music demands total control of the flute and one’s breath. Pande will mark the end of the evening with her rendition of the raag Malhar, the singer will sing her mentor’s compositions. “I will sing the raag Bhoop followed by raag Gaud Malhar which combines a minor and major raga. I will end my performance with a Thumri”she says.

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