MUMBAI : Inspired and encouraged by the overwhelming success of the previous two editions of '8 PRAHAR', a unique day long concert conceptualized by Durga Jasraj, two leading Indian Music organisations, viz. ART AND ARTISTES and PANCHAM NISHAD join hands once again to bring the 3rd edition of '8 PRAHAR' for music aficionados. Support from Brands and Partners has helped to make this unique concept a reality, and is a testimony to the immense value of our rich cultural heritage.
This day long concert is scheduled to be held at Shanmukhananda Auditorium on Saturday, 11th November from 6.30 am - 2.30 am (12th November), featuring 17 maestros of Indian Classical Music. In today's times, the opportunities for Artistes to present the wide repertoire of Raags authentically, as per time of the day, are almost non-existent. It is thus, a unique Concert of Hindustani Classical Music, in the variety of Artistes lineup and the duration.
Padma Vibhushan Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj said, "8 Prahar is a great initiative that keeps the divine purity of Music alive, as all the musicians will prepare, practice & present different raags, not just the evening raags, to make it a joy for the music lovers."
Durga Jasraj, Founder – Art And Artistes, said "With most of the concerts that take place only for a few hours in the evening hours, the rich traditional music treasure of Hindustani classical raags are slowly getting out of circulation and the future generations of music lovers would have never experienced these incredible melodies - Raags. Being privileged and having heard many wonderful raags at different phases of the day from Bapuji – Pandit Jasraj ji, it is his music that inspired me to conceptualize this unique concert, that is like no other concert."
Shashi Vyas, Founder-Director, Pancham Nishad explains, "Based on the division of 'prahars' of the day, in Hindustani Classical Music, every Raga is designed to be performed during a particular 'Prahar'. The performance of these Ragas at a particular time enhances their aesthetic effects to create a positive and serene impact on the human mind and soul."
THE CONCERT IN BRIEF :
A typical day is divided into eight parts: four prahars for the day, and four for the night. The first prahar of the day begins at sunrise, and the fourth prahar of the day ends at sunset. A second round of four prahars unfolds during the night, between sunset and sunrise. Thus, the day can be regarded as divided into eight prahars (of three hours each) or thirty muhurtas (of 48 minutes each).
Concert '8 Prahar' is a unique Day-Night concert, lasting a duration of 21 hours, covering four prahars of the day that correspond to
Purvaanha or the first prahar from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m;
Madhyaanha from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon;
Aparaanha from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m;
Saayankaala from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The four prahara of the night correspond to:
Pradosha from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.;
Nishitha from 9:00 p.m. to midnight;
Triyaama from midnight to 3:00 a.m. (triyaamaa);
Ushaa from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m, thus covering all the Prahars
The schedule of performances at 8 Prahar is:
Session 1: (Prahar 1 to 4) 6.30 am to 4 pm
Prahar 1 : 6.30 am to 8.45 am Gundecha Brothers [Dhrupad Vocal] N.Rajam [Violin]
Prahar 2: 9.15 am to 11.30 am Venkatesh Kumar [Vocal]
Ronu Mujumdar [Flute]
Prahar 3: 11.45 am to 1 pm Pandit Jasraj
Prahar 4 : 1.45pm to 4 pm Sabir Khan [Sarangi]
Devaki Pandit [Vocal]
Session 2 (Prahar 5 to Prahar 8): 4.30 pm to 3 am
Prahar 5 : 4.30 pm to 6.45 pm Sanjeev Abhyankar [Vocal]
Rahul Sharma [Santoor]
Prahar 6 : 7pm to 9.15 pm Uday Bhawalkar [Dhrupad Vocal]
Rakesh Chaurasia [Flute]
Prahar 7 : 10 pm to 12.15 am Jayateerth Mevundi [Vocal]
Amaan & Ayaan Ali Khan [Sarod]
Prahar 8: 12.30 am to 3 am Kaushiki Chakraborty [Vocal]
Niladri Kumar [Sitar]