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  • Sangam—The Confluence, a classical music concert featuring four maestros held at Ravindra Bharathi

    Published on June 30, 2019

    Hyderabad : Sangam—The Confluence, a classical music concert featuring four maestros held in the city at Ravindra Bharathi on Saturday evening.

    Speaking on the occasion Chief Guest Devendra Singh Chauhan , Additional Commissioner of Police , Hyderabad said we have inherited the great tradition of Classical Music. But, unfortunately we don’t seem to be caring much. Time will one westerners will come and teach us Yoga and same is the case with Indian Classical Music

    We are the custodians of this Treasure called classical music. We have to preserve and pass it on to the next generation, he said. It is a matter of great pride for Hyderabadis hosting these four maestros together for a performance.

    Addressing the gathering Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt informed that his roots are here. I am a Telangana Brahmin. Coming to Telangana is like coming home. The city has many music lovers. For me Music is like worshipping god. Music is sacred. Music is pious. It has great healing power.  It is good for meditation and good for purification. Music makes people better human beings. Music has power to lift the soul and connect to the hod he said.

    The organizer Vinay Deshmukh said Indian Classical Music is the mother of all music. Music has great impact on the life. In a latest study carried out by IZiT Kanpur, it is found that Raagdarbari when played in the night serves as a stress buster. Similarly Raag Bhimpalasi if played in the moon has a magical impact on mood elevation. Not only this, Sangeet, which is a synonym to ‘Sadhna’ (hard work) for the singers, can also be a boon for listeners. If listened at particular hours of the day, it helps cure various ailments like diabetes and hypertension.

    According to the study, Vinay Deshmukh informed that those who want to tame their temper should listen to Raag Sahana as it calms the mind and releases anxiety

    Quoting the study, Vinay Deshmukh added that Raag Deepak and Raag Jaunpuri ease out acidity, Raag Kalyani and Charukesi take care of heart. Listening to Raag Puriya Dhanashree provides relief from ailments related to stomach

    Our musicians are inventors. Unfortunately, we don’t consider them as inventors even after Pt. Vishwamohan Indianised Hawaiian Guitar into Mohan Veena. His son further invented it called it Saathvik Veena shared Vinay Deshmukh.

    The four maestros of great reputation who enthralled include:  Ramkumar Mishra on  Tabla, Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya on Santhoor; Vishwamohan Bhatt on Mohan Veena and Pravin Godkhind on Flute

    The maestros, Pandit Vishwamohan Bhat played Mohan Veena, followed by a jugalbandhi with Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya on Santoor and Pandit Pravin Godkhindi on flute. The concert culminated in a tigulbandi with all the three maestros. All artists were accompanied by the Tabla maestro Pandit Ramkumar Mishra.

    It was jointly organised by Santhoor Ashram, Sohini with the support from Play On, Ananya and Foyr.  Santhoor Ashram was founded by Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya to spread Indian Classical Music. Sohini was founded by Vinay Deshmukh to promote Indian Classical Music in the city  Vinay is an avid patron of Classical Music and Vice President of Oracle India Pvt Ltd. Sohini has been encouraging and promoting talented artists since the year 2015.  Sohini organized Concerts in India and USA.

    Devendra Singh Chauhan , Additional Commissioner of Police , Hyderabad;  Mr.Prithwiraj Roy , CEO of Play, Mrs. Madhavi Adimoolam , Founder , Ananya ; Mr. Srinivas Rao a popular Tabla teacher  under whose guidance Vinay Deshmukh, the corporate executive and the man behind Sohini is learning Tabla; Mrs. Swati Deshmukh , Co-Founder , Sohini; Mr. Mohan Hemmadi , the legend behind Hyderabad’s classical music circuit and others graced.  About 700 music lovers graced the three hour long concert.

    Sohini was founded by Vinay and Swati  Deshmukh to promote and preserve all genres of  Indian Classical Music. Sohini has been organizing several concerts at Hyderabad, Kolkata, San Francisco and Bangalore since the last 4 years. Sohini’s motto is to encourage young talented musicians by pairing them up with senior musicians.

    Vinay Deshmukh is a corporate executive. Classical music is his personal passion.

    Santoor Ashram started in 2004 by Santoor Maestro Pt.Tarun Bhattacharya. It was set up with the purpose of continuing the legacy and rich heritage of Indian Classical Music and the Guru Shishya Parampara. It imparts musical lessons to very talented yet financially underprivileged music students. The ashram provides them day boarding, instruments and of course musical lessons thereby maintaining the purest form of Guru Shishya Parampara. Santoorashram, situated amidst the peaceful tranquillity and greenery of rural Bengal, has helped shape the careers of some of the recognized musicians of today.

    1. VISHWA MOHAN BHATT is the creator of the MOHAN VEENA and the winner of the GRAMMY AWARD, Vishwa Mohan has mesmerized the world with his pristine pure, delicate yet fiery music. Being the foremost disciple of Bharat Ratna Pt. Ravi Shankar Ji Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has attracted international attention by  his successful Indianisation of the western Hawaiian guitar with  his perfect assimilation of sitar, sarod &veena techniques, by giving it a evolutionary design & shape and by adding 14 more strings helping him to establish the instrument MOHAN VEENA to unbelievable heights.  With blinding speed and faultless legato, Bhatt is undoubtedly one of the most expressive, versatile and greatest slide players in the world.

    Vishwa Mohan has performed extensively in the USA, Russia,  Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Italy,  Netherlands, Belgium, Scotland, Switzerland, Denmark,  then scaling the Gulf of Dubai, Al-Sharjah, Bahrain, Muscat,  Abu Dhabi etc. and throughout India. He has been conferred with the two highest civilian Awards,  Padma Bhushan and Padmashree by the Govt. of India.

    Pt. Ram Kumar Mishra is one of the top ranking exponents of Tabla in India.  He is the grandson of Tabla wizard late Pt. Anokhe Lal Mishra and son of legendary vocalist Padma Bhushan Pt. Chhannu Lal Mishra.  Ram Kumar the highly gifted, Ram Kumar Ji has performed through the length and breadth of India as a solo artist and as an accompanist to almost all the top musicians covering all major music festivals. He had his first concert at the age of 11.

    He is the only Tabla player from Banaras to have accompanied living legends such as  Pt. Chhanu Lal Mishra, Pt. Shiv Kumar Mishra, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia,  Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt for the last 25 years. He has conducted more than  30 workshops and lecture demonstrations all over the world. He regularly performs abroad as a solo artist or as a co-artist to maestros.  He has travelled extensively to USA, Europe, England, Australia, Japan, UAE and many more countries across the Globe. Pt. Ram Kumar had his training to accompany with a vocal from his father legendary vocalist Padma Bhushan Pt. Chhannu Lal Mishra Ji. PanditRam Kumar had worked as a Tabla instructor at the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi as faculty of performing arts from 1985 to 2003.

    Maihar Gharana’s only santoor maestro Pt Tarun Bhattacharya is known “as the master of one hundred strings.”  One of the most influential players of the santoor,  Bhattacharya has continued to expand on the instrument’s capabilities.  In addition to adding an extra string, whose pitch can be varied by finger pressure, Bhattacharya incorporated meend, an expressive sliding style of ornamentation.

    Jazz Times described Bhattacharya’s playing as “subtle in inflection and supple in phrasing.”Indian classical music shall forever remember this  master because of two inventions that he made, inventing “menkas” and creatingRaag Ganga has surely ensured PdtTarun Bhattacharya’s namein Indian Music’s Hall of Fame.

    India’s most humane musician Tarun was the first classical musician to endorse Rotary International ‘End Polio Now ’cause as it’s a brand ambassador.

    Pravin Godkhindi is the 1st Indian Flautist to perform on the 8 Feet contrabass flute. He is one of the “Top Ranking Artiste” in Hindustani Bansuri, by Akashvani (AIR). He is also the 1st INDIAN to represent

    Bansuri at the WORLD FLUTE FESTIVAL held at Mendoza Argentina. He has won NATIONAL AWARDS for Films BERU & VIMUKTHI. He started toying with a small flute at the age of 3 years while his first public performance at the age of 6. He took his Talim from Pandit Venkatesh Godkhindi & Vidwan Anoor Ananth Krishna Sharma.  PravinGodkhindi has performed with Eminent Musicians like UstadZakir Hussain, Dr Balmurali Krishna, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Dr KadriGopinath, Sivamani, Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya and many more.

    The four maestros mesmerized the audience in their three-hour performance


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