Delightful mardala show
Mardala - Orissa's classical instrument is fast gaining worldwide acceptance.
THE GRAVITY of nine mardalas resounding in unison marked the beginning of the "Tala Vadya Utsav-2005." It was the fourth such festival put up by "Mardala Academy." .The academy headed by the revered guru, Banamali Moharana, launched the festival in 2002, to give its due to mardala which is arguably the most favourite classical instrument of Orissa. It has been widely used in Odissi dance and music thus gaining a worldwide currency.
But the potential of mardala as a classical instrument is yet to be fully explored and the academy through the festival sought to make a beginning.
It was a well-delineated programme that got inordinately delayed due to the avoidable .speeches. The programme took off with a "group mardala vadan." The variations worked up with different interesting rhythmic patterns.
It was followed by "Tala Vadya Melana' in which the mardala was complemented by the "nal," "khanjani, dholak, tabla, khola, violin and the harmonium.
The coordination was perfect keeping the audience on a leash. There were duet items of the tabla and khol. Dhanurdhar Reddy and his troupe presented a group "mrudanga vadana."
Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre collaborated with the academy to make .the event memorable. The academy has been able to put up instrumental performance of rich vibrancy and vigour but the delayed beginning each time robs it of its essence and aficionados.
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