I wanted to attend this performance by Rahul Sharma, a genius in his own right and son of godly Pt. Shivkumar Sharma but I had my own concert in Pen, a small town near Mumbai. In all, I was late by almost 20 minutes for the show.
Swarjhankar Festival takes place on an open ground, the same place where Sawai Gandharva Music Festival takes place. As the show was in open ground, while walking on the road, I could hear the Jhala being played by Rahul and I was quite surprised and delighted to know that he was playing Raga Charukeshi. Pt. Shivkumar Sharma had played Raga Charukeshi just a couple of weeks ago in Sawai Gandharva Music Festival. It of course takes a lot of courage for a young artist- to perform the same Raga which his father had performed a few weeks ago in front of almost same crowd.
And without any doubt, Rahul did it fabulously. Charukeshi is a Raga which Hindustani Vocal Music has adopted from Karnatic Music. It has a very subtle flavor which needs to be extracted in a subtle way, in a right quantity. As I had imagined, Rahul Sharma explored the Raga and took out its mood and flavor in best possible way.
Rahul Sharma was accompanied by Pt. Mukundraj Deo on Tabla. Last time I had listened to his Tabla at Barkha Ritu along with Rahul Sharma. I liked the way he accompanied Rahul; without affecting the mood of Raga and the entire concert.
Looking forward from more such performances from Rahul Sharma and Mukundraj Deo!