It was a day to remember at Ramanbaug as artistes of different gharanas reigned over the stage, prompting the audience to give a standing applause after almost every performance. As it was the weekend, the audience was present in huge numbers, which only increased as the day passed by.
The standout performance of the day was by Dharwad-based flautist Pravin Godkhindi who was evenly matched by Pune’s young tabla player Ojas Adhiya, who runs a classical band named Samarpan. Godkhindi, who is a master of the thanthrakari style, began with the raag Maru Bihag, before shifting to Rageshree.
However, it was only when the jugalbandi between him and Adhiya started, that the audience began to feel the intensity of the performance. Playing on high-tempo and rapid notes, Godkhindi swayed the audience on their feet.
Adhiya, too, received a huge applause for keeping up with Godkhindi’s pace and rhythm. Both the artistes were given a standing ovation. The duo finished off by playing Bhimsen Joshi’s famous abhang, Maze Maher Pandhari.
Earlier, the third day of the festival kicked off with a high-pitched performance by Bharathi Prathap, a graded artiste of AIR and Doordarshan, known for her mastery over both Hindustani Classical and Carnatic music. Prathap, who follows the Agra gharana was accompanied by Pt Vishwanath Shirodkar on tabla and Seema Shirodkar on harmonium.
Beginning with the raag Bhim Palas, Prathap sung Naad Samudra Mahakathin, a composition in ektal, before switching to Ata Surat Man Bhavani, a bandish from dwital. Prathap mesmerised the audience with her broad vocal range and provided a perfect beginning for the third day.
Prathap was followed by Pt Raghunandan Panshikar, a disciple of Pt Kishori Amonkar and Pt Mogubai Kurdikar. Panshikar, who represents the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana, was accompanied by Prashant Pandav on tabla and Tanmay Deochake on harmonium.
Panshikar began in raag Bhoop, casting a spell with soulful renditions. However, when he called veteran taal exponent Mauli Takalkar, who accompanied Pt Bhimsen Joshi for over 40 years, for an abhanga, the crowd was left awestruck. With Takalkar, he performed Padmanabha Narayana, before leaving the stage for Godkhindi and Adhiya.
The second last performance of the day was by Rajendra Gangani, a renowned Kathak dancer trained in the Jaipur gharana, known for his innovation. Gangani, who has received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2003 from APJ Abdul Kalam, entered the stage with a broad smile on his face, instantly winning the hearts of the audience, who connected with the feminine grace in his dance.
Gangani was accompanied by singer Vijay Parihar, tabla player Arvind Kumar Azad and flautist Sunil Awachat. The last performance of the day was by Pt Ulhas Kashalkar. He was accompanied by veteran tabla player Pt Suresh Talwalkar and Sudhir Nayak on harmonium. He sealed the magical evening with the raag Jog Kans.