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Friday March 31, 2017

From The Hindu

Of Tradition and Innovation
By: Shailaja Khanna

The next day there was a vocal recital by Suchitra Gupta from Banaras, who is essentially a thumri singer, making her inclusion at the festival a trifle puzzling. She overstretched her time slot by singing a small khayal in Bageshwari, followed by several holis. The next artist Ustad Nishat Khan (by marriage, a nephew of Ustad Amir Khan) has a great connection with Indore as both his grandfather and great grandfather were court musicians at the Holkar court, briefly. He started with Bihag, (alaap, jor, brief jhala) then a gat and then moved onto Khamach, in which he played Ustad Inayat Khan’s “lakshan” (path showing) gat with great delicacy. The opening “dir dir” work in the gat is so beautifully crafted! In the Khamach, he played a subtle and expertly executed ragamala, with snatches of various ragas, but always coming back to Khamach. On the tabla was Ramendra Singh Solanki from Bhopal, from the Ajjrara gharana.

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