Organised by the Indian National Theatre and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, the three-day 39th Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan took off at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan auditorium in Sector 27 here on Friday. Day one saw performances by vocalist Rajwinder Kaur, Saniya Kulkarni and sitarist Sahana Banerjee.
Rajwinder Kaur has received training in classical vocal music from Guru Ashutosh Bali of Amritsar along with Heera Thukral and Ravinder Singh. Her renditions present evidence of a seasoned gayaki, a merit she has inherited from her father and grandfather.
She has made a foothold in Gurmat Sangeet which is a challenge for a female singer today. At a young age of 23, she is making a headway into the field of bhajans and Gurmat Sangeet. Kaur in her performance took off with Gurubani, bhajan and Gurmat Sangeet starting with Gurbani Shabad composition in Raag Yaman, set in drut teen taal, followed by Raag Kalavati composition in drut ek taal.
Saniya Kulkarni Patankar, a young vocalist, was initiated into Hindustani music by the late Smt Lilatai Gharpure at the tender age of six. She has been taking training in the Jaipur Atrauli gayaki from Vidushi Ashwini Bhide Deshpande for the past several years. Kulkarni in her performance commenced with a beautiful composition in Raag Nand “Dhundu bare Saniyan” set to vilambit teen taal, followed by a fast tampo composition in drut teen taal “more karan de batiya and sargam geet” in the same raag. She concluded with a soulful rendition in Raag Nayaki Kanada and a bhajan.
One of the leading female sitarists, Sahana Banerjee, started her training in music from her father Professor Santosh Banerjee who is a renowned Sitarist and Surbahar player.
She also trained under renowned the late Ustad Dabir Khan of the Rampur Senia gharana and received training in vocal music from her mother Smt Chhabi Banerjee who belongs to the Sahaswan gharana which helps us understand how one can experience gayaki ang in the development of her ragas through her instrument. Banerjee in her performance took off with a composition in raag hemant set in vilambit teen taal followed by a drut composition. Her performance displayed her skill in alap, jorh, jhala, typical of Rampur Senia gharna style. She later played thumari ang composition in raag majh khamajh.
Day two, October 22, will see performances by Chetna Banawat and Dhananjay Hegde. The last day of the music festival will present a taal tarang by Gautama Dhar’s group of young students on tablas followed by a vocal performance by Pournima Dhumale.