‘Barkha Ritu’ concert @ Chowdaih Memorial Hall on Saturday, 16 July 2016 evening was pure music incarnate. Most talented and prodigous U.Rajesh on Mandolin and popular Floutist Dr.B.Vijayagopal, senior Mridanga vidwan Sri Praveen and the mercurial Amrit Khanjira II enthralled a packed house first with an elaborate Ragam Tanam Pallavi in raag Varunapriya (Varunaroopini) – U Srinivas composition – was remarkable.
Then followed Ustad Rashid khan’s legendary vocals comprising Mansoon Raagas Miyaan malhar, Ramdasi Malhar, Sur malhar and famed number ‘Yaad Piya ki’ from the evergreen memory.He was very ably accompanied by Tabla Nawaz Sri SHUBHANKAR BANERJEE, wonderful Pt.Joglekar on harmonium, imaginative Allarakha khan on Sarangi.
Both concerts left the audience wanting more as the time was up. It was befitting ‘Bharat Ratna Pt.Bhimsen Joshi tribute’, with series of concerts held under the aegis of Banyan Tree all over India alongside co-sponsors L & T.
Also had a chance to meet up all respected Maestros back stage with good friend Deepa Kishan, Kin Nagaraj Aithal P R, upcoming Sarangi nawazSarfaraaz Khan, his younger brother Sarod player Faraaz khan, connoisseur veena shastry, Master Atharva Rao.
Overall a fulfilling experience