Sameehan Kashalkar performs Basant, a seasonal raga, as the concluding piece of his concert at the Darbar Festival 2011. With a mellow and mellifluous voice, Kashalkar projects the inspiring vignettes of this beautiful raga in a heartfelt rendition.
The composition, ‘Kanha rang baan daara’ is set to Adhya taal (a variant of the 16-beat teental). This song was composed by the prolific Pandit Dinkar Kaikini (1927-2010). He elucidates the raga with an array of spectacular vistaar and taans, displaying the impressive grooming and rich exposure to the raga he has received from his father and guru, Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar. A beautiful tarana follows this composition with which he brings the concert to an end.
Manjeet Rasiya (tabla) and Chinmay Kolhatkar (harmonium) give a pleasing accompaniment to this young artist, adding several notches of sweet flavour to the recital.
The season of spring is called Basant or Vasant. In Indian ritu-chakra (cycle of seasons), this season is as powerful and popular as the monsoons. Just as the rains have inspired the invention of several ragas, the spring season too has several ragas accredited to its beauty. Basant is one such raga. The parent scale of Basant is Poorvi. The raga uses all the notes with the upper Sa (upper octave 1st) as the dominant and Pa (5th) as the sub-dominant notes. It uses komal Re, komal Dha (flat 2nd, flat 6th) and teevra Ma (sharp 4th). Some musicians also include shudh Ma (pure 4th) to enhance its beauty. This seasonal raga’s romantic mood often invites pathos and devotion.
Sameehan Kashalkar has learned his art from his father, Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar. He is a fine, young vocalist, emerging as one of the forerunners in khayal singing. His profound approach to ragas and his ability to render them with ease within the complex framework of north Indian classical music has won him accolades from seniors. He has also trained under the legendary Vidushi Girija Devi in thumri and is gradually establishing himself as a fine exponent of this form too.
Manjeet Rasiya is an eminent tabla player, currently based in the UK. Alongside Hindustani classical music, he has also studied Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythm and taken part in flamenco collaborations and the Indian film industry. He performs and teaches to acclaim around the world, always exploring new musical horizons.
Kolhatkar is a versatile musician who received his initial training from Shri Rajprasad Dharmadhikari, Kolhapur, and now is under the tutelage of famous harmonium maestro of India, Dr. Shri Arvind Thatte. He is an Electronics Engineer who took up music as a full-time career. Chinmay is taking training from Shri Rajendra Manerikar in vocal music.
Sameehan Kashalkar (khayal)
Manjeet Singh Rasiya (tabla)
Chinmay Kolhatkar (harmonium)
Shobhana Patel & Gunwant Kaur (tanpuras)
Raga Basant (seasonal raga), Thaat: Poorvi, Samay: anytime during Spring