The concert on day one at the musical fest Baajaa Gaajaa,which is going on at the Ishanya mall was a grand gathering of ragas across the country. An amalgamation of various classical music such as dhrupad ,thumri ,tappa ,ghazal ,jhinjhoti and so on,the event witnessed some of the finest musicians in the field of Indian classical music and presented a glimpse of their style in front of the audiences.
“This programme is based on a 100-year-old concept called Parsi gayan sabha, where musicians used to gather and exchange their expertis. We had them documented,so we thought of recollecting the same compositions and presenting them in our own characteristic styles,” said Shounak Abhisheki. Commenting on the transformation of Indian classical music from being limited to classes,to opening for masses Abhisheki added,”Music is related to human nature and hence does not change. My father Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki was a progressive musician who taught us to accept everything that is good. Thus festivals of these sorts are important from the point of view of a musical exchange that in turn can dissolve the boundaries of gharanas and evolve music as a whole.”
Another performer,Prachi Dublay,who presented the compositions of Bahadurshaha Zafar and Wali Dakhani said,”this is the first time that I am performing in front of the audience alongside doyens in the field and it is a great learning experience for musicicans like me.” Well known singer Uday bhavalkar enthralled the audience with his recital of ragas Yaman Kalyan and Jhinjhoti.
He was followed by Manjusha Patil who went on to present two compositions,one,a semi classical composition in Hoti,and second,a Tappa in Pahadi.This is a glimpse of what music in India is all about and am sure programmes like this would attract more audiences towards Indian Classical music,” she said. The other performers were Anuradha Kuber and Bireshwar Gautam. The vocalists were accompanied by Suyog Kundalkar and Sudhir Nayak on harmonium; Bharat Kamat and Prashant Pandav on tabla and Manik Munde on Pakhawaj.