Vo­cal­ist Venkateshku­mar en­thrals...

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CHANDI­GARH: Clas­si­cal vo­cal­ist M Venkateshku­mar en­thralled the city au­di­ence with a solid and im­mac­u­late recital at the Tagore The­atre. The UT ad­min­is­tra­tion had in­vited him to the city as part of its cel­e­bra­tions for World Tourism Week.

Venkateshku­mar com­menced his vo­cal recital with a short alaap of raga Kalyan be­fore pre­sent­ing a slow paced (vil­am­bat) com­po­si­tion Tum bin kaun khaber ley set to ek tal and a fast0­paced (Drut) ban­dish “Maun­d­hir baaje.. in teen tal.

There­after he re­cited the melodic nu­ances raga Jog though a tra­di­tional com­po­si­tion Jab se shyam sid­hare. His ex­per­tise on all facets of mu­si­cal ra­gas seemed to have cap­ti­vated the au­di­ence.

His mas­cu­line, rich and vi­brant voice tra­versed in all oc­taves with con­sum­mate ease.

The mae­stro’s per­for­mance was sup­ported by Satish Kolli (har­mo­nium), Shrid­har Man­dare (tabla) and Ga­gan­preet (tan­pura).

How­ever, Venkateshku­mar was his best in the con­clud­ing thumri Nahin pa­dat maiko chaen in raga kaafi in which he de­lin­eated a glimpse of Pa­tiala Gayaki ang.

Chief guest IAS Satya Gopal hon­oured the artists, while bu­reau­crats DK Ti­wari, Tanvi Garg, Kashish Mit­tal , Alok Ku­mar IPS, Chandi­garh Sangeet Natak Akademi chair­per­son Ka­mal Te­wari and Bol­ly­wood cos­tume de­signer Dolly Ah­luwalia Te­wari stayed through the pro­gramme.

GURMINDER SINGH/HT

Clas­si­cal vo­cal­ist Venkateshku­mar per­form­ing at Tagore The­atre in Chandi­garh on Fri­day.

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