Early morning is the best time to listen to music but our hectic schedule makes it difficult to enjoy the early morning hours. To make people relish live music, ‘Morning Ragas’, a series introduced by Legends of India in association with Sangeet Natak Akademi, was organised in the national Capital on Sunday.
This has set a new trend of classical music appreciation and ‘Morning Ragas’ helps enjoy the traditional Ragas as they are on the verge of extinction. The event, which was held at Meghdoot Auditorium, Rabindra Bhavan, Mandi House, mesmerised the connoisseurs of Indian classical music.
Sunanda Sharma of Benaras gharana and Sarod maestro Pt. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar performed for the connoisseurs. The recital took off with Sunanda Sharma, who with her voice carried forward the legacy of Benaras gharana, the highly revered Dr Vidushi Girija Devi, a Padma Bhushan awardee and a doyen of Indian classical vocal music.
Sunanda rendered raag Jaunpuri and then a Tappa and Thumri, both in Raag Bhairavi with ease. Her rendition in the hot summer morning was like the refreshing breeze and the soft lapping waves of the Ganges coming to a confluence.
The sarod maestro Pt. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar gave the already engrossed audience a new high. Tejendra commenced his recital with Miya ki Todi, then Lanka Dah Sarang, Gaud Sarang and concluded with a dhun. His clear articulation in Sarod made the audience enjoy each composition.
Tejendra built the concert methodically and progressed slowly, showing glimpses of his taalim for decades and then launched into full-volume improvisations.
Tejendra took the concert to its crescendo with a fine dhun which was a mix of sundry Tagore songs. The morning concert was a treat for music lovers, which was held for a duration of three hours.