SUR AND SAZ mesmerized
music aficionados at the 126th Shree Baba Harballabh
Sangeet Sammelan to such an extent that even the biting cold could
not make them leave the "pandal" at the Shree Devi Talab Mandir.
The Sammelan, the
biggest classical music concert in entire northern India, commenced
on Friday amidst a thick envelope of fog and a severe cold wave.
Few artists could not arrive in time as trains were running behind
schedules. But, this did not effect the enthusiasm of music lovers.
Begam Parveen Sultana stole the limelight with her splendid performance.
Ronu Majumdar, the Mallick Brothers, Sunanda Sharma and Kamal
Sabri added to the musical extravaganza.
could be seen waiting eagerly for Begum Parveen Sultana, who was
to perform at around 11p.m. but her performance was postponed
to about 2p.m. But when Begum Sultana occupied stage and began
her performance, suddenly it all seemed worth the wait. Her soulful
performance of Raag Rageshwari in Vilambit and Drut Khayal and
her rendition of Tarana and Bhajan left the audiences spellbound.
Earlier, the Mallick
brothers known for their Dhrupad Gayan, sang 'Ban mor mukut natvar
par babhu Shyam Sunder' in Raag Darbari Kanrra. Flautist Ronu
Mojumdar presented various 'sur' and 'laya' before the captivated
Sunanda Sharma from
Pathankot, presented Khayal, Tappa and Thumri in the Banaras Gharana
Shailey. Beginning with Raag Puriyakalyan, 'Baalam morey karo
na manmani' in Vilambit and Drut Khayal, she went on to draw accolades
for her recital of the Punjabi Tappa in Raag Mishr Kafi.
Kamal Sabri, who
had given his first performance at the Harballabh Sammelan at
the tender age of 13, created various musical hues during his
performance of Raag Mehroobiya on the Sarangi. Accompanying him
on the tabla was Shamsher Singh Mehndi.
Earlier the Sammelan
was inaugurated by union Minister for Food and Supplies Shanta
Kumar, who lit the ceremonial lamp. In his brief address, Kumar
wished the tunes of the soulful music could reach the ears of
the neighbouring countries and take across to them the message
of universal harmony, brotherhood and love.
He hastened to add that there is a limit
to patience, and if patience is tested time and again, war is bound
to take place. The war can be without shedding blood, he added.
Students of the Kanya Mahavidyalaya also presented Saraswati Vandana
on the occasion.