Trusting the power of Indian classical music and dance Kalaagat Niranjana Foundation an initiative by some young admirers of Indian Classical Art forms came up with an idea of connecting eminent artists of our country and making an impactful use of the digital platforms.
Various eminent classical artists and personalities were requested to come upon a Digital platform and connect with their art admirers during this lockdown when there are no live performances organised and everyone is going through a tough phase of life because of the pandemic situation worldwide.
This series is a soulful dedication to the Corona warriors those who are selflessly risking their own lives for the society.
As conveyed by the spokesperson of Kalaagat “samanvay” started with the hindustani vocal recital by Shree Bhuvanesh Komakali, who is the grandson of Legendary Kumar Gandharva on 1st May, 2020 at 7:00pm. He commenced his recital by raag madhuvanti and later mesmerised the listeners by a bandish “aau re kaise thari brij nagari mein”. His soothing voice during the whole repertoire acted medicinal during the ongoing times of COVID-19 Pandemic situation.
In the second episode of SAMANVAY Digital concert episodes on 3rd May, Pandit Deepak Maharaj, son of a living legend Padmavibhushan awardee Pandit Birju Maharaj ji presented a kathak recital. He stared with the beauty of Thaat ka andaz, the speciality of Lucknow gharana of kathak, followed by tihais, tukdas and paran in showing the different technical and beautiful aspects of Kathak. His very innovative way of doing a jugalbandi of crisp footwork and Naal (a percussion instrument) was highly appreciated.At the end he narrated and sang a krishna thumri himself while presenting bhavs and playing a beautiful role as a Kathakaar.
The third episode o 5th may was a mystical journey indeed by Mysore A Chandan Kumar, a Carnatic flautist on 5th May,2020. , He awestruck the audiences through his dedication and command over the syllables.Coming from a family of legendary musicians of Carnatic music he mesmerised the listeners by his unique style of playing flute.
In the fourth episode of SAMANVAY on 7th May, carnatic vocalist Sudha Raghuraman held the audience’s from the starting till the end of the recital. Her powerful throw of voice and thorough vocal notes were marked commendable. She concluded by a thillana which was highly appreciated by the listeners.
On 9th May, Odissi danseuse Shrimati Kavita Dwibedi will be giving a beautiful Odissi dance recital. The viewers could absord the beauty of her expressions and the flawless techniques. Her impeccable footwork and fluid transitions from one step to another will be a treat for the viewers.
Bharatnatyam exponent Dr Sridhar Vasudevan will be presenting abhinaya pieces on 10th May at 7:00pm followed by a Mohiniyattam dance recital by shrimati Jayaprabha Menon ji on 11th May.
Ustad Akram khan a leading tabla player of the famous Ajrada Gharana will be discussing nuances of Tabla along with brief presentation on 13th May, 2020.
In the concluding session of SAMANVAY digital episodes, we will be having Padmshree awardee kathak exponent Shovana Narayan who would be joining us to discuss relevant topics of kathak and its issues in the contemporary world.
Yamika Mahesh a young Kathak exponent of the country who is also the founder and Director of Kalaagat Niranjana Foundation conveyed that this is a small attempt to spread peace, solidarity and positivity in the society and making best use of technology and Indian classical art forms in today’s scenario of a pandemic like COVID-19.