Bangalore International Centre had arranged a Hindustani Classical Vocal Recital "Swar Sandhya– Legacy of the Patiala Gharana" by Ms. Swyamduti Majumder, Kolkata based artist and A graded artist of All India Radio, on Monday, 28th September, 2015 at its auditorium.. She was accompanied by Mr. Sumith Naik on tabla and Mr. Madhusoodan Bhat on harmonium.
The Kasur Patiala is one of the leading “gharanas” or traditions of Hindustani classical music. This gharana has given India the genius of Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan, Ustad Munawar Ali Khan and the tradition continues uninterrupted with several senior artists performing and teaching in the guru – shishya parampara. Patiala gharana is known for its powerful approach to musicality, strong emphasis on intricate rhythmic patterns, sparkling swift “taans”, and the use of “gamak” to a greater extent than other gharanas. This gharana has been less frequently heard in Bangalore, with most exponents based in the North and East. This concert presented an opportunity for music lovers to experience the unique legacy of the Patiala gharana.
Swyamduti began with a classical composition on Raga Desh, followed by another on Maru Bihag. Her strong voice and the delineations in typical Patiala Gharana style kept the audience spell-bound. Thereafter she rendered a Punjabi folk-song in a semi-classical vein and a Bengali masterpiece in classical style which was originally sung by Begum Akhtar. Another folk-song in Bengali on Goddess Durga and the all-time favourite sufi song “Dama Dam Mast Qalandar”, both rendered impeccably by Swyamduti brought the very enjoyable musical evening to an end.
The performance was well admired by the audience.