The legacy lives on

They say music is one of the purest forms of devotion. And the city,with its annual classical music festivals and performances,is well under the spell of music.

Written by AmritaJain | Published: August 20, 2010 3:20:06 am

The Alurkar Music House is recreating the magic of classical works by relaunching 250 of its titles along with 10 titles featuring Pu La Deshpande’s plays and satirical speeches

They say music is one of the purest forms of devotion. And the city,with its annual classical music festivals and performances,is well under the spell of music. Festivals like Sawai Gandharva and luminaries like Pu La Deshpande have cast a deep impression on the city’s art landscape,transforming it in many ways. Standing tall in this arena of art is the Alurkar Music House (Karve Road),which has carved a niche for itself. The store,which began its journey in 1978,is now relaunching 250 of its titles,with the highlight being the 10 titles of Pu La Deshpande that have never been released before on CD.

Titled Bahurupi Pu La,the collection is an assortment of his plays and satirical speeches. Bhashne,which features Pu La in his most humorous form yet full of wisdom,is one such speech. Shares Vineet Alurkar,owner,Alurkar Music House (AMH),”These titles of Pu La Deshpande make for an excellent collection. They also signify what my father stood for. One of our first few cassettes in 1981 had featured Pu La Deshpande’s work,and just like life comes a full circle,we are relaunching 250 of our titles,along with this unique collection.”

The titles will be launched today at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana in the presence of classical music maestros like Pandit Shaunak Abhisheki,Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar and Pandit Bharat Kamat. Says Abhyankar,”My first music album Raj-jog was produced by Alurkar Music House back in 1990. There have been many more after that,but the platform they gave me as a young musician proved to be a tremendous support and I greatly respect them for the work that they are doing in this field.”

After a a brief gap,the Alurkar Music House reopened in August 2009. Talking about their journey,Alurkar says,”We are 32 years old and in these long years,my father had always promoted the art in the finest way possible. In fact all the musical geniuses who are attending the launch have been closely associated with my father. It’s like a step forward for us and we want to keep our father’s legacy alive.” Amongst the titles that are going to be released is an assorted collection of Hindi devotional bhajans,classical music and old Marathi video talents.

Talking about classical music,Alurkar says,”Art is all about longevity. You still listen to Mozart even today,it’s a class apart. The same is true for Indian classical music. It will always have a presence.”

Bharat Kamat,one of India’s leading tabla players who has been playing with Pandit Bhimsen Joshi for the past 19 years,shares,”Indian classical music has a beautiful past and a promising future and in my years of association with AMH,I have really admired their work. Additionally,the work by Pu La Deshpande that will be released is also something I am looking forward to.”

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