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Singing whistling, timeless melodies

Singing whistling, timeless melodies
Singing whistling has always been considered to be one of the toughest forms of music where the whistler has to maintain the scale along with musical score and has to perform along with several other instruments. Tarun Goswami who got initial training in whistling from Salil Chowdhury, is the only whistler in eastern India. The maestro will be performing a solo show, Sur E Sarbashreshtha Sadhana, through singing whistling at Uttam Mancha, on December 30.
Goswami, a fellow of the 'American School of Whistling' is a trained whistler who has been performing for quite some time. Madhurdwani's two hour show will feature many of the all time hits of world music. Songs like Never on a Sunday, Do Re Me, Jingle bells, Jamaica Farewell, Sadher Lau Banalo More Boiragi,Kon Se Alor Swapno Niye.Eto Sur Aar Eto Gaan, Aaha ki ananda, Jeena ihan marna ihaan, will be presented. These tunes stand for simplistic approach through their melody, orchestration. Good compositions are timeless, they do not belong to any specific time span and this musical extravaganza will showcase some of the versatile compositions that Indian popular music has witnessed till date.
"Salil Chowdhury, V Balsara are my lifetime inspiration. Salilda once told me if a song can be rendered then the same can be articulate on whistling. It needs a lot of hard work. Performing a song in a live concert and whistling the same song are not the same," says Goswami.
Whistling is a rare form of art. In the remote past, whistling was used for communication. In Madrid University, whistling is taught as one of the subjects of music.
But whistling an entire song and maintaining scale is a tough job and it becomes tougher when accompanied by instruments like the tabla, mandolin, guitar and piano accordion.
Nandini Guha

Nandini Guha

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