Birth anniversary celebrations are always special and they become more special when it’s the 100th birth anniversary celebrations. So, when it comes to the celebration of the centenary birth anniversary of Late Sangeet Bhaskar Rajkumar Shyamanand Singh,well known personalities from the music fraternity came together under one roof for a special show. The event started with the garlanding of Sangeet bhaskar's big portrait kept on the stage. People started rendering their homage and respect to the large portrait.
It was a great privilege for me being a great grandson of baba (Rajkumar Shyamanand Singh) I got an opportunity to pay my musical tribute to him. The musical events of the day started with me rendering raag bhairav. I sang two bandishes in this raag "prabhu charan tore aayo" in jhaptaal and "jag jag jagga" in drut teentaal. And now finally the time came when people would hear the maestro, Pt Omkar Dadarkar live on the show. In his sweet and melodious voice he started with raag miyan ki todi. The mellifluous singing of Pandit was enough to take the listeners in a musical trance.In modern day very few people are seen continuing their traditions Pt Omkar Dadarkar is one of them,taking the musical legacy of his guru Pt Ulhas Khasalkar successfully to the next generation. He ended his mesmerising performance with the very famous bhajan "baje re muralia baje".
The accomplished Sarod player Pt Narendra Nath Dhar was next to spellbound the music lovers. He being accompanied by the tabla maestro Ustad Akram Khan was a perfect combination to struck the listeners in a soothing musical storm. He performed raag aashavri. Now it was 2 in the afternoon and the musical session came to a halt for the lunch.
The evening session kickstarted with the magic of the icon of ajrara gharana Ustad Akram Khan on tabla. The very special compositions of his gharana being played by him flowlessly compelled the listeners to move their heads and feet on his tabla beats.The audience were still in awe when the Ustad's performance ended and then the Ustad was followed by the another Ustad of Agra gharana. Yes!! I am talking of Ustad Waseem Ahmed Khan. Being from the great lineage of agra gharanians Ustad's singing was enough to take the whole event to the next level. The jam packed auditorium, the pin drop silence, the expressions of music lovers wanting to never stop the wonderful evening was a clear symbol that the program was already a grand success. Ustad Waseem Ahmed Khan sang the beautiful "kaun gat bhaiye"in bageshwari followed by two compositions in megh malhar "rim jhim rim jhim meha barse" and "aaye aati dhum dham", the two very famous bandishes of the agra gharanians. Finally the musical day came to an end with "bano baatiyan kahe ko jhuti" in raag bhairvi by the Ustad.. An unforgettable day for the music lovers of this small town Purnea has ended.
The program won't had been to the level if these artists were not been accompanied by such great accompanists. The wonderful accompaniment of Pt Sanjay Adhikari on tabla, the melodious accompaniment of Ustad Sarwar Hussain on Sarangi and the mesmerising accompaniment of Pt Hiranmay Mitra on harmonium were a key factor to turn the event into a GRAND EVENT. To add to the event was the presence of Padma Shri Gajendra Narayan Singh, a well known musicologist from Bihar.
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|Ustad Waseem Ahmed Khan|
|Ustad Akram Khan and Pt Narendra Nath Dhar|
|Pt Omkar Dadarkar|