Posted On Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 10:46:05 AM
With many classical artistes making it a point to explain to the audience the technicalities behind their renditions in a simplified, lucid language, classical music is no longer an enigma for the masses.
However, there is one facet of it that continues to linger unraveled — semi-classical music. “There are many questions pertaining to this stream of music, which has played an indispensable part in making Indian music what it is today, but almost no avenues to reflect on them.
For instance, let’s dwell on the genre of Thumri. Is it a form of classical music, wherein words are given relatively more importance? Is it slightly lighter on the ears as compared to pure classical music, in terms of intensity?
Does ‘Bhaav’ or emoting the lyrics play a more significant role in this genre? To enlighten the audience on these questions, and many more, we’re presenting Tarana, Tappa, Thumri, which, as the title obviously states, will throw light on these genres,” informs Chaitanya Kunte, the founder of Sudarshan Sangeet Sabha.
This presentation will be the organisation’s 15th endeavour to ‘educate’ the layman on the different shades of Indian music. Two rare video footages titled Bahardar Thumri and Tappa Aur Tarana which were telecast on Doordarshan way back in the 80s, will be screened.
The former will feature an interview of Rajabhau Kogaje and Shobha Gurtu — the legendary vocalist who made the Thumri a household name — explaining the nuances of the genre she immortalised in the minds of connoisseurs — the Thumri.
The film will have the veteran not only demonstrating the ins and outs of Thumris, but also rendering some of her famous compositions. “Similarly, Tappa Aur Tarana will have eminent vocalists like Sarla Bhide, Sharad Sathe, Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Veena Sahasrabudhe and Vidyadhar Vyas speaking at length about the intricacies of those genres.
When these videos were originally shot, these artistes were at the pinnacle of their careers, so even getting to revisit their breathtaking performances when they were in their element, will be an exciting prospect,” Chaitanya adds.
Catch the screening today at Sudarshan Rangamanch, 11am.