Chandigarh, December 10 :On the occasion of its 136th Baithak Programme, Pracheen Kala Kendra presented Sarasvani recital by city-based musician Subhash Ghosh, one of the talented disciples of Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, at Bhaskar Rao Indoor Auditorium, Sector-35/B, this evening.
Subhash plays on what has come to be known as the "Sarasvani" to the point of perfection. His amazing virtuosity and skill strike one with wonder. Sarasvani, according to him, is an instrument invented by himself after intensive reseach of so many years. It is a single piece instrument made of wood which gives combined effects the Sarod, Veena and Guitar covering all the areas of imagination of Indian classical music. It looks like Veena and Sarod. The fact remains that Ghosh’s artistry on this instrument is unmatched.
This evening, he commenced his recital with evergreen evening Raag Puriya Kalyan set to Jhaptaal. The alaap, jod and jhala were played with simplicity, sweetness and clarity. The elaboration of the "gat" in Ektaal was noteworthy for the variety and beauty of the ‘tihais’. Mehmood Khan on the tabla played numerous permutations and combinations of teentaal with grace and ease and synchronised the ‘tihais’ with astounding harmony. The melodious Drut teen taal gat was technically superb with rapid-fire vocalised taans and perfect tabla support.
Subhash’s recital proved that he is a mature and polished artiste with tremendous range who brings out a sparkling and deep tone.
He concluded his recital with a "Dhun” in Raag Mishra Kirvani set to Dadra Taal. His nimble fingers moved unhampered widely over the instrument in a reposeful ‘badhat’ which built up to a swift yet delicate ‘jhala’ in the manner of weaving more and more intricate patterns into fine lace.