The first session of Day 4 of the Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav began with a performance by vocalist Dhanashri Ghaisas with a bandish ‘Re Biraha’ sung in Raga Bheempalasi. She captivated the audience with her soulful voice and singing style of Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. She was accompanied by Pushkaraj Joshi (Tabla), Siddhesh Bicholkar (Harmonium), Anuja Bhowe and Vaishali Kuber (Tanpura). She also sang tarana during her rendition and ended her performance with Dadra titled ‘Najariya Laage Nahi Kahi’
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Among hundreds of music enthusiasts attending the classical music festival were a few foreigners as well.
Immanuel Ziegler, who hails from Germany, said, “I came to know about the festival from director of MCCIA. I like to listen to traditional cultural music. I’ve attended such concerts even in Germany; it gives me inner peace. That’s why I have come here to attend the festival and I wish to come here next year also.”
In the second session, Shrinivas Joshi, the Son of late Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, started with Yaman Raga.
He was accompanied by his son Viraj, who is 13 years old. Tabla player Pandurang Pawar, Avinash Dighe (Harmonium), Farukh Latif (Sarangi), Gambhir Maharaj (Pakhwaj) and Mauli Takalkar (Taal) accompanied the father-son duo.
They concluded their performance with one of the most famous abhanga ‘Majhe maher pandhari.’
The third session of Sawai saw Jugalbandi between Sitar player Lakshyamohan Gupta and Sarod player Aayushmohan Gupta. Their performance commenced with Raga Jog followed by Raga Manj Khamanj and Raga Mand.
The duo were accompanied by Tabla player Ramendra Singh Solanki, Pakhwaj player Pandit Akhilesh Gundecha and Vinay Chitrav on Tanpura. The coordination between the players left audience spellbound.
Later they played Raag Manjhkhamaj in dhrut Taal. Ramendra Singh Solanki playfully coordinated with percussion instruments.
Unfortunately, somewhere in-between when the Jugalbandi was in full swing, one of the strings of the Sarod broke. But, artist Aayushmohan took it sportingly and fixed the string within a few seconds, and continued with the same note. That attracted a big round of applause and standing ovation from the audience.
Later, in the fourth session, Pandit Uday Bhawalkar enthralled music lovers with Dhrupad gayan.