Friday, November 16, 2007

Ghazal Bandhi - Hariharan and Mandolin Shrinivas

A very special jugalbandi called 'Ghazal Bandhi' which brought two great artists together - Hariharan and Mandolin Shrinivas. It was one of the concerts of the November Fest organised by Hindu.

Just a brief background of the artists:

Mandolin Shrinivas has a vast experience in jugalbandhi and has established extraordinary supremacy over the instrument, mandolin. Over the years he has adapted the instrument to carnatic music and leaves listeners awestruck at every performance. And this time too, he did just that....

Hariharan needs no intro... Here are some facts we dint know abt him.. He was trained in carnatic music by his mother. He had an early passion for ghazals and hence perfecting urdu diction was really important. He mastered it and then forayed into hindi cinema with music director Jaidev in the film 'Gaman' which resulted in the creation of a gem called 'Ajeeb Saane'. There has been no looking back since then.. Today, he is one of the most sought after artists for stage performances across the world.

The show began with a lovely ghazal 'Dil pareshaan hai raat bhaari hai'. Here goes its lyrics:
'Dil pareshaan hai raat bhaari hai'
'Zindagi hai ki phir bhi pyaari hai'
'Dil dhadakne ka aitbar nahi'
'Warna Awaaz to tumhari hai'

Wah Wah..

The show was just getting better with each Ghazal.. Then it was the turn of a Tyagaraja composition which was very popular amongst the masses 'Tulasidara...'

Time for a Break... (Coffee was provided free of cost at the venue as part of a marketing gimmick by a coffee powder company)

To be continued in the next blog... (as soon as I get time)

Athma's Disclaimer: Opinions and views are personal.


Bhuvan said...

hello, did not know this part of your athma, well, I see good rasika in you. I heard about this concert but was not luckly to enough to be in India. This is one of the reason that I want to retire early and spend some good time in chennai. Have you completed writing on this?

R Athmanathan said...

Well, I do attend live concerts. I like live music. This is the only piece i wrote on this one. However, there are other pieces on Yanni, Indian Ocean, Srings, Sufi Gospel project etc.