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Bound by a tradition

Students of guru Harihar Rath got to perform on the stage as part of their learning process.



BUDDING TALENT Guru Harihar Rath's disciples at the concert.

Guru Harihar Rath has been imparting training in Hindustani classical music to his students over the last many years. That might be passé, but what is not is the annual concert he has been organising for the last eight years. At this concert his students are asked to perform before an invited audience and apart from getting a valuable exposure in the presence of their guru, the disciples also get their flaws ironed out and gain in confidence, so essential for a performing artiste.

This year the concert was held at Rasaraj Geetikunja on May 1, the birthday of the guru. More than 20 of his students performed with Guru Harihar Rath himself bringing up the rendition in the rare raag Saraswati and a bhajan in Bhairavi. It was gratifying to hear youngsters rendering khayal with sincerity and involvement. The performances were not flawless, but they definitely signalled their budding talents. A number of raags from elementary Bhupali, Durga and Kafi to Desh, Bhimpalasi, Khamaj, Yaman, Bageshree, Alheya Bilawal, Tilang, Behag, Goud Sarang, Kedar, Brundabani Sarang were presented by the young talents, like Rupali, Jasmin, Manisha, Bubu, Soma, Munmun, Nandini, Sanu, Ruchi, Prachi, Sukababu, Shantashree, Aruna, Kamalini, Lipi, Bulbul, Sony, Gajal, Payal and Tapi.

The guru's son Amit Rath, who rendered Rageshree impressed the audience with his amazing control over the notes. Another student who stood out was Payal who has the requisite stamina in her voice to withstand the pressures of classical singing.

At a time when the patronage for classical music seems to be on the wane Guru Sri Rath has surely succeeded in his "Catch em' Young" campaign.

B.M.

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