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