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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Jugalbandhi at Esplanade

Went yesterday to the Jugal bandhi between Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt ( Hindustani - MohanaVeena) & Dr.Ramani ( Carnatic Flute) at Esplanade,Singapore. Pt.V.M.Bhatt is a pioneer of this unique instrument which sounded like a cross between Hawaiian Guitar and Sitar to me .

The concert began with a 30 minute Raag Ghavati piece (Hindustani Raaga) by V.M.Bhatt and his son. Dr.Ramani(flute) and Mannargudi Easwaran(Mridangam) followed it with a 30 minute recital of raaga Harikambodhi. After these two separate performances, the artistes got down together for the "true" Jugalbandhi. Dr.Ramani played the "Pantuvarali" raagam and V.M.Bhatt responded with its hindustani equivalent " Puriya Dhanasri". The improvisations done by Bhatt were amazing and the artistes concluded the concert with a sindhubhairavi piece ( Bhatt has a great voice too as he sang the Sindhubhairavi raaga for 5 mins).

The only disappointment in the concert was that the jugalbandhi (simulataneous playing) lasted only half of the concert. I see this as a trend in Singapore when even during the earlier fusion concert with Mandolin srinivas, he made an appearance only in the last one hour.Can they print the agenda before the concert so that the audience know about it ?


  • your case is better. Recently we attended one such jugalbhandi of sriram and Anuradha Sriram in which the female artist was absent

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:32 PM  

  • when u have some senior artistes,pgms are decided on the spot..esp jugal bandhi,still pgme scheduling should be there

    By Blogger Slice Of Life, at 5:59 PM  

  • Film songs remix - IndiPop
    Karnatic Song Remix - Jugaadbandhi


    By Blogger gormandizer, at 10:40 PM  

  • appa - that is shocking and a bit unprofessional too.

    uma -- I understand a lot of it is improvisation but at least the broad agenda would be pre-decided.

    gorm -- jugalbandhi is kind of a healthy competition between two diverse musical styles..not sure if it is right to term it as remix..

    By Blogger Cogito, at 10:19 PM  

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