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Dr. Arvind Thatte : Harmonium revitalized

As a tender student of Indian Classical Music, I started studying both vocals and harmonium together. For some years, I kept on studying both the things parallel, progressing well in both of them. After some time, I reached a certain mindset where I believed that harmonium cannot have the grace which s required in Indian Classical Music. With this thought in my mind, I reduced practising harmonium day by day.

 

Around ten years after that, I see a small advertisement in newspaper declaring a free concert by Dr. Arvind Thatte, the famous harmonium player. The concert was scheduled in the evening in the auditorium of Garware College, Pune. I make it a point that this concert should be listened. I try to leave from my company before time so that I can reach the venue un time struggling in the Pune traffic. I and Dakshayani reach ten minutes late, which is before time as far as most of the concerts are concerned. When we reach, to our surprise, the auditorium is full with people occupying the isles and the stairs. We somehow managed to get some space on the railings of the staircase.

Dr. Arvind Thatte accompanying Pt. Rajan and Sajan Mishra at Ramkrishna More Auditorium, Chinchwad
Dr. Arvind Thatte accompanying Pt. Rajan and Sajan Mishra at Ramkrishna More Auditorium, Chinchwad

The musical atmosphere inside was even superior than the physical. Hundreds od listeners paying attention to Jod in Raga Puriya Dhanashree. Dr. Arvind Thatte has a doctorate in mathematics. He is very studious person. It is rare to find the person who is both studious and artistic. Dr. Arvind Thatte is the perfect blend. The evening was colored so well by the notes of Puriya Dhanashree; the color still appears in front of my eyes. I was watching and listening to Dr. Arvind Thatte, who had taken the harmonium beyond all the limitations.

I learned a big lesson that day. It is okay if your instrument has some limitations; you should not have them. Dr. Arvind Thatte is a perfect example of the same.

This was the only solo concert of Dr. Arvind Thatte that I could attend live. Apart from this, we have seen him accompanying many great artists such as Pt. Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Malini Rajurkar etc. Listening to his accompaniment always highlights that accompanying artist is never inferior to the main performing artist of the concert.

I know Dr. Arvind Thatte personally. He is one of the most humble persons you can find out. He is not an ordinary artist who will sell his art. In his eyes, you can see the fire of studious personality, always researching, improvising. He is very simple and hence, very outstanding. Again, I consider myself fortunate and blessed that I could see him performing, could meet him and talk to him for long.

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Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra- The Sawai Gandharva Festival 2012

Pt. Rajan and Pt. Sajan Mishra, one of the most famous musicians of India  are exploring music and quenching the thirst of music lovers across the globe. I was aware of the fact that sons of Pt. Rajan Mishra,  Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra are being trained under the guidance of both of these maestros. I was searching an opportunity to attend the concert by these young representatives of Mishra family.

This opportunity came down to all the music lovers of Pune city through the gracious platform of Sawai Gandharva Music Festival. So as soon as I came to know about the performance by Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra, I booked my evening for the same.  Before starting the actual performance, Pt. Rajan Mishra came forward

Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra

and requested the audience to give their blessings to the young generation. After this, Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra came over the stage to start the performance.

They chose to sing Raga Jog to start the concert with. Audience within moments came to know the level of maturity of Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra. Both of them have a rich and earned voice which can roam freely in three octaves. The voice of both the brothers had a depth, profoundness and soothing effect. Indian classical instrumental music is well secured now due to exceptional efforts taken by all the maestros. I was a bit worried about the future of vocal music. After listening to the performance of Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra, I was relaxed. Indian Vocal Music has some strong pillars which will be growing and expanding for years.