Musical ‘crossroads’ provides intriguing experience

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Dec 2017 11:06:05

Staff Reporter,

The Zero Mile Music festival, held in memory of Late Pt Bhaskarrao Moroney, that spoke of bringing cultures together, truly revealed a intriguing blend of Folk, Hindusthani Classical, devotional music, produced by Local artists and those from Mumbai, Pune and Kashmir.  Curated by Moroney family in Nagpur (Shri laxmi Vyankatesh Devsthan Kelod), Flying Carpet Production Mumbai, the musical had artists comprising Mohd Muneem Nazir, Dr Sadhana Shiledar Renuka Indurkar, Shrikant Pise, Arvind Upadhaye, Chetan Balpande, Hardik Vaghela, Karan Deshmukh, Shahazeb Shaikh, Sayantika Ghosh, Aditya Bhandakkar and Nikhil Madavi. Music was composed by Alif
and Sadhana Shiledar with Urdu and Kashmiri Poetry by Mohd Muneem Nazir.

The music was soul stirring and at times quite abstract, except for the rhythm and strains of the Guitar. Mohd Muneem set the ball rolling with a Kashmiri poetry rendered amidst the backdrop of Kashmir’s many picturesque hues projected through a vedeo. Then came Chetan Balpande’s ‘Dhrupad’ in which he rendered ‘Raga Multani’, followed by Khayal Gayaki of Renuka Indurkar , accompanied by Guru Dr Sadhaha Shiledar in the rendition of ‘Raga Bageshree’ that had a vilambit and a drut. The Ragamala rendered by Dr Shiledar was dilightful as it refreshingly took the listner through the many melodious and sensitive moods of several Ragas like Shree, Shyam Kalyan, Nand, Kedar, Nat Bhairav, Shivranjani, Jog, Bairagi Bhairav, Shankara, Bageshree, Lalit and Bhairavi. The following Quawali by Shahazeb Sheikh “Man Kul To Maula” had a heavy pulsating beat with Shrikant Pise excelling in the providing some lilting musical support on his Harmonium.

Then came the items Ikebana, with Renuka and Mohd Muneem rendering a thumri based fusion, followed by an item titled ‘Aafat’ that had Dr Shiledar providing glimpses of ‘Raga Jog’. through Swar Alap. The item ‘Nazm’ had heavy Guitar work and words that described the brilliantly lit up sky with stars and Fire flies again with Dr Shiledar rendering the swar alap of ‘Bhinna shadja’. Other items to follow were a Bangla song, a Malal, Keep dreaming, Goduli and a fusion quawali. On the whole, the change was appealing.

Earlier, the programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp at the hands of Members of Moroney family. Shweta Shelgaonkar, the anchor, had a difficult subject on hand to deal with but came out with flying colours with her perfect study of the concept of the programme that led to her reciting her very own absorbing couplets and Poetry in praise of God, besides introducing each item as a professional connoisseur would do. The lady showed her class.