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Pt. Mani Prasad introduced alive the flavour of the previous


The veteran made the a lot of the live performance, since he doesn’t carry out recurrently, by selecting to sing uncommon works

The veteran made the a lot of the live performance, since he doesn’t carry out recurrently, by selecting to sing uncommon works

Expressing his gratitude for the popularity of his lifelong sadhana, he opened with raag Purvi, hardly heard on the live performance stage lately. He launched this sandhi-prakash (nightfall time) raag as “one of many favorite raags of my household.” He hails from a household of classical musicians, who had been initially from Rajasthan, however moved to Maharashtra. His father, Pt. Sukhdev Prasad, was a ganda-bandh shagird of Ustad Waheed Khan, one of many founder-musicians of Kirana gayaki.

Educated in Kirana gayaki

Groomed by his father in Kirana gayaki, Mani Prasad was initially educated by his grandfather, Pt. Shakti Lal, and by his uncles, Pt. Shankar Lal and Pt. Gopal Prasad. He started acting at a really early age and is a prime grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan. He has created not solely new raags like Dhyaan-Kalyan, Dhyaani-Todi, Shiva-Kauns and Bhoopeshwari; however has additionally composed many bandishes beneath the pseudonym, ‘Dhyaan Rang Piya’.

All this got here by in his efficiency that night, when he started with an genuine rendition of raag Purvi with a bada and a chhota khayal in gradual and medium tempo respectively, with bol-aalap, barhat, behelawa adopted by a wide range of scintillating taans.

The composition in raag Sohini got here subsequent, ‘Eri Yashoda tose karoongi larai’ was replete with not simply sargam and aakar taans, but additionally the difficult ‘Bidar ka kaam’ that moved in circles like a prime on every of the descending notes.

The Bandish ki Thumri, ‘Koyaliya kook sunave’ got here as a melodious distinction after the komal swaras of Sohini. The veteran vocalist then sang a teasing tappa in Kafi to acquaint his listeners with the twists and turns of the difficult kind, earlier than presenting a ‘Tappa ang ki Thumri’ in raag Tilak Kamod. It was stunning to search out the harmonium participant unable to catch the chalan of Tilak Kamod and in Khamaj.

Uncommon compositions

The veteran made the a lot of the live performance, since he doesn’t carry out recurrently, by selecting to sing uncommon works.

A revered guru, his disciples embrace Maharaja Ranjeet-Pratapsingh Gaekwad of Baroda, Savita Devi (daughter of the famend thumri singer Siddheshwari Devi), Rita Ganguly, Ramesh Jule, Ravi Jule, Pt. Vishwanath, Uma Garg, Surinder Kaur and Chandan Das and many others.

Invited by the Authorities of Karnataka, Mani Prasad is presently a guru on the Gangubai Hangal gurukula in Hubli. He even taught Lata Mangeshkar the favored track in raag Maand, ‘Suniyo ji araj mhari’ from the movie Lekin. “Her father, Dinanath Mangeshkar, was my father’s disciple. Music director of the movie, Hridaynath Mangeshkar (Lata’s brother), had modified and added a number of phrases, however I’ll sing the unique bandish for you,” he mentioned.

He was accompanied on the tabla by Ustad Akram Khan, on the harmonium by Deepak Prasad and vocal assist was by his kins and disciples. He concluded with a lovely Maand composition with spontaneous improvisations that enthralled the viewers.

The Delhi-based reviewer writes on classical music.



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