Confluence of the Pandits

पंडित जसराज व पंडित हरीप्रसाद चौरसीया

Pandit Jasraj and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

Yesterday I witnessed a live joint performance by Pandit Jasraj and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Pandit Jasraj is a distinguished artist from the Mewati Gharana (मेवाती घराणा) of vocal music and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasiya plays the bansuri, an expertise of lord Krishna.

The concert was at Shanmukhanand Sabhagruh, Sion, Mumbai. Accompanied by the eminent Pandit Vijay Ghate on Tabla and Pandit Bhavani Shankar on Pakhawaj, pandit Chaurasia started with raga Durga, followed by a couple of bhajans by pandit Jasraj. After the solo performances, the duo entered into a jugalbandi in raga Kedar, developed with silent alaaps and ending with electrifying speed that kept the audience on their toes.

However, I felt that the Tabla and Pakhawaj were under utilized. I’ve attended a show earliear which was brimming with sounds of these percussion instruments.

Indeed a rare opportunity to witness the ‘live’ confluence of the eminent Vocalist and Flautist.

One thought on “Confluence of the Pandits

  1. I too attended the same prgram. It was a pleasure to watch the two maestros perform together. I was attending classical program for first time and consider myself lucky to watch these two Pundits in a jugalbandi. Thanks to my friend who told me what Ragas were being played or sang. In all it was wonderful evening…

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