Bhopal — The finest traditions of Dagarvani Dhrupad came alive at the Veethi Sankul auditorium at Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya in the state capital on Friday as Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha cast a melodious spell over their audience.
The duo, better known as Gundecha brothers, accompanied by a typical dhrupad setting of two Tanpuras and a Pakhawaj started the evening with a sterling rendition of Raga Charukeshi – a recent import into Hindustani music from the Carnatic parampara.
After enthralling the connoisseurs with their interpretation of the raga that is yet to make its way into the discerning Hindustani mind, the Gundechas moved to Dhamar, a lighter classical form associated with Holi.
Saving the best for the last, the brothers wound up the mehfil with their trademark renditions of Kabir’s famous Chadaria Jhini Re Jhini and Hum Sab Mahi, both in the melodious Raga Bhairavi.
Akhilesh Gundecha on the Pakhawaj and Sanjeev Jha and Amit Sharma on the Tanpura accompanied the Gundecha brothers, who left Ujjain, back in 1981,to make Bhopal their home and learn the ancient art of Dhrupad under the watchful eye of Zia Fariddudin Dagar and his brother Mohiuddin Dagar.
Continuing with the brilliant musical fare being orovided by IGRMS, V Anuradha Singh (Ghugroo vaadan), Pt. Ravishankar Upadhyaya (Pakhawaj) and Pt. Shubh Maharaj (Tabla) will present a ‘Tigalbandi’ at the Manav Sangrahalaya open air auditorium – Aavritti – at 1900 hours on Saturday.
On the occasion, Anuradha Singh will also perform Sufi Kathak, an unique blend of the devotional temple Kathak and the more exotic ‘Darbari’ version.