A Lecture Demonstration concert titled “Towards an appreciation of Hindustani KhayalMusic: An Exquisite Combination of Classicism and Romanticism” by Hindustani Classical Vocalist Dr. K.S Vaishali was held in Bangalore International Centre on Friday , 8th June , 2012 at 6.30pm. She was accompanied by Shri. MadhusudanBhat on Harmonium, and Shri.HanumantappaHoogar on Tabla.
DrVaishali commenced this unique Lec-Dem with a prefatory discourse on the evolution of North Indian classical music over the centuries and traced the provenance of Khayal music to the rich experimentation and adaptations that were carried out within the realm of Indian classical music owing to Afghan, Turkish, Arabic and Babylonian influences as a result of proliferation of Islamic culture during the Mughal rule. She referred to the historical milestones in the development of Khayal music and described it as a product of intercultural grafting and blending. A true cultural synthesis and aesthetic fusion of Hindu and Islamic cultures, Khayal music represents capacious heterogeneity and boundless accommodation. Dr. Vaishali illustrated the nuances of the ten musical scales known as “Thats” in Hindustani music with ample illustrations. She explicated the stylistic features of different Gharanas or schools of music and commenced her Recital with VilambitKhayal in the beautiful late evening melody “Ragehsree” of Khamaj family. Dr. Vaishali explored at great depth the eight important constituents of the Khayal: ‘alap in the anibaddh mode’, ‘bandish’, ‘bolalap’ ‘bolbaant’, ‘Boltaan’ ‘sargams’ ‘taans’ and ‘layakari’. She highlighted the significance of‘sthayi’ and ‘antara’ in the delineation of Khayals, followed by a Drut teen tal composition in the same raga which had some dazzling’ taankari’.
DrVaishali took up another night melody raga Jog and sang a Khayal in the medium tempo of Roopaktal in order to demonstrate the uniqueness of a madhyalaya in khayal. Discussing the historical significance of the ‘Tarana’, she presented a ‘tarana’ in the same raga with rhythmic improvisations and resplendent taans that elicited a lot of applause from the audience.
Next, Dr. Vaishali also succinctly presented the salient features of a beautiful light classical genre “thumri”. She illustrated the differences between Benaras, Lucknow and Punjab thumris with examples. She rendered a soulful Thumri in raga ManchKhamaj “AbKesavanGharAaja” in Deepchanditaal as a tribute to the monsoon season.
She concluded her recital with another hauntingly beautiful Thumri immortalised by her Guru PanditaKishoriAmonkar in raga Bhairavi “Koyaliya Na Bol Dar” in Keherwatal, sensitively evoking the many hues of ‘Shringar” against the backdrop of “VarshaRitu”, the monsoon season.