Sunanda casts magic spell with ragas at city Sangeet Sammelan
November 03, 2001

The 24th Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan got of to a melodius start today at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan here. The artiste at the inaugural session, Sunanda Sharma, hailing from Himachal Pardesh, left the audience spellbound with khayal in Raag Bageshwari, exposing the finer nuances of the raag. The rendition of Tappe in raag kafi was a scintilating reverie. Tappe Hey Parijata Tanda Pare Balle Balle is a mixture of Punjabi, Persian and Hindustani music. Neeraj Gandhi and Mahender Sharma accompanied her on harmonium and tabla respectively. Her masterly rendition testified to her merit entitling her sponsored teaching assignments and concerts in the UK, Germany, the USA.

Having learnt the rudiments from her father Sudarshan Sharma at a very young age, she was later taught by Girija Devi, a noted exponent of classical and semi-classical forms.

The second artist of the evening was Prabhakar Karekar from Goa.

He has been aystematiccay trained by Suresh Haldankar, Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki, Pandit Jagannathbuwa purohit and Pandit C.R. Vyas. He opened up with a khayal, Anhat Adnade ko Paran Payo in raag Shankara in Vilambit laya. This was followed by a bandish Bajle Mana Rehan Bin in raag Sohini. The programme concluded with a bhajan of Meera. Dr. Dinkar Aditya Sharma and Adelendu accompanied him on harmonium, tabla and tanupuras.