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Amjad Ali Khan or Mukul Shivputra

You have to make compromises in life. I do not like to choose things. But most of the times, you have to choose. Pune is a hub of musicians and performers. Performers love to play in Pune. Many times, it happens that two concerts get arranged on same day, at a same time. Then, fans have to choose and nothing else.

Amjad Ali Khan

Pune had two artists performing at the same time on same day. So, I had to choose.  One of combination was Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Ustad Zakir Hussain who were going to perform at Ganesh kala Krida Manch. On the other hand a very rarely performing and gifted artist, Mukul Shivputra was going to deliver a concert at Garware College Assembly Hall.

This really confused me. I had attended twice concert by Pt. Mukul Shivputra but he did not sing either of the times. So, I had returned without listening anything. Concert of Mukul Shivputra is like a gamble; you go there keeping aside all your works, setting aside everything, getting way through high traffic. You hardly get a chance to get a front sit. Then, when you get seated, you expect something wonderful from Mukul. Mukul comes, sings for a while, shouts on his accompanists and leaves.

Mukul Shivputra

On the other hand, Amjad Ali khan plays same Ragas. I heard him thrice or more in Pune. He plays wonderful but he plays the same. But yes, he at least plays and that too marvelously. And yes, this time he had Zakir Hussain with him.

I attended obviously Amjad Ali Khan and Zakir Hussain. Yes, the same Ragas played very beautifully and Zakir not getting much scope to play. I enjoyed the concert. But, when I came back, from somewhere I came to know that Mukul Shivputra had sang two ragas. It was a shock for me. I opened him on You Tube and listened to some of his tracks.

I know, a choice cannot be done between Amjad Ali Khan and Mukul Shivputra, but still I know, I missed something. I missed something very rare and very precious.

Now I am again waiting. Some day, Mukul Shivputra will come again and will sing something. I am waiting for the day.

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Mandar Karanjkar is a student of Engineering at Government College of Engineering, Pune. He is studying extensively Philosophy, Mysticism, Spirituality and Indian Classical Music. He writes for various Newspapers, websites and blogs. He also gives lectures on various topics related to spirituality and philosophy

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3 Responses

  1. Narayan Bhat says

    I liked the the way of expression…many times I also search for audio/video of Mukul Shivaputra…I like him!

    • satyanarayan purohit says

      I am not expert in classical music but i like it with inner heart.i heard various artists.Pt.Mukul Shivputra is tremendous.if any one have his cds or tapes then share with all fans of mukulji.i heard that they are now at pune if any one have there address or contact pls.let me available.

      • Mandar Karanjkar says

        Dear Satyanarayanan,
        There is Mukul Shivputra page on Facebook. It has one link where you can download all available music of Mukulji.
        Write back if you have any problems.