Ganjam’s Flights of Fantasy

“Flights of Fantasy”, the sixth annual festival of classical music promoted by Ganjam, the well-known jewelry house, was held at the Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore between 24 and 26 November 2002. The festival has become an immensely popular and familiar feature of the music calendar of the city. This year’s festival saw performances by renowned Karnatic and Hindustani music maestros like Dr. L. Subramaniam, Ustad Shahid Parvez and Pt. Dinkar Kaikini.

The festival coincided with Sursagar’s 21st Varshikotsav, and began with a sitar recital by Ustad Shahidji Parvez. Accompanying him was Sri. Yogesh Samsi on the tabla. This was followed by a Hindustani vocal recital by Pandit Dinkar Kaikini and Gourang Kodical. Padma Bhushan Dr. L. Subramaniam’s violin recital was on the 25th with Kamalakar Rao on the mridangam, Ghatasala Satya Sai on the moorsing and Subhash Chandra on the ghatam. The concluding day witnessed performances by Sanjay Subrahmanyam (Karnatic Vocal) accompanied by Varadarajan on the violin and K. Arun Prakash on the mridangam. It was indeed a musical treat to all art lovers of Bangalore and earned considerable admiration and appreciation for Ganjam’s sustained efforts in promoting music in the city.

HINDUSTANI JUGALBANDI

“Impressions” an organizing headed by two Non-Resident Indian art lovers, Suresh Doraiswamy and Meena Doraiswamy, organized a musical concert “The Tranquility Concert” on 29 December 2002. The evening featured a Hindustani Jugalbandi between vocalist Dr. Srinivas and Pandit Nand Kishore Muley on the Santoor. They were accompanied by Ravindra Yavagal on the tabla and Vyasamurhy Katti on the harmonium, in the serene surroundings of the “Classic Orchards Amphitheatre”, on Bannerghatta Road. For the Husband-Wife duo, Bangalore was an obvious choice as they felt Bangalore had certain degree of sensitivity to music.

Pandit Nand Kishore Muley and Dr.Srinivas came together for the first time to demonstrate the concept of understanding Indian Ragas and its impact on human psyche.