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When it comes to Hindustani Classical Music,the legacy carried forward and the contribution of the Kirana Gharana is matchless.

Written by Pranav Kulkarni |
April 30, 2009 1:40:54 am

Swarvel,an audio-visual programme,will unveil the legacy of the Kirana Gharana on May 2

When it comes to Hindustani Classical Music,the legacy carried forward and the contribution of the Kirana Gharana is matchless. Abdul Kareem Khan Saab,Hirabai Baddekar,Pandit Bhimsen Joshi,even a mention of one of the names from the bandwagon of singers who belong to the Kirana Gharana is enough to effect pleasant musical jitters across music lovers around the world. With the motive to unveiling the grand musical legacy carried by Kirana Gharana,that has enriched Indian Classical Music over years,an audio-visual programme titled Swarvel has been conceptualised by city-based Saraswati Sangeet Academy.

Meena Faterpekar,granddaughter of Saraswatibai Rane,an Indian Classical singer of Kirana Gharana will be presenting various aspects of Kirana Gharana through varied musical forms. “I have been working on this concept for the past six months and despite the fact that the line between Gharanas is becoming thinner and thinner by the,the contribution of the legends of Kirana Gharana is irreplaceable. However,due to the lack of technological development during those days,records of these singers are not available for music lovers. We thus gathered available material from various places and will be presenting it to the audience during Swarvel,” says Faterpekar.

The two-and-a-half hour programme will include rare recordings,clippings and photographs of some of the singers such as Hirabai Badodekar,Sureshbabu,Saraswatibai Rane and so on. “I will be presenting the ragas Multani,Bageshri,Chandrakans in addition to natyasangeet that includes a composition named Hi Kon Madhuranana in Yaman,a Thumri by Abdul Karim Khan Saab called Abke Saawan Ghar Aaja,Bhairavi and so on,” adds Faterpekar.

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To be presented for the first time in Pune,Faterpekar feels that programmes like these are important as they introduce the audience to the rich legacy that Indian classical music carries. “While most of us have heard about Hirabai Badodekar,not many women singers from today’s generation know that she was one of the first women to have sung on stage. Also,Kamlabai Badodekar was the first Maharashtrian lady to have acted in a musical drama. We would thus like to perform the same programme at various places across the country,” adds she.

Some added attractions of the programme will be the rare jugalbandi between sisters Hirabai Badodekar and Saraswatibai Rane,a composition by Sudhir Phadke Ja Gheuni Sandesh Pakhara,a presentation of Shuddha Kalyan by Sureshbabu Mane and so on. The programme will be held on May 2 at 5.30 pm at the Bharat Natya Mandir. Shaila Mukund will be the host for the event.

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