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Rediscovering Bandish

Rediscovering Bandish

- Kavita G.
Event : Bandish
Featuring : Shubha Mudgal & Anup Jalota
Venue : National Centre Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai
Date : 8 July, 2011
The idea of ‘Bandish’ is indispensable to Indian classical music. Nevertheless, in recent years, the attention has moved from the composer to the performer’s celebrity status. In order to get the spotlight back on the legendary composers of India and their work, the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, organized Bandish.

The line-up for the festival was exciting. The compositions of Faiyaz Khan were presented by Ghulam Husnain Khan, while Rashid Khan performed the works of Inayat Hussain Khan on the first day.

However, the second day was much more interesting as the compositions of the great poet-saints — Kabir, Surdas and Tulsidas — were performed by Shubha Mudgal and Anup Jalota.

There couldn’t have been a better start than Kabir's doha in Shubha Mudgal’s versatile voice. While Kabir’s doha are usually in simple Hindi and easy to understand, Shubha Mudgal turned some of the complex doha Chalti Chakki Dekh Kar, Bura Jo Dekhan Mein Chala, and Aisee Vani Boliye into smooth melodies.

Anup Jalota, on the other hand, presented what suits him the best – bhajans. The Bhajan Samraat sang bhajans like ‘Main To Janam Janam Ki Pyasa’, ‘Hey Govind Hey Gopal’, ‘Ankhiyan Hari Darshan Ki Pyasi’ etc.

Besides the pledge of great music that drew aficionados to the festival, Shubha Mudgal and Anup Jalota also peppered their performance with anecdotes to bring to life the composers and their compositions.
 
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