Ritu Basant, an annual feature of West Zone Cultural Centre was organized with difference. Keeping in view the restrictions caused by Covid-19, the number of viewers was also less as compared concerts held last year. But the best part was the interest of audience as art lovers witnessed live performances after a long time. Artistes also enjoyed impromptu appreciation of audience for their rendition.
Three days Art connoisseurs of Udaipur enjoyed three genres of performances. First day melodious of Classical and Folk Sarangis mesmerised listeners. Ustad Mohiuddin khan(Padmashree Awardee) played his Sarangi engrossing all music lovers in a melodious atmosphere. He played Rag Maru Bihag in other words his Sarangi sang this melodious Rag which was followed by Dadara in Raga Mishra Pilu. Ustad ji has dedicated his life to promote this difficult instrument. His two sons also are progressing on the same path paved by him. His recital was appropriately accompanied on Tabla by Pandit Ghanshaym Rao from kota. Young artists Dr. Nidhi Sharma and Dimpy Sukhawal supported with Tanpura in this concert.
After Classical version of Sarangi veteran Folk Musician from Thar desert Lakha Khan Manganiyar (Village Raneri District Jodhpur ) played Pyaledaar Sarangi depicting all colours of Manganiyar Folk Music. Normally Manganiar musicians play Kamayacha,but Lakha ji has retained his talent in Sarangi. Erudite Folk musician Lakha Khan has been recently awarded Padmshri for his contribution in Folk Music. Versatile artist Lhakha ji rendered traditional folk songs from Western Rajasthan while playing Sarangi. His fingers were creating magic on Sarangi. His concert included Bana Bani Songs sung on occasion of marriage followed by songs on rains, winter and other festive occasions. He also honoured Farmasish. Mushtak Khan, ace Dholak player enhanced the charm of this concert with his perfect accompaniment. Another young Manganiar, Pappu Khan supported Lakhaji in singing.
Padmashree Anup Jalota, stalwart singer of India offered a wonderful musical treat of different colors in his concert on the second day. He presented his most popular songs to allure audience. He started his recital with famous Bhajan by Meera Bai “Aisee lagi lagan” which set the mood of the programme. Anup ji is not only an ace singer but a master performer too who creates tremendous rapport with audience narrating interesting instances. Some of the songs were even sung by the audience. His other devotional songs “Achyutam Keshvam”, “Tere man me Ram” , “ Shyam teri Bansi” were spell binding. He rendered popular Gazals of Jagjeet Singh ji and received brilliant response. “Hoton ko Choolo tum” turned into group song as audience too engrossed in singing. “ Damadam Mast Kalandar” almost stole the show. He was accompanied by Natasha Agrawal on vocal while Devendra Kumar was on Tabla, Mohammed Rashid Khan on Violin, Himanshu Tiwari and Alankar Deoda accompanied on Guitar.
Noted exponent of Mohiniattam, ace choreographer and ardentGuru Dr Jayaprabha Menon, and her disciples from Delhi mesmerised audience with their quality performance of Mohiniattam. It is said “If dance is mother of all Arts, Dr.Jayaprabha Menon is the blessed daughter of that great mother”. Retaining the rich traditions of this classical dance form she has contributed many creative inputs with lot of innovations. Dr. Jayprabha Menon was at her best. Her soulful dance was an excellent example of divinity. Her precision in movement and facial expressions enthralled spectators. Besides her expertise in dance, Dr. Jayprabha Menon has nurtured her disciples that too of very high level. Especially the way she trained her disciples was observed through exceptionally refined performances of young dancers. Her group presented Ganpati Stuti, Laysa Shringar, Ritu Leela and Ashtapadi. All young dancers performed like professional dancers and claimed equal applaud. Young dancers Mridula Unni,C. Nivedita,Aishwarya Nayar,Radhika Menon, Sunita Menon did their best. Accompaniment of Jayant on Vocal and Kotocal Vadyam,Thanjavur R.K. Sunayan on Mridangam, Shyamla Bhasakar on Veena and Satish Oduval on Eddakka made the performance very vibrant.
Learning intricacy of difficult classical dance Mohiniattam in North India is amazing. That exhibits excellent example of Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat.
Saleha Gazi from Jaipur deserves high appreciation for her glorified comparing. With her deep knowledge of various aspects of Culture she explained about performances and presenters in very interesting and interactive manner.
"Ritu Basant" was graced by august presence of Prof Amarika Singh , VC, MLS University, Shri Vikas Sitaram Bhale, Divisional Commissioner and Shri Chetan Deora, District Collector, Udaipur. Director of WZCC Smt. Kiran Soni Gupta welcomed guests. One could see blending of high calibre of traditions and innovations.
I congratulate Director, WZCC Smt Kiran Soni Gupta and her team for enhancing cultural activities in recent past and having plenty new events lined up for coming days. WZCC is observing all the restrictions keeping view safety of people during time of Covid -19. We can say “ Dekho Magar Dhyan Se”