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Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia in Pune Festival 2013

Generally, in India, Kerala is considered to be god’s own land. For me, Pune is gods’ own land. Of course, my context is totally different. Kerala, one of the most beautiful states in India is blessed with incomparable natural beauty. Pune has its own reasons to be called as gods’ own land. Pune is gods’ own land because gods often come to Pune.

Who are these gods? For me, they Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ganasaraswati Kishori Amonkar and many more artists are these gods. They come to Pune and have blessed this city with their divine music. For many days, we did not have a single good concert in Pune and hence, I was desperately waiting for some concert. This thirst is soon going to be fulfilled. Pt. Jasraj and Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia are performing a concert Panchtatva in Pune Festival. I again got a reason to consider myself blessed.

I keep all the activities of the day aside and travel a lot to get passes. After getting the passes I am really happy. This situation is worth thinking. Why it makes music lovers so happy if they get an opportunity to listen to their loved artists? The credit goes to both; the artists as well as the listeners. I just came across a video recording of Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. He is old. He looks to be tired. But when he is playing, he is at ease. His breath is relaxed; as natural as wind blowing through woods. His ease, the flow in his breath, the flavor created by his fingers and his breath, his steady, firm exploration are all beyond human capacity.

Each Raga has a unique nature. Its unique nature and presence is the identity of the raga. Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia gives you the perfect taste of the Raga. You can almost personalize the Raga. It gets a perfect personality, with emotions and nuances.

Pune Festival is having a performance of Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. I am eager to feel his meditative breath resonating in the Bamboo energized with hours of this meditative resonance.

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Pt. Jasraj – The voice of god

This is the second article which I am writing about Pt. Jasraj and his divine voice. The first article can be found here . The reason for writing the same article about the voice of this famous musician of India is, it is impossible to describe the charm which his voice has in even many articles. Indian Classical Music is full of maestros like Pt. Kumar Gandharva , Kishori Amonkar , Bhimsen Joshi etc. All these maestros are great in their places. There is no question of making any comparison in between them. But still, if someone asks me about the quality of voice, I would raise my hand for Pt. Jasraj.

Pt. Jasraj

I have been listening to Pt. Jasraj for quite long. I have heard a great number of his recordings from the olden days. What separates Pt. Jasraj from others is, even in his olden recordings, when sound systems were poor, his voice sounds divine. Right now he is in his early eighties. I listen to his live concerts at platforms like Sawai Gandharva Music Festival.

Even in his eighties. Pt. Jasraj has the most sonorous voice I have heard. The divine voice is not the only thing which makes Pt. Jasraj one of my favorite artists. Truly speaking, a good voice is never considered as a pre requisite for Indian Classical Music. Its an added feature.  But still, a good voice is a god’s gift. Ability to use such a good voice properly is even a greater gift. Pt. Jasraj has received both of these gifts from the God.