Jammu, July 27 | SaMaPa in its 4th week of SaMaPa Digital Baithak Series featured Tabla Solo recitals by 2 generations of Farrukhabad Gharana by and Vocal recital representing Kirana Gharana.
Renowned Tabla player Ustad Akhtar Hasan and his son and disciple Zakir Akhtar Hussain are carrying forward the legacy of Ustad Mehdi Hussain Khan, a renowned Tabla exponent of the country of his time from Farrukhabad Gharana, one of the six gharanas of Tabla. Zakir is an ‘A’ grade artist and Ustad Akhtar Hasan is a ‘Top’ grade artist of All India Radio.
Both father and son presented rarely heard Taals which have been developed in the latter half of the 20th century. Zakir presenting 7½ beats and Ustad Akhtar Hasan presenting 5½ beats. The introduction to the recital was presented by Dr. Manoj Mishra, a well-known Tabla player of Banaras Gharana & Head, Department of Tabla, Bhatkhande Sangeet Sansthan, Deemed University, Lucknow.
The other program featured a vocal recital by Arnab Chatterjee, a well-known vocalist from Kolkata from Kirana Gharana. An ‘A’ Grade artist of All India Radio, Arnab presented Raga Bhatiyar, an early morning raga. Shri Arnab Chatterjee presented Raga Bhatiyar in Marwa Thaat with Bandish in Vilambit Ektaal “Barani Na Jaye Mose Tahari” followed by Bandish in Drut Teentaal “Piya Milan Ki Aas Sakhiri Ab”.
The introduction to the recital was presented by his Guru and eminent vocalist of the country and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan. The SaMaPa Digital Baithaks were compered by acclaimed broadcaster and anchor Sadhna Shrivastav.
Music Legend Pandit Bhajan Sopori has also introduced the new initiative of SaMaPa called ‘Samiksha’, the first of its kind in Indian Classical music, which will present visual music and dance reviews by learned, qualified & honest musicologists & critics of India. This Virtual review system shall feature music reviews every Wednesday on SaMaPa YouTube Channel.
SaMaPa (Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts) has taken the initiative of introducing Digital Baithak series keeping in mind the present circumstances in which public concerts cannot be held due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The first season of SaMaPa Digital Baithak is being held on the weekends on Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm and Sunday mornings at 10:00 am exclusively on the SaMaPa Official YouTube Channel. Pandit Bhajan Sopori, Abhay Rustum Sopori, and SaMaPa board have specially designed the SaMaPa Digital Baithak series, which is featuring Hindustani Classical, Semi-classical, Carnatic, Dance and also Light & Folk music recitals.
SaMaPa is a cultural movement acclaimed as the Cultural Bridge of Jammu & Kashmir with the rest of the country and to have created a new generation of music connoisseurs. The motto of SaMaPa is ‘Jan Jan Tak Sangeet’ (music to the masses) and this Digital Baithak is intended to create a bridge between the artist and the audience worldwide.