Bangalore International Centre had arranged a Dhrupad vocal concert "Raginis in Dhrupad", by Ms. AmitaSinhaMahapatraon 21st October, 2013 at 6:30pm at its auditorium.
Dhrupad is the most ancient style of Hindustani Classical music that has survived until today in it's original form. The nature of Dhrupad music is spiritual, seeking not to entertain but to induce feelings of peace and contemplation in the listener.
By the 11th century, Dhrupad music had crystallised into a perfect form which has as it's one significant characteristic the emphasis on maintaining the purity of the 'swara'. The 14th century saw a change in the music scene in terms of music literature where in a description of the ragas in short Sanskrit verses called 'dhyana' were introduced. These highlighted the characterisation of the ragas breathing life into them and giving each of them a particular ' swaroopa' or persona, that of a Nayaka (hero) or a Nayika (heroine). This is what led to the Raga - Ragini system and the subsequent creation of the Ragamala paintings.
The Raga - Ragini system tries to draw a parallel between the dynamic and the static, the ' Prakruti' and the ' Purusha'. It was created on the basis of the following principle:
There are six principle male ragas namely, Bhairav, Malkauns, Hindol, Deepak, Shri and Megh. These ragas have five wives or Raginis each and these Raga - Ragini 'couples' have children giving rise to many more ragas.
Amita presented several compositions based on the above themes. Her rendition of Ragas Durga and Bhairavi in the true classical Dhrupadigayaki was much appreciated by all those who were present. It was an enchanting evening.