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Expressing reverence

G. JAYAKUMAR

Manjari gave a spellbinding ghazal performance as `gurupuja.'

PHOTO: VIPIN CHANDRAN

IN THE NAME OF HER GURU: Up-and-coming singer Manjari's concert touched the hearts of the audience.

"Manjari's gesture is commendable, worth emulating and I hope others will follow her example," said the Minister for Public Works, M.K. Muneer. The occasion was the `gurupooja' offered by up-and-coming playback singer Manjari to noted Hindustani musician and film music director Sheikh Kamaluddin, popularly known as Bombay S. Kamal. As part of the gurupooja, Manjari presented a cheque to Bombay S. Kamal as a token of gratitude for his invaluable contributions to Indian music. The programme was organised by magician Gopinath Muthukad at the Wonder World Theatre of the Academy of Magical Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram.

Manjari began her gurupooja with a ghazal nilavu. She gave a soulful rendering of ghazal queen Begum Akhtar's Kuch to duniya ki enayaath ne dil tod diya, lyrics for which were written by Sudarsan Fakir tuned by Begum Akhtar herself. It was followed by Jagjit Singh's Pyar ka pehla khat bringing forth the feelings of love and separation. Next came Begum Akhtar's Yeh mohabbat tere anjaam.

Then a composition by her guru Ustad Khalid Anvar Jan Yeh na thi hamari kismat. This was followed by a song from the film `Garshom,' (Ramesh Narayan scored the music), `Parayaan maranna paribhavan' in which she was able to enthral the audience on account of the ease with which she handled the intricacies of the song. Asha Bhosle's film ghazal Aaj jaane ki zid na karo followed.

Manjari concluded her ghazal concert with a Punjabi geet Sano socha diya. Jayan acompanied on the tabla and Thankaraj on the harmonium.

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