…Decided to check out the performances at the Ambedkar Bhavan yesterday evening. First up was the fusion band Krishna led by flautist Pravin Godkhindi. He was very good, but I think the group was a bit short of practice. Even I managed to notice that the jamming wasn’t quite smooth.
But the real deal was up next. One of those times when I can say “I was there”. Had the good fortune of listening to Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt in full flow. I have seen his performance once earlier – he had inaugurated the Khemka Auditorium at ISB. Had quite enjoyed it then, but yesterday, he was mindblowing. Fell totally in love with his simple lori composition.
There were the usual calls for more, and he happily obliged playing a magnificient piece from Meeting by the River, and one of his other compositions. He was already well past his time (really, it’s something of a crime to limit him to a hour and half), but he was so much in the zone, that he took a few more minutes, and ended with Vande Mataram and Jana Gana Mana. Soul stirring barely does justice to his performance yesterday. He also struck up a wonderful rapport with the tabla player accompanying him (whose name I unfortunately forget).
Unfortunately, won’t be able to check out any more of the Habba. Sigh!